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.
Applications for the July 2019 Mastheads writers’ residency are now open! Five writers across disciplines are awarded residencies that include a $900 stipend, travel reimbursement, housing, and exclusive use of one of the Mastheads studios, which are installed at a new site throughout the Berkshires each summer.
“I always wanted to be a writer but spent three decades waiting for the beautiful important work to come tumbling out of my head, fully formed, perfectly edited. I got cancer at 34 and thought, "finally! my big compelling story!" and began to write. And the work was not huge and noble and epic (the disappointment!), but it was good medicine, and compelling and strong in its everydayness, and absolutely crucial to my healing.
Cautionary tale: do not wait for the universe to give you cancer so you can find your voice. Your story was always important.”
Student Day of Poetry is Mass Poetry’s program for middle and high school students. SDOPs change the way middle and high school students see poetry, as well as how they feel about themselves and each other. Through writing-generative workshops with top poets educators, poetry readings, performances, and student open mics, SDOPs provide inspiration and instruction at all levels and in all genres of poetry.