Mary Ruefle Wins the Robert Creeley Award

Mary Ruefle photoMary 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...]

Jack Scully’s South of Boston Poetry Trail

Jack Scully

Jack Scully





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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. [Read more...]

Laurin Macios, Mass Poetry’s Program Director, on Boston’s BNN News

Laurin Macios, Mass Poetry Program Director

Laurin Macios, Mass Poetry Program Director

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.

Frank Bidart Wins National Book Critics Circle Award

Frank Bidart

Frank Bidart

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.

Bidart won the poetry prize for Metaphysical Dog” and Damrosch won the award in the biography category for Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World.  Bidart has won many awards for his poetry including the Shelley Memorial Award of the Poetry Society of America; the Wallace Stevens Award of The Academy of American Poets  (subsequentlyhe was  elected a Chancellor of the Academy (2003); and the Bollingen Prize in American Poetry.

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.

A Special Invitation from Robert Pinsky

Robert Pinsky on An Evening of Inspired Leadership

(Read more about An Evening of Inspired Leadership here.)

Robert Pinsky color shotAt 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...]

Afaa Michael Weaver Wins the Prestigious Kingsley Tufts Award

Afaa Michael WeaverSomerville 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.”

Read the full announcement of this year’s Tufts Awards.

Congratulations, Afaa Michael Weaver!

Here on the Verse Daily site is a poem from the book that won Weaver the prize.

News from Mass Poetry

Imagine . . .

wetherbee girls…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
Gov PatrickTickets 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 PatrickHere & Now host Robin Young, Only a Game host Bill Littlefield, and former US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky. Reserve your ticket today.

Jack Scully’s South of Boston Poetry Trail



Jack Scully

Jack Scully


FEATURE:RICH BERG [Theme: ‘Free Voice’, Stories of American Culture] OPEN-MIC MUSIC,POETRY AND SPOKEN WORD [SUITABLE FOR GENERAL PUBLIC]  Coffee & desserts are served in the art gallery throughout the evening.   General Admission is $10, Performers $5, Families may inquire about special rates                 FOR MORE INFO WWW.MMAS.ORG
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Join Us for an Evening of Inspired Leadership

MassPoetryLogo-WEB-ColorOn 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.

Gov. Deval Patrick; Robert Pinsky; Ed Davis; Gloria White-Hammond; Robin Young; Giles Li

Gov. Deval Patrick; Robert Pinsky; Ed Davis; Gloria White-Hammond; Robin Young; Giles Li

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...]


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