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Community Organizations Get Behind Boston in 100 Words

Community Organizations Get Behind Boston in 100 Words

Community Organizations Get Behind Boston in 100 Words

Boston in 100 Words is proud to be connected to a network of local organizations who, like ourselves, believe in the power of art and literature to strengthen our community and make Boston a more creative and collaborative place to live.

Our network includes leaders from the Boston Public Library, the Boston Book Festival, Mass Poetry, and the Boston Literary District, all of whom have lent us their experience and expertise in building cultural programs in Boston. Executive Director of the Boston Book Festival Norah Piehl says her enthusiasm for the project was sparked by seeing how the global 100 words writing contests have succeeded in making ordinary people's stories visible, prominent, and beautiful. She is inspired by the idea of "celebrating the diversity of voices" in Boston. Sarah Siegel, Programs Director at Mass Poetry, builds on this sentiment, saying, "Boston in 100 Words is a wonderful opportunity to get a rich sense of the community through people’s unique perspectives." Siegel is excited for people to be able to share their own stories through the contest. Boston Literary District Executive Director Kit Haggard adds that this project is a "chance to shift the narrative," saying that “history doesn't have to exclusively belong to the Harvard-educated Brahmins who excluded women from the Saturday Club." Haggard emphasizes that literature “belongs to anyone who has a pen and can write 100 Words.”

Finally, the Boston Public Library has selected Boston in 100 Words as one of its official 2019 Community Partners. As part of this partnership, the Library will be hosting Boston in 100 Word's Kick-Off event on September 8, 2019 from 2:00-4:00 pm at the Copley Square branch. All are welcome to attend!

Boston in 100 Words is grateful to these local organizations for their support. With their help, Boston in 100 Words hopes to be as successful as other 100-word writing contests have been in cities around the world.

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Community Organizations Get Behind Boston in 100 Words

Community Organizations Get Behind Boston in 100 Words

Community Organizations Get Behind Boston in 100 Words

Boston in 100 Words is proud to be connected to a network of local organizations who, like ourselves, believe in the power of art and literature to strengthen our community and make Boston a more creative and collaborative place to live.

Our network includes leaders from the Boston Public Library, the Boston Book Festival, Mass Poetry, and the Boston Literary District, all of whom have lent us their experience and expertise in building cultural programs in Boston. Executive Director of the Boston Book Festival Norah Piehl says her enthusiasm for the project was sparked by seeing how the global 100 words writing contests have succeeded in making ordinary people's stories visible, prominent, and beautiful. She is inspired by the idea of "celebrating the diversity of voices" in Boston. Sarah Siegel, Programs Director at Mass Poetry, builds on this sentiment, saying, "Boston in 100 Words is a wonderful opportunity to get a rich sense of the community through people’s unique perspectives." Siegel is excited for people to be able to share their own stories through the contest. Boston Literary District Executive Director Kit Haggard adds that this project is a "chance to shift the narrative," saying that “history doesn't have to exclusively belong to the Harvard-educated Brahmins who excluded women from the Saturday Club." Haggard emphasizes that literature “belongs to anyone who has a pen and can write 100 Words.”

Finally, the Boston Public Library has selected Boston in 100 Words as one of its official 2019 Community Partners. As part of this partnership, the Library will be hosting Boston in 100 Word's Kick-Off event on September 8, 2019 from 2:00-4:00 pm at the Copley Square branch. All are welcome to attend!

Boston in 100 Words is grateful to these local organizations for their support. With their help, Boston in 100 Words hopes to be as successful as other 100-word writing contests have been in cities around the world.

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Boston in 100 Words Wins City of Boston Project Partnership Grant

Boston in 100 Words Wins City of Boston Project Partnership Grant

In June, 2019 the City of Boston Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture announced that Boston in 100 Words was one of six organizations chosen to receive a Project Partnership grant with the City. The Mayor’s Office describes the Project Partnership Grant Program as intended to support recurring events and programs that create opportunities for artists in Boston. 

In an announcement released by the City, Mayor Marty Walsh said, “The six projects chosen represent a wide array of art forms and cultural traditions, and are an excellent representation of the extremely talented and diverse communities in the City of Boston. [. . .] I look forward to partnering with the artists and organizations involved in these projects, and I encourage residents and visitors to Boston to take part in these great events.”

In the same announcement, Jane De Leon Griffin, Director of Boston in 100 Words said, “Boston in 100 Words is thrilled to receive this grant and partner with the City on this exciting project. [. . .] This partnership will greatly increase our visibility in the City, and further enhance Boston's international prominence. More importantly, our project is all about the people of Boston and their everyday experiences, and we believe that by sharing our stories with each other in the public sphere, we strengthen our communities and make Boston a more inclusive place to live and visit.” 

For the full announcement of the 2019 Project Partnership grants, please visit:

https://www.boston.gov/news/six-recipients-awarded-30000-total-through-city-boston-project-partnership-grants

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Judges Panel Announced for 2019-2020 Competition

Judges Panel Announced for 2019-2020 Competition

We are excited to announce our partnership with 3 Boston-based writers who have agreed to serve on our judges panel for the inaugural competition of Boston in 100 Words.

Our first judge is renowned author Gish Jen. Jen has published six books as well as short work in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and dozens of other periodicals and anthologies. Her work has appeared in The Best American Short Stories four times, including The Best American Short Stories of the Century, a book edited by John Updike that showcases the most compelling short stories of each year. Nominated for a National Book Critics’ Circle Award, Jen’s work was featured in a PBS American Masters’ special on the American novel, and is widely taught. Her much-anticipated new novel, The Resisters, is due out from Knopf in February 2020.

Our second judge, Callie Crossley, is a Boston-based radio and TV host, commentator, and public speaker. She is a regular contributor to WGBH’s Morning Edition and Beat the Press and is the host of Basic Black, a TV news source that focuses on current events concerning communities of color. Callie is a multiple-award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker. She is the first African-American to be nominated for an Oscar in the Documentary Feature category for her work as a producer of the critically acclaimed documentary series, Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights years.

Finally, to complete the panel, we introduce Porsha Olayiwola. Porsha is the 2019 Boston Poet Laureate, the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion, and the 2015 National Poetry Slam Champion. In 2018, she was named by Get Konnected! as one of Boston’s Most Influential People of Color. Porsha is the Artistic Director at MassLEAP, a literary non-profit organization in Massachusetts serving youth artists. She is also an MFA candidate at Emerson College and has a full-length collection of poetry forthcoming in 2019 with Button Poetry.

These panelists will be selecting first, second, and third place prizes for this year’s competition, as well as seven honorable mention awards and one youth prize. We are grateful for their participation in the first annual Boston in 100 Words writing contest.  

For more information about our judges, please visit:

https://www.gishjen.com/

https://www.calliecrossley.com/

http://www.porshaolayiwola.com/

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