Mary Ruefle will be presented with the 14th Annual Robert Creeley Award on Wednesday, April 16, and on that evening she will read for an audience that, if it lives up to its earlier Creeley award winner readings, may include close to one thousand people — a fantastic audience for a poetry reading. The audience size is only one of the reasons this yearly event is called the premier event of National Poetry Month. [Read more...]
TUESDAY APRIL 1, 2014
FOR THE LOVE OF WORDS MUSIC AND POETRY
Shhh, don’t tell anyone…
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. [Read more...]
Our own Laurin Macios, Program Director for Mass Poetry, was interviewed on Boston’s Channel 9 by Chris Harding.
Laurin gives a rundown of some of the many programs Mass Poetry is currently working on, including Student Day of Poetry, Poetry in Public Spaces, Poetry on the T, and our upcoming Evening of Inspired Leadership where major public figures — like Governor Patrick, former Boston Police Chief Ed Davis, radio figures like Robin Young and Bob Littlefield, former poet laureate Robert Pinsky — read their favorite poems.
The National Book Critics Circle has seen fit to honor two Boston area residents, the poet and Wellesley professor Frank Bidart and the biographer and Harvard professor Leo Damrosch. If there were a poetry fairy — the way there is a tooth fairy — Massachusetts would be this week’s favored child since this is the third honor for Boston area authors in four days, with Afaa Michael Weaver winning the Kingsley Tufts Award earlier this week.
In a recent critique of Metaphysical Dog in The New York Times, Stephen Burt commends Bidart’s “forceful starkness” and remarks that the “new book returns to the rough, terse and sometimes shocking phrasings that won him attention decades ago.”
Congratulations to both Bidart and Damrosch.
Robert Pinsky on An Evening of Inspired Leadership(Read more about An Evening of Inspired Leadership here.)
At first, I underestimated that power of an art to bring together people of different ages, occupations, regional accents, kinds of education. At the FPP readings in Washington, we heard readings by President Clinton, students from the Duke Ellington School, a disabled war veteran, an African American police officer, an Indian cab driver. Here in Boston, a fourth grader participated in a reading along with a university president, a leader of the legislature, a community organizer, a construction worker. In New York, Mike Wallace and Geraldine Ferraro took part in a reading along with an adult literacy student and a Dominican immigrant. [Read more...]
Somerville resident and Simmons College professor Afaa Michael Weaver has been granted the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for his latest book The Government of Nature (University of Pittsburgh Press). Claremont Graduate University, which selects the award winner, announced March 12 that Weaver had won the $100,000 award.
Wendy Martin, director of the Tufts Poetry Awards and professor of American literature and American studies at Claremont Graduate University said the award is “intended to provide the necessary support to help the winners achieve even wider recognition as well as to honor their continuing commitment to writing outstanding poetry.”
Congratulations, Afaa Michael Weaver!
Here on the Verse Daily site is a poem from the book that won Weaver the prize.
Imagine . . .
…you are in an inner city classroom, hearing a powerful poetry performance by a local poet for the first time. You feel that that prickling sense of wonder and stirring of the imagination. Your world shifts, feeling the possibility and power of language. Then, you pick up a pen to compose your first poem.
This is just a small example of what Mass Poetry’s meaningful work in local schools can engender. Yet in order to expand our work and take poetry to more students in more schools in Greater Boston and across Massachusetts, we need your support.
An Evening of Inspired Leadership
Monday, March 31 at the Boston University Theatre
Tickets available here. Middle and high school students get in free. We are excited to invite you to be a part of this event.
We’ve partnered with the Favorite Poem Project and Courage & Renewal Northeast to present poetry readings and inspired reflections from a variety of notable area leaders in politics and the arts, including Governor Deval Patrick, Here & Now host Robin Young, Only a Game host Bill Littlefield, and former US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky. Reserve your ticket today.
SATURDAY MARCH 1, @7PM
On Monday, March 31 at 7 p.m. at the Boston University Theatre, home of the Huntington Theatre Company, Mass Poetry will proudly partner with the Favorite Poem Project and Courage & Renewal Northeast to present poetry readings from several notable leaders from both the artistic and political spheres right here in Massachusetts.
All proceeds from this event will help Mass Poetry expand youth poetry programs and bring poetry to public spaces throughout Greater Boston, including free poetry readings in areas with high foot traffic, and poetry in ad space on the MBTA. [Read more...]