Massachusetts Poet in the Spotlight

Each month we shine the spotlight on a poet affiliated with, and nominated by, one of our Poetry Partners. Check out past spotlights by clicking below, and sign up on our mailing list to receive them in the future.                                  

January 2020: Ilan Stavans Highlighted by the Massachusetts Center for the Book
November 2019: Fred Marchant Highlighted by 24PearlStreet, the online writing workshop of the Fine Arts Work Center
October 2019: jamele adams aka Harlym 1Two5 Highlighted by Poetry Out Loud
August 2019: Dorothy Derifield Highlighted by Jamaica Pond Poets
July 2019: Jess Rizkallah Highlighted by Porter Square Books
May 2019: Cynthia Lu Highlighted by Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs
April 2019: Susan Roney-O’Brien Highlighted by the Worcester County Poetry Association
March 2019: Kofi Dadzie Highlighted by Mass LEAP
January 2019: Mary Buchinger Highlighted by the New England Poetry Club
December 2018: Martín Espada Highlighted by the Poetry Foundation
November 2018: Christine Ernst Highlighted by ArtWeek
October 2018: Jaswinder Bolina Highlighted by the Favorite Poem Project
September 2018: Emily Pineau Highlighted by Ibbetson Street Press
August 2018: Ruth Lepson Highlighted by Grolier Poetry Book Shop
July 2018: Erika Funkhouser Highlighted by Boston Book Festival
April 2018:  Lillian-Yvonne Bertram Highlighted by Tupelo Press
March 2018: Jordan Escobar Highlighted by Emerson College’s MFA Writing Program
February 2018: Ani Gjika Highlighted by GrubStreet
January 2018: Rosalind Pace Highlighted by the Cape Cod Poetry Group
November 2017: Porsha Olayiwola Highlighted by Poetry Out Loud
October 2017: Lauren Singer Highlighted by The Emily Dickinson Museum
August 2017: Leslie Marie Aguilar Highlighted by the Fine Arts Work Center
June 2017: Krysten Hill Highlighted by Porter Square Books
May 2017: Heather Treseler Highlighted by The Worcester Review
April 2017: Elisa Gabbert Highlighted by Black Ocean
February 2017: Anna M. Warrock Highlighted by Slate Roof Press
January 2017: Tommy Clark Highlighted by The Florence Poets Society
December 2016: Clint Smith Highlighted by Harvard Square Books
November 2016: Lea Banks Highlighted by Amherst Live
September 2016: Sabina Holzman Highlighted by Bow Seat
August 2016: Omanii Abdullah Highlighted by The Poster Project
July 2016: Mark Pawlak & The UMass Boston MFA Program
June 2016: Owen Carpenter & The Marble Collection
May 2016: The Salem Anthenaeum & Shari Caplan
March 2016: The Writer’s House at Merrimack College & Andrea Cohen
February 2016: The Boston Literary District & Joe Bergin
January 2016: The Suffolk University Poetry Center & George Kalogeris
December 2015: The Poetry Center at Smith College & Maya Janson 
November 2015: The Society of Urban Poetry & Chad Parenteau
October 2015: The Frost Place & Patrick Donnelly
September 2015: The Colrain Poetry Manuscript & Rebecca Kaiser Gibson
August 2015: GNB Writers Block & Patricia Gomes
July 2015: Hedgerow Books & D M Gordon
June 2015: Brookline Poetry Series & Aimée Sands
May 2015: Slate Roof Press & Janet MacFadyen
April 2015: Black Ocean & Janaka Stucky
March 2015: Robert Creeley Foundation & Robert J. Clawson
February 2015: Amherst Live & Beth Filson
January 2015: Whaling City Review & Marybeth Rua-Larsen
December 2014: Tupelo Press Writing Conference & Joan Houlihan
November 2014: The Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference & Cammy Thomas
October 2014: Massachusetts Center for the Book & Amy Dryansky
September 2014: The Poetry Center & Ellen Dore Watson
August 2014: Blacksmith House & Gail Mazur
July 2014: Perugia Press & Melanie Braverman
June 2014: Suffolk Univ Poetry Center & Jennifer Barber
May 2014: Slate Roof Press & Abbot Cutler
April 2014: Lizard Lounge & Janae Johnson
March 2014: Florence Poets Society & Howard Faerstein
Feb 2014: PoemWorks & Grey Held
Jan 2014: The Care Center & Jasmine Colon-Thomas
Dec 2013: Calliope & Joshua Coben
Nov 2013: Noepe Center & Justen Ahren
Oct 2013: Grub Street & Nicole Terez Dutton
Sept 2013: Loom Press & Kate Hanson-Foster