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ZIP Code 01701: ‘The Start of Something'



Radio Boston and The Drum, Boston’s Audio Literary Magazine have teamed up to ask you to write about your neighborhoods, in a project called ZIP-Code Stories. We are happy to announce this round’s ZIP-Code Stories winner: author, Liz Moore.

Moore is an author and writing professor who now lives in Philadelphia and has won round two with her story “The Start of Something” about her native Framingham.

Moore’s second book, “Heft,” will be published by W.W. Norton and Company.  She joins us in studio to read her story and talk about her evolving feelings towards her hometown.



  • LISTEN: Liz Moore reads her whole story for The Drum
  • Round Three: We’ve chosen the following ZIP-Codes:  01930 (Gloucester), 02301 (Brockton), 02131 (Roslindale), and 02482 (Wellesley).  Remember, you don’t have to live in these ZIP codes, your stories simply have to take place there.  Your fiction or non-fiction must be 500 words or less.

The deadline is January 9th at 10pm EST.  Learn how to submit here.



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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=574232735 Kristen Hanssen Goodell

    This was great!  This story explained exactly how I felt when I left my hometown (Milford) for Colby College.  I had a similar awakening about wealth and society, and now, later, a similar fondness has developed for my background as I practice Family Medicine in Medford – similar to Milford in many ways.  I am perfectly comfortable with and understanding of my patients there; they are just like the people I grew up with.

  • http://irish-undaground.tumblr.com Beth Parkhurst

    The story’s set in the terrain of youth but is also about outsider-ness at any age.  I’m twice as old as the author, but her words evoked how I felt when an acquaintance offered me directions to drive home without having to go through my own neighborhood.   The story also elegantly captured the outsider/insider feeling of returning home after having settled in another place. 

  • http://www.bluestockingredcarpet.com Jennifer

    As a native of the diverse D.C. area, I see Framingham as a unique town in Massachusetts offering what a recent Tom Asbrook show observed was a declining American phenomenon: an integrated community of wealth, middle class, working class, immigrants, and so on. Its lack of exclusivity is a cultural asset to those who would come and go.

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