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



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 O'Neil directs the Massachusetts Poetry Festival and is the author of Underlife (CavanKerry Press, 2009), and Misery Islands (CavanKerry Press, 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. January was awarded a 2009 Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grant. She was featured as one of Poets & Writers magazine’s 12 debut poets in 2010, and 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.


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


Sebastian Alberdi, Program Assistant
Winter 2017 - Present

Sebastian Alberdi is graduating from Northeastern University in May 2017 with a B.A. in English and a minor in Writing. He is a Californian poet (mostly) based in Boston and the founder/co-editor of pnk prl zine ( At any given time you could probably find him looking for a soy matcha latte or making erasure poetry out of James Joyce’s "Ulysses".


Sharon Amuguni, Program Assistant
Summer 2015 - Present

Sharon Amuguni is a poet residing in Somerville and is currently attempt to navigate the post-grad life with as much humor and hot tea as possible. She's been published twice in UMass Amherst's Literary journal, Jabberwocky, and once in UMass Amherst's Butterfield Literary Journal. Sharon hopes to one day publish her own poetry book centered on the intersection of resistance, creative production and mental health for marginalized groups, specifically WOC and immigrants.