Professor, College of Public and Community Service, University of Massachusetts/Boston
I have been teaching at the University of Massachusetts/Boston for almost twenty years, and New Words bookstore has been a valuable resource for my students. I always sent them to browse and find interesting books as well as sometimes attend book readings. There is a great need for provocative, thoughtful and interesting writing for and about women, and New Words has always met that need. I think that a Center for New Words focusing on writing workshops, book clubs, book readings and other talks would be very valuable for the community. I would continue to send students there for intellectual stimulation and conversation and I support its creation wholeheartedly.