A hub for literary Philly, Blue Stoop's mission is to support and nurture writers and readers from all walks of life who live in greater Philadelphia. We believe storytelling and writing make us smarter, more empathetic, and more connected. Our programs are inclusive and prioritize lifting the voices of writers of color, queer and trans writers, and working class writers. We seek to foster deeper relationships between preexisting community resources in greater Philadelphia, a city whose rich literary history far predates Blue Stoop, and that Blue Stoop seeks to uphold in our work. 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, thinking broadly and creatively together about Philadelphia's literary landscape and future. We are a fiscally sponsored 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization through Culture Works Philadelphia.
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.
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 city. Our logo was designed by the wonderful Herbie Hickmott.
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 offer writing classes for serious early career writers, author events open to the public at venues around the city, and monthly happy hours on the third Sunday of each month at W/N W/N Coffee Bar. Come hang with us!
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