Over the past ten years, Mass Poetry has formed numerous partnerships, including with literary organizations, publishers, and media. Many of these partnerships involve Mass Poetry programming outside of our major programs. Here you will find out more information about these offerings!

Lit Crawl 2019

2019 Boston Lit Crawl

On June 6, Mass Poetry will host The Great American Poetry Challenge at the 2019 Boston Lit Crawl. Attendees will be grouped in five teams. Each team will be appointed an established poet as their team cheerleader (Anna Ross, Ben Berman, Colleen Michaels, Enzo Silon Surin, or Febo). Mass Poetry will provide a series of prompts for each team to create an original poem. Each team will have up to 20 minutes to write their poem. For the last 15 minutes, one member from each team will read their poems aloud, and we will choose a winner. 

Join us at 7pm at Trident Booksellers & Cafe!

A Tribute to Mary Oliver

A Tribute to Mary Oliver

On May 2, 2019, Mass Poetry presented A Tribute to Mary Oliver, in collaboration with Art Week and sponsored by WBUR. Panelists Helene Atwan, Krysten Hill, Susan Edwards Richmond and Nadia Colburn read work by Mary Oliver and discussed how it has influenced their own lives and work. Read the selections here.

Museum of Fine Arts

Poets in Residence at the MFA

This fall, three poets will lead poetry-writing workshops in the MFA galleries. On Wednesday evenings – the MFA’s free night – join Regie Gibson from September 5 – September 26, Kathleen Aguero from October 3 – 24, and Krysten Hill from October 31 – November 28.

Boston Properties

Boston Properties/Mass Poetry Partnership

Spring Showers Installation

Pilar Quintana “The Spring”
Marie Tobin “Water the World”
Amy Dryansky “Through Line”
Erica Charis-Molling “It’s Still Early”
Hannah Fries “Spring Time”
Marge Piercy “The Garden of Almost”

Stay tuned for more 2018 programming!

Boston Book Festival (BFF) 2018

Poets & Pints at the Boston Book Festival

Saturday, October 13, 6:00 – 7:30 pm at Room & Board 375 Newbury St, Boston. Featuring Shauna Barbosa; P. Scott Cunningham; Erica Funkhouser; Robin MacArthur; Emily O’Neill; and Austin Smith.

Waterstone at the Circle

Waterstone at the Circle Poetry Series

Mass Poetry is excited about this partnership with the Waterstone at the Circle, an independent living community in Chestnut Hill. Throughout 2018, seven poets will participate in readings and Q&As and lead writing-generative workshops for the Waterstone community. The series will conclude with a performance from all the poets. 


Emily Dickinson Museum

The Amherst Poetry Festival

Mass Poetry is a proud co-sponsor of the fifth Amherst Poetry Festival and Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon, held September 14-17, 2017. The festival is a celebration of western Massachusetts’ historic and contemporary poetic legacy, held at the Emily Dickinson Museum and throughout downtown Amherst. All events at the four-day festival are free and open to the public. Click here to view the press release and schedule.

JFK 100

JFK Poetry Contest

Open for Massachusetts middle and high school students. Contest runs until October 6, 2017. Runners-Up and Winners receive stipends. Finalists selected by Robert Pinsky.

Boston Book Festival (BBF) 2017

Poets & Pints at the Boston Book Festival

Saturday, October 28, 5:30 – 7:00 pm at XHALE (Copley Square Hotel). Featuring Rebecca Morgan Frank, Natalie Shapero and Krysten Hill.