A home for literary Philly, Blue Stoop's mission is to support and nurture writers and readers from all walks of life who live in the greater Philadelphia area.
We believe storytelling and writing makes us smarter, more empathetic, and more connected.
We promise to make our programs inclusive and will prioritize lifting the voices of writers of color, queer and trans writers, and working class writers.
We seek to foster deeper relationships with preexisting community resources in Philadelphia, a city whose rich literary history far predates Blue Stoop.
Our dream is to one day have our own accessible, physical space for the literary community to call home, while also connecting with preexisting literary institutions throughout the city so we can think broadly and creatively together about Philadelphia's literary landscape and future.
The name Blue Stoop comes from a poem by Thomas Devaney which is in turn inspired by a photo by Philadelphia photographer Zoe Strauss. We felt both pieces of art speak to the beauty, openness, and DIY spirit of the artists in our scrappy city.
Our logo was designed by the wonderful Herbie Hickmott.
It all started when a critical mass of Philadelphia writers came together in May 2018 to start working towards creating a hub for literary culture--a place where writers and readers in Philadelphia can meet, work, take or offer high-quality and inclusive writing classes, and hold readings and events.
As we work towards the dream of a space of our own, Blue Stoop is a community-driven project to promote, sustain, and nurture the writers and readers of Philadelphia and beyond. Right now it's administrated by the writers Joshua Demaree, Emma Eisenberg, Raena Shirali, and Boston Gordon.
We are a fiscally sponsored 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization through Culture Works Philadelphia.
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