Mass Poetry supports poets and poetry in Massachusetts. We help to broaden the audience of poetry readers, bring poetry to readers of all ages and transform people’s lives through inspiring verse. We are a 501(c)(3) organization.
When did you first encounter poetry? How did you discover that you wanted to write poems?In high school, I weighed about a-hundred-pounds-soaking-wet, so while all my friends were on the field playing sports I would sit on the sidelines and rewrite famous songs to make fun of them. I turned Aerosmith’s Sweet Emotion into Sweet Imodium, for example, to tease a friend with chronic GI issues. I didn’t think of it as my initiation to poetry at the time, but there I was – an outsider, playing with language. I wanted to be thought of as a Little Weird Al Yancovic. But mostly my friends just thought of me as a little weird.
We love our volunteers! Between now and the festival, we'll be highlighting a handful of them here. If you've volunteered in the past and would like to be profiled, please fill out this form and we'll be in touch as space allows.
If you're interested in volunteering for the 2017 Massachusetts Poetry Festival, to be held May 5-7 in downtown Salem, sign up here. Volunteers receive free entry, a free T-shirt, and an invite to the VIP reception.
Join us in downtown Salem for nearly 100 poetry readings and workshops, a small press and literary fair, panels, poetry slams, and open-air readings at the 9th Mass Poetry Festival.
Partial festival headliners include: Louise Glück, Eileen Myles, Kazim Ali, Andrea Cohen, Cornelius Eady and Rough Magic, Ross Gay, Rigoberto González, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, and Tom Sleigh.