Marge Piercy Joins Festival Lineup; Special Deal on Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s Books

Check out our announcements on the new member of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival lineup — Marge Piercy, see how you can get a special deal on Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s books, and see our plans for the coming year — provided we get your support.

Marge Piercy has joined the 2014 festival lineup

Marge PiercyWe are thrilled to announce the addition of Marge Piercy to our 2014 festival lineup. Piercy has published 17 novels and 18 books of poetry, which most recently include The Hunger Moon: New & Selected Poems 1980-2010 published by Knopf in paperback, and the novel Sex Wars. Other recent poetry includes The Crooked InheritanceColors Passing Through UsWhat Are Big Girls Made Of. Her first collected short stories The Cost of Lunch Etc. will be out in April. Her memoir is Sleeping With Cats, published by Harper Perennial. Her work has been translated into 19 languages and she’s given readings, workshops or lectures at well over 450 venues in the US and abroad. While she gives workshops here and there, she lives off of her writing. For more on Piercy, visit http://www.margepiercy.com.Piercy is joining Kim Addonizio, Lucie Brock-Broido, Rafael Campo, Carol Ann Duffy, Oliver de la Paz, Cornelius Eady, Rhina Espaillat, Forrest Gander, David Ferry, Li-Young Lee, Philip Levine, Susan Rich, Vivian Shipley, and C.D. Wright, and more. Visit our website for periodic updates and stories about the festival.

$10 Aimee Nezhukumatathil books from Tupelo Press

In honor of her participation at Mass Poetry’s 2014 Student Day of Poetry, Tupelo Press is offering Aimee Nezhukumatathil’sAimee Nezhukumatathil books Lucky Fish (2011); At the Drive-In Volcano (2007), winner of the Balcones Prize; and Miracle Fruit (2003), winner of the Tupelo Press Prize, the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award in poetry, and the Global Filipino Award, for $10 each when you enter the promo code MASSPOETRY at checkout.

Want to gift Aimee’s books of poetry to low-income students who will be attending Student Day of Poetry? Have them sent to Mass Poetry, 225 Lowell Street, Carlisle MA 01741. Make sure to put your own name and contact information in the “Special Instructions or Comments” field at check out so that we can recognize and thank you for your generosity.

Donate $50 or more to Mass Poetry in the next 5 days and receive a free broadside!

This year you’ve helped us engage 1500 poets and poetry lovers at the festival and 1400 high school students both in and out of schools. You’ve helped us galvanize hundreds of groups statewide for Common Threads, and supported the launch of Massachusetts Poet in the Spotlight. 

We have ambitious plans for 2014 and a goal of raising $100,000 to support those plans. In the new year, we want to strengthen and grow our existing programs, develop new Youth Center Poetry Programs for underserved neighborhoods, host readings and workshops for senior housing communities, organize Poetry in Public Spaces, and more.

We can’t do it without you. Please consider donating $50 or more in the next 5 days (by end of day Monday, December 9) to receive a free poetry broadside in the mail. Every dollar goes directly to work in the community.

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