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Sunday, December 30, 2018

Mass Poetry: Poetry for a New Year



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Mass Poetry: Poetry for a New Year
Poetry for a New Year
Dear Friend of Mass Poetry –
New Year's Resolutions come in many stripes; here at Mass Poetry we're resolved to double our reach in 2019. But to do that, we need your help.
In 2018, we put poetry in front of more New Englanders than ever before:
·      With our "Poetry on the T" program, tens of thousands of Bostonians encountered a poem on their commute, while riding the T;
·      More than 4,000 middle school and high school students across the state of Massachusetts participated in one of our "Student Day of Poetry" events – for many of those students it was their first encounter with poetry;
·      "Raining Poetry" (if you haven't watched the video – more than 24 million views! – watch it now) surprised people all over the Boston metro area by revealing poetry on the sidewalk – but only when it rains; https://www.facebook.com/NewYorkMag/videos/10154210845129826/
·      Thousands of people from across New England attended our Poetry Festival this past year in Salem;
·      Hundreds of classrooms and book groups used our Common Threads poetry guide to celebrate National Poetry Month;
·      Our Spring Showers poetry installation at the Prudential Center in Boston brought poetry to a whole new audience.
But our aspirations for 2019 are even greater. Why? Because words matter. In our increasingly connected-but-distant world, poetry captures a kind of magic that makes the moment sing. Bringing poetry to all kinds of communities around Massachusetts is the purpose of Mass Poetry – and your contribution, no matter how modest, makes a difference. With your help, we can double our reach in 2019. Please give today.
Thank you for everything you do for poetry –
Nicco Mele

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Saturday, December 22, 2018

Electrifying News from Mass Poetry

Given the discussion around a Mixed Business Innovation District for Franklin, it was timely to see how a similar mixed business use in Boston is developing.



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Electrifying News from Mass Poetry
Dear poets, bibliophiles, friends, colleagues, and Mass Poetry champions,

We just learned this truly stunning news, after hoping and waiting for months…
 

The City of Boston has selected GrubStreet to open a narrative arts center in Boston's Seaport District with Mass Poetry as a key partner and an anchor tenant!
News from Mass Poetry
Thank you to so many of you for backing this dream of a long-term home for Mass Poetry. Thousands of you signed our petition. Countless others placed calls and wrote letters of support. It worked!

Spearheaded by GrubStreet, the new narrative arts center will be a long-term home for writing and reading in Boston. It will come to life at 50 Liberty on Fan Pier. GrubStreet will oversee and operate 13,000 square-feet of cultural space featuring a literary stage, classrooms for writing workshops, podcast studio, and a bookstore and a café. And Mass Poetry will bring the poetry - from renowned poets featured on the literary stage to expanded workshop offerings and site-specific poetry installations such as Raining Poetry and more.
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"It's our collective vision to lift up all voices and ensure that artistic education is available to everyone – especially those who have been marginalized," said Eve Bridburg, GrubStreet's executive director, about making the narrative arts center a home for all. "Mass Poetry couldn't be more excited to partner with GrubStreet, a pioneering organization that has transformed Boston's literary scene," added Michael Ansara, Mass Poetry's co-founder.

As sawdust begins to fly, Mass Poetry will be launching a strategic planning process, so we can dream together with our partners and backers about what having a long-term home in Boston's Seaport will mean for us. We will also be placing the Spring 2019 Massachusetts Poetry Festival on hold, as we do so. But don't worry; the festival will be back, bigger and better than ever!

Lastly, we would like to offer our own thanks to the Calderwood Foundation for supporting the creation of Boston's first narrative arts center with a $2,000,000 pledge to GrubStreet.
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Thank you for backing Mass Poetry's work at every turn. We look forward to showing you our new home soon. And congratulations again to GrubStreet and to all writers and readers in Boston as we move forward together on this exciting collaboration!

With pride and excitement,

Daniel Johnson, Executive Director, Mass Poetry

Nicco Mele, Board Chair, Mass Poetry
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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Join us at the 10th Mass Poetry Festival



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Join us at the 10th Mass Poetry Festival
It's Time to Plan Your Festival Weekend!

Make a schedule. Buy buttons.
Join our Headline Poets

Sonia Sanchez · Kaveh Akbar · Duy Doan
 Jeffrey Harrison · Dorianne Laux · Erika Meitner Carl Phillips · Nicole Sealey
Sean Thomas Dougherty · Rhina P. Espaillat
A Letter from the Festival Director

A Letter from the Festival DirectorHas it been 10 years, already? Yes, it has -- and the Massachusetts Poetry Festival is back again with 10 nationally recognized, and award-winning poets headlining three days and nearly 100 different programs, including poetry readings, workshops, music, and more. Meet with poets, writers, and publishers at our small press and literary fair, or engage them in conversation at one of many sessions held throughout the weekend. Surround yourself with what's good—you may be surprised, and you may surprise yourself. Please join us for this special 10th year.
Are you a first timer? Never been to Salem?
Watch this video to see why Salem loves the Mass Poetry Festival!
Raining Poetry for the 2017 Mass Poetry Festival
Saturday May 5, 2:00pm-3:00pm, The Bridge at 211

Join Ben Berman, Danielle Legros Georges, and Kelle Groom as they commemorate SALAMANDER's 25th anniversary.
Saturday May 5, 12:15pm-1:15pm, PEM Connect BLDG

Sean Thomas Dougherty · Kamilah Aisha Moon · Oliver de la Paz

As poets, we face the double danger of the sentimental and the exoticization of their disability. This panel will address how do poets negotiate the topic and portraiture of autism. Each panelist will read a small selection of poems that they have written about their own autistic children or siblings, and speak to the difficulties of writing these poems. How do we speak our joys, fears, love in language whose intent is to nurture, to elevate, to challenge, and to sing.
Be inspired. Try something new. Surprise yourself.
We have space available in a variety of workshops. You can generate new work, talk about craft with poets and poetry lovers, or ask that question about poetry you've always wanted to ask. 
Join us at the 10th Mass Poetry Festival - WBUR
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Friday, May 5, 2017

The Top Ten Reasons to Attend the 2017 Mass Poetry Festival!



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The Top Ten Reasons to Attend the
2017 Mass Poetry Festival!
View the schedule here.

10. Sidewalk showers bring poem flowers!

9. Rough Magic, smooth slammin', and book sellin' at the Small Press and Literary Fair.

8. We'll tell the truth, and tell it slant—

7. Disrobe your soul at our late-night poetry bordello!

6. Nowhere else can you find so many people who can rhyme the word "orange."

5. Doughnuts, Death, and Dickinson—'nuff said.

4. It's the only festival where the lines are not too long.

3. Our festival will be big! The biggest! Bigly! Tremendous! Believe me!

2. Poetry in Salem - a sanctuary for all who seek it.
 
And the #1 reason to attend the 2016 Mass Poetry Festival …

1. Our poets will Sleigh, they'll carry you for Myles, and you'll leave with an abundance of gratitude.

See you in Salem!

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Mass Poetry
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Boston, MA 02210