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.
One of the most beautiful things about poetry is investing and confiding in a blank page. It's not going to judge you and it's free to fill up with the natural rhythm of everything going on in your mind. It's an often overlooked and vitally important part of the recovery process if you've gone through a difficult time. Jennifer Jean's poetry workshops at the Cambridge Women's Center help trauma survivors tackle their recovery through poetry.
Jennifer is organizing a fundraiser from August 23rd to October 1st to help fund these poetry workshops. The recovery group gets a series of poetry workshops tailored to their needs, Jennifer gets funding to teach the workshops, and perk donors get their books advertised!
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.