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.
Other cities have vibrant literary arts centers: Poets’ House and the Center for Fiction in New York; Open Book in Minneapolis; Hugo House in Seattle. Why not Boston?
Though the Seaport is a neighborhood of bridges, it doesn’t yet connect Bostonians of all socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds. Along with GrubStreet and Harvard Book Store, we aim to change this by building a radically inclusive multi-use literary and cultural arts center open to all.
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I remember being very pleased in 3rd grade when an aptitude test suggested I should become either a Poet or Spy—both had great appeal!—and are, of course, not so different. I still have my childhood copy of A Child’s Garden of Verses with its beautiful colored illustrations. As a child and into adulthood I read poetry and wrote poems following instinct.
Mass Poetry's Professional Development program is focused on the teaching of poetic craft and technique, providing skills for educators to invigorate their classrooms. Anyone who seeks to strengthen their knowledge and skills in creative writing poetry instruction are welcome to attend. Teachers earn PDPs, while others earn Certificates of Completion.