2013 Massachusettts Poetry Festival


Dear Poets and Poetry Lovers!

I am thrilled to announce the dates for the fifth Massachusetts Poetry Festival:

May 3–5, 2013

Once again, the festival will be held in downtown Salem. This past April, more than 1,500 people came out to support poetry in one of New England’s most historic cities.

Here are some of the festival poets who will be with us throughout the weekend:

Sharon Olds (photo by Catherine Mauger)
Terrance Hayes
Tracy K. Smith
Nick Flynn
Jill McDonough
Maria Mazziotti Gillan
Erica Funkhouser
Kevin Goodan

The festival is thrilled to bring you such a distinguished line-up of poets. But we are not done yet! Stay tuned in the next weeks and months for more announcements on the featured poets joining us in May. Visit our website for updates.


Call for Program Proposals

On September 15, we will open our submission period for program proposals. The deadline for all proposals will be October 30. We will only accept proposals through our online submissions form.

The festival seeks programming that encompasses the diversity of Massachusetts poets. Within that diversity, we will select the highest quality content and presentation possible. We seek diversity of age, region of the state, language, gender, background, race, and ethnicity. Additionally, we want to encourage a range of presentations—in particular from people who are submitting proposals with us for the first time.

Note: The festival does not schedule individual poets for readings. We will, however, accept proposals for workshops from an individual or from group workshop leaders. All other programs are for groups of poets and presenters.

More information to be released on September 15.

Donate Now!

When you donate to Mass Poetry, you are doing much more than supporting the festival. You are making it possible for us to give teachers the tools to teach poetry in some of the state's lowest-performing schools—which we did all summer long. You also enable us to produce and distribute our Common Threads poems to libraries and reading groups across the Commonwealth. And, we can continue to produce the high-quality festival programming you’ve come to expect from this organization.

Please consider donating $10—or more. Every little bit helps.

We will have more information on travel, lodging, and tickets in February. In the meantime, visit our website for poetry news, poems, and past festivals. And stay connected by friending us on Facebook and following us on Twitter.

On behalf of the festival organizers, thank you for supporting Mass Poetry.

January G. O’Neil
Executive Director, Massachusetts Poetry Festival


So exciting and wonderful!! I wish I lived a bit closer for this...
January said…
Now that you have the date, Hannah, maybe you can make the trip. :)
carolee said…
this new date makes me so happy! last year, it was in april & overlapped with big festivities here in albany. with the dates in early may, i hope to be able to attend!!

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