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Write on the Dot to release journal featuring Dorchester authors

Posted by Patrick Rosso  May 13, 2013 09:00 AM

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For the second year Write on the Dot, a collaboration between UMass Boston students and Dorchester authors, will release its literary journal.

Featuring talent from Columbia Point to Codman Square, the book holds the works of both long-time Dorchester residents, newcomers, and college students.

“We have both award winning authors and beginners in there,” Aaron Devine, one of the founders of the group, recently told “It’s a really lovely literary hodgepodge.”

The group will unveil the new volume this weekend at the Dorchester Fringe Festival, a two-day celebration of Dorchester arts and culture.

“We’re just excited to be part of it,” said Devine. “We don’t really know what to expect.”

Members of the group will be conducting readings from the new journal during the festival, another milestone for Write on the Dot, which only formed two-years ago.

“We formed to promote and support local writers from all over Dorchester,” said Devine, a graduate student at UMass Boston. “We try to bring people together so they can enjoy local work.”

Over the past two years through reading series at local establishments Write on the Dot has given a stage to over 50 writers connected to Dorchester.

“It’s really cool how much of a base we’ve established,” said Devine. “The community was already there, but we were able to connect each other.”

Although promoting works from the other end of the Red Line is an important aspect of the group, Devine added that being a community partner is also part of the group’s mission and a reason why it was recently named the 2013 Beacon Program of the Year Award at the UMass Boston Beacon Leadership Award Ceremony.

“We try to create spaces where everyone from the community can come together,” said Devine.

With readings, book drivers, and teen writing workshops, Devine said he is excited for what the festival and the future holds for the group.

“It’s been a really awesome experience,” said Devine, who will graduate from UMass this year. “It’s been great discovering just how much exists between all the writers and the people that want to hear them. "

The Dorchester Fringe Festival will be held May 17-18 at the Savin Bar + Kitchen and the recently opened Erick Jean Center for the Arts.

The event is free and will include theater, poetry, music, comedy, and more.

For more information about the event, click here.

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