Latest News: Festival Schedule, Common Threads, Volunteers, Etc.

The festival schedule is LIVE!

Festival logo 2014Time to start planning your weekend in Salem! Check out our new scheduling website to find out the who, what, where, when, and why of this year’s festival.

You’ll see that we have moved to a new scheduling site to avoid spam and increase confidentiality. This new site requires an invitation to join. Please sign up here and you’ll quickly receive your invitation to participate in the 2014 Mass Poetry Festival, create your schedule, sign up for workshops, coordinate schedules with friends, and start discussions.

Common Threads 2014 is here

The newest edition is available online now. See the whole collection here.

Common Threads 2014Poet Lisa Olstein has gathered ten poems that “embody and reflect upon and sometimes even answer the kinds of urges and imperatives we experience,” by poets with “deep ties to Massachusetts…poets that span decades and continents and expansive aesthetic domains.”

This year’s edition includes poems by: Elizabeth BishopJorie Graham, e.e. cummingsSylvia PlathThomas Sayers EllisEileen MylesPeter GizziStanley KunitzAgha Shahid Ali, and Robert Creeley.

New this year:  a video collage of the poems by Ryan MacDonald.

Come experience a live discussion of this year’s Common Threads poems with Michael Ansara, Dorothy Derifield, Susan Donnelly, Fred Marchant, J.D. Scrimgeour, moderated by Alice Kociemba. Saturday, May 3rd, at 11:00 a.m. in the Peabody Essex Museum.

Get a free t-shirt and rub elbows with headline poets

volunteer t-shirtsHow? Volunteer at the festival! Shifts are typically 4 hours long and get you free festival entry for all three days, a free t-shirt, and an invite to the poets’ reception. Sign up here.

Don’t forget to book your hotel

We have asked our partner hotels to extend their room blocks for another week. Please make your reservations soon to ensure you get the best prices.

Hawthorne Hotel, 978-825-4361
$149 Single Rate, $159 Double Rate, Use code: MPF501

Salem Waterfront Hotel and Suites, 1-888-337-2536
$179 Double Rate, Use code: Mass Poetry Festival

Join the festival’s College Slam

There are still a few spaces free in the festival’s College Slam, which will be held on Friday, May 2. Interested teams should contact J.D. Scrimgeour ( ASAP.