Staff, Founders and Interns of Mass Poetry

We are located at 15 Channel Center Street, Suite 103, Boston MA 02210. Our phone number is (617) 402-0812. Besides the wonderful volunteers Mass Poetry attracts each year, the program includes its staff, founders, and interns.  Here we are:

The Staff

January O'Neil

Executive Director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival — January O’Neil

January is the author of Underlife (CavanKerry Press, December 2009), and a forthcoming collection, Misery Islands (CavanKerry Press, fall 2014). She is an assistant professor of English at Salem State University.  January’s poems and articles have appeared in Ploughshares, Sou’Wester, JMWW, North American Review, The MOM Egg, Crab Creek Review, Ouroboros Review, Drunken Boat, Crab Orchard Review, Callaloo, Literary Mama, Field, Seattle Review, and Cave Canem anthologies II and IV, among others. Underlife was a finalist for ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award, and the 2010 Paterson Poetry Prize. In December 2009, January was awarded a Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grant. She was featured in Poets & Writers magazine’s January/February 2010 Inspiration issue as one of its 12 debut poets. Her poem, “Chocolate,” was nominated for a 2011 Pushcart Prize. She is on the advisory board of the Mass Poetry, and on the planning committee for the 2013 AWP Boston Conference. A Cave Canem fellow, she runs a popular blog called Poet Mom (

Laurin Macios

Program Director — Laurin Macios

Laurin directs Mass Poetry’s established and emerging year-round programs, including Student Day of Poetry both in and out of schools, and Hear Here: Poetry in Public Spaces. She also manages the crew of dedicated volunteers and interns who help make Mass Poetry run smoothly. She has her MFA in Creative Writing Poetry from the University of New Hampshire, where she taught on fellowship for three years, and she previously worked in publishing at Pearson and Springer.

LZ NunnDevelopment Director — LZ Nunn 

LZ oversees donor development, grants, fundraising events and strategic planning at Mass Poetry.  In 2013, LZ completed a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University where she researched best practices for performance leadership, philanthropy, public art and urban design. Previously, LZ served as Development Director for the Greater Lowell Community Foundation, and as the Director of COOL/City of Lowell’s Office of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.  She has played a key role in regional arts policy, and has served on numerous boards at the local and state-wide levels. LZ’s an avid cyclist, latent poet and former jazz band geek.

JackieMalone2Director of Web Content — Jacquelyn Malone 

Jackie worked as Senior Web Writer/ Editor at IBM and Lotus Development Corp., taught both technical and scientific writing and editing at Northeastern, and writes poetry. She has won a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship Grant in Poetry, is the author of a chapbook titled All Waters Run to Lethe, and has been published in numerous journals, including Poetry, Beloit Poetry Journal, Poetry Northwest, and Cortland Review.  Her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart and have appeared on the website Poetry Daily.  She is the mother of two children and has six grandchildren.

The FoundersMichael Ansara

Co-Founder — Michael Ansara

After 25 years as an activist and organizer, Michael has founded and led three successful businesses. He serves on the boards of Mass Poetry, Echo Ditto and Tupelo Press. He has 3 children and 4 grandchildren and lives with his wife Barney Arnold in Carlisle, MA.

Nicco MeleCo–founder — Nicco Mele

Nicco, an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard, is a leading expert in the integration of social media and Web 2.0 with politics, business, and communications, pioneering the use of the internet for Governor Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential race and revolutionizing political fundraising and American politics. He founded EchoDitto, a leading internet strategy company that has consulted with leading political campaigns, Fortune 500 companies, and nonprofit groups. He is the author of The End of Big. Nicco was born in West Africa to foreign service parents. His wife, Morra Aarons, is also a well-known internet entrepreneur and blogger.

The 2014 Interns

Felicia Connolly, Salem State University
Billi MacTighe, Westfield State University
Kaitlin McGuire, Emerson College
Kayla Russell, Salem State University
Gabrielle Tyson, Emerson College

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