Mass Poetry News — March 17, 2014

Shhh, don’t tell anyone…

Poetry on the T…but we wanted to give you a sneak peak of the exciting surprise we have in store for Boston. Starting two weeks from today, we are bringing poetry to the MBTA.

Here is one of the three poems that will appear in the space usually reserved for ads on the MBTA for the entire month of April. Each poem will also appear on a tear-pad in the corner so you can take the poem home with you.

Of course, it takes funds to put these poems on the MBTA.

Keeping poetry on the MBTA is just one more reason to buy your ticket to the unique fundraising event we are holding on March 31, 7 p.m. at the BU Huntington Theatre, in which leaders from across political, artistic, educational, corporate, and spiritual communities in MA come together to share the poems that have mattered to them. Please reserve your seat and make a donation now.

The funds raised for this event will go directly toward poetry in ad space on the T, enriching the lives of the 1 million Bostonians commuting each day. It will go directly toward our work with students, such as our statewide Student Day of Poetry happening this Friday, with more than 1000 students convening at UMass Boston for a full day of poetry, and toward in-school Student Days of Poetry at schools in low-income neighborhoods that could otherwise not afford it.

Any size donation gets you into this remarkable evening and helps infuse our state with poetry. Donate and mark your calendars now.

Common Threads

Artist: Ed Schutte.

Artist: Ed Schutte.

Common Threadsa Mass Poetry publication and program, seeks to have 10,000 people across Massachusetts reading poetry during National Poetry Month in April.

Common Threads 2014 will be released on March 20th, just in time to plan your own poetry party or discussion group. This year we have poems by Robert Creeley, E.E. Cummings, Jorie Graham, Thomas Sayers Ellis, and more!

You can focus on a couple of poems, or talk about all ten—and there are discussion questions and writing prompts for those who choose to use them.

NEW FOR 2014: an exciting collaborative art exhibit planned with the Peabody Essex Museum and artist Yetti Frenkel for Saturday, May 3rd.

Sign up now and be the first to know when the packet is released! (Click here to revisit our wonderful 2013 issue edited by Jill McDonough and get in the mood for 2014.)

Festival logo 2014New festival website launching soon!

As planning for the sixth Massachusetts Poetry Festival continues, we will be launching a new scheduling site in the next few days. The new site will include the ability to make and share your schedule, mobile and social media options, and new capabilities and functionality that will make planning your visit to Salem much easier. Stay tuned for our launch announcement!

Book your festival hotel now!

Festival hotel rooms book quickly. Please make your reservations before April 1 to ensure you are a part of these room blocks:

Hawthorne Hotel 
18 Washington Square West
Salem, MA 01970
978-825-4361

$149 Single Rate
$159 Double Rate
Use code: MPF501

Salem Waterfront Hotel and Suites
225 Derby Street
Salem, MA 01970
978-740-8788
1-888-337-2536 for reservations

$179 Double Rate
Use Mass Poetry Festival when making your reservation

Words ApartWords Apart Student Showcase

Check out Words Apart Literary Magazine’s current issue, a showcase of poetry by high school students who have been involved with Mass Poetry’s SDOP programming.

My soul has grown deep like the rivers / These were the words that I brushed away / From under my lids / They escaped their captivity and traveled south down to freedom / Like your pops once did / Do you dig do you dig you were only a kid / Your ol’ man was a sap and he’s easy to razz / Lookin back lookin back yeah your pops was a sap” –from “Open Letter to Langston Hughes” by Elmer Martinez, Lowell High School, age 17.

TumblrMass poetry on Tumblr

Check out our new Tumblr page: http://massachusettspoetry.tumblr.com/. Run by Salem State interns Felicia Connolly and Kayla Russell, their take on all their poetry is stylized, unique, and full of awesomeness.

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