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Dedicated to the fusion of art and advocacy, we take literature beyond conventional spaces. Our mission is to connect the rich literary and academic resources of our city, its authors, and artists, with its unheard or underserved populations through free literature and writing programs which empower, educate and enable people marginalized, stigmatized, or isolated by the challenges of mental illness, addiction recovery, disability, trauma, sickness, injury or poverty. We aim to amplify the voices of participants through collaborative workshops, readings, literary journals, publications and exhibits that showcase their work, encouraging personal reflection and re-vision by both author and audience, while sharing their stories with the world.
Our model is to create workshops which we're able to implement through partnerships with like-minded charitable organizations and nonprofits that allow us to facilitate our writing and literature workshops on location. We provide workshops at the St. Francis House Shelter, a low-barrier homeless shelter; the Center for Change, a community health center focused on adults transitioning out of homelessness while receiving mental health and addiction treatment; The Dudley Poetry Club at the Roxbury Public Library; The Underground Poetry Club, tailored for 14-24 year olds at Bridge Over Troubled Waters; and the Wyman Writers Workshop, a workshop at the Wyman Reentry Program for men coming to the end of drug-related prison sentences. Additionally, we fund student scholarships, like our previous Spare Change News Student internship, and publish our own self-titled literary journal.