Massachusetts Poetry Festival: 2014

small festival logoThe Massachusetts Poetry Festival is again in beautiful Salem,Massachusetts, at the time when spring takes it sure hold on New England — May 2-4. It’s a perfect time to celebrate poetry, meet up with old friends that share your love of words, and make new friends.

ship - Salem harborWe have a new scheduling site. You can sign up and then we will send you an invitation to join our Festival community. If you’d like to know more about the new site, check out our story.

This year’s prices for Festival buttons, which get you into all events:
General Admission – $15
Seniors & students – $7
Workshop fee – $5

That $5 allows you to sign up for as many workshops as you want.

Headliner poets

Headliner poets this year are: 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, Marge Piercy, Susan Rich, Vivian Shipley, and C.D. Wright.

For a list of stories on all the Headliner poets at this year’s Festival.

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


  1. […] festival is sponsored by Mass Poetry. The organization focuses on promoting poetry by creating new audiences, placing poets in schools, […]

  2. […] Jessica and Megan are both members of Salem State’s Slam Poetry Club. Kevin Carey, a faculty advisor to the club, has been assisting his students prepare for their performances at the festival. According to Carey, “The meetings have been mostly workshops and discussions of student poems in preparation for the Mass Poetry Slam event.” The Mass Poetry Festival a great opportunity to meet up with friends, listen to renowned poets, and most importantly, explore your love of words. For more information on the Mass Poetry Festival, visit […]

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