Mass Poetry believes that words matter. We support poets and poetry in Massachusetts, 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.
Probably I first encountered poetry in the form of nursery rhymes my mother read aloud to me. She was a reading teacher and an avid reader who would bring my brother and me frequently to the library. I learned to read before starting kindergarten, around age 4. The first book of poetry I remember is Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verses, the illustrated Golden Books edition; the images combined with the sound of the words had a powerful effect on me.
Mass Poetry's Professional Development program is focused on the teaching of poetic craft and technique, providing skills for educators to invigorate their classrooms. Anyone who seeks to strengthen their knowledge and skills in creative writing poetry instruction are welcome to attend. Teachers earn PDPs, while others earn Certificates of Completion.