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...]

A Look at Susan Rich: A Massachusetts Poetry Festival Feature Poet

Susan_LaughingSusan Rich is a prolific poet with the energy to pursue both her creative and her humanitarian impulses. But the poetry in Rich’s life, as she explains below in her own words, was almost cut short by professors who advised her to try “something else.” Rich set poetry aside for a time, but, lucky enough for all of us, she returned to her craft after twelve long years away. [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...]

Mass Poetry’s New Project — Poetry on the T

Take a poetic ride on the T for National Poetry Month!

PoeTryPoetry on the T, an arm of our Poetry in Public Spaces program, has launched today, with three gorgeous poems on the Green Line. [What Travels] by Joseph O. Legaspi, “Song” by Tracy K. Smith, and “Marathon” by Nick Flynn will be up for your reading and commuting pleasure all month.

Take a #poeTryselfie and tweet it at @MassPoetry, post it to our Facebook page, or email it to us for inclusion in a newsletter and on our social media!


“An Evening of Inspired Leadership” Is an Inspired Success!

Gov Patrick“An Evening of Inspired Leadership” lived up to its adjective — and it was the audience that was inspired by an amazing array of dignitaries and their selection of favorite poems.

And what a wonderful array of poems it was — Governor Deval Patrick reading the poem at the base of the Statute of Liberty –”Give me your tired, your poor. . . ” Michael Maso, Managing Director of the Huntington Theatre Company,  reading Lawrence Raab’s tribute to the science fiction monster movie “Attack of the Crab Monsters.” And who can forget Ed Davis, former Boston Police Commissioner,  reciting from memory his — and his mother’s — favorite poem, “The Wreck of the Hesperus.” Robert Pinsky, former poet laureate and founder of the Favorite Poem Project, began the evening with the poem “Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden. [Read more...]

The Globe on Pinsky, Mass Poetry, and “Inspired Leadership” Readings

Globe photo

Globe photo

The Boston Globe has a story that celebrates poetry and poetry happenings, “Poetry is in the air.”  The story reports a wide variety of events and activities, including a Robert Pinsky reading to jazz and the Mass Poetry and Favorite Poems program entitled “An Evening of Inspired Leadership,” which is a benefit for Mass Poetry programs.

Nearly a dozen prominent leaders will read their favorite poems at the Huntington Theatre at 7:00 on March 31st.

You can still get your tickets for the Monday evening program.

Robert Pinsky on “An Evening of Inspired Leadership”

Robert Pinsky color shotRobert Pinsky, former poet laureate and generous supporter of Mass Poetry projects, was interviewed by Frannie Carr Toth,  a WBUR Cognoscenti columnist,  about the March 31st “Evening of Inspired Leadership.”

Check out the column and get your ticket for the 7:00 o’clock program at the Boston University Theatre, 264 Huntington Avenue.



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