In honor of this area’s remarkable literary heritage, I started a web site, Literary Gloucester, a couple years ago that pays tribute to writers in essays by writers. The site was just a labor of love on my part and I was pleased to receive three essays by Peter Anastas to get it started. He wrote essays on his friends Charles Olsen and Vincent Ferrini, as well as one on Lowell’s Jack Kerouac.
My dear friend the late Mark S. Williams wrote an essay on Andre Dubus III that was added next. Then Theatre in the Pines Artistic Director and writer Nan Webber added an essay on T. S. Eliot. Then the site languished. I have been working on an essay on Nathaniel Hawthorne but I can’t seem to finish it.
So I have decided to renew my effort to make this site happen by issuing an open invitation to writers from the Cape Ann area to participate. What I ask is that you email kathleen an essay on a writer whose work has influenced, inspired, or in some other way gained your admiration. Please include a photograph of yourself and, if possible, one of the writer you are writing about. I would prefer that the subject of your article be from the area (at least New England) or who wrote here.
In exchange for your participation I’ll add a brief bio and links to your books and where they can be purchased. I hope this will add to this project, promote the writing of contemporary writers, and create resource on the world-wide web for those interested in New England authors.
Thanks for reading. -Kathleen Valentine