The purpose of the Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston is to honor Edgar Allan Poe in the city where he was born on Jan. 19, 1809. We hope to stimulate cultural tourism by promoting interest in Poe’s controversial role in the literary heritage of Boston and in the importance of Boston and New England to Poe’s development as a man and as one of America’s most influential writers.

The primary activity of the Poe Foundation of Boston has been to advocate for the creation of a permanent Poe memorial to be installed in Edgar Allan Poe Square, on the southeast corner of Boylston Street and Charles Street South, between Park Square and Boston Common. It has issued a Call for Artists: Request for Qualifications seeking applications before Aug. 15, 2011, in coordination with the Boston Art Commission.

RFQ UPDATE: Many thanks to the 265 talented artists (from 42 states and 13 countries) who submitted their qualifications for consideration before the Edgar Allan Poe Public Art Project’s Aug. 15th deadline. The project review committee - which intends to announce three finalists on Sept. 16, 2011 - has a tough but exciting job ahead. 

For more information about Poe and his relationship to Boston, please visit the groundbreaking Poe Bicentennial exhibition online The Raven in the Frog Pond: Edgar Allan Poe and the City of Boston; and the walking tour of Poe’s Boston created for the Poe-Boston Bicentennial and featured in Boston Magazine as The Raven’s Trail.

The foundation also maintains a Facebook page with more up-to-date information about the foundation’s activities which is linked to the box at the top right of this page.


Poe’s Boston birthplace, 62 Carver St.

(now Charles St. South) was razed in 1959.

Poe’s U.S. Army base,

Fort Independence,

in South Boston

Boston’s Federal Street Theater where three

generations of Poes - Edgar’s maternal grandmother,

his mother and father, and Poe himself - performed

Poe’s mother, Eliza

1827, Poe’s first book, Tamerlane and Other Poems,“By A Bostonian”

“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.” 

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 Eliza Poe in 1808 (Edgar’s older brother Henry was also born in Boston.)


Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston, Inc.

160 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116, 617-448-7115