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

Mar 23 2018
A Provocation: Whereas We Respond
Our Spring 2018 Provocation series features award-winning poet and activist Layli Long Soldier, who will read from her recent collection Whereas (Graywolf Press, 2017), accompanied by visuals/footage, as well as share new collaborative works. Following her reading, Long Soldier will engage in a discussion about process, collaboration and working with the voices of community; that is, writing beyond the alone.
Co-sponsored by the Woodberry Poetry Room and the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, with special thanks to the Radcliffe Institute and the Harvard University Native American Program.
24 Quincy Street
The Bookshop, Level 3
02138 Cambridge, Massachusetts
Mar 20 2018
First and Last Word Poetry
Doors open 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
191 Highland Avenue
02143 Somerville, Massachusetts
Apr 04 2018
Warrior Writers at Greenfield Public Library

In honor of National Poetry Month, Warrior Writers will present a poetry reading featuring several local military veterans as well as a Q&A session. This event is free and open to the public.

Warrior Writers is a national non-profit. Their mission is to create a culture that articulates veterans' experiences, build a collaborative community for artistic expression, and bear witness to war and the full range of military experiences.

6:00pm to 8:00pm
402 Main Street
01301 Greenfield, Massachusetts

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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


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

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