Community Hero Spotlight: Mary Haft

Each year Nantucket Bank asks members of the community to nominate local individuals and organizations that have had major impacts on their communities. The top 12 heroes are selected by a committee and featured in the following year’s Community Hero Calendar.


Mary Haft Community Hero


July 2018 Community Hero


Mary Haft has been passionately connected to the island since she first set foot on Nantucket. Mary is the co-founder of the Nantucket Book Festival and a longtime board member of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, a nonprofit literary organization that promotes a lifelong love of reading. Mary brought the PEN/Faulkner Writers in Schools program to Nantucket and created the Nantucket Book Festival’s Visiting Author program and Young Writer Award. Her message to students is very clear; living on an island does not limit one’s imagination or potential.


Mary Haft is sending her $1,000 donation from the Blue Hills Bank Foundation to the Nantucket Book Foundation.


Thank you, Mary, for your dedication to inspiring the youth of Nantucket to read and write.