Poets, thank you for your words and your work! Please enjoy this special 50% discount on general admission to Evening of Inspired Leaders on February 5. Proceeds from Evening of Inspired Leaders fund our year-round free and low-cost programs that work to broaden the audience for poetry and support poets in MA, including Student Day of Poetry Festivals, Poetry on the T, Common Threads, and the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, to name a few, as well as our website's weekly features and poems! Learn more about the evening below.
Evening of Inspired Leaders brings together exceptional leaders from diverse fields to read a favorite poem and reflect on its connection to their life and work. Our fourth Evening of Inspired Leaders kicks off Mass Poetry's 10th anniversary year and will lift your spirits, inspire, and delight you!
Evening of Inspired Leaders, inspired by our friends at Favorite Poem Project, is more than an energizing program. It is also Mass Poetry's biggest fundraiser, allowing us to produce our dynamic roster of year-round programs that broaden the audience for poetry and support poets and poetry in Massachusetts. Our work includes Poetry on the T, the annual Massachusetts Poetry Festival, Student Day of Poetry Festivals, Raining Poetry, and more.
VIP Pre-show Dinner Reception: 5:30-7:00 p.m. (VIP tickets are available for purchase here)
Program: 7:30-9:30 p.m.
PARTIAL LINE-UP (More coming soon!)
Charlie Baker, Governor of Massachusetts (by video) • Jonathan Bush, CEO and President of athenahealth, Inc. • Jim Canales, President and Trustee of the Barr Foundation • Tommy Chang, Superintendent of Boston Public Schools • Ophelia Dahl, C0-founder, Partners in Health • Amanda Gorman, U.S. Youth Poet Laureate • Maura Healey, Massachusetts Attorney General • Celeste Ng, bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You and Little Fires Everywhere • Samantha Power, former Ambassador to the UN • Ayanna Pressley, Boston City Councilor • Hank Phillippi Ryan, investigative reporter for Channel 7 News on WHDH-TV and author • Karim Sahyoun, Co-founder and EVP of Blue Print Robotics • Jenny Slate, actress and comedian • Ron Slate, writer and former vice president of global communications for EMC Corporation • Rose Styron, poet, journalist, and human rights activist • Emceed by Meghna Chakrabarti of WBUR's Radio Boston and Modern Love: The Podcast
HOST COMMITTEE IN FORMATION
Karen & Jim Ansara, Michael Ansara & Barney Arnold, Chet Atkins & Jessica Stern, Ann Bailey Berman, Michael Brown, Heather & Brendan Coughlin, Anita Diamant & Jim Ball, Marla Felcher, Alan Feldman, Amy & Norman Gorin, Wendy Swart Grossman & Evan Grossman, Bob Kuttner & Joan Fitzgerald, Hannah Larrabee, Gregg & Julia LeStage, Jeffrey Mayersohn & Linda Seamonson, Jenny & Tony McAuliffe, Don & Barbara McLagan, Nicco Mele, Wendy & Jim Mnookin, Glenn & Faith Parker, Richard Parker & Robin Wright Parker, Laura Perille, Joshua Posner & Eileen Rudden, Avery Rimer & Rick Weissbourd, Steven Rothstein, Jim Stone & Cathy Douglas Stone, Susan & Michael Thonis
Federal Street Advisors, The Huntington Theatre Company, The Sunflower Foundation, WBUR