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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Why We Chose a New Platform for the Festival Scheduling

DSCN0701This year we changed to a new platform for exploring offerings at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival on May 2-4. It took us a lot of work – at least it took January O’Neil and our interns a lot of work! And it will take you one more step than it took you last year if you signed up for the Festival. You will have to request an invitation to the site. No problem! You’ll be granted that invitation right away, and if you created a profile last year, you’ll see it in the new system.

Why did we go to this trouble and put you through one more step? The first reason is that this platform is not an open public site; it does not make you more susceptible to spam or invasion of your privacy by the world at large. You can safely include your biography to a community of poets and talk behind the closed doors of this software system to your friends. Another reason is that Pathable, the new system, provides a robust service system in case we run into technical problems. [Read more...]

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...]

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!

 

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