Newburyport Literary Festival: Flash Fiction Panel

GrubStreet instructors KAT GONSO and CATHERINE PARNELL will be speaking in the panel “Flash Fiction and the Art of Vulnerability” at the Newburyport Literary Festival on Saturday, April 28th at 1 pm.

Panel Description: Short-form writing can be a powerful response to cultural movements. In this thought-provoking panel, three flash fiction authors explore how current conversations such as #metoo and the underrepresentation of marginalized voices have impacted their writing, leading them to examine their personal experiences in a new light, and inspiring them to take more risks.

Presenters: Kat GonsoHannah HarlowCatherine Parnell
Moderator: Myfanwy Collins


Independent Film Festival Boston: Nothing is Truer Than Truth, A Documentary about Shakespeare

NOTHING IS TRUER THAN TRUTH will premiere at the Independent Film Festival Boston. Please help us celebrate at the historic Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square on SUNDAY APRIL 29TH at 1:00 P.M. There will be a post-screening Q&A session with director Cheryl Eagan-Donovan, and cast and crew from the film, followed by a reception. Festival badges and tickets are available at

NOTHING IS TRUER THAN TRUTH introduces Edward de Vere, Seventeenth Earl of Oxford, A-list party boy on the continental circuit, who spent a year and a half in Venice and traveling in Italy, learning about commedia dell’arte and collecting the experiences that would become known as the works of Shakespeare. Filmed in Venice, Verona, Mantua, Padua, and Brenta, the film ventures to actual sites De Vere visited in 1575-76, including the settings for The Merchant of Venice, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, and Two Gentlemen of Verona. The film features renowned Shakespeare scholars, actors, and directors, including Sir Derek Jacobi, Mark Rylance, Tina Packer, and Diane Paulus, and argues that De Vere’s bisexuality is the reason for the pseudonym “Shake-speare.”

Grub Street instructor and screenwriting consultant Cheryl Eagan-Donovan’s debut feature All Kindsa Girls screened at film festivals and art house theaters in London, Toronto and the U.S., was short-listed for the PBS series POV, and is featured in Paul Sherman’s book Big Screen Boston. She served on the Board of Directors of Women in Film & Video New England, The Next Door Theater, and The Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship. She teaches writing, literature, and filmmaking and has published articles on Shakespeare and film.

Boston Book Festival 2017

Celebrating the power of words to stimulate, agitate, unite, delight, and inspire, Boston Book Festival presents year-round events culminating in this annual festival that promotes a culture of reading and ideas and enhances the vibrancy of our city!

This event is free to attend.

The 2nd Annual Boston Lit Crawl

On the eve of the Boston Book Festival, come celebrate the city’s literary past, present and future at the 2nd Annual Boston Lit Crawl, a night of literary merry-making in Boston’s Literary District. From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., intrepid readers will choose from a variety of unique performances and literary events all in surprising venues from cafes and art galleries to barbershops and shoe stores. This moveable feast – all along Newbury Street – is FREE, and most of the events will offer beer and wine.

Hosted by the Boston Literary District as a prelude to the Boston Book Festival, with the support of the Litquake Foundation and the Boston Improvement District, Lit Crawl Boston will convene some of Boston’s most creative minds to raise a glass or two to the magic of the written and spoken word. The event will feature appearances by many of Boston’s rock-star writers, including TOM PERROTTA, REGIE GIBSON, and NICK FLYNN, and offbeat tributes to literary idols such as JAMES JOYCE and EDGAR ALLAN POE.

Program hosts are set to include a who’s who of Boston’s literary community, including GrubStreet, MassLEAP, 826 Boston and Ploughshares. At Lit Crawl Boston, we’ll serve up authors you can’t wait to read and social and literary interactions you won’t soon forget.

Come thirsty. We’ll feed your mind.

See the full schedule is here:

30th Joiner Institute Writers’ Workshop Poetry and Music Celebration

Join the William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences based at UMass Boston for a night of music and poetry celebrating the 30th year of our annual Writers Workshop and its community and creative response to war.  Featuring poetry readings by Yusef Komunyakaa, Kevin Bowen, Nguyen Ba Chung, and more TBA.

Live music performed by Layth Sadiq, the UMB Jazz Trio, and more TBA.

Hosted by the Boston Public Library, this event is not ticketed.