The purpose of Poe Boston is to honor Edgar Allan Poe in the city where he was born on January 19, 1809. Our goal is to stimulate interest in Poe’s controversial role in the literary heritage of Boston, and in the significance of New England to his development as both one of America’s most influential writers, and as a man.

One way Poe Boston has done this since 2009 has been to organize support for the installation of a statue of Poe near his birthplace. We are thrilled that a permanent design by sculptor Stefanie Rocknak was finally unveiled in Poe Square, at the downtown corner of Boylston and Charles Streets, on October 5, 2014. You can read about it in a front page Sunday, October 4th, New York Times article entitled Edgar Allan Poe’s Feud With Boston? Nevermore.

For additional details about Boston’s Poe public art project, see the web pages of its official sponsors, the Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston and the Boston Art Commission. The best information about Poe’s relationship with the city and its literary establishment can be explored online at the Poe Bicentennial Exhibition The Raven in the Frog Pond: Edgar Allan Poe and the City of Boston.

We also invite you to visit Boston. Here is a free download of “The Raven’s Trail,” our original map of Poe-related locations in the city. For the most up-to-date information, please follow Poe Boston on Facebook. Thank you very much for your interest in Edgar Allan Poe and in Boston!

Poe’s Boston birthplace, 62 Carver Street

(now Charles St. South) was torn down in 1959.

Poe Returning to Boston, the life-size bronze sculpture by Stefanie Rocknak was unveiled on October 5, 2014

Poe’s mother, Eliza

“Their poetry is not so good. Their common is no common thing–and the duck-pond might answer–if its answer could be heard for the frogs.” 

  1. Poe on the “Frogpondian” literary establishment of Boston, Nov. 1, 1845


“For my little son Edgar, who should ever love Boston, the place of his birth, and where his mother found her best and most sympathetic friends.”

• The inscription on a watercolor of Boston Harbor painted by actress Eliza Poe


Poe Boston Inc.

Dan Currie, digital curator

P.O. Box 5608   Boston, MA 02114

info@poeboston.org    617.448.7115

Poe Returning to Boston, crossing Poe Square at Boylston and Charles Streets and heading south toward his birthplace, two blocks away.

205 years after he was born here,

Edgar Allan Poe has returned to Boston

“Suddenly there came a tapping,

   as of someone gently rapping,

       rapping at my chamber door ...”