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Getting to Know AR Dugan, Author of “Wanted: Comedy, Addicts”

Getting to Know AR Dugan, Author of “Wanted: Comedy, Addicts”

“People say (poets say) they write poems because they have to. It’s not a choice. Poetry is how they are able to move through the world. Poetry helps me get out from under the farce of the world. It helps me get out from under the weight of my existence, and my complicity in the cycle.” — AR Dugan

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Getting to Know Tamiko Beyer, Author of “Last Days”

Getting to Know Tamiko Beyer, Author of “Last Days”

“My hope is that this project inspires other writers and artists, especially BIPOC folks, queer people, disabled people, and others who have been marginalized in the literary and art communities, to develop new ways of releasing work into the world. There is a myriad of ways we can dream up to engage with capitalism differently and to create and deepen community. That’s what I’m most excited about.”

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Poetry Coalition 2020 In This Place : Poetry & Protest

Poetry Coalition 2020 In This Place : Poetry & Protest

poetry coalition 2020in this place : Poetry & Protest “In This Place (An American Lyric)” features a stirring choral recitation of a protest-themed poem of the same name by National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman. This short film, released in conjunction with...

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Announcing the July 2019 Mastheads Writers’ Residency

Announcing the July 2019 Mastheads Writers’ Residency

announcing the 2019 mastheads writers’ residency Applications for the July 2019 Mastheads writers’ residency are now open! Five writers across disciplines are awarded residencies that include a $900 stipend, travel reimbursement, housing, and exclusive use of one of...

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National Poetry Month 2019

National Poetry Month 2019

April is National Poetry Month! Here Are a few Ways to Celebrate.  Read a poem every day! You can find daily poems via Poetry Daily, the Poem-a-Day on poets.org, and by listening to U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith’s podcast, The Slowdown.Mass Poetry is part of...

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Public Art Recognizes Poets

Public Art Recognizes Poets

public art recognizes poetsby Ken Bresler Cummings typically used lower-case letters in his poems and sometimes spelled his name all in the lower case – but not always. His lower-case initials in The Massachusetts Artifact reflect the spelling “e.e. cummings” that...

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MFA/Mass Poetry — Poets in the Galleries

MFA/Mass Poetry — Poets in the Galleries

MFA/Mass Poetry - Poets in the galleriesIn fall of 2018 - from September through November - three poets were Poets in Residence at the galleries in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The workshops took place on Wednesday evenings 6:30 - 8:30 pm (Wednesday nights after 4...

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2018 Boston Poetry Marathon

2018 Boston Poetry Marathon

Boston Poetry Marathon Set for August 10-12 in CambridgeA much-loved writing community tradition is returning to the Hub again in 2018. The Boston Poetry Marathon will be held August 10th - 12th, at Outpost 186 in Cambridge’s Inman Square. Over three days, nearly 100...

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On Coming Home

On Coming Home

On Coming Home: A Note from Executive Director Daniel JohnsonDaniel Johnson | July 2018 Joining Mass Poetry recently as its newest executive director feels like a homecoming to me. I mean this in the deepest sense. Poetry, for many winters and springs, has given me...

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Great News: Poetry Readership is Up!

Great News: Poetry Readership Is Up!The National Endowment for the Arts released information confirming that poetry reading is on the rise. It confirms what we have seen at readings, festivals, in-school participation, and on social media. According to the NEA’s...

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Oliver Mural

Oliver Mural

Mary Oliver Poem Excerpt in a Muralby Ken BreslerA portrait of poet Mary Oliver appears in a small mural in Boston with an excerpt from her poem “Invitation.” The excerpt, as Oliver published it, is:         it is a serious...

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