Massachusetts

In the fall of 2014, Danielle Legros Georges was chosen as the second poet laureate of Boston, Massachusetts. The author of The Dear Remote Nearness of You (Barrow Street Press, 2016) and Maroon (Curbstone Books, 2001), she is a professor at Lesley University.

In March 2015, Patrick Donnelly was named the seventh poet laureate of Northampton, Massachusetts. Donnelly, who is a poet, translator, editor, and teacher, is also director of The Frost Place’s Poetry Seminar. He is the author of Nocturnes of the Brothel of Ruin (Four Way Books, 2012) and The Charge (Ausable Press, 2003). He will serve a two-year term.

In March 2015, Jan Schreiber was named the second poet laureate of Brookline, Massachusetts, taking over for Judith Steinbergh. He will serve a two-year term.

 

upcoming events

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Dec 19 2017
First and Last Word Poetry
Doors 6:30 pm. Third Tuesday of every month, with different featured poets each time, and a chance to read your own work during the open mic section at the end.
 
Hosted by Harris Gardner and Gloria Mindock
 
Tickets: $4
7:00pm
191 Highland Avenue, Suite 1-C
02143 Somerville, Massachusetts
Nov 28 2017
U35 Poetry Series
Join us in conjunction with Mass Poetry for a bi-monthly reading series that promotes and bolsters Massachusetts poets under 35 while giving them a venue to share their work and connect with other poets under 35.
 
7:00pm
338 Newbury Street
02115 Boston, Massachusetts
Nov 21 2017
First and Last Word Poetry
Doors 6:30 pm. Third Tuesday of every month, with different featured poets each time, and a chance to read your own work during the open mic section at the end.
 
Hosted by Harris Gardner and Gloria Mindock
 
Tickets: $4
7:00pm
191 Highland Avenue, Suite 1-C
02143 Somerville, Massachusetts

recent & featured listings

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Festival Massachusetts Poetry Festival Massachusetts
Writing Program Boston University Massachusetts
Writing Program Emerson College Massachusetts
Writing Program The Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Massachusetts
Writing Program University of Massachusetts: Amherst Massachusetts
Writing Program University of Massachusetts: Boston Massachusetts
Landmark Emily Dickinson’s Home Massachusetts
Landmark The Longfellow House Massachusetts
Landmark Stanley Kunitz’s Home Massachusetts
Landmark The George Edward Woodberry Poetry Room Massachusetts

poems

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The readers of the Boston Evening Transcript	
Sway in the wind like a field of ripe corn.	
 
When evening quickens faintly in the street,	
Wakening the appetites of life in some	
And to others bringing the Boston Evening Transcript,
I mount the steps and ring the bell, turning	
Wearily, as one
poem
I've been meaning to tell
you how the sky is pink
here sometimes like the roof
of a mouth that's about to chomp
down on the crooked steel teeth
of the city,

I remember the desperate 
things we did
                and that I stumble
down sidewalks listening
to the buzz of street lamps
at dusk and the
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We draw breath from brick
          step on stones, weather-worn,
                    cobbled and carved  

with the story of this church,
          this meeting house,
                    where Ben Franklin was baptized

and Phillis Wheatley prayed—a mouth-house
          where