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

About Splabman

SPLAB founder Paul Nelson wrote Organic Poetry (VDM Verlag, German, 2008) as well as a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn, Washington, A Time Before Slaughter (Apprentice House, 2010). In 26 years of radio he interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Eileen Myles, Wanda Coleman, George Bowering, Joanne Kyger, Jerome Rothenberg & others. Founder of the Cascadia Poetry Festival, recent publications on and off-line include: Hambone, Pageboy, Menacing Hedge, Fieralingue, Rain Taxi, Solitary Plover, the Soul of the Earth anthology, Along the Rim: The Best of the Pacific Rim Review (Vol 2), Inactual, Raft magazine and Golden Handcuffs Review. He lives in Seattle, won the 2014 Robin Blaser Award from the Capilano Review and writes at least one American Sentence every day.
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