There are many adjectives we could use to describe the summer of 2015 at Noepe Martha’s Vineyard Center for Literary Arts. If we were to pick a few; blossoming, fruitful and exciting come to mind. That’s because not only did we host a plethora of workshops, where our top-notch instructors worked with novice and seasoned writers to hone their craft, but we also held several events where writing stars shone brightly in our garden.
Our Thursdays in the Garden Open House —where we host weekly readings open to the public featuring music, sangria and snacks during the summer—brought us talent such as Pulitzer Prize winning fiction writers Junot Diaz and Geraldine Brooks, poet and first time novelist, Jennifer Tseng and former Poet Laureate of the United States, Billy Collins. We also hosted several of the writers attending the Martha’s Vineyard Book festival, including New York Times columnist and memoirist Charles Blow, Dead Wake and Devil In the White City author Eric Larson, along with Jeff Hobbs, author of the acclaimed The Short & Tragic Life of Robert Peace and MacArthur Fellow and National Book Award recipient, Ta-Nehisi Coates. Our events—which further the center’s mission of advancing the literary arts—drew hundreds of islanders and visitors who found them not just a cultural necessity but also fun. Here are some snaps from Noepe’s best summer, thus far!
photos by Anthony Rhoades