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Grub Street Inc.

 162 Boylston Street, 5th Floor
 Boston, MA 02116
[P] (617) 6950075
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Stephanie Poggi
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EIN 80-0005516

LAST UPDATED: 01/22/2019
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Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes



Mission StatementMORE »

We believe that narrative transforms lives, builds bridges, and produces empathy. By rigorously developing voices of every type and talent, and by removing barriers to entry, GrubStreet fosters the creation of meaningful stories and ensures that excellent writing remains vital and relevant.

Mission Statement

We believe that narrative transforms lives, builds bridges, and produces empathy. By rigorously developing voices of every type and talent, and by removing barriers to entry, GrubStreet fosters the creation of meaningful stories and ensures that excellent writing remains vital and relevant.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $2,738,226.00
Projected Expense $2,738,226.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Civics & Outreach Programming
  • Core & Advanced Programs
  • Muse and the Marketplace
  • Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP)

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Mission Statement

We believe that narrative transforms lives, builds bridges, and produces empathy. By rigorously developing voices of every type and talent, and by removing barriers to entry, GrubStreet fosters the creation of meaningful stories and ensures that excellent writing remains vital and relevant.

Background Statement

GrubStreet was founded in 1997 on the principle of “literary access,” the belief that everyone with a desire to write should be taken seriously, taught the craft at a high level, and pushed to produce their best work. In those early days, few expected a writing center with such open borders could develop publishable work of artistic merit and deep meaning. GrubStreet’s astonishing track record has proven the early skeptics wrong. In the last few years, several advanced students have secured major book deals, three instructors have won coveted NEA fellowships, a Launch Lab graduate and instructor won the 2015 Massachusetts Book Award for her best-selling novel, a story by our Muse Conference Assistant Director was included in the 2017 Best American Short Stories anthology, and our Artistic Director received a Guggenheim.

Today, GrubStreet is a national leader in the fast-growing field of independent creative writing centers. We serve more than 2,500 writers annually and are widely known for our innovative programming and thought-leadership in publishing. We have created the nation’s most comprehensive creative writing course catalogue and were the first center to launch year-long graduate-level programs. We host the country’s premier literary conference, The Muse and the Marketplace, curated to educate writers about craft and publishing while providing meaningful networking opportunities.

GrubStreet accomplishes its mission by offering the highest quality classes and services for teen and adult writers at all stages of development; guiding them through the entire writing process from inspiration to publication and promotion; putting a premium on teaching excellence; making economic and and racial diversity in our community a priority through outreach, scholarships, and free programming; connecting people and ideas through writing; and empowering writers to fully embrace the new opportunities ushered in by the digital age.

Impact Statement

2016 Accomplishments

GrubStreet served 2,571 teen and adults writers in our classes—the most ever welcomed in a year—as well as more than 650 participants in our annual writing conference.

95% of students report they were satisfied with our programs.

We supported 1,007 students through subsidies and free classes, including 225 scholarships—the most ever offered.

GrubStreet partnered with the Boston Public Library (BPL) to launch Write Down the Street, which hosts free writing classes at local library branches and reached 72 attendees.

We launched our inaugural Writers of Color (WOC) Group to build a space where writers of color can connect, share experiences, and discuss important issues.

We advocated for inclusion in the literary world through our Muse and the Marketplace Conference, which garnered more 500 attendees and 150 presenters and hosted panels such as "Writing Responsibly and Killing Stereotypes in 'Ethnic' and 'LGBTQ' Literature."

We expanded our budget to $2.3 million.

2017 Goals

We will increase access for students from low-income households and communities of color by creating more subsidies and increasing outreach.

We will offer more scholarships than ever before.

We will increase our fundraising capacity by hiring additional development staff.

We will launch a Write the Future campaign to raise funds for more free classes, scholarships, and programming for advanced and teen writers.

We will launch and expand new programs, including workshops with community partners such as the Brookview House.

Needs Statement

    To fulfill our ambitious program expansion goals, GrubStreet needs to invest in infrastructure, such as an upgrade to our database, as well as leadership and staff capacity.

    GrubStreet is currently working with a software developer to upgrade our website and database so that is better facilitates course registration for students, reporting for internal assessment and fundraising, and mobilization for use on tablets and smart phones. This is a long-term project that will require major investment in both funds and staff time.

    GrubStreet needs to aggressively raise funds to plan and staff an ambitious five-year plan to move forward three strategic pillars: literary access, artistic excellence and youth programming. Planning includes increasing participant diversity and neighborhood reach, advocating for an inclusive publishing landscape via our blog and conference, incubating top writing talent, and turning The Muse and the Marketplace Conference into a national powerhouse.

    GrubStreet needs to increase our financial reserves to become a more sustainable organization. We currently have about two months operating reserves. We need to raise an additional $500,000 for reserves over the next three years, and put away $30,000 each year over the same period to reach our goal of nine months operating in the bank.

    GrubStreet needs to continue to staff up to reach more sustainable staffing levels and to avoid staff burnout.

    GrubStreet needs to raise its profile and better communicate impact to reach and engage a broader base of funders.

CEO Statement

GrubStreet is poised to become the most inclusive and productive writing center in the country and a national model for independent creative writing centers. We are widely recognized for our influence on Boston’s cultural landscape, the region’s creative economy, and our country’s literary conversation. To grow GrubStreet’s role and reach, we will expand access and broaden participation in our work, push artistic excellence to the next level, and deepen our commitment to the next generation of writers.
Access and Participation
GrubStreet will triple its scholarships and bring workshops into Boston neighborhoods to increase the participation of underrepresented writers; transform the structure of our workshops to better serve a more diverse student body; develop new resources to help our instructors innovate; and be a leading voice in advocating for a more inclusive publishing landscape. We will deepen our commitment to our founding principles of access and excellence: everyone with a desire to write should be taken seriously, taught the craft at a high level, and pushed to produce their best work.
Artistic Excellence
We will engage our students in a rigorous artistic process, offer innovative and advanced programs taught by top talent, open doors to both traditional and self-publishing networks, and bring the most exciting voices in literature to Boston to mentor and teach our students. We plan on attracting and incubating top talent in our incubator programs, developing new advanced programs, and reenvisioning the Muse and the Marketplace conference to engage a broader and more national audience.
The Next Generation
We will conduct rigorous evaluations of our Young Adult Writers Programs for 13-18 year olds and develop a thoughtful plan to expand and deepen our offerings. This includes expanding our free Saturday Sessions, the Vacation Week and Summer Teen Writing Camps, and the Summer Writer’s Fellowship program. At GrubStreet, educating the next generation of writers is a key priority.

GrubStreet 2020
Over the next three years, GrubStreet’s Campaign for 2020 will raise funds to increase scholarships, expand programs, and grow staff to support larger, more complex operations. This is an ambitious, achievable vision. Please join us. Help GrubStreet engage new writers, unleash powerful ideas that open and shape minds, and create deeply meaningful shared experiences within an inclusive community. Together, we will build a robust creative writing center for 2020 and decades beyond.

Board Chair Statement

Some of our greatest successes and challenges fall into the same category: increasing the diversity of the voices represented in literature. GrubStreet has done a fantastic job of welcoming marginalized voices into the writing community. Tangible efforts such as expanding the canon of texts taught in every class, bringing classes into overlooked neighborhoods, expanding financial aid, and increasing the diversity of our staff and board have gone a long way to attract younger students and a wide range of racial, socio-economic, sexual and identity oriented, ethnic, and religious backgrounds into the fold. But we have much work to do, and making a sustainable impact requires long-term investment. Additional funds will be used to expand those programs that have proven successful and are producing measurable results.

This work will also help ensure that literature and the craft of superior narrative remain vibrant in Boston and our society at large. Creative writing is often the “forgotten art.” While visual and performing arts tend to garner the lion’s share of attention and investment in our country, every opera, play, song, movie, or even ballet is undergirded by a great story. GrubStreet aims to keep well-crafted language and compelling narrative alive. I fully believe that it is through sharing our stories that we will heal our cultural divides.

As for my personal commitment, I came to GrubStreet as a writing student and aspiring novelist. I was immediately impressed by everything they do, from the level of instruction available, to the supportive community they have created, to the quality of their flagship conference. I can unequivocally say that my novel would not have come to life, nor would it be on the path to publication, were it not for the craft, community and connections I have built during my time at GrubStreet. And as an entrepreneur and MBA with lots of resources and connections but no toehold in the creative world, it is clear to me that there are countless writers, with important stories to tell, who are highly unlikely to find support for their work without an organization like GrubStreet.

Boston is equally known for its incredible educational options and its racial divides. We are a place of both tradition and innovation, a home to both old money and no money. The written word has the power to bridge these divides, and GrubStreet has the tools to do just hat. It was long ago said that “the pen is mightier than the sword.” We need to raise our pens higher than ever before.

Geographic Area Served

City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)
City of Boston- Downtown
City of Boston- Back Bay
City of Boston- Beacon Hill/ West End
City of Boston- Charlestown
City of Boston- Chinatown/ Leather District
City of Boston- North Dorchester
City of Boston- South Dorchester
City of Boston- Downtown
City of Boston- East Boston
City of Boston- Fenway/ Kenmore
City of Boston- Hyde Park
City of Boston- Jamaica Plain
City of Boston- Mattapan
City of Boston- Mission Hill
City of Boston- North End
City of Boston- Roslindale
City of Boston- Roxbury
City of Boston- South Boston
City of Boston- South End/Bay Village
City of Boston- Allston/ Brighton

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Humanities
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Civics & Outreach Programming

GrubStreet's Civics & Outreach Programming works to encourage the creation of meaningful works of literature from every corner of the city through neighborhood workshops, the Boston Literary Cultural District (BLCD), and public events, such as The Boston Write-In.
In 2016, GrubStreet launched Write Down the Street with the Boston Public Library, offering free weekly, bilingual, one-­hour drop-­in classes in two low-income neighborhoods (Dorchester and Roxbury). In addition to continuing to offer workshops at local library branches, GrubStreet has also begun to provide workshops in community locations, such as the Brookview House, which serves homeless women and their children.
The BLCD, a project spearheaded by GrubStreet, brings together 8 executive partner organizations and businesses to "make the literary visible" through robust programming and creative placemaking.
Lastly, in partnership with the Boston Public Library and Facing History & Ourselves, GrubStreet hosted the first Boston Write-In, an afternoon of public storytelling in support of recent immigrants and refugees, in May 2017.
Budget  $122,975.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success 
The short term success of neighborhood programs such as Write Down the Street include removing financial and location barriers to enable writers from low-income households and communities of color to access mentorship and support. We've served over 200 students in the classes held at library branches during the past year, with 60% of students identifying as people of color. 
The BLD short term successes include generating more engagement in local literary attractions, creative placemaking through literary benches and a mural near Downtown Crossing, and continuing to offer programming that makes the literary visible, such as the LitCrawl before the annual Boston Book Festival, in which local authors host readings in unconventional spaces, such as hair salons and laundromats.
The short term success of the Boston Write-In includes increased engagement of immigrants, as well as immigrant rights and anti-bias groups, through public storytelling. Held on the steps of the Boston Public Library, the event provided antique typewriters, over-sized Post-It notes, a portable sound booth, and a stage so nearly 100 teens and adults could share their stories with a diverse audience.
Program Long-Term Success 
By offering free creative writing workshops at library branches and community organizations located in underserved neighborhoods throughout Boston, GrubStreet is working toward our long-term goals of making our programs accessible to writers from low-income households and communities of color and increasing representation of writers of color in the publishing world.
The Boston Literary District is the first cultural district in the country dedicated to the literary arts. Boston is known for a rich literary history, but it also has a flourishing contemporary writing scene. The BLD bridges the gap between past and present, reader and writer. Through GrubStreet's leadership, the BLD will increase public engagement in the city's literary culture and make the city a destination for readers and writers alike.
The Boston Write-In helps capture the stories of citizens within our city, with particular attention to immigrants and refugees. By highlighting experiences of those who have experienced displacement and immigration, The Boston Write-In helped foster a greater understanding of the city's past and present for all its residents.
Program Success Monitored By 
The successes of our neighborhoods programs, the Boston Literary District, and events such as the Boston Write-In are monitored by GrubStreet staff and the executive committee. Surveys are distributed in neighborhood classes and at BLD events to gauge impact and to better guide future programming. GrubStreet is also hiring an Advocacy Coordinator who will support evaluation of civics and outreach programming.
Examples of Program Success 
The bilingual workshops offered in neighborhood locations have received great reception from student participants. As U-M. M. wrote, "I took a bilingual class this spring, made new writer friends, learned new skills & ways to present my ideas...I encourage others to take it too!!" Another student wrote, "Very glad GrubStreet is reaching out to the Latino community by offering these classes in public libraries."
The Literary Cultural District is making its mark on the city through creative programming and encouraging collaboration. A highlight of the last year, for example, was the "Construction of Self" series, featuring a reading by Boston's Poet Laureate Danielle Legros Georges at the Boston Athenaeum and a Story Slam competition between Suffolk University and GrubStreet.
The Boston Write-In enabled GrubStreet to collect many stories from recent immigrants and refugees, which are now being distributed on the GrubWrites blog and by our partners. As a note left on one of our typewriters stated: “It is up to us, we the people, to introduce ourselves to the unfamiliar and learn the stories of the other. We the people are the change.”

Core & Advanced Programs

GrubStreet offers single-day and multi-week writing courses in all levels of fiction, poetry, the novel, screenwriting, playwriting, memoir, and more. Through tracked programming, we encourage the highest level of artistic creation, and push our writers to apply for our advanced workshops such as the Novel Incubator. Our workshops are affordably priced and need- and merit-based scholarships are available.
Budget  $1,592,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Adults
Program Short-Term Success  Short term successes include encouraging artistic creation for all, regardless of age, sexual orientation, gender, race, or socioeconomic status; student publications in local and national magazines, newspapers, and journals, both in print and online; and securing book deals. One of our 2016 Incubator scholarship recipients stated that "I have never known a more supportive yet challenging environment for writing."
Program Long-Term Success  Our students are dedicated and work hard to improve the quality of their writing. Many have published with respected literary journals and major publishing houses. Our Incubator programs in particular have demonstrated unparalleled success: fully 22% of our Novel Incubator alumni have received book deals, an outcome that's rarely achieved by most respected MFA programs.
In addition, we draw students from all backgrounds and from every age group. Boston is an incredibly diverse city, and we are working hard to make sure our classrooms reflect that diversity. This is also important as we work to ensure that the future of publishing also reflects this diversity on a national scale. Of the 2,571 adults and teens who took creative writing courses in 2016, 15% identify as people of color, 43% were under 40, 75% identify as female, and 10% identify as LGBT.
Program Success Monitored By  Program success is monitored by the programming team at GrubStreet. Surveys are distributed at the end of every class, collecting qualitative and quantitative feedback about the instructor and content of the class. Through focus groups and community-wide surveys, we are continually working to improve our programming to meet the needs of our community. In 2016, 95% of students reported that they were satisfied with our programs.
Examples of Program Success 
GrubStreet has seen incredible success in the past few years:
  • GrubStreet's Artistic Director Christopher Castellani won a Guggenheim Award in 2014 in support of his alt-historical novel
  • Both our Incubator program instructors, Michelle Hoover and Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, won NEA fellowships in 2014
  • 22% of our Novel Incubator alumni have received book deals
  • Over 2/3 of Massachusetts Cultural Council awards for writers went to GrubStreet-affiliated authors in 2016
  • GrubStreet Literary Council member Celeste Ng's novel Everything I Never Told You was listed as an NEA "Big Read"
  • A short story by our Muse Conference Assistant Director was included in the 2017 Best American Short Stories anthology

Muse and the Marketplace

Our three-day literary conference, The Muse and the Marketplace ("The Muse" for short), gives aspiring writers a better understanding of the craft of fiction and non-fiction, prepares them for the changing world of publishing and promotion, and creates opportunities for meaningful networking. Established and emerging authors lead 100+ interactive sessions on the craft of writing – the “muse” side of things – while editors, literary agents and other industry professionals tackle the business side – the “marketplace.” Though 800+ presenters and participants will attend, GrubStreet creates a wonderfully intimate atmosphere designed to give everyone access to the wealth of talent on both sides of the classroom.
Budget  $475,881.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Publishing
Population Served Adults
Program Short-Term Success 
GrubStreet has made great strides in creating an inclusive literary conference. The 2017 Muse and the Marketplace drew 568 attendees. For the first time, we offered a Writers of Color Track, which featured sessions such as “Race and the Situation of the Writer in 2017” led by David Mura; “Do I Need to Explain That? On Cultural & Linguistic Translation” with Sonya Larson, Jennifer De Leon and Celeste Ng; and the “Agents and Editors of Color Roundtable.” We increased our scholarship budget to $10,000 and received 86 applications from writers of color, a substantial increase from the 12 applications received from writers of color in 2016. These efforts at conducting outreach and creating programming that address issues of inclusion in publishing will support our long-term efforts to increase access.
Program Long-Term Success  The long-term goal of the Muse and the Marketplace is to shift the focus of the publishing industry at large towards inclusion, access, and equity. According to a survey by Publisher's Weekly, “of the 630 [publishing professionals] who identified their race, 89% described themselves as white/Caucasian, with 3% selecting Asian and another 3% indicating Hispanic. Only 1% said they are African-American.” The vibrancy of the literary arts is under threat, and GrubStreet is working through the Muse conference to move the needle through conversations, networking, and sharing ideas between attendees and presenters alike.
Program Success Monitored By  Program success is monitored by The Muse and the Marketplace team. Through attendee and presenter surveys, we are able to assess attendee satisfaction, track demographic data, measure the success of our targeted outreach, and correct issues as they arise.
Examples of Program Success 
Program success testimonies:
"The range of workshops--and attendees--is wonderful. The blend of intelligentsia with real world practice is just perfect, and much more lively and inclusive than any workshops an MFA could offer. Many of my fellow participants were advanced writers and this isn't often the case at other conferences. The Muse attracts a wide range AND has plenty of offerings for people who've already been published. The venue is special and lovely, too; such a great setting. I loved the energy and kindness. Most of all, I love GrubStreet's very conscious inclusion of all groups/types/identities/humans. I don't know what improvements you could make, really."
- 2017 Muse Conference attendee 

“GrubStreet is the reason my novel is being published. Let me rephrase: without GrubStreet, my novel would not have been published, or probably even completed. And this is for two reasons: the classes I took there, where every instructor made me believe I could write this book, and The Muse conference, where I met an agent that introduced me to my publisher. If you are a Boston-area aspiring author, there is no logical reason why you shouldn’t call GrubStreet right now and say, ‘I want in’.”

- Connie Mayo, author of The Island of Worthy Boys

Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP)

Our Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP) aims to inspire teenagers with a passion for creative writing and connect them with a diverse group of like-minded teens. Through free monthly Saturday Sessions, teen writing camps, slam poetry team, and our signature, stipended Teen Summer Fellowship, we actively work to ensure there is another generation of readers and writers, and to help local teens develop their writing skills and gain a sense of agency.
Budget  $263,364.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  YAWP has many short-term successes. These successes include our teens getting published; recently, a former Teen Summer Fellow named Ruth Ballard won the Poetry on the T contest, and had her poetry published on MBTA buses and trains. Other short term successes include fostering connections between students from different racial and socioeconomic backgrounds and developing writing skills to help teen students approach the college application process with confidence.

In the summer of 2016, our Teen Fellows reported that they:

· Honed their writing skills (94%),

· Became more comfortable sharing their writing with others (88%),

· Learned a process to make writing easier/less painful for school (76%), and

· Learned better how to motivate themselves to write (71%).

Program Long-Term Success  In addition to providing a constructive outlet, YAWP creates meaning and purpose, builds confidence, and develops writing skills. Because arts funding is being slashed in education budgets across the country, the next generation does not have the resources to adequately express themselves. YAWP bridges that gap and helps teens to access their agency, thoughtfully interpret the world around them, and build empathy between teens from different racial and socioeconomic backgrounds. Educating the next generation is a key part of GrubStreet's mission to ensure that the future is democratic, equitable, and just.
Program Success Monitored By  Program success is monitored by our Youth Programs Manager. GrubStreet surveys students to determine what the program has helped them accomplish. Last year, we piloted a comprehensive methodology based on the Boston Youth Arts Evaluation Project framework to measure key outcomes. We will survey students in all YAWP programming in 2017 to determine success in the following:

I CREATE (builds artistic, problem solving, and expressive skills)

I AM (strengthens identity: confidence, informed cultural identity)

WE CONNECT (develops community: civic engagement and contribute to inclusive community)

Examples of Program Success 
 Often, the success of our programs cannot be summed up by a single story or statistic. Teen Fellow Ruth Ballard shares an experience that is commonly shared by our students:
"My experience was not singular. Through freedom of expression combined with stellar instruction, I watched these students make incredible strides as writers and as people. We become better listeners and better speakers, insightful analysts, creative powerhouses.
In the last three years, I’ve worked in YAWP’s classes and camps, our slam team, and the three-week YAWP teen writer’s fellowship. Each experience helped me to improve a different part of my writer-self and my actual self, and helped me make some of the closest friendships I’ve ever had. And I keep coming back. Because I have found a place where my words and ideas matter, where I will always be pushed to be the very best that I can be, and because the GrubStreet community has a unique ability to make all writers, regardless of age, feel like they belong."

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Ms. Eve Bridburg
CEO Term Start Apr 2010
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Eve Bridburg is the Founder and Executive Director of GrubStreet. Under her leadership, the organization has grown into a national literary powerhouse by expanding offerings to better educate and equip writers in the digital age, launching new, innovative programming for advanced students, and significantly expanding scholarship opportunities to ensure access. Eve curated GrubStreet’s NEA-funded Publish it Forward lecture series and our innovative Launch Lab, led GrubStreet’s Diversity Task force, laying the foundation for GrubStreet’s next chapter, and was the driving force behind establishing the country’s first Literary Cultural District in downtown Boston. Eve’s work has been recognized by Boston Magazine, who named her one of Boston’s 50 most powerful women in 2010, and by ​BostInno Magazine who gave her their 2014 Arts and Entertainment Award for driving innovation in Boston. Having graduated from its inaugural class, Eve remains active with the National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program, a consortium of 200 of the world’s top cultural leaders, which addresses the critical issues that face the arts and cultural sector worldwide. Eve has presented on publishing, the future of publishing, and on what it takes to build a literary arts center at numerous conferences, including the Association of Writers and Publishers, O’Reilly’s Tools of Change, GrubStreet’s own The Muse and the Marketplace, Whidbey Island Writers Conference, The Sanibel Island Writers Conference, and Writers at Work. She has also given many talks to local groups about the importance of the narrative arts. Eve worked as a literary agent at The Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Literary Agency for five happy years where she developed, edited, and sold a wide variety of books to major publishers.
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Mr. Christopher Castellani Artistic Director Christopher Castellani is the author of three novels, each published by Algonquin Books: A Kiss from Maddalena (2003) won the Massachusetts Book Award, was a Top Ten BookSense pick, and has been published in five countries and three languages; The Saint of Lost Things (2005) was long-listed for the IMPAC/Dublin award and was also published abroad; All This Talk of Love was published in February 2013. In addition, he has contributed essays on creative writing to numerous anthologies, including Naming The World, edited by Bret Anthony Johnston, Now Write! edited by Sherry Ellis, and, most recently, Mentors, Muses and Monsters: 30 Writers on the People Who Changed Their Lives, edited by Elizabeth Benedict. Chris has been involved with GrubStreet since 2000, when, upon graduation from the MFA program at Boston University, he was hired to teach his first fiction workshop. He has since held many positions at the organization, including head instructor, board member, and Executive Director. Throughout his time at GrubStreet, Chris has had the great pleasure and honor of hiring the instructors who’ve formed the core curriculum and working with them to make the organization as rigorous and supportive as it can be. Of all his accomplishments at Grub, Chris is particularly proud of his work as the curator and visionary of “The Muse and the Marketplace,” Grub Street's flagship annual event, which gathers 500+ authors, editors, agents and aspiring writers from all over the world. Each year, Chris works to create the most dynamic mix of authors, editors, literary agents and special guests so that emerging and aspiring writers will have a truly unique, inspired, and one-of-a-kind experience. Chris's unique and rigorous artistic vision coupled with his ability to bring in world-renowned writers like Julia Alvarez, Chuck Palahniuk, Ann Patchett, Jonathan Franzen, Grace Paley and Charles Baxter as keynotes have set a new standard for writing conferences and made the Muse a national model. 
Mr. Ian Jude Chio Director of Finance and Administration As Director of Finance and Administration, Ian Jude Chio brings over sixteen years of financial and business management experience to GrubStreet. He is responsible for the overall management of GrubStreet’s financials which includes but is not limited to financial reporting, cash flow management, budgeting, financial planning, and employee contracts and benefits administration. Prior to coming to GrubStreet, Ian Jude served as Vice President of Finance and Administration at Schneider Associates, a Boston public relations firm, where he worked for almost a decade. Before moving from his native California to Boston in 2005, Ian Jude owned and operated a Mail Boxes Etc franchise and served as an elementary school librarian. He holds a Master of Arts in Colonial American History and has completed accounting coursework at Harvard Extension School.
Ms. Sonya Larson Director of Muse Conference and Advocacy

Sonya Larson joined GrubStreet in 2005, and helped to grow the organization from offering 80 classes a year to nearly 600. Since then, she has managed GrubStreet's many and proliferating programs, and served as Program Director for several years.

Recently the Assistant Director of the Muse and the Marketplace, Sonya oversaw the staff, organization, sponsorship, and execution of GrubStreet's annual conference of 800+ writers, guest authors, literary agents, editors, and publishing innovators. Sonya also represented GrubStreet at conferences nationwide, including AWP, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and Book Expo America. In 2017, Sonya was promoted to Director of the Muse Conference and Advocacy, which will allow her to lead the conception of future conferences and focus on increasing the accessibility of GrubStreet's programming.

Sonya's short fiction and nonfiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Best American Short Stories 2017, American Short Fiction, The American Literary Review, Poets & Writers, The Writer's Chronicle,, West Branch, Salamander, Memorious, Del Sol Review, The Red Mountain Review, and The Hub. She has received awards and honors from Best American Short Stories 2017 and 2015, Glimmer Train, Meridian, Salamander, the American Literary Review, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is at work on a novel about a Chinese community living in rural Mississippi in the 1930s, which earned her an Emerging Artist Award from the St. Botolph Club Foundation. In 2016, she was awarded the Grace Paley Fiction Fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center.

Sonya received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she served as editor of The Madison Review, and is currently studying fiction in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

Ms. Alison Murphy Director of Programs and Marketing As Director of Programs and Marketing at GrubStreet, Alison Murphy oversees the design, execution, and marketing of all Grub programming to create the best possible creative environment for our students and instructors. Alison graduated from Boston University with a BLA in Interdisciplinary Studies. Before coming to Grub she had many careers including documentarian, commercial production coordinator, and fundraiser, but is now thrilled to have found a professional home at GrubStreet. In her spare time, she teaches creative writing to inmates in the prison system. When not at Grub, Alison can usually be found at her laptop with her faithful basset hound Murray at her feet, writing about war and pop culture. Her nonfiction can be found in ROAR Magazine, Men's Journal,, and elsewhere.
Ms. Stephanie Poggi Director of Development As the Development Director, Stephanie Poggi works to ensure that GrubStreet has the resources to meet its ambitious goals, including dramatically increasing access for underserved communities. Before coming to GrubStreet, Stephanie helped to lead and raise funds for literary journals, reproductive rights and justice efforts, and racial and economic justice campaigns. She also worked as a journalist and editor for many years, including as editor-in-chief of Sojourner: The Women’s Forum and as news and then features editor of Gay Community News. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College, and back in the day, she earned a double major in Feminist Studies and Italian from Stanford University. She is revising her first novel.


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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 12
Number of Part Time Staff 3
Number of Volunteers 6
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 3
Caucasian: 8
Hispanic/Latino: 3
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): n/a
Gender Female: 10
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually


Board Chair Ms. Kathy Sherbrooke
Board Chair Company Affiliation Freelance Writer
Board Chair Term Mar 2015 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Jeanne Blasberg Squashbusters Voting
Ms. Eve Bridburg GrubStreet Executive Director Voting
Ms. Christy Cashman Saint Aire Productions Voting
Ms. Jennifer DeLeon Writer and Educator Voting
Mr. Ethan Gilsdorf Freelance Writer, GrubStreet Instructor Voting
Ms. Alice Hoffman Author Voting
Ms. Sharissa Jones Writer and retired financial investor Voting
Ms. Jill Ellen Karp Karp Family Foundation Voting
Ms. Sondra Levenson The Coolidge, Hadassah, and Uniting Against Lung Cancer Voting
Mr. Jeffery Mayersohn Harvard Book Store Voting
Mr. Vinay Mehra The Boston Globe Voting
Ms. Augusta Meill Continuum Voting
Mr. Timothy Oliveri Piperi Restaurants Voting
Ms. Deborah Plummer Bussey UMass Boston Medical School Voting
Ms. Kathy Sherbrooke Freelance Writer Voting
Ms. Anita Shreve Author Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 12
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): n/a
Gender Female: 11
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

  • Advancement
  • Board Governance
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Education
  • Executive
  • Finance

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $2,738,226.00
Projected Expense $2,738,226.00
Form 990s

2015 990

2014 990

2013 990

2012 990

Audit Documents

2015 Audited Financials

2014 Audited Financials

2013 Audited Financials

2012 Audited Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $2,065,596 $1,883,107 $1,612,293
Total Expenses $1,924,271 $1,852,397 $1,654,387

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- $0
Individual Contributions $598,231 $484,247 $348,537
Indirect Public Support -- -- $0
Earned Revenue $1,333,014 $1,249,120 $1,171,900
Investment Income, Net of Losses $1,075 $562 $97
Membership Dues $84,670 $84,523 $90,960
Special Events $46,790 $62,900 $0
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $1,816 $1,755 $799

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $1,525,441 $1,385,905 $1,302,306
Administration Expense $258,603 $256,332 $213,727
Fundraising Expense $140,227 $210,160 $138,354
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.07 1.02 0.97
Program Expense/Total Expenses 79% 75% 79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 22% 38% 40%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $812,862 $636,830 $580,553
Current Assets $714,467 $501,767 $451,307
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $276,446 $241,739 $216,172
Total Net Assets $536,416 $395,091 $364,381

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --

Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 2.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 2.58 2.08 2.09

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's IRS Form 990s.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


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