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

Oct 16 2017
Poets in the Palace: Jana Prikryl
In this new series, visitors will enjoy an intimate, hour-long reading by a living poet in one of the museum's historic galleries.
Jana Prikryl is the author of the poetry collection The After Party (2016). Her poetry and criticism appear widely, in magazines and journals such as the New Yorker, the Paris Review, the London Review of Books, the Nation, and the New York Review of Books. Her essays on photography and film appear regularly in the New York Review and the Nation. She is a senior editor at the New York Review of Books.
Please Note: Tickets are free with paid admission to the Museum, but spaces are extremely limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning one week prior to each reading. Please check the Isabella Steward Gardner Musuem online Event calendar for more details. 
Copresented with Isabella Stewart Gardner Musuem.
25 Evans Way
02115 Boston, 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.

5 Longfellow Park
02138 Cambridge, Massachusetts
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.
541 D Lincoln Street
01605 Worchester, Massachusetts

recent & featured listings

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Small Press Zephyr Press Massachusetts
Literary Organization Worcester County Poetry Association Massachusetts
Poetry-Friendly Bookstore Water Street Bookstore Massachusetts
Writing Program University of Massachusetts: Boston Massachusetts
Writing Program University of Massachusetts: Amherst Massachusetts
Small Press Tupelo Press Massachusetts
Writing Program The Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Massachusetts
Poetry-Friendly Bookstore The Montague Bookmill Massachusetts
Literary Magazine The Massachusetts Review Massachusetts
Landmark The Longfellow House Massachusetts


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
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

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