Pros&Conversation 2024

05.23.2024

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Celebrate literacies of belonging with WriteBoston.

Thursday, May 23, 2024

5:30 - 8:30pm | CitySpace, 890 Commonwealth Ave


Join WriteBoston for Pros&Conversation: our annual fundraiser and a chance to celebrate the accomplishments of our students, teachers, and community.

Guests will hear compelling conversations between acclaimed published authors and Teens in Print youth writers. They’ll also mingle with some of our writers, pick up free copies of the authors’ books, and enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres with friends.

Featured Authors

Carmen Fields

Carmen Fields is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist known for her role as host and producer at WHDH-TV, showcasing her commitment to impactful storytelling. Her book, Going Back to T-Town: The Ernie Fields Territory Big Band, celebrates the rich history of her father’s legendary jazz ensemble and was recently nominated for Best Biography / Autobiography of the year by the Jazz Journalists Association.

Porsha Olayiwola

Porsha Olayiwola blends her talents as a poet, performer, educator, and curator to inspire and challenge audiences, currently serving as the City of Boston’s Poet Laureate. Her acclaimed work, “i shimmer sometimes, too,” highlights her skill as the Individual World Poetry Slam Champion, reflecting her unique voice rooted in Afro-futurism, magical realism, and sci-fi.

Dr. Kimberly N. Parker

Dr. Kimberly N. Parker is dedicated to transforming education as an educator and as the Director of the Crimson Summer Academy at Harvard, focusing on access and equity. Her book, Literacy is Liberation: Working Toward Justice Through Culturally Relevant Teaching, articulates her vision for a more just and inclusive educational system.

Event Committee

Sylvia Baedorf Kassis
The MRCT Center

Ari Branz
St. Stephen’s Youth Programs

Lauren Cosulich
Summit Trail Advisors

Doris Iarovici
Harvard University

Alexandra Indira Sanyal
Argus

Glynn Lloyd
Mill Cities Community Investments

Chris Lydon
Radio Open Source

Suzanne McGlone
Boston Public Schools

Eva Mitchell
Coalition for Career Development Center

Linda Nathan
Harvard Graduate School of Education

Sung-Joon Pai
Hale Education

Melissa Rodriguez
Bade Law Group

Scott Zoback
Argus

Event Sponsors

Jenny & Jay Leopold

Media Sponsors

Contact Us

For more information about the event, including registration or sponsorship options, please contact Mariah Villarreal at mariahvillarreal@writeboston.org.


Pros&Conversation 2023

05.11.2023

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Celebrate the transformative power of learning and literacy.

Thursday, May 11, 2023

6 - 8pm | UMass Club, Downtown Boston


Join WriteBoston for Pros&Conversation: our annual fundraiser and a chance to celebrate the accomplishments of our students, teachers, and community.

Guests will hear compelling conversations between acclaimed published authors and Teens in Print youth writers. They’ll also mingle with some of our writers, pick up free copies of the authors’ books, and enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres with friends.

Featured Authors*

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Simon Han

Author of the novel, Nights When Nothing Happened and professor of fiction at Tufts.

Pacifique Irankunda

Author of the memoir, The Tears of a Man Flow Inward: Growing up in the Civil War in Burundi. 

Jaime Lowe

Author of Breathing Fire: Female Inmate Firefighters on the Front Lines of California Wildfires and the memoir, Mental. 

Heather McGhee

Author of The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together.

* Simon Han, Pacifique Irankunda, and Jaime Lowe will join our event panel in person. Heather McGhee will participate in a pre-recorded interview with a TiP student, which we’ll air at the event.

Event Committee

Sylvia Baedorf Kassis, MPH
Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center & Writer

Misook DesJardins
Babson College

Maureen Franco
PRE Commercial

Maura Hogan
Burson Cohn & Wolfe

Briana Howe
Fidelity

Sam Howe
Nixon Peabody LLP

Nicole Iannucci
Denterlein

Doris Iarovici
Community Volunteer

Cynthia Mohr
Philanthropist and Volunteer

Jeffrey Musman
Seyfarth

Lisa Jenks
Lisa Clark Jenks Design, LLC and Community Volunteer / Mentor

Alexandra Indira Sanyal
ThinkArgus

Tom Snow
Sanofi

Daniel Vidaña
President, Innovation Studios

Ruth Weinstein
Freshman Fresh Start 

Event Sponsors

Jenny & Jay Leopold 

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Media Sponsors

Contact Us

For more information about the event, including registration or sponsorship options, please contact Liberty Britz at libertybritz@writeboston.org.