Jacquelyn Malone: How Tech Writing Helped My Poetry (Yeah, Tech Writing!)

Check out the other essays in our series Poets Who Write Prose.

Jacquelyn Malone

Jacquelyn Malone

When I say that being a technical writer made me a better poet, I can almost see you raise a cynical eyebrow and say, “Oh, yeah!” I should perhaps add that being a technical writer in a company that subjected writing to usability testing – and placed technical writers close to the usability labs – made me a better poet. Nothing hammers into your head the subtlety of how words are received better than sitting behind a two-way mirror and watching some poor soul struggle to complete a task you’ve written about. [Read more...]

Mark Your Calendar for an Art and Poetry Event in Plymouth

Plymouth Center for the ArtsThe Plymouth Center for the Arts presents the 9th Annual Poetry Showcase in conjunction with the annual Plymouth Juried Art Show on;

Sunday September 14, 2012 at 1PM
the Plymouth Center for the Arts
11 North St. Downtown Plymouth, just off Route 3A. [Read more...]

Sunken Garden Poetry Festival Features Jeffrey Harrison, July 23

Sunken Gardens2As part of its July 23 events, the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival presents featured poet Jeffrey Harrison along with Ted Lardner. In addition, the Hartford Steel Symphony will perform between Lardner’s reading and Harrison’s.

Sunken Gardens are on the grounds of the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, CT.

Jeffrey Harrison’s most recent book, Into Daylight, is the fastest-selling new book in Tupelo Press’ history. Harrison is the author of five full-length books of poetry. Ted Lardner won the 2013 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize for his chapbook manuscript, We Practice for It.
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Meet Our July Massachusetts Poet in the Spotlight: Melanie Braverman

spotlightMassachusetts Poet in the Spotlight is a monthly installment from Mass Poetry. Each month we shine the spotlight on a poet affiliated with, and nominated by, one of our poetry partners.


MelanieBravermanMelanie Braverman is the author of the novel East Justice (Permanent Press, 1996) and the poetry collection Red (Perugia Press, 2002), winner of the Publishers Triangle Audre Lorde Poetry Award. A recipient of grants in both poetry and fiction from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, her work has appeared in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Poetry, American Poetry Review, and can be seen most recently on Cape Cod’s mass transit buses in collaboration with painter James Broussard, curated by Broadsided Press. [Read more...]

Voices Raised: U35 Grows

U35 - July 22

The crowd gathers. In corners, on chairs, on barstools they stand, sit, or perch. Slowly, they come to a hush, and the first poet begins, “The moon can’t keep hold of its’ skin. / Swept away, rough particles into space / charcoal dust / blown from the palm”. Her name is Hannah Larrabee, and she, along with fellow poets Heather Hughes and Mario Alejandro Ariza, will be spending the evening reading original poetry to an audience at the Marliave, a popular restaurant and bar at 10 Bosworth Street in downtown Boston. These poets were selected to read on this May night to continue a proud tradition of young poets at the U35 reading series, and to perform at the first U35 reading organized by Mass Poetry. [Read more...]

News: New T Poems, New U35 Reading

July poems up on the T

Poetry on the TFour weeks of fresh poems went up on the red line yesterday! We had a great time reading the poem nominations that came in from our $50+ donors during Indiegogo, and we are proud to bring you “From a Window” by Amy Lowell, “Ode to Chicken” by Kevin Young, and “Seduction” by Adelia Prado, translated by Ellen Doré Watson. If you see them on the T, be sure to snap and share a #PoeTrySelfie! [Read more...]

Jade Sylvan on Poets Who Write Prose

This is the sixth in our series of essays on Poets Who Write Prose. First we featured Richard Hoffman.  Then we featured J.D. Scrimgeour who told us about writing the  musical “Only Human.”  Michelle Gillett wrote on being a newspaper columnist. Lauren Wolk wrote on being a novelist. And David Giannini wrote on poets who write prosepoems.

On Memoir

Jade Sylvan

Jade Sylvan

If you’d asked when I was twenty-five if I thought I’d ever write a memoir, I would have said absolutely not. Memoir, as far as I saw it, was masturbation. Poetry and fiction held real truth. I didn’t see any value at all in this type of navel-gazing. Who would want to read about me[Read more...]


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