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