A couple of alums from Boston have started a new initiative to bring WWC MFA graduates from the New England area together in community while raising money for MFA program scholarships. Tracy Winn and Helen Fremont are launching a pilot program of readings given by alums for alums, (and family and friends) in the style of the post-grad conference after-dinner readings. Winn and Fremont are requesting generous donations at the door and expecting readers to also attend as listeners. Four or five readers will present their recent work at each of five gatherings planned for this academic year. The readings will be held at the Cambridge Boat House, 2 Gerry’s Landing Road, Cambridge, MA 02138 starting next Wednesday, September 17th. (Doors open at 6 PM.) So far, twenty-eight writers have signed up to participate in the pilot. They will be coming from Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Maine and Massachusetts. Those coming to Cambridge from far away are planning carpools. The organizers, with the help of Stan Yarbro and Lenore Myka, are trying to make contact with all alums who live in the area and might be interested in participating. Please contact Tracy Winn (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to be part of the endeavor. Wally-style refreshments will be served. Dancing may ensue.
Alums in other parts of the country who would like to plan similar gatherings in their regions should contact FOW for more information.