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.
“My first full length collection, The Unbuttoned Eye, explores sexual experience and identity through the 35 years of the AIDS pandemic […] Ultimately, to finish the book, I had to own some very private choices and find a way to put those realities in my poems. Through writing the book, I discovered how much energy I had invested in avoiding my experience of extremes through the epidemic – the horrors, and the joys.”
“The press was created to combat the existence of gender inequity in the publishing arena and the lack of publishers focusing on the strong work of emerging women poets. This combination of publishing work by women at the beginning of their publishing careers, and having that work be both stellar and welcoming to readers is our recipe for success. ”
Raise Your Verse is a six-week writing campaign that brings together poets, supporters, community members, and friends alike. Over six weeks, participants will help Mass Poetry raise $20,000 toward our programming by writing poetry to share with their readers in exchange for donations to Mass Poetry.
Raise Your Verse will run from September 19th through the end of October and you can sign up at any point in those six weeks!
“You know I was in the military, I say.
The lights have dimmed and if his eyes
are rolling I can’t see them.
He leans over, wants to tell me
something but the curtains
have parted to the cruelty
of guards, the singing of men