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Emerson Poets to Celebrate Newly Renovated City Hall Plaza

Porsha Olayiwola in lobby
Boston Poet Laureate and Emerson graduate student Porsha Olayiwola is artistic director of Mass LEAP. Emerson and Mass LEAP are partnering to relaunch a successful poetry and spoken word festival. File photo

Writing, Literature and Publishing affiliated faculty members and poets Porsha Olayiwola, MFA ’22 and Anna Ross will present their work at a celebration for the reopening of Boston City Hall Plaza on Friday, November 18, 5:00-8:00 pm.

Olayiwola, Boston’s poet laureate, will emcee the poet lineup during the event, which is hosted by the city’s Arts and Culture Cabinet and will also feature a digital projection and lighting installation by Jeff Grantz/ILLUMINUS Boston featuring images by Artists for Humanity, and music by DJ WhySham.

Earlier in the day, from 11:00 am-2:00 pm, there will be a family-friendly ribbon-cutting event featuring tours of the new plaza and entertainment.

The newly renovated plaza now features universal accessibility, new communal spaces, better environmental sustainability, and critical infrastructure improvements.

“City Hall Plaza is a space to bring people together and build community,” said Mayor Michelle Wu. “I’m grateful for the work of all our City workers and partners to transform the plaza into a welcoming, resilient, and accessible space for residents and visitors to enjoy.”

For more information about the plaza renovation, and a detailed schedule of events, visit

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