Laurin Macios, Features Editor
Laurin Macios was Mass Poetry's program director from June 2013 until December 2015, when she moved to NYC. She now manages the weekly features and Poem of the Moment series for masspoetry.org. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing Poetry from the University of New Hampshire, where she taught on fellowship for three years, and her work has appeared in Green Mountains Review online, The Pinch, Third Wednesday, Boxcar Poetry Review, [PANK], and elsewhere. She is the program director of the Poetry Society of America and can be found online at laurinbeckermacios.com.
January O’Neil, Massachusetts Poetry Festival Executive Director
January directs the Massachusetts Poetry Festival and is the author of Underlife (CavanKerry Press, December 2009), and the collection Misery Islands (CavanKerry Press, fall 2014). She is an assistant professor of English at Salem State University. January’s poems and articles have appeared in Ploughshares, Sou’Wester, JMWW, North American Review, The MOM Egg, Crab Creek Review, Ouroboros Review, Drunken Boat, Crab Orchard Review, Callaloo, Literary Mama, Field, Seattle 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 December 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. Her poem, “Chocolate,” was nominated for a 2011 Pushcart Prize. She runs a popular blog called Poet Mom.
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.
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.
Fall 2014 - Present
Lauren 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.
Sharon Amuguni is a rising senior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, double majoring in psychology and communication. Poetry has always been a passion of hers and in high school she participated in the Boston Louder Than a Bomb Slam Poetry competition. She’s worked for her campus radio station for three years and had a show where she and her co-host tried to incorporate poetry and story-telling pieces alongside music. Sharon’s been published twice in UMass Amherst's Literary journal, Jabberwocky, and once in UMass Amherst's Butterfield Literary Journal. She hopes to one day publish her own poetry book. Richard Siken is one of her favorite poets, his book Crush was the first poetry book she ever purchased and she rereads it several times a year.
Katherine Lavoie was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. She is an undergraduate English major at Worcester State University. With a concentration in writing, she hopes to become a published author in the near future. She has an avid interest in contemporary poetry and memoir based novels. Katherine's enthusiasm for language combined with her emotional nature drives her creative work. Alongside being a student, Katherine choreographs dance and plays the French horn. She hopes her deep appreciation for the arts is fully captured by her work. Katherine won the third place prize in the Barbara Pilon Poetry Contest in the fall of 2014. With a graduation date of spring 2016, she hopes to then pursue an MFA in Creative Writing.
Festival & Programs Intern
Spring 2015 & Summer 2015
Jessica has been writing poetry since she was about seven, but became more serious about it during her first semester of college. Jessica is graduating with a BA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing from Salem State University in December 2014. She is currently teaching poetry to the wonderful kids at the Boys & Girls Club in Salem, and will continue to do so during the fall semester. She will also be on the poetry board for Soundings East during the fall semester. Jessica wants to pursue an MFA in poetry after taking some time off to travel after finishing her undergraduate degree. Jessica has had poetry published in the Golden Walkman Magazine, Three Line Poetry, and Spark Magazine. She received an Honorable Mention in the 2014 Claire Keyes Undergraduate Poetry Award and was the recipient of the 2014 Creativity Award in Creative Writing from Salem State University.