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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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...]

An Indiegogo Poetry Campaign for Victims of Human Trafficking

Jennifer Jean reading an anti-human trafficking poem last summer

Jennifer Jean reading an anti-human trafficking poem last summer

Did you know an estimated one million people in the United States are enslaved through human trafficking? And what is human trafficking, you may ask? It’s the illegal movement of people, typically for the purposes of forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation. Essentially, it is slavery. Can you imagine the psychological effect of that type of exploitation?

Jennifer Jean, who has been very active with Mass Poetry, wants to offer a workshop to these survivors as expressive therapy. That’s why she is mounting an Indiegogo campaign to raise $2800 to get a group going this summer. The Free2Write campaign begins today.
In the questions and answers below she tell us all about the project.

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On June 25 — Frank Bidart at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival

Frank Bidart

Frank Bidart


On June 25 Frank Bidart headlines the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival at Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, Connecticut.  This is the second event in the Festival, which programs readings and music on several Wednesday nights throughout the summer.  The gates open at 4:30.

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The Globe Magazine Takes Note of Poetry on the T Success

Poetry on the TWe made our goal of raising money to fund poetry on the T for the rest of the summer, and the Boston Globe Magazine took note!

When summer is over, UMass Boston will pick up the tab for three poems on the T in September. With hundreds of individual donors, we are hoping big donor groups take note that poetry is alive and well in the Commonwealth and deserves their support.  In the interview for the story Laurin Macios, our program director, describes what raising nearly $10,000 from ordinary citizens can mean beyond the summer program. Read the entire story.

We Made Our Goal! — And Other News

Poetry on the TThank you to everyone who participated in our Indiegogo campaign to keep Poetry on the T! Thanks to you, we surpassed our goal, and you will see Poetry on the T for the rest of the summer! We’re busy reading all the fabulous poem nominations and getting incentives together. We’re thrilled to share this program with you, to inspire Boston together. Be sure to check out the final Funder Wall of Fame, below. [Read more...]

Jack Scully’s South of Boston Poetry Trail

Jack Scully

Jack Scully

Summer is fast approaching, I hope, and since I have issued this poetry newsletter 43 timesbefore I thought maybe it was time for a little change in the format to see if anyone notices. I am also asking for some of your thoughts and ideas but more about that later on.

Sorry to report that good friend Jose ‘Joe’ Gouveia has lost his battle with cancer last month. He will be dearly missed by all his poetry friends especially those on Cape Cod. [Read more...]

Idea: an Improbable Places Poetry Tour

With the announcement below, we’d like our readers to think about two things: 1) if you live on or near the north shore, to contribute to or attend the Improbable Poetry Tour described below, or 2) if you’d like to have poetry more integrated into your community, then begin an Improbable Poetry Tour yourself in your own town. Here is info on this month’s improbable tour:

Decommissioned Power Plant will be Powered by Poetry on July 2nd

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Two Summer Programs Available for Teachers

Our Program Director Laurin Macios announces two programs for teachers this summer. If you are a teacher or if you know someone who is and might benefit from these two programs, let them know about  the professional development seminar in poetry at UMass Boston and about the twelfth annual Poetry Institute for Educators at Boston University.

Our Professional Development Summer Seminar is back!

McDonough and DietzEarn 15 PD Points in two days with Jill McDonough and Maggie Dietz as you study and practice the teaching of poetry writing.

August 4-5, 2014
9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
UMass Boston

$50 total, for both days, if you register by July 1.

Seminar limited to 30 teachers.

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