Noepe Center for Literary Arts opens on Martha’s Vineyard

Justen Ahren (second from left) with writers currently in residence: Anna Sequoia, Stephanie Ann Smith, and Laurie Ducharme Lepik. — Photo by Gwyn McAllister

The new Noepe Center for Literary Arts kicked off its summer season of workshops, classes, and readings with a launch party last Thursday, June 20.

The Point Way Inn in Edgartown, home to the center,was the setting for a lawn party featuring cocktails, snacks, music, and a reading by poet Fanny Howe. Justen Ahren, founder and director, briefly explained the center’s mission: to foster the literary arts and to provide space and time for writers to create new works through a series of residencies.

The Noepe Center sprung from the Martha’s Vineyard Writer’s Residency which, since 2007, has hosted writers from all over the world. The residencies will continue, but the center will also add many public events including week-long workshops open to both locals and out-of-towners who can participate on a live-in basis.

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