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

Apr 07 2018
Spring Showers Reading and Open Mic

In celebration of spring, Mass Poetry and Montserrat College will install poems in the shapes of origami flowers and raindrops in the Belvidere Pavilion at the Prudential Center.

On April 7, we will have a reading in front of the installation, featuring the winners from the Spring Showers poetry contest, followed by an open mic.

Join us in the Belvidere Pavilion, across from the post office, between 12 and 2, to hear from Erica Charis-Molling, Marie Tobin, Pilar Quintana, Amy Dryansky, Marge Piercy, and Hannah Fries.

800 Boylston Street
02199 Boston, Massachusetts
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

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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
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

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