Extended Family


Sara Siegel
Program Director
2015 - 2019

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.


Laurin Macios
Executive Director
2017 - 2018

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


Don McLagan
Board Member 2008 - 2018

Don McLagan is an entrepreneur and poet.  An innovator of business information services for forty years, he is now retired and advises entrepreneurial CEOs.  He writes poetry with the Concord Poetry Center, the Cleaveland House and the Edgartown Poets Collective.  Don’s current advisory and Board relationships include Affectly.com, H Class Association (Herreshoff), LearnLaunch, MassPoetry, Techstars, and Testive.com. Don has a B.S. and a B.S.M.E. degrees from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


Regie Gibson
Advisor, Student Day of Poetry and Professional Development

Regie Gibson is a poet, songwriter, author, workshop facilitator, and educator. He has performed at The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Field Museum of Natural History, and many other venues.  Gibson is widely published in anthologies, magazines, and journals, such as Power Lines, An Anthology of Poetry along with Pulitzer-Prize winning poets Gwendolyn Brooks, Yosef Komunyakaa, and Lisel Mueller. His first full-length book of poetry, Storms Beneath The Skin, was released in 2001. Gibson and his work appear in the film Love Jones, based largely on events in his life. In 1999 he performed for the award-winning Traffic Series at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater where he adapted the work of Kurt Vonnegut. 


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.

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Jacquelyn Malone
Web Content Director

Jackie worked as Senior Web Writer/ Editor at IBM and Lotus Development Corp., taught both technical and scientific writing and editing at Northeastern, and writes poetry. She has won a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship Grant in Poetry, is the author of a chapbook titled All Waters Run to Lethe, and has been published in numerous journals, including Poetry, Beloit Poetry Journal, Poetry Northwest, and Cortland Review. Her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart and have appeared on the website Poetry Daily.  She is the mother of two children and has six grandchildren.


Lauren McCormick
Features Editor
2016 - 2018

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.


Jade Sylvan
Special Programs Coordinator

Jade is a multidisciplinary writer, performing artist, and producer best known for the 2013 Write Bloody book Kissing Oscar Wilde and other genre-bending work exploring gender, sexuality, and love. Jade has successfully produced dozens of programs, performances, and events, and is excited to explore bold new poetry-spreading avenues with Mass Poetry. 


M.P. Carver
Festival Intern, Salem State University
Fall 2014, Spring 2015

M.P. Carver, poet, lives in Salem, MA. She is a member of YesNo Press--publisher of the Zig Zag Folios--and Poetry Editor of Soundings East. Her work has appeared in various local journals, and she has been featured at multiple venues across the state.


Emily Duggan
Development Assistant
Winter 2019 - Summer 2019

Emily Duggan writes and performs poetry, comedy, and theater in Boston and Chicago. They are currently a member of improv and experimental theater troupes with the Riot Theater Company in Roslindale, and they have appeared as a featured poet for the Boston Poetry Slam and as an ensemble member at Chicago's Green Mill. Meanwhile, they have studied writing, comedy, and applied theater at Brandeis University, The Second City -- Chicago, Emerson College, GrubStreet, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Their poetry has been published in Tinderbox Poetry Journal. Emily used to make their living as a working stiff in Boston's ghost-tourism industry.


Claire Laine
Program Assistant
Summer 2018 - Summer 2019

Claire Laine is originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Macalester College. She moved to Massachusetts in 2016 to attend Harvard Divinity School, and recently graduated with a Master of Theological Studies in Literature, Religion, and Culture. Her prior professional experiences include writing, editing, book selling, and ballet dancing, and she is excited to further immerse herself in the literary community here in Massachusetts. In addition to being a Program Assistant at Mass Poetry, she is a Publicity Assistant at Harvard University Press. When she is not reading or writing, she is probably baking or making elaborate mail for her family and friends.


Sebastian Alberdi
Program Assistant
Summer 2017 - Fall 2017

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 (pnkprl.com). 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 - Fall 2017

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.


Laura Cafasso
Program Assistant
Spring 2018

Laura Cafasso is a soon-to-be graduate of Emerson College. She studies Writing, Literature, and Publishing. She is a published poet in Gauge Magazine, Concrete Literary Magazine, and Z Publishing’s “Massachusetts’ Best Emerging Poets” series. She is avid fan of Marvel movies, a galaxy far far away, and food competition shows.


Annie Lindenberg
Development Assistant
Fall 2018

Annie Lindenberg is a writer and student who was born and raised in the suburbs of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 2015 she relocated to Boston to study Writing, Literature and Publishing at Emerson College with a minor in History, which she will graduate with in December 2018. She has previously written for IES Abroad as a travel blogger while she studied throughout Europe as well as Emertainment Monthly where she wrote television and movie reviews

Josh Grossman
Programs Intern, Brookline High School
Summer 2014

Josh assisted with various tasks in Summer 2014, including website transition and construction, writing for the web, and donor gift fulfillment. Josh is a junior at Brookline High School, where he is the founding captain of the slam poetry team, and hopes to graduate some time in the near future. He has been a poetry writer and enthusiast ever since his fifth grade teacher introduced him to Walt Whitman (not personally). He won first place in the poetry division of PEN New England’s Naked Truth high school writing competition, and received a Brookline Hub Youth Award both in 2014. He also runs for the Brookline cross country and track teams, is in charge of the “info time” morning announcements at the high school, and plays in a band which has played at the Middle East in Cambridge.


Jennifer Keogh
Programs Intern, Emerson College
Summer 2014

Jennifer assisted with the many tasks of our Program Director for the Summer of 2014. She is a Poetry MFA student at Emerson College and a course instructor in the emersonWRITES program. She is also a reader for Redivider, a waitress, and a seller of the clothes she shamelessly loves to wear at American Eagle. She loves writing because it scares her, challenges her, and gives her butterflies. You can find her poetry in Emerson's 48 Review and in the inaugural issue of East Coast Ink. Her BFA thesis, which she self-published is available on Amazon.com. She is a self-proclaimed foodie, pen collector, friend of the ghost of Emily Bronte, and yogini. A Rhode Island native, she loves nothing more than a hot cup of New England clam chowder on a 90 degree day and iced coffee in December.


Katherine Lavoie
Program Assistant
Summer 2015 - Winter 2016

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.


Kaitlin McGuire
Press & Social Media Intern, Emerson College
Fall 2013, Spring 2014

While Kaitlin worked as a social media and outreach intern with MassPoetry, she was also pursuing a BFA in Writing, Literature, & Publishing from Emerson College.  She completed the degree in May 2014, and has since put her skills to work as a publishing intern and general go-to gal at Pegasus Books in Manhattan. She continues to read and write in her spare time, and is currently looking for her next big opportunity in New York City.

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Amanda McHugh
Program Assistant
Fall 2017 - Spring 2018

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.


Beth Moore
Festival Assistant
Spring 2012

Beth Moore was outreach coordinator, volunteer coordinator, and festival assistant to the wonderful January O’Neil for the 2012 Massachusetts Poetry Festival in Salem. Her poetry has appeared in Pangyrus, and her first work of fiction, The Truth and the Life, was published by Alternative Book Press in 2014. She currently works in books marketing at The MIT Press, and lives not too far away in Medford, MA with her husband, Nathan. You can find her online at elizabethmooreauthor.com.


John Toothaker
Festival Intern, Salem State University
Spring 2015

John Toothaker hails from the small town of Wakefield, thirty minutes north of Boston. He loves poetry and creating stories. He is currently attending Salem State University to receive his Bachelor's in English. His poem "Believe The Lies" can be seen on Red Skies' website, the local literary magazine. He loves poetry, music, tattoos, concerts, writing, reading, drag queens, queer and identity politics, horror, punk rock, libraries, bookstores and comics/manga. 


Jessica Tower
Festival & Programs Intern
Spring & 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.


Gabrielle Tyson
Programs Assistant
January 2014 - May 2015

Gabby worked at Mass Poetry as a Programs Intern for a year and then as the Programs Assistant. Gabby recently graduated from Emerson College with a BFA in Writing, Literature & Publishing.  Her fiction has been published in a few different on campus publications and her poetry was published in Burningword literary journal.  Gabby has worked previously in publishing at Elsevier and for the literary journal Ploughshares and currently works for the Health & Human Rights Journal at the Harvard School of Public Health.