Calliope’s 8th Reading Season Begins September 7

Mark Doty

Mark Doty

Calliope’s 8th season begins on Sunday, September 7th, 3 – 5 p.m. at the West Falmouth Library, with readings by National Book Award winning poet and Chancellor of the American Academy of Poets, Mark Doty and Justen Ahren, founding director, Noepe Center for Literary Arts, Martha’s Vineyard.  $20—Reservations through website, limited seating.  Funded, in part, through a grant from the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod.
[Read more…]

Mass Poetry Newsletter from Laurin Macios

Laurin announces the next U35 reading, the success of Professional Development Day and the latest Poets Who Write Prose essay.

U35_LogoSave the date for our next U35 Reading: September 9

7 p.m., The Marliave, Boston

Jessica Fjeld, Josh Cook, and Lauren McCormack

[Read more…]

Jack Scully’s South of Boston Poetry Trail


Jack Scully

Jack Scully

Bits and Pieces

We laugh,

We cry,

We write poetry,

The world smiles…


Seeing we are in the lazy days of summer, I am a little delayed in getting this issue out but here goes.


Sorry about last month’s newsletter, for some reason many readers had problems with the size of the type as the format seem to change. [Read more…]

Jacquelyn Malone: How Tech Writing Helped My Poetry (Yeah, Tech Writing!)

Check out the other essays in our series Poets Who Write Prose.

Jacquelyn Malone

Jacquelyn Malone

When I say that being a technical writer made me a better poet, I can almost see you raise a cynical eyebrow and say, “Oh, yeah!” I should perhaps add that being a technical writer in a company that subjected writing to usability testing – and placed technical writers close to the usability labs – made me a better poet. Nothing hammers into your head the subtlety of how words are received better than sitting behind a two-way mirror and watching some poor soul struggle to complete a task you’ve written about. [Read more…]

Mark Your Calendar for an Art and Poetry Event in Plymouth

Plymouth Center for the ArtsThe Plymouth Center for the Arts presents the 9th Annual Poetry Showcase in conjunction with the annual Plymouth Juried Art Show on;

Sunday September 14, 2012 at 1PM
the Plymouth Center for the Arts
11 North St. Downtown Plymouth, just off Route 3A. [Read more…]

Sunken Garden Poetry Festival Features Jeffrey Harrison, July 23

Sunken Gardens2As part of its July 23 events, the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival presents featured poet Jeffrey Harrison along with Ted Lardner. In addition, the Hartford Steel Symphony will perform between Lardner’s reading and Harrison’s.

Sunken Gardens are on the grounds of the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, CT.

Jeffrey Harrison’s most recent book, Into Daylight, is the fastest-selling new book in Tupelo Press’ history. Harrison is the author of five full-length books of poetry. Ted Lardner won the 2013 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize for his chapbook manuscript, We Practice for It.
[Read more…]

Meet Our July Massachusetts Poet in the Spotlight: Melanie Braverman

spotlightMassachusetts Poet in the Spotlight is a monthly installment from Mass Poetry. Each month we shine the spotlight on a poet affiliated with, and nominated by, one of our poetry partners.


MelanieBravermanMelanie Braverman is the author of the novel East Justice (Permanent Press, 1996) and the poetry collection Red (Perugia Press, 2002), winner of the Publishers Triangle Audre Lorde Poetry Award. A recipient of grants in both poetry and fiction from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, her work has appeared in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Poetry, American Poetry Review, and can be seen most recently on Cape Cod’s mass transit buses in collaboration with painter James Broussard, curated by Broadsided Press. [Read more…]