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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Jun 02 2018
Writing Artful Senryu

Charlotte Digregorio of Winnetka, IL, author of six award-winning books, including Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All, and a haiku collection, will give a workshop and do a reading at the annual gathering of the Haiku Circle, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 2 at 152 Mount Herman Station Rd. in Northfield, MA.

Digregorio will speak on “Writing Artful Senryu,” the latter being a poetic form, in the style of haiku, though written with themes about human nature, human struggles, and weaknesses. The form originated in Japan in the 1700s and is now written  worldwide in about 56 languages.

Her workshop description follows:

It often seems that excellently-crafted poetry is more commonly found among published haiku than senryu. We’ll briefly consider senryu’s history and discuss what notable authors have said about the significance of making a distinction between the two forms. Then we will delve into what triggers our observational skills, imaginations, memories, and psychological insights/associations in writing artful senryu. We’ll discuss several literary techniques that will enrich your humorous and serious senryu, leaving a lasting impression on readers. Among them: use of inanimate objects, hyperbole, irony, satire, wit, puns, parody, tone/mood, sound, and line breaks. In reviewing many masterful senryu, become inspired to write them with flair, allowing your imaginations to wander and wonder!

Digregorio writes twelve poetic forms, has won forty-six poetry awards, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  Recently, she received an official commendation from Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner for her achievements as an author, educator, and speaker nationally and internationally. Her poems are translated into eight languages; she translates poetry books from Italian into English; and her traveling haiga (haiku/art) show is at libraries, hospitals, corporate centers, and restaurants, among several venues. Four of her reference books have been adopted as supplemental texts and are featured selections of book clubs.  She gives workshops at national writer's conferences; is a writer-in-residence at universities; teaches haiku in public schools; judges national writers’ contests; and speaks at libraries/chain bookstores. Digregorio hosted a radio poetry program, and was an executive officer of the Haiku Society of America. She is an Ambassador of The Haiku Foundation. She blogs about writing for publication and poetry, and posts The Daily Haiku from global poets at www.charlottedigregorio.wordpress.com.  Digregorio taught languages and writing at universities, and holds graduate degrees from The University of Chicago.

9:30am
152 Mount Herman Station Rd.
01360 Northfield, Massachusetts
Jul 18 2018 to Aug 12 2018
Breath and Matter: Artists and Poets at Boston Sculptors Gallery
In a bold move, Boston Sculptors Gallery has invited poets to partner with artists to create collaborative works combining both of their voices. The result is an unexpected cross-pollination that engages the common ground of these two distinct forms of artistic expression.
 
Murray Dewart, one of the gallery’s founding members, recently edited the anthology, Poems About Sculpture. In the foreword, Robert Pinsky asks, “What has art made of breath to do with an art made of matter?” Twenty-four pairs of sculptors  and writers have taken up the challenge of this timeless question. Each sculptor and each poet has created a new work in response to his or her partner’s art or writing. The exhibit is about the essence of inspiration, which is mysterious, profound, and intimate. It is a unique collaboration between two art forms: poetry, which is ephemeral and sculpture, which is concrete. Embracing materials as varied as silk, steel, bronze, rawhide, granite, wood, wax, glass, light and sound, the sculptors interpret in form what the poets have alluded to in words. The wide range of poetry encompasses hip-hop, free verse, rhymed couplets and ekphrastic poetry, which is a tradition of vivid verbal descriptions of works of art.
 
Among the distinguished participating poets are Robert Pinsky, former US Poet Laureate and founder of the Favorite Poem Project and Mary Bonina of the Writers Room of Boston. Current Poet Laureate of the City of Boston, Danielle Legros Georges of Haitian origin, and Chard deNiord, Poet Laureate of Vermont, are two of the poets reading at gallery events during the exhibit. Ernestine Hayes, Writer Laureate of Alaska, and Anaïs Duplan, Founder of the Center for Afrofuturist Studies, extend the breadth of the writing offered, as does Dany Crosby Baez, originally from Uruguay, who writes in Spanish.
 
Boston Sculptors Gallery, an elegant and spacious venue in the heart of Boston’s SOWA arts district, easily accommodates a wide variety of expression from freestanding installations to wall works and projections. BREATH and MATTER offers unusual integrations of source material (breath) as inspiration for form (matter). With sculptors being inspired by poets, and poets responding to sculpture, this is sure to be one of the most innovative shows of the season! Join us for our Grand Opening on July 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. The reception will feature readings by several participating poets. A second reception and reading will take place on August 3 as part of SOWA’s First Fridays evening gallery walk. Please visit bostonsculptors.com for a complete listing of poets’ readings and other events at the gallery. The  public is invited free of charge.
 
Participating Sculptor/Poet teams include: B Amore/Mary Bonina, John Anderson/Tomas O’Leary, Edwin Andrews/Anne Elliot, Jodi Colella/Wendy Drexler, Murray Dewart/Robert Pinsky, Donna Dodson/ Danielle Legros Georges, Rosalyn Driscoll/Oliver de la Paz, Sally Fine/Nancy Lord, Chris Frost/David Daniel, Peter Haines/S. David, Michelle Lougee/Lauret E. Savoy, Susan Lyman/Alison Deming, Nancy Winship Milliken/Chard deNiord, Andy Moerlein/Ernestine Hayes, Claudia Olds Goldie/Lee Sharkey, Eric  Sealine/Sophie Wadsworth, Nancy Selvage/Ros Zimmermann, Liz Shepherd/Emmet Van Driesche, Julia Shepley/Audrey Henderson, Andrea Thompson/Mary Pinard, Hannah  Verlin/Anaïs Duplan, Leslie Wilcox/Lisa Harries Schumann, Andy Zimmermann/Joseph Torra, Nora Valdez/Dany Crosby Baez.
 
Founded in 1992 by eighteen prominent Boston-area artists, Boston Sculptors Gallery articulates, challenges and promotes the role of sculpture in the public sphere, in communities, and in the lives of individuals. The gallery currently represents thirty-eight artists offering innovative sculpture and installations in a wide range of media. It is the
only sculptors’ organization in the country that maintains its own exhibition space. In twenty-six years, the co-operative has held over 227 exhibitions and supported the work of 58 sculptors with work shown in 48 states and 36 foreign countries. Gallery members have received numerous honors including 81 residencies, 315 awards or fellowships and 134 grants. Members have taught in 70 settings, generated 169 permanent public art works and 308 temporary public artworks and are included in 1,100 private and public collections. 
 
 
5:00pm to 7:00pm
486 Harrison Ave
02118 Boston, Massachusetts
Apr 28 2018
Thirteenth Annual Newburyport Literary Festival

Over 70 authors and poets will be at the Newburyport Literary Festival for a day of celebrating reading and the love of books.

The Festival will be in full swing beginning at 8:30 a.m. with Coffee with the Poets. During the day, a wide range of distinguished short story writers, children's authors, biographers, nature writers, critics, screenwriters, poets, novelists, and journalists will read from and discuss their work. Featured poets include Catherine Chandler, Duy Doan, Mark Doty, John Foy, Erica Funkhouser, Rachel Hadas, A.M. JusterJean Kreiling, Jenna Le, Rhina Espaillat, Deborah Warren and Anton Yakovlev. 

Featured authors include Ann Hood, Anne Easter Smith, Stephen McCauley, Cheryl Richardson,  Michelle Cuevas, Peter Swanson, Rachel Kadish, Sydney Lea, Stephen Greenblatt, Tova Mirvis,  Jennifer McMahon, MarcyKate Connolly, Kim Savage, Alexander Marzano-Lesnevich, Cathi Hanauer, Andre Dubus III and Holly Robinson, are among the participating authors and poets. On Saturday night, our weekend of events comes to a close with a lively discussion with some of the North Shore’s most fascinating female writers.

8:30am
Market Square
01950 Newburyport, Massachusetts

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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
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

"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