Mass Poetry supports poets and poetry in Massachusetts. We help to broaden the audience of poetry readers, bring poetry to readers of all ages and transform people’s lives through inspiring verse. We are a 501(c)(3) organization.
When did you first encounter poetry? How did you discover you wanted to write poems?
I wrote my first poem in the fourth grade. We studied haiku and tanka, and, like decrypting a code, I was captivated by the puzzle of the poetry mind. I’ve been reading and crafting ever since. I received my BA from the University of Pittsburgh, and now I’m pursuing a PhD with Lancaster University. Writing poetry offers me the space for deep reflection and meditation as well as problem solving.
We invite middle and high school students to submit a poem on the subject of John F. Kennedy. Entries will be judged by MFA candidates and finalists selected by Robert Pinsky. Winners and runners up will receive stipends.
The contest will run until October 6, 2017, and finalists will be announced in late November, after which the JFK Library Foundation will host an event honoring all entrants, their teachers and their families in early December.