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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Aug 21 2016
Tino Villanueva & Alicia Borinsky: Bilingual Poest

Join us for an afternoon of poetry in English and Spanish. Tino Villanueva will read from his latest book So Spoke Penelope, as well as some of his earlier work. Alicia Borinsky and Regina Galasso will read from and discuss their collaboration on Lost Cities Go to Paradise/Las Ciudades Perdidas Van Al Paraíso. Alicia will also read selections from her earlier work.

Tino Villanueva writes and also paints. He is the author of seven books of poetry, including Scene from the Movie GIANT (1993), winner of a 1994 American Book Award, and So Spoke Penelope (2013). His poems appear in many high school and college textbooks, and his paintings on the covers and inside pages of U.S. and international cultural journals: Green Mountains Review, TriQuarterly, Parnassus, Connecticut Review. Six of his poems have been anthologized in The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature (2011). His latest publication has been an ekphrastic poem in this past March issue of Poetry magazine. He retired from Boston University, June 2015.

Alicia Borinsky is a poet, novelist and literary critic. She has published widely in the US, Latin America and Europe and has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Latino Award for fiction and several other distinctions. She also serves as Professor of Latin American and Comparative Literature at Boston University and Director of the Boston University Cultural Program in Buenos Aires.

Regina Galasso is an Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, specializing in literary and cultural relations between Anglophone and Hispanophone writers and artists, literature of the city, and literary translation, with a particular focus on New York City and its deep impact on the literature of Spain from the 20th century to the present.

3:00pm
105 Brattle Street
02138 Cambridge , Massachusetts
Aug 07 2016
Rhizomes: Caribbean Poetic Texts

Join Boston Poet Laureate Danielle Legros Georges, poets Patrick Sylvain and U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo, and percussionist Cornell Coley for a program of texts and sound created within the geographic and political boundaries of the Caribbean and in its diaspora.

Danielle Legros Georges, the current Poet Laureate of the City of Boston, is a professor in the Creative Arts in Learning Division of Lesley University.  She also teaches in the Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences summer Writer’s Workshop, University of Massachusetts, Boston.  Her poems have been widely anthologized, and recent essays of hers have appeared in Others Will Enter the Gates: Immigrant Poets on Poetry, Influences and Writing in America (ed. Abayomi Animashaun) and Anywhere But Here: Black Intellectuals in the Atlantic World and Beyond (eds. Kendahl Radcliffe and Jennifer Scott).  She is the author of two volumes of poems Maroon (Curbstone Press, 2001) and The Dear Remote Nearness of You (Barrow Street Books, 2016).

Patrick Sylvain is a Haitian-American writer, essayist and poet, and instructor of Haitian language and culture at Brown University’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.  He is the author of four books of poems including the bilingual Haitian/English volume Love, Lust & Loss/ Lanmou, anvi, pedans, (Memoire d'Encrier, 2005) and the Haitian-language Masuife (Trilingual Press, 2013).  His poems and essays have appeared in numerous anthologies, magazines and reviews, including African American Review, Agni, American Poetry Review, Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, Haitian Times, Ploughshares, and The Boston Haitian Reporter for which he serves as an opinion editor.

U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo is a spoken-word artist, poet, actor, singer, and an adjunct professor of English at Endicott College.  She has been recognized for her work by organizations including the Roxbury Community College Teaching and Learning Center, the Boston Public Health Commission Adolescent Wellness Program, and American Idol Underground.  Mhlaba-Adebo has performed internationally and at venues including the Boston Opera House, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Scullers Jazz Club, the Book Cafe in Zimbabwe, the Horror Cafe in South Africa and Bogobiri in Nigeria.  Her most recent work is a volume of poems, Soul Psalms (She Writes Press, 2016).

Cornell Coley is a drummer, dancer and teaching artist whose work draws upon the traditions of West and Central Africa, Cuba and Brazil.  He directs the Afro-Latin jazz band Afrika Gente.  Coley has a background in arts administration, arts education and arts therapy with long-term clients including the Hyde Square Task Force, Boston Public Schools and Lesley University, where he teaches as an adjunct professor.  Coley’s work has been recognized with numerous local and national grants and awards.  His solo interactive program A Fascinating Rhythm is popular throughout New England. 

3:00pm
105 Brattle Street
02138 Cambridge, Massachusetts
Jul 24 2016
Lay Bare the Canvas: An Anthology Reading

Lay Bare the Canvas presents a sumptuous array of ekphrastic poems, poetry inspired by and about art, by contemporary New England poets responding to masterworks in New England museums. Readings will include Henry Longfellow’s “Cross of Snow,” as well as works by noted authors from the anthology: Beatrice Lazarus (editor), Fred Marchant, Alice B. Fogel, Philip E. Burnham, Jr., Vivian Shipley, and Richard Hoffman.

3:00pm
105 Brattle Street
02138 Cambridge, Massachusetts

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poems

poem

"Relinquunt Omnia Servare Rem Publicam."

The old South Boston Aquarium stands
in a Sahara of snow now.  Its broken windows are boarded.
The bronze weathervane cod has lost half its scales.
The airy tanks are dry.

Once my nose crawled like a snail on the glass;
my hand tingled
to burst the bubbles
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
In Worcester, Massachusetts,
I went with Aunt Consuelo
to keep her dentist's appointment
and sat and waited for her
in the dentist's waiting room.
It was winter. It got dark
early. The waiting room
was full of grown-up people,
arctics and overcoats,
lamps and magazines.
My aunt was inside
what seemed like a long