Communities for Poets in Massachusetts

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In a society where a average person isn’t going to launch into an in-depth discussion of the latest poems in the New Yorker, poets need a place where they can kick back in the company of people who will. The following stories are about poetry communities across Massachusetts, places where you can get involved and grow as you swap opinions, likes and dislikes, enthusiasms, poems, and new ideas.

This list below is based on stories we have done on those communities. Stay tuned as the list grows. And let us know if there are those we have missed at jackie@masspoetry.org.

A Room of One’s Own, in the Middle of Boston  You can walk right past the Writers’ Room.  Located at 111 State Street in downtown Boston, it’s in a tall office building like any other in the area.  But the minute you enter the quaint, slow-moving elevator—accompanied by a Writers’ Room member with the magic key to get you to the fifth floor—you can tell that there’s something worth stopping to look at here. [Read more…]

Take a Trip to Grub Street  Grub Street can’t do anything to satisfy lunchtime munchies, as the name may suggest, but the organization can help you hone your writing skills.  Founded in 1997 by Eve Bridburg, Grub Street began as a writing workshop with a “Can’t we all just get along?” attitude.  Bridburg was in the MFA program at a local university and found herself dismayed by the competitive atmosphere.  In response, she created Grub Street, a writing center featuring rigorous courses and workshops that would give supportive, helpful, and kind feedback to the writing community.  [Read more…]

Calliope: A Muse to Its Members and the Community   Alice Kociemba is the director of Calliope (CAH-LIE-OH-PEE), a poetry group held at the West Falmouth Library in West Falmouth, MA. Since there was a need for a reading series in the area, Alice began the poetry series in January 2008. Over time, it has progressed to include not just readings by published poets, but also open mikes for the general public and unique writing workshops as well.  [Read more…]

The Concord Poetry Center: A Community for Poets Outside Boston It’s easy for poets in hubs like Boston or Cambridge to find like-minded artists and places to share their work.  But where can Massachusetts poets outside the metro area go to read their work, participate in workshops, and find the feedback and support they need to practice their craft and hone their skills? The Concord Poetry Center! [Read more…]

Powow River Poets: local poets have wide influence.  Here is an interview with Rhina Espaillat is a founding member and former director of the Powow River Poets. The organization began with a small nucleus of some five or six local poets in 1992, meeting at first in one another’s houses, and then in local cafes, then in the Newburyport Art Association and finally in the Newburyport Library once a month. The chief purpose has always been the same: to get better at what we do by giving each other useful criticism. The group is not currently seeking new members, but they often sponsor literary events.  [Read more…]

The Berkshire Festival of Women Writers: A Month-Long Celebration of Female Creativity Next month will mark 103 years since the first International Women’s Day in America, the start of a celebration of women that blossomed into Women’s History Month.  For those in Massachusetts—and, specifically, the Berkshires—this March will also mark the fourth annual Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, a month-long festival packed with daily events and workshops designed to help women of all ages embrace their creativity and step into the spotlight to share their insights.  It is the initial activity for writers sponsored by the Berkshire Women Writers. [Read more…]    

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