the poetry coalition


Mass Poetry - Because We Come from Everything: Poetry & Migration

At the 2017 Massachusetts Poetry Festival, Mass Poetry will feature poems about migration in its Raining Poetry project. Five poems will be selected to be displayed on the streets of Salem for the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, May 5-7.

Using a biodegradable water-repellent spray and stencils made by local artists, the organization will place poems throughout the streets of Salem. The spray vanishes once dry, so the poems are invisible—until it rains. Once wet, the area around the poems will darken, enabling passersby to read them.

Sixty-four entries were received from Massachusetts residents on the broad theme of migration. Our theme, Because We Come From Everything: Poetry & Migration, borrows a line from U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera’s poem, “Borderbus.


About the Poetry Coalition

In November 2015, more than 20 nonprofit poetry organizations joined forces to form a national Poetry Coalition working together to promote the value poets bring to our culture and the important contribution poetry makes in the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds.

In March 2017, the Poetry Coalition launched its inaugural effort, Because We Come from Everything: Poetry & Migration. For this collaborative effort, each organization in the Poetry Coalition will bring its unique mission to the task of presenting programs and projects on the theme of migration.