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

date
Aug 26 2017
Jim Roy @ Barnes & Noble 4th Saturday Poetry Open Mic
This month the 4th Saturday Poetry Open Mic will host it's regular open mic followed a reading by Jim Roy of Holden. Come out and read a poem or two in the open mic and stick around for the feature.
 
The group usually enjoys coffee and snacks at the in store café after the reading.
7:00pm
541 D Lincoln Street
01605 Worchester, Massachusetts
Aug 21 2017
Dudley Poetry Club Summer Workshop
Writers Without Margins hosts a poetry workshop at the Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library on the third Monday of each month during the summer. In each meeting, poets bring new work to share and receive feedback. Feedback centers on the aspects of the poem that are working, places where the poem is unclear, and suggestions for revision. All levels are welcome. You do not need to bring a poem to participate. The workshop is facilitated by Pamela Taylor, a Cave Canem fellow and graduate of Vermont College of Fine Arts low-residency MFA in Writing program.
 
6:00pm
65 Warren Street
02119 Roxbury, Massachusetts
Aug 17 2017
Midnight Voices Spoken Word and Poetry Night

Spoken Word and Open Mic Night with monthly featured reader. We are actively seeking featured readers for upcoming months.

7:00pm
5 Longfellow Park
02138 Cambridge, Massachusetts

recent & featured listings

type name statesort ascending
Literary Organization The Frost Foundation Massachusetts
Literary Magazine The Massachusetts Review Massachusetts
Small Press Paris Press Massachusetts
Literary Magazine Ploughshares Massachusetts
Small Press Zephyr Press Massachusetts
Poetry-Friendly Bookstore Amherst Books Massachusetts
Poetry-Friendly Bookstore Andover Bookstore Massachusetts
Poetry-Friendly Bookstore The Brewster Book Store Massachusetts
Poetry-Friendly Bookstore The Book Shop of Beverly Farms Massachusetts
Poetry-Friendly Bookstore The Broadside Bookshop Massachusetts

poems

poem

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

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

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