Laurin Macios, Executive Director
Laurin Macios holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of New Hampshire, where she taught on fellowship for three years. Her work appears in Salamander, Green Mountains Review online, [PANK], Boxcar Poetry Review, The Pinch, Third Wednesday, and elsewhere. She was a finalist for the 2014 Boston Review/92Y Unterberg Poetry Center Discovery Prize and the 2016 Hudson Book Prize and 2016 St Lawrence Prize, both from Black Lawrence Press. She is the former Program Director of the Poetry Society of America (January 2016-June 2017) and Mass Poetry (June 2013-December 2015). She splits her time between New York and Massachusetts and can be found online at laurinbeckermacios.com.
Lauren McCormick, Features Editor
Lauren McCormick hails from a small town in North Carolina with more rolling hills than people. She holds an MA in English/Creative Writing - Poetry from SNHU and a BA in Ancient Greek Language and Literature from UNCG. While she is obsessed with ancient poetry, she has recently made an effort to move her focus to contemporary. Her current favorite reads are Jelly Roll: A Blues by Kevin Young and Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith. She talks about the books she’s reading and other bookish things on her YouTube channel, Burnt Fiction.
January O’Neil, Massachusetts Poetry Festival Executive Director
January Gill O’Neil is the author of Misery Islands (2014) and Underlife (2009), both published by CavanKerry Press. A third collection, Rewilding, will be published by CavanKerry Press in fall 2018. She is the executive director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival and an assistant professor of English at Salem State University. She is a board of trustee member with the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) and Montserrat College of Art. Misery Islands was selected for a 2015 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence. Additionally, it was selected by Mass Center for the Book as a Must-Read Book for 2015, and won the 2015 Massachusetts Book Award.
January’s poems and articles have appeared in or are forthcoming with the Academy of American Poets, American Life in Poetry, Plume, Harvard Review, Harvard Review’s Renga for Obama, Green Mountains Review, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Paterson Literary Review, Rattle, Ploughshares, Sou’Wester, North American Review, The MOM Egg, Crab Creek Review, and Cave Canem anthologies II and IV, among others. Underlife was a finalist for ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award, and the 2010 Paterson Poetry Prize. In 2009, January was awarded a Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grant. She was featured in Poets & Writers magazine’s January/February 2010 Inspiration issue as one of its 12 debut poets. A Cave Canem fellow, she runs a popular blog called Poet Mom (http://poetmom.blogspot.com/).
Previously, January was a senior writer/editor at Babson College. She earned her BA from Old Dominion University and her MFA at New York University. She lives with her two children in Beverly, Massachusetts.
Sara Siegel, Program Director
Sara Siegel is a lifelong writer and crafter based in Somerville. After graduating Washington University in St. Louis and working at women's health organizations in NYC, she moved to Burlington, Vermont to earn a Masters in Public Administration at UVM. While there she worked at Vermont Children's Trust Foundation, a grant-making organization working with prevention programs throughout the state. Sara moved to Boston in 2012, and spent nearly three years as the Development and Alumni Relations Associate with School Year Abroad, a high school study abroad and homestay with campuses in China, France, Spain and Italy. Sara's short stories have been published in Wild Violet, Vantage Point, Toasted Cheese Literary Journal and Cleaver Magazine. Her sketch comedy group, Mister Bismuth, regularly performs at ImprovBoston in Cambridge.
heather hughes, Writer
Fall 2016 - Present
heather hughes hangs her heart in Somerville and Miami. Poems recently appear or are forthcoming in The Adroit Journal, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Queen Mob's Tea House, and Vinyl Poetry, among other journals. She MLA-ed in foreign literature at Harvard University Extension and MFA-ed at Lesley University. Her other adventures include working in academic publishing and creating letterpress prints. She never outgrew her science fiction & fantasy obsession. Find her online at birdmaddgirl.com.
Amanda McHugh, Program Assistant
Fall 2017 - Present
Amanda McHugh is currently a Senior at Emerson College graduating in May 2018 with a B.F.A in Writing, Literature, and Publishing with a focus in Creative Writing for Fiction, and a minor in Environmental Studies and Science. She hopes to one day be a writer for environmental change, specifically with animal agriculture and animal cruelty. In her spare time she enjoys baking, and spending time with family and friends.