THE ART OF WORDS/MIKE AMADO MEMORIAL SERIES
THE ART OF WORDS/MIKE AMADO MEMORIAL SERIES
It’s easy for poets in hubs like Boston or Cambridge to find like-minded artists and places to share their work. But where can Massachusetts poets outside the metro area go to read their work, participate in workshops, and find the feedback and support they need to practice their craft and hone their skills? [Read more...]
Alice Kociemba is the director of Calliope (CAH-LIE-OH-PEE), a poetry group held at the West Falmouth Library in West Falmouth, MA. Since there was a need for a reading series in the area, Alice began the poetry series in January 2008. Over time, it has progressed to include not just readings by published poets, but also open mikes for the general public and unique writing workshops as well. The readings and open mikes are held approximately monthly on Sunday afternoons from mid-September to mid-May, excluding December. Workshops are held approximately monthly on Saturday afternoons. The Calliope website can be found at calliopepoetryseries.com. [Read more...]
Massachusetts Poet in the Spotlight is a monthly installment from Mass Poetry. Each month we will be shining the spotlight on a poet affiliated with, and nominated by, one of our poetry partners. If you are a partner with a poet to nominate, email email@example.com.
Justen Ahren, Poet Laureate of West Tisbury, Massachusetts, has published poems in numerous literary journals including, most recently, Fulcrum, BorderSenses, Borderlands, Texas Poetry Review, and Comstock Review. A graduate of Emerson College’s MFA program in creative writing, Justen is founder and Director of Noepe Center for Literary Arts and the Martha’s Vineyard Writers Residency. He teaches poetry and writing workshops on Martha’s Vineyard and in Labro, Italy, and recently published A Strange Catechism, his first book of poems. [Read more...]
Grub Street can’t do anything to satisfy lunchtime munchies, as the name may suggest, but the organization can help you hone your writing skills. Founded in 1997 by Eve Bridburg, Grub Street began as a writing workshop with a “Can’t we all just get along?” attitude. Bridburg was in the MFA program at a local university and found herself dismayed by the competitive atmosphere. In response, she created Grub Street, a writing center featuring rigorous courses and workshops that would give supportive, helpful, and kind feedback to the writing community. [Read more...]
Are you a Massachusetts high school student? Are you a Massachusetts high school teacher? Do you know a Massachusetts high school student or teacher? Then get the word out about an exciting poetry contest students can enter.
Update: Sarah Kay has had to back out due to a conflict but Phil Kaye and Franny Choi from Project V.O.I.C.E will still be performing and leading workshops.
The Student Day of Poetry is a full day dedicated to poetry for high school students. The event connects young people with poetry, develops their interest in reading poetry, and helps them learn a new means of self-expression as they develop self-confidence, literary skills, and critical thinking. The day is run by Mass Poetry, which is an organization that hopes to “connect poets and poetry with larger audiences.” This year’s Student Day of Poetry will be held on Friday, March 21st, 2014 at UMass Boston. If any teachers are interested in registering for the day, they may do so here and may contact Laurin Macios, the Program Director of Mass Poetry, with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a $50 fee to register in order to help cover the cost of the day, but if schools cannot afford this, they may still attend. Mass Poetry uses the registration fee to pay all of the poets contributing to the day in an effort to “create revenue streams for poets,” as Laurin tells us.
FRIDAY NOV 8, @6PM
On Saturday, November 2 at 1:30 PM Mom Egg Review will present 20 poets in a reading at the Červená Barva Press Studio in Somerville. As an indication of the spirit and energy of the affair, Mom Egg is calling it Mass Mayhem.
The poets include several women who have worked closely with the Massachusetts Poetry Festival over the years. In alphabetical order, they are:
January G. O’Neil
The MC is Marjorie Tesser.
The Červená Barva Press Studio is in Basement Room B8 on191 Highland Avenue, Somerville, in the Center For The Arts At The Armory. Each poet will read three minutes.