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 a Lowell student was told that a poet was coming for a Student Day of Poetry, he stood up and loudly complained, “No F****** way I’m gonna listen to no F****** poet.” But, according to Jennifer Zeuli, Coordinator of Language Arts and Literacy, grades 5 - 12 at Lowell Public Schools, that same student was waiting in line to ask Regie Gibson, the poet in question, when he was coming back to the school. He was also caught reading his own poem to other students as they gathered around him in the hallway.
Daniel Evans Pritchard started U35 about five years ago, when he was sitting around a bar with some friends, thinking about how there weren't really venues for young poets' voices in the Boston poetry scene. They decided to change that. And they wanted a place that would allow young poets to talk and mingle--not a bookstore or other venue that felt more formal. The Marliave agreed to be their venue, and that has worked really well.