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
Mar 03 2018
Philip Nikolayev & John Hennessy
Philip Nikolayev is the author of four classics of contemporary poetry: Letters from Aldenderry (Salt Publishing, 2006), Monkey Time (Verse Press, 2003), Dusk Raga (Kolkata: Writer's Workshop, 1998), and Artery Lumen (Cambridge, MA: Barbara Matteau Editions, 1996). His poems and translations have appeared in Grand Street, The Paris Review, Poetry, The Battersea Review, Fulcrum, Verse, Jacket, and many other periodicals. Since 2001 he has been the Editor of Fulcrum: An Annual of Poetry and Aesthetics, which is currently being revived under the aegis of MadHat Press. These past few years Philip has stunned us with probably over a hundred exquisite translations from poetry in many languages (see his Beckett in Poetry magazine and his Pushkin, Rilke, and Mandelshtam in The Battersea Review). He won his Ph.D. from the Editorial Institute at Boston University (where he studied under Professors Ricks and Burnett), with his unpublished critical edition of The Collected Poems of Samuel Beckett
 
John Hennessy is the author of two collections, Coney Island Pilgrims and Bridge and Tunnel, and his poems appear in many journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry 2013, The Believer, Poetry, Poetry Ireland Review, Fulcrum, Harvard Review, The New Republic, The Huffington Post, The Poetry Review (UK), Best New Poets 2005, and The Yale Review. Hennessy went to Princeton University on a Cane Scholarship, and he received graduate degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Arkansas. In 2007-2008 he held the Resident Fellowship in Poetry at the Amy Clampitt House, and his other honors include the Transatlantic Review Award from the Henfield Foundation and the Elizabeth Matchett Stover Memorial Award from the Southwest Review. Hennessy is the poetry editor of The Common, a print and online magazine based at Amherst College, and teaches at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
 
 
4:00pm to 6:00pm
186 1/2 Hampshire St
Inman Square
02139 Cambridge, Massachusetts
Feb 23 2018
Nasty Women Poets
An anthology of poems from women who proudly celebrate their own nastiness and that of other women who have served as nasty role models; poems by and about women defying limitations and lady-like expectations; women refusing to be "nice girls;" women embracing their inner bitch when the situation demands it; women being formidable and funny; women speaking to power and singing for the good of their souls; women being strong, sexy, strident, super-smart, and stupendous; women who want to encourage little girls to keep dreaming.
 
Contributors who will be reading include Kathleen Aguero, Liz Ahl, DeMisty Bellinger, Julie Cyr, Lisa Desiro, Amy Dryansky, Pat Gallagher Sassone, Gail Hanlon, Rage Hezekiah, Jennifer Martelli, Helena Minton, and Dzvinia Orlowsky.
 
 
7:00pm
25 White Street
02140 Cambridge, Massachusetts
Mar 03 2018
Dire Literary Series with Steve Yarbrough, Peter Cherches and Willie Pleasants
Steve Yarbrough is the author of eleven books, most recently the novel The Unmade World, due out in January 2018. His other books are the nonfiction title Bookmarked: Larry McMurtry’s The Last Picture Show, the novels The Realm of Last Chances, Safe from the Neighbors, The End of California, Prisoners of War, Visible Spirits and The Oxygen Man, and the short story collections Veneer, Mississippi History and Family Men. His work has been published in several foreign languages, including Dutch, Japanese and Polish, and it has also appeared in Ireland, Canada, and the U.K. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Fiction, the California Book Award, the Richard Wright Award, and the Robert Penn Warren Award. He has been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers.
 
Called "one of the innovators of the short short story" by Publishers Weekly , Peter Cherches is a writer, singer and lyricist. Over the past 40 years his writing, both fiction and nonfiction, has appeared in dozens of magazines, anthologies and websites. His first recording as a jazz vocalist, Mercerized! Songs of Johnny Mercer , was released in 2016. He is the author of three previous prose collections, including LIFT YOUR RIGHT ARM (Pelekinesis, 2013) and AUTOBIOGRAPHY WITHOUT WORDS (Pelekinesis, 2017). Cherches is a native of Brooklyn, New York
 
Willie A. Wideman-Pleasants discovered her love for poetry at an early age. She loves Langston Hughes’ poetry. His words resonated within her. She understood how he felt during those troubled times in his life. As a woman of color, she had to endure discrimination, retaliation, lies, and limited promotions in the workplace. She even shared some of those stories in her first book, Ain’t That the Truth. Her writing has propelled her on a journey of reading and teaching to children and adults. This new book includes a poem about her disillusion of a thirty-year marriage called, Stayed Too Long. She believes that when people share their stories it can help to edify others.
 
3:00pm to 4:30pm
480 Masschusetts Ave
02139 Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Small Press Zephyr Press Massachusetts
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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
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
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
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