Mass Poetry believes that words matter. We support poets and poetry in Massachusetts, 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?
My dad would probably say I first encountered poetry at birth— “You were born at home during a hurricane. The midwife’s assistant fainted, so I helped deliver you. Then I buried the placenta by a coconut tree, and a couple days later the tree was dead.” And so began my poetic life. But, seriously, if I really had to guess, I would say I first encountered poetry with my dad. He would read from this old brown hardcover book of illustrated nursery rhymes, and he constantly made up stories and poems for my two siblings and me. One summer he even created the Summer Fun Reading Club for all the neighborhood kids, tricking us into spending the whole season reading as many books as we could.
You may find yourself staring blankly at one of the many ads on the T this month, just to realize that you’re actually looking at a piece of poetry. Mass Poetry is repeating its annual “Poetry on the T” program, giving commuters the chance to see poetry in the wild.
Join us on December 7 for the Western MA Student Day of Poetry Festival at UMass Amherst or on December 14 for the Statewide Student Day of Poetry Festival at UMass Boston. Experience a day of reading, writing and performing poetry with established poet educators.
Open to all middle and high school students.