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.
“5+ Questions With” is a new series in which we learn more about Mass Poetry’s partners throughout the region, particularly those that are also members of the Poetry Coalition. The Coalition is a national network of more than 20 nonprofit poetry organizations working together to promote the value poets bring to our culture and the important contribution poetry makes in the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds. This week we’re hearing from Jennifer Benka of the Academy of American Poets, which oversees the Poetry Coalition.
Mark your calendars! On October 13, Mass Poetry will be hosting Poems and Pints at the Boston Book Festival, featuring poetry and music from 6:00 to 7:30pm at Room & Board. Join fellow poetry fans to sample seasonal beers and pretzels and hear new work by five terrific poets: Shauna Barbosa, P. Scott Cunningham, Erica Funkhouser, Emily O’Neill, and Austin Smith. Triple threat singer-songwriter-novelist Robin MacArthur will also join us to play a few songs. Room & Board is sponsoring a book drive in connection with this event, so please consider bringing a used book or two to donate to the avid readers at the Women’s Lunch Place. This event is 21+
It's easy! Set up your page by clicking "Join Campaign" on Crowdrise and get ready to write. Participants can write poems, haikus, freeform, sonnets, grocery lists... as long as you're writing in some form in exchange for donations to Mass Poetry, we’re thrilled!
Three men, white-haired and buzz-cut,
led us in the pledge of allegiance,
but after the first twelve words, they could not agree,
except that their versions were half as long as the original
and full of verve.