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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Nov 06 2016
Blue Hallelujahs Tour with Cave Canem Poets

 Join the Boston area in celebrating the release of Cynthia Manick's Blue Hallelujahs with local Cave Canem poets, Brionne JanaeBreauna L. Roach, and Pamela Taylor. The event will be hosted by Nicole Terez Dutton, Somerville's first poet laureate. Copies of Blue Hallelujahs will be available for purchase at the event.The event is free and open to the public 

4:30pm to 6:30pm
191 Highland Avenue, Suite 1-C
02143 Somerville, Massachusetts

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Landmark Stanley Kunitz’s Home Massachusetts
Landmark The George Edward Woodberry Poetry Room Massachusetts



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

There is a movie called "She's Gotta Have It."
There is a blizzard in Massachusetts today.
Twenty-one people died in Chicago last night.
Two of my friends live there,
but I have never wanted to live there
because it is cold there and people die
from the cold and the wind and from each other.
There is a movie

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