TeenWord, a poetry slam featuring high school students across the state, is happening this Saturday night from 7 to 9 pm at the Brookline Teen Center, located at 40 Aspinwall Avenue, Brookline, MA. It is free and open to the public.
The poetry slam is being run by high school students at Brookline High School (BHS). The main organizer of the event is 10th grader Josh Grossman, who has enlisted help from his fellow BHS Slam Poetry Club members as well as some help from his team coach, Mary Burchenal. [Read more...]
It’s easy for poets in hubs like Boston or Cambridge to find like-minded artists and places to share their work. But where can Massachusetts poets outside the metro area go to read their work, participate in workshops, and find the feedback and support they need to practice their craft and hone their skills? [Read more...]
Alice Kociemba is the director of Calliope (CAH-LIE-OH-PEE), a poetry group held at the West Falmouth Library in West Falmouth, MA. Since there was a need for a reading series in the area, Alice began the poetry series in January 2008. Over time, it has progressed to include not just readings by published poets, but also open mikes for the general public and unique writing workshops as well. The readings and open mikes are held approximately monthly on Sunday afternoons from mid-September to mid-May, excluding December. Workshops are held approximately monthly on Saturday afternoons. The Calliope website can be found at calliopepoetryseries.com. [Read more...]
As the nation acknowledges the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, we look back on what he meant to poetry and the arts. When he drew up plans for his inauguration, he was the first president-elect to invite a poet to the ceremony. Those old enough remember Robert Frost on that snow-blinding January day as he stumbled again and again in trying to read his newly written poem in the glare of the sun. The intense awkwardness of the moment was broken when he gave up the attempt and recited from memory another poem, “The Gift Outright.” Huge applause followed the amazing recovery by the aging poet — an indelible moment in the ceremony. See a snippet of the moment here.
Setting the precedent for a poet at the inauguration wasn’t Kennedy’s only salute to poetry and the arts. [Read more...]