The 9th Massachusetts Poetry Festival celebrates the state’s lively contemporary poetry scene from Friday, May 5 to Sunday, May 7, in downtown Salem, MA.

The Mass Poetry Festival offers nearly 100 poetry readings and workshops, a small press and literary fair, panels, poetry slams, and open-air readings. More than 150 poets will engage with thousands of New Englanders.

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2017 Headliners

  • Louise Glück
  • Eileen Myles
  • Kazim Ali
  • Andrea Cohen
  • Cornelius Eady and Rough Magic
  • Ross Gay
  • Rigoberto González
  • Aimee Nezhukumatathil
  • Emily Pettit
  • Tom Sleigh
  • Dara Wier

Thank you to our sponsors!


What Else is Going on at The Festival?

The Migration Poetry Contest

As part of The Poetry Coalition's theme Because We Come From Everything: Poetry & Migration, Mass Poetry will select five original poems to place on the streets of Salem during the Festival as part of the Raining Poetry program. The deadline to submit to the Migration Poetry contest has passed. Thank you for your submissions!

Sign Up Your High School Students for the Festival Student Day of Poetry

Friday morning before the rest of the Mass Poetry Festival begins, Mass Poetry will host a Student Day of Poetry for students grades 8 - 12. Students can attend writing-generative workshops, listen to poets read and take part in a Q&A, or watch poets perform and participate in a student open-mic. To sign up your students, email sara@masspoetry.org.

Small Press and Literary Fair

Our Small Press and Literary Fair will take place on Saturday, May 6 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., located along the Pedestrian Mall between Peabody Essex Museum and Museum Place Mall.

Want to book a table at the Small Press Fair? Presses, writing programs, and individual poets—contact us for more info. Send your queries to mp@masspoetry.org.