April 2019 Poetry on the T, sponsored by Wellesley College
Mass Poetry partnered with Wellesley College to take over one full car of each train line with Poetry on the T from members of the Wellesley community, including students, alumni, faculty, and staff.
Click here to learn more about the project and to hear each of the poems read by the author.
Click here to read the full text and see the designs of each poster:
April 2018 Poetry on the T, sponsored by Mass Center for the Book:
April 2018 Poetry on the T features Sonia Sanchez's "Haiku (for you)" and Kaveh Akbar's "Learning to Pray", both 2018 Mass Poetry Festival Headliners.
March 2018 Poetry on the T:
March features an excerpt from Tracy K. Smith's "Flores Woman" in celebration of the 2018 Poetry Coalition Theme Where My Dreaming and My Loving Live: Poetry & the Body. This run is sponsored with donated space from the MBTA.
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.
November 2017 Poetry on the T:
November features two runs of Poetry on the T--one sponsored by Penguin Press featuring poems from Mary Oliver's new book Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver, and one sponsored with donated space from the MBTA.
January 2017 Poetry on the T, Sponsored by our many generous friends featured in the sponsorship poster below:
September 2016 Poetry on the T, sponsored by Vermont College of Fine Arts:
January 2016 Poetry on the T, sponsored by UMass Boston's MFA in Creative Writing Program:
December Poetry on the T:
Learn more about the winners of our Fall 2015 Poetry on the T Contest, whose poems were up on the red line this December!
Thank you to our generous sponsors of Fall 2015 Poetry on the T! Poems were on the Red Line through the end of the year! Please see the sponsor poster below.
November Poetry on the T:
Sponsored by our many generous friends in Massachusetts, featured in the sponsorship poster below.
October 2015 Poetry on the T:
October features two runs of Poetry on the T--one sponsored by Penguin Press featuring poems from Mary Oliver's new book Felicity, and one sponsored by our many generous friends in Massachusetts, featured in the sponsorship poster below.
April 2015 Poetry on the T:
March 2015 Poetry on the T:
September 2014 Poetry on the T, sponsored by UMass Boston's MFA in Creative Writing Program:
Joyce Peseroff, "Your Ad Here"
Jill McDonough, "The Beautiful Woman"
Lloyd Schwartz, "Crossword"
August 2014 Poetry on the T:
Maggie Dietz, "Pluto"
Richard Hoffman, "Rising"
Fred Marchant, "A Place at the Table"
July 2014 Poetry on the T:
Amy Lowell, "From a Window"
Kevin Young, "Ode to Chicken"
Adelia Prado, translated by Ellen Doré Watson, "Seduction"
June 2014 Poetry on the T:
José Olivarez, “Bulls vs. Suns, 1993″
Mekeel McBride, “A Little Bit of Timely Advice”
Christopher Millis, "Ceremony"
May 2014 Poetry on the T:
Mary Oliver, "The Summer Day"
Marge Piercy, "To Be of Use"
Christopher Millis, "Ceremony"
April 2014 Poetry on the T:
Joseph O. Legaspi, [What Travels]
Nick Flynn, "Marathon"
Tracy K. Smith, "Song"
Poetry on the T in the News
The Artery | November 6, 2017 | Mass Poetry Releases Poems Into the Wild - On the T
Suffolk University | August 7, 2014 | Professor’s Work Featured on Poetry on the T
Metro | June 23, 2014 | Funding Extends Poetry on the MBTA Through Summer
Boston Magazine | June 19, 2014 | Poetry on the T Project Will Continue Through September
WGBH | June 13, 2014 | January O'Neil & Jill McDonough Announce UMass Boston Sponsorship
Metro | April 8, 2014 | Mass PoeTry Coming to a Trolley Near You
“After a particularly trying day a few weeks back, I got onto a Red Line car, and discovered Fred Marchant’s ‘A Place At the Table’ facing me on the subway car. This—Fred’s poem—almost made me burst into tears it was so exactly what I needed to hear at that moment.”
“I was on the red line the other day and looked up and there was a poem! It was ‘Ceremony’ by Christopher Millis. This will sound ridiculous, but I was so excited! I read the poem, pointed it out to my fellow travelers—it was enjoyed by all. It really made up for my sweaty, crowded ride.”
“I read your beautiful poem [Danielle Legros Georges’ ‘Poem for the Poorest Country in the Western Hemisphere’] for the first time when I was taking the T home last night. It was printed on a poster. Such a gorgeous prayer and beacon of hope for Haiti. I’ve sent it out to several friends this morning, one of whom spent time in Haiti. Just wanted to say thank you for this inspirational poem and moment.”
Become a Sponsor
To sponsor Poetry on the T or for more information, please contact Sara Siegel at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can fill out our Sponsorship Form and Sara will be in touch to discuss options and details.
Poetry on the T sponsorship packages start at $3800, a rate which sponsors 30 poem posters (up to three poems/designs) on the MBTA line of the sponsor's choice for four weeks (rates are higher for the Green Line). Sponsored posters bear the sponsor's name or logo and feature poems chosen jointly by the sponsor and Mass Poetry.
Please email email@example.com to learn about alternative sponsorship levels.
Sponsorships must be contracted at least six weeks prior to the desired Poetry on the T start date.