Mass Poetry supports poets and poetry in Massachusetts. We 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.
The Dodge Poetry Festival is a four-day festival consisting of student days of poetry, panels, poets forums, music, and of course, readings by some of today’s most influential writers. U.S. Poet Laureates and chancellors of The Academy of American Poets read and shared their poems, their processes, and their ideas on poetry in our society. One of the reasons I was thrilled to be at Dodge was to support my friends (some old and some local) who were reading: two years ago, Crystal Bacon and January Gill O’Neil; this year, Kevin Carey and Somerville’s poet laureate, Nicole Terez Dutton. It was gratifying to share in their honor and to be one of the familiar faces in the audience for them.
Doug Holder is a fixture in the Massachusetts poetry scene—the host of reading and TV series, the founder of Ibbetson Street, and more. I had the chance to chat with Holder to learn more about how his expansive list of projects and productions got started and what it's like to manage them all, on top of his own writing career and life as a poet. This interview has been edited slightly for clarity and length.