Our Mission

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) (tax exempt, non-profit) organization.


Our Largest Programs

The Massachusetts Poetry Festival

Three days of readings, workshops, panels, and performances held in Salem each May, featuring more than 150 poets and presenters each year, and headlining today's top poets.

Student Day of Poetry

Statewide: An annual poetry field trip for 1000+ middle and high school students, who engage in writing generative workshops with the region's top poets and educators, and enjoy poetry readings, performances, and a student open mike.

In-School: The elements of Statewide Student Day of Poetry taken directly into middle and high schools across the state.

Common Threads

An annual publication of 7-10 poems by Massachusetts poets chosen by a Massachusetts poet, with a guide to reading and discussing the poems, videos of the poems being read (by the poets themselves when possible), and outreach to libraries, senior centers, book clubs, and more, to facilitate ~350 poetry discussion groups throughout the state in an effort to broaden the audience for poetry.

Poetry on the T

Poems in place of ads on the MBTA, launched in April 2014 for National Poetry Month.

U35 Reading Series

A reading series for poets under the age of 35, held every other month.


Professional Development

Sessions and seminars for educators on the teaching of poetic craft and technique, led by successful and engaging poet-instructors. 




Raining Poetry

Raining Poetry has taken the world by storm. Using a biodegradable, water-repellent spray and stencils created by local artists, we place poems on the sidewalks of Boston, visible only when it rains.

An Evening of Inspired Leaders

This fundraising event brings exemplary leaders in diverse fields together to read a poem that is meaningful to them and discuss its influence on their life and work.

In addition to these programs, we run various workshops and readings throughout the year, plan poetry programs for The Boston Book Festival, and other organizations looking for poetry events or programming.

For information on how to contribute to Mass Poetry, sponsor a program, or advertise with us, please contact Sara Siegel at sara@masspoetry.org. Donations to Mass Poetry are tax deductible. Checks can be made out to Mass Poetry and sent to 15 Channel Center Street, Suite 103, Boston MA 02210.