Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Mass Poetry Festival is almost here!

Get Your Festival Button! Festival Spotlight, How to Create and View your Custom Festival Schedule, Sneak Peeks, The Glories of Poetry in Translation
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The 2016 Mass Poetry Festival is April 29 - May 1!
Get Your Festival Button!

Online button sales are open through Thursday, April 28 at 3:00 pm. After that, you will need to buy your button at the festival. Button pick-up (for those pre-purchased) and button sales take place at our headquarters (Old Town Hall at 32 Derby Square), at one of our outdoor info booths along the pedestrian walkway, or in the lobby of the Hawthorne Hotel or Peabody Essex Museum.

General Admission - $20
Seniors and students - $7
Workshop fee - $10*


*The workshop fee is a flat fee that allows you to attend as many of our workshops as you'd like.

At these prices, we will generate only enough revenue to cover half of the festival costs, but it is important to us to keep prices low so that everyone can attend. We encourage those who have the means to add a donation to their button purchase to help us continue to offer the festival experience at a low price.
Festival Spotlight

The State of Poetry
Saturday, April 30, 3:15 p.m. - PEM Morse Auditorium

The Mass Poetry Festival's annual State of Poetry panel is comprised of well-known poets and literary administrators who engage in a free flowing discussion about the state of poetry today—for instance: who gets published (and who doesn't), the impact of new technologies, trends in craft, and poetry's connection to the social context of our times.

Panelists include festival headliners Sandra Beasley, Ada Limon, and
Gregory Pardlo.

Looking for more Festival panels and readings on the business of poetry?
Check out these offerings:

Friday, April 29

3:45 p.m. Received and In-Progress: Demystifying Submissions and the Publication Process
with Karen Skofield, MRB Chelko, and Brandon Amico

Saturday, April 30

11 a.m. Legal Issues for Poets and Publishers
with lawyers Eric Karlberg, and Peter J. Caruso, II, Esq.

12:15 p.m. Small Press, Big Love: Publishing Poetry Collections with Independent Presses
with Danielle Jones-Pruett, Carissa Halston, Enzo Surin, Liz Kay, Jen Lambert, Randolph Pfaff

3:15 p.m. The State of Poetry
with Jennifer Jean, Sandra Beasley, Richard Blanco, Ada Limon, and Gregory Pardlo

Sunday, May 1

11:15 a.m. How Did I Get Here? MA Book Award Winners Tell All
with Amy Dryansky, Jeffery Harrison, and
Daniel Tobin

As a reminder, we do not check names at the door for events other than workshops or headline events that have reached capacity in the system, so these event is first-come first-served, like most others. 
Sneak Peeks

For a sampling of our headliners, check out some of Charles Simic's essays and read an interview with Martha Collins.
The Glories of Poetry in Translation

Join Mass Poetry before the festival on Thursday, April 28, for The Glories of Poetry in Translation, an event sponsored with The Poetry Society of America. Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky hosts renowned poets and translators Rhina P. Espaillat, David Ferry, and Ellen Doré Watson, who will read from their translated works and share insights and stories on the experience and process of translation. 
If you love the work we do to support poets and spread the love and power of poetry to students, T riders, and more, please consider supporting us with a recurring monthly donation of $10.
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