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.
Nicco Mele, co-founder of Mass Poetry, estimates he can recite between 200 and 400 poems. “Closer to the 400, probably,” he says. And it all began in 2001 with a New York subway ad that displayed a poem by John Hollander. The subway was crowded, so crowded he couldn’t open a book. Day after day he was wedged in for a long ride. It was then he noticed the poem, “Summer Day,” and to relieve his boredom, he memorized it.
"I first became aware of poetry when I was a sophomore in college and read a few poems about loneliness by Robert Frost. (Before then, I was not much of a reader. I was an engineering student then, but switched to English, though I took all of the available Math courses.)"
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To continue replacing ads with poems on the MBTA, to keep bringing poets into schools, to further our outreach to communities across the state, we need your support. Check out our activities report to learn how our funds are used, the immense scope and growth of our programs in 2014, and our projections for next year. Donate today to join our Funder Wall of Fame and help keep poetry going strong in Massachusetts!