Mass Poetry is co-sponsoring two events at the virtual 2020 Boston Book Festival (October 5th – 25th, 2020). Join us for Irresistible Revolution: A Conversation on Poetry and Community on October 22nd and Poems & Pints on October 24th. As at the in-person festival, registration is free, but your tax-deductible donation at registration or on the BBF website can help support their nonprofit organization and keep their public programs free to all.

Irresistible Revolution: A Conversation on Poetry and Community

October 22nd, 4:30pm – 5:00pm EDT

Irresistible Revolution

Poet and writer Toni Cade Bambara states “the job of the poet is to make the revolution irresistible.” Join a reading and conversation between Boston poet laureate, Porsha Olayiwola, and Boston’s inaugural youth poet laureate, Alondra Bobadilla, as they weigh in on the role of the modern poet in shaping their communities. Poets will read from their forthcoming manuscripts and discuss the relationship between craft and civic engagement. This conversation will be moderated by poet Janae Johnson. Sponsored by Mass Poetry and the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.

Poems & Pints

October 24th, 5:30pm – 6:15pm EDT

Poems & Pints

Boston Book Festival’s annual Saturday evening celebration of poetry might by BYOB this year, but it still promises to be the literary gathering of the weekend, as we bring together a talented group of poets to share their latest work in a casual, free-flowing setting, capably emceed by poet Krysten Hill (How Her Spirit Got Out), who will share some of her own work as well. Poets George Abraham (Birthright), Diannely Antigua (Ugly Music), Kay Ulanday Barrett (More Than Organs), and Franny Choi (Soft Science) will read from their latest collections and answer your questions as well.