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

Sep 26 2018
MFA/Mass Poetry: Poets in the Galleries
In fall of 2018—from September through November—three poets will act as Poets in Residence at the galleries in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The workshops will take place on Wednesday evenings, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (On Wednesday nights after 4 p.m., admission is by voluntary contribution). The workshops are designed to be drop-in (although you can stay for the whole time if you like!) No poetry experience is required.
Once you write a poem based on the exhibit, you can submit it here. It might be featured online (on the Mass Poetry or MFA website), chosen as a Poem of the Moment by Mass Poetry, or excerpted for a Raining Poetry installation!
Regie Gibson will lead a workshop at the "French Pastels" exhibit on September 5, 12, 19, and 26.
Kathi Aguero will lead a workshop at the "Shelf Life" exhibit on October 3, 10, 17, and 24.
Krysten Hill will lead a workshop at the "Cecilia Vicuña: Disappeared Quipu" exhibit on October 31, and November 7, 14, and 28.
For more information, visit:
6:30pm to 8:30pm
465 Huntington Ave
02115 Boston, Massachusetts
Oct 16 2018
Vocarium Reading Series: Forrest Gander & Brenda Hillman

Award-winning poets and close friends Forrest Gander (author of Be With, New Directions, 2018) and Brenda Hillman (author of Extra Hidden Life Among the Days, Wesleyan, 2018) will read from their new collections. A book-signing — provided by Harvard Book Store — will follow the event.

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Harvard Yard
02138 Cambridge, Massachusetts
Oct 13 2018
An Evening of Poetry and Music with Jane Hirshfield & David Whetstone

Jane Hirshfield’s poetry speaks to the central issues of human existence—desire and loss, impermanence and beauty, and the many dimensions of our connection with others. Jane Hirshfield has taught at UC Berkeley, Duke University, Bennington College, and elsewhere. Demonstrating with quiet authority what it means to awaken into the full capacities of attention, her work sets forth a hard-won affirmation of our human fate. She is the author of eight collections of poetry as well as two books of essays.

David Whetstone is one of the most active sitarists in the United States, and a disciple of the legendary Ustad Vilayat Khan. He has collaborated and toured extensively with poets Robert Bly and Coleman Barks since 1974. David lives in Minneapolis, and teaches at Carleton College.

​This event will be held on Saturday, October 13 at 7:00pm at the First Parish in Lexington, 7 Harrington Road.   

The cost of the event is $15.00.  Pre-registration, using a VISA or MasterCard, is strongly recommended by contacting Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043.​

7 Harrington Road
02420 Lexington, Massachusetts

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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

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
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