On January 7, the third in a series of remarkable Friends of Writers benefit readings by Boston-area Warren Wilson alumni took place in Cambridge, MA. Helen Fremont, Jen Kelly , Geoff Kronik , Jackie Malone, and Mary Medlin read their work. The previous two events have featured Jayne Benjulian, Laura Cherry, Lisa Van Orman Hadley, and Stan Yarbro; also Patrick Donnelly, Cammy Thomas, Lenore Myka, Rosalind Vas Dias and Susan Sterling. As always, there was a social hour beforehand.
The reading series was created by alums Helen Fremont and Tracy Winn. According to Tracy, “our goal was two-fold: to raise money for Friends of Writers scholarship programs, while creating a community of Warren Wilson MFA alums. Readers are also asked to be listeners: they commit to attending as an audience member at least one other time in the academic year. We have raised over $1,500 so far, and we encourage alums in other cities to hold their own events. Everyone is finding the series to be a source of community and inspiration—and anyone wanting a blueprint for how to start and maintain a series like this, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The next Boston area reading is March 18, and if you are a Warren Wilson MFA alum who is interested in creating similar readings in your own city, please do accept Tracy’s offer and contact her at the email address above.