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
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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6:00pm
Harvard Yard
02138 Cambridge, Massachusetts
Sep 25 2018
September U35 Reading Series w/Mass Poetry

September's U35 will be held at Trident Booksellers & Cafe, and will feature Noah Augustine, Thomas Mixon, and Melissa "Meezy" Saunders.

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7:30pm
338 Newbury Street
02115 Boston, Massachusetts
Oct 10 2018
MFA/Mass Poetry: Poets in the Galleries with Kathi Aguero
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 - 8:30 pm (Wednesday nights after 4 pm, 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.
 
Kathi Aguero will lead a workshop at the Shelf Life exhibit October 3, 10, 17, 24.
 
More information: www.masspoetry.org/mfa
 
6:30pm to 8:30pm
465 Huntington Ave
02115 Boston, Massachusetts

recent & featured listings

type namesort ascending state
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

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
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
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