The Vincent Ferrini/Charles Olson Writer’s Center

From Henry Ferrini, producer of that fine film on Charles Olson, Polis is This.

Plans are progressing to establish The Vincent Ferrini/Charles Olson Writers Center at 126 East Main Street, in Gloucester, Massachusetts. This former home of Vincent Ferrini (1913-2007) lies across the harbor from Charles Olson’s (1910-1970) 28 Fort Square home. These two poets, known as the consciences of our city for over half a century, wrote about Gloucester with enlightened passion and energy. Organizers of this project believe it is only fitting that a place that honors their work and keeps their vision alive be established.

To date the group has raised $78,300 toward the purchase price of $100,000. According to Ferrini, the timing and situation for this project couldn’t be better. “Raising the $100,000 means we’ll be mortgage free and tax-exempt, an enviable position for any organization. The Center can live on in perpetuity with out much overhead. Plus 2010 is Charles Olson’s Centenary,” he says, “and attention is focused on Olson and Gloucester

http://www.ferriniproductions.com/vincent.htm

About Splabman

Poet/interviewer Paul Nelson: Founded: SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) & the Cascadia Poetry Festival Wrote: American Sentences (2015), A Time Before Slaughter (2010) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (Lumme Editions, Brazil, 2013). His 2015 interview with José Kozer was published in 2016 (Ranchos Press) as Tiovivo Tres Amigos. Interviewed: Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Joanne Kyger, Robin Blaser, Anne Waldman, Ed Sanders, Diane di Prima, Nate Mackey, George Bowering, Brenda Hillman, among others and is engaged in a 20 year bioregional cultural investigation of Cascadia, including the festival, a MOOC (Innovative Cascadia Poetry), interviews with Cascadia poets indigenous elders and activists, and the anthology Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia. Paul is co-editor of that anthology as well as 56 Days of August the poetry postcard anthology and writes an American Sentence daily. *MOOC = Massive Open Online Course
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