Massachusetts

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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May 01 2015 to May 03 2015
Massachusetts Poetry Festival

During the first weekend of May, Salem becomes the epicenter of contemporary American poetry, offering rare opportunities to hear the nation’s best poets read and discuss their work in intimate and engaging forums. For more information, visit: http://www.masspoetry.org
 

5:00am to 11:59pm
01970 Salem, Massachusetts
Apr 30 2015
Author Visit: Elizabeth Alexander

Florence Ladd introduces Pulitzer Prize finalist and inaugural poet Elizabeth Alexander as she reads from her new memoir, The Light of the World. Co-Sponsored by Harvard Book Store.

7:00pm
449 Broadway
Main Library, Lecture Hall
02138 Cambridge, Massachusetts
Apr 25 2015
Poetry for the People

***An Invitation to gather with Hopkinton residents and share your favorite poem***

Join local poet Cheryl Perreault and your friends and neighbors to share your favorite great poems! Bring a favorite poem by a poet you admire to share with the group, or come just to listen. Please note: You don’t have to have participated in the poetry marathon to attend. Cheryl Perreault is a poet, writer, and spoken word artist who has a background in psychology. She is founder/host and co-producer of Wake up and Smell the Poetry at HCAM-TV Studios. Cheryl offers workshops and presentations for all ages on “awakening to life” through poetry and story-sharing. Her poetry and writing has been published in a number of journals and publications, she writes two columns for the Hopkinton Crier including “Creativity Matters” and “Wake up to Life,” and some of her spoken word poetry has been set to music and recorded by guitarist/producer Steve Rapson.

1:30pm
13 Main Street
01748 Hopkinton, 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

poem
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
poem

If the water, everywhere, and if she

is. If ghosts, like water, like if all

rivers and oceans and rains are one

ghost, surrounding and throughout.

If she is, like if the lakes and bays

of Seattle define Seattle, if the ices

Of Mars and Massachusetts