Mass Poetry Newsletter from Laurin Macios

Laurin announces the next U35 reading, the success of Professional Development Day and the latest Poets Who Write Prose essay.

U35_LogoSave the date for our next U35 Reading: September 9

7 p.m., The Marliave, Boston

Jessica Fjeld, Josh Cook, and Lauren McCormack

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Our Newsletter: The Latest News

Save the date for U35: Tuesday, July 22 

 

U35_Logo@ The Marliave in Boston

Featuring:
Andrew K. Peterson
Charlotte Seley
David Bartone

Get the details & check out the Facebook event!

And if you missed our May U35 Reading, or just want to relive it, you can catch the readings of Hannah Larrabee, Heather Hughes, and Mario Alejandro Ariza at youtube.com/masspoetrychannel. [Read more...]

State Proposes Drastic Cut to Arts Funding — What You Can Do

What you can do? — Call or email your state representative immediately and say “No!”

MCC logoHere’s the extent of the issue according to a bulletin from the website of the Massachusetts Cultural Council:

(4/9/14) – Earlier today the House Committee on Ways and Means released a state budget proposal for the coming fiscal year that recommends just over $5 million for the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC). That would represent a 54 percent reduction in state support for the arts, humanities, and sciences. (Read their full report.)
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A Concert of Hope and Peace, Featuring Richard Hoffman

Richard Hoffman

Richard Hoffman

Last year on April 15 Boston experienced one of its most devastating events — the Marathon bombings. This year, as the first anniversary approaches, many plan to commemorate the event, including organizations such as BostonBetter,  a project of Boston museums, libraries, and archives.

One of the planned events is “A Concert of Hope and Peace,” featuring the Hawthorne String Quartet and Richard Hoffman, who will read his poetry.

Hoffman’s work, which Molly Peacock describes as “moments when civilization dissolves, not superficially, but at its emotional roots,” is a wise choice for city-wide meditation. concert of Hope and PeaceHis clear and visionary intensity grounds justice and humanity in words that are both powerful and simple. [Read more...]

Latest News: Festival Schedule, Common Threads, Volunteers, Etc.

The festival schedule is LIVE!

Festival logo 2014Time to start planning your weekend in Salem! Check out our new scheduling website to find out the who, what, where, when, and why of this year’s festival.

You’ll see that we have moved to a new scheduling site to avoid spam and increase confidentiality. This new site requires an invitation to join. Please sign up here and you’ll quickly receive your invitation to participate in the 2014 Mass Poetry Festival, create your schedule, sign up for workshops, coordinate schedules with friends, and start discussions.

Common Threads 2014 is here

The newest edition is available online now. See the whole collection here.

Common Threads 2014Poet Lisa Olstein has gathered ten poems that “embody and reflect upon and sometimes even answer the kinds of urges and imperatives we experience,” by poets with “deep ties to Massachusetts…poets that span decades and continents and expansive aesthetic domains.” [Read more...]

Jill McDonough on Non-Working Poets??

Jill McDonough

Jill McDonough

In case you missed it, poets have become a whipping boy — or girl, getting their lashes from opponents of the Affordable Care Act. The latest to take up the cane on Fox news is Trey Gowdy, a member of the Republican leadership of the House of RepresentativesThe complaint is that poets can get health care and not work.

In a blog on the Esquire site Jill McDonough, one of our feature poets at this May’s festival, answers the accusation. Read it here:  In Which Trey Gowdy Gets His Ass Kicked By A Poet

Sunken Garden Festival Begins June 12

Tracy K. Smith

Tracy K. Smith

June 12 begins this year’s legendary Connecticut poetry festival, Sunken Garden, with a reading by Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy K. Smith and readers selected from eight Connecticut poetry programs. The initial reading marks the first of the Sunken Garden series, which occurs every other Wednesday night for the summer.

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