How a graduate student turned an indifferent professor and a cold-shouldered town around to embrace one of its most famous sons, and snowballed a small 2009 bicentennial tribute into 2014's spectacular Poe public art statue, "Poe Returning to Boston". It's been a ride, Eddy, but welcome home!
Poe leaving a trail of his work permanently embedded in the streets as part of Boston.
On October 5th, 2014, I stood with a group of Edgar Allan Poe enthusiasts on the sidewalk of Edgar Allan Poe Square in downtown Boston. The buzzing crowd continuously morphed and shifted like a school of fish, nimbly swelling and changing its shape. People swayed and fidgeted to get a better view of a figure draped in a heavy black cloth.
So, I of course had nothing to do with Poe’s birth in Boston, Massachusetts on January 19th, 1809. I also had no hand in Poe’s literary genius or his longstanding popularity. However, I am immensely honored to say that I played a small role in his homecoming in 2014. It was an event over five years (or, you could say 205 years) in the making.