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(Peter Anastas, Charles Olson and Vincent Ferrini, left to right,
at 126 East Main Street c.1965. Mark Power photograph)

Gloucester may soon be home to a new cultural and literary center.

When Gloucester’s Poet Laureate Vincent Ferrini died on Christmas Eve 2007, many of
his friends in Gloucester and around the world hoped his house could be purchased and
turned into a center where artistic activities could be shared with the community. Today
this idea is very close to becoming a reality.

Plans are progressing to establish The Gloucester Writers Center at the Ferrini house 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.

Since Ferrini’s death Paul Sawyer, an old friend of Vincent’s who lives in California, has
been advocating for the purchase of the house. This spring, Sawyer, a Unitarian-
Universalist Minister, called Vincent’s nephew filmmaker Henry Ferrini to report that he
has Pancreatic Cancer and has been given a year to live. With that time he wanted to put
his energy toward helping to create a Vincent Ferrini/ Charles Olson Writers Center at
Vincent’s East Main Street studio. The poet’s nephew was moved by Reverend Sawyer’s

“His decision has motivated many people close to Vincent, Charles and Paul to
work toward creating an innovative educational and cultural organization that will be a
lasting asset to Gloucester.” Ferrini said.

To date the group has raised $84,900 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.”

The group hopes that by the time Gloucester celebrates Olson’s centenary in
October the house will be open to tour. Tax-deductible contributions for the
establishing of the Ferrini Olson Writers Center can be made to the Charles Olson
Society and sent to Henry Ferrini, 5 Wall Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

About Splabman

Poet & interviewer Paul E Nelson founded SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) & the Cascadia Poetry Festival. Since 1993, SPLAB has produced hundreds of poetry events & 600 hours of interview programming with legendary poets & whole systems activists including Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Joanne Kyger, Robin Blaser, Diane di Prima, Daphne Marlatt, Nate Mackey, George Bowering, Barry McKinnon, José Kozer, Brenda Hillman & many others. Paul’s books include American Prophets (interviews 1994-2012) (2018) American Sentences (2015) A Time Before Slaughter (2009) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (2013). Co-Editor of Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia (2015), 56 Days of August: Poetry Postcards (2017) and Samthology: A Tribute to Sam Hamill (2019) Make it True meets Medusario (2019), he’s presented poetry/poetics in London, Brussels, Nanaimo, Qinghai & Beijing, China, has had work translated into Spanish, Chinese & Portuguese & writes an American Sentence every day. Awarded a residency at The Lake, from the Morris Graves Foundation in Loleta, CA, he’s published work in Golden Handcuffs Review, Zen Monster, Hambone, and elsewhere. Winner of the 2014 Robin Blaser Award from The Capilano Review, he is engaged in a 20 year bioregional cultural investigation of Cascadia and lives in Rainier Beach, in the Cascadia bioregion’s Cedar River watershed.
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