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By OriginallyFromDotParker - 3/22/19 - 12:26 am

Hey. Come here. I wanna tell you a story. At the Holy Name/Catholic Memorial dances I attended in my youth I never "grinded" with any boys. After one of the HN/CM dances I did find $211 on the ground when I went to buy some gum at White Hen Pantry. Westie continues its tradition of giving with this all-ages poetry contest courtesy of Friends of the West Roxbury Branch Library.

By OriginallyFromDotParker - 3/22/19 - 12:04 am

As the old saying goes: You can take the girl out of Boston...but you can't take the Boston out of the girl who is taking a trip outside Boston. Not too long ago I received an email from MassPoetry about its Evening of Inspired Leaders fundraiser event (LMAO @ MASSPOETRY ASKING ME FOR MONEY YEAH AIGHT) happening this Monday, March 25 at 7pm at the Huntington Theatre Company.

By OriginallyFromDotParker - 3/21/19 - 7:28 pm

Are you missing the poetry of the late Mayor Thomas M. Menino? Are you in Boston and in your feelings? Feel like writing something other than internet comments to complete strangers? Then check out the call for submissions for the 2019 Mayor's Poetry Program, curated by Porsha Olayiwola, the newly appointed Poet Laureate of Boston:

“an Alcatraz around my neck"

By adamg - 8/4/16 - 4:34 pm
GennaRose Nethercott with her typewriter on Centre Street in Jamaica Plain

This afternoon, GennaRose Nethercott sat at one of the tables near JP Licks on Centre Street with her 1952 Hermes Rocket typewriter, offering to write poems on the subject of your choosing.

Eric Mauro took her photo and shows one of her poems: Read more.

By adamg - 8/18/12 - 6:50 pm

Live poetry

By presspass - 2/25/11 - 2:20 pm

Press Pass Tv is a nonprofit organization that engages youth in advocacy journalism to tell the stories of communities working for change. Jean Grae performed at the 3rd Eye open 11th Hip Hop Festival. Press PassTv was able to catch Jean before her performance. She discussed her record sales and her old school flavor. Jean described how she maintained her own identity and how we all have a responsibilty to ourselves to follow our bliss.

By adamg - 10/12/09 - 9:22 am

Anali reports a bill to create the position of Poet Laureate for the Commonwealth could go to the House for a vote this week:

... I have no idea what poets will be in the running for nominations, but it will be interesting to find out. I wonder who it will be and what their first poem will be like. ...

H.3146: An Act to create the position of poet laureate for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

By adamg - 11/29/08 - 9:32 pm

Doug Holder talks to Sam Cornish on his influences, why he doesn't consider himself part of the '60s Black Arts Movement and on the importance of stripped-down poetry. Also:

... Right now I am available for people through the library and also through Mayor Menino's office. If people call and request my presence at a school or senior citizen's center, or where people would like a poet, I go. I try to be the person to bring a poem to people who might not read poetry, or those who want to talk to a poet about the craft. ...

By rsiasoco - 11/28/08 - 4:40 pm

Great article by James Parker in The Phoenix this week about Boston poets Rafael Campo and Franz Wright, who write about the body in sickness and in health. (Full disclosure: Campo is indeed a doctor, my own, in fact.) Long before he was my PCP, Campo intrigued me with his devotion to forms, particularly the sonnet, and the way that he subverted the norms of the Shakespearean norm and wrote poems about AIDS and death.

By MelLarsen - 9/14/08 - 3:01 pm

October 10 and 11, 8:00 PM

Cambridge Family YMCA Theatre, 820 Mass Ave in Central Square
Tickets: $11 in advance, $12 at the door

By bostonfireflyproject - 8/10/08 - 11:16 am

Come join the Boston Firefly Project for a night of art, poetry, and activism as we raise awareness around the issue of poverty worldwide. Local artists, poets, and writers will be presenting and displaying their work on Thursday, August 14th from 7-9pm at the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy on 113 Brattle Street in Cambridge, a short walk from the Harvard Square T stop. Come meet other activists in the area and take part in the convergence of art and human rights - snacks and beverages provided!

By adamg - 6/1/07 - 8:22 am

You want to see how it is done. Doug Holder writes that you can see Bagel Bards poets in action at the Au Bon Pains in Davis and Central Squares on Saturday mornings (they alternate each Saturday; he provides the specific schedule).

By Hennessy - 4/6/06 - 4:46 pm

Boston-area poets PLEASE SUBMIT POEMS to LOCUS POINT by May 30 to [email protected].

A community-centered approach to poetry publishing: Each edition of LOCUSPOINT is built on a set of cities or regions. Guest Editors in each location are tasked with locating poetry community within their areas to whatever extent or degree they experience it by selecting seven poets whose work they want to highlight. Each poet contributes five pages of poetry to the city. The Guest Editor writes an introduction to his or her selections to comment on the poetry scene where they live.

By adamg - 10/4/05 - 10:19 pm

Jack notes the demise of public readings in Cambridge:

... The Middle East will host no more poetry. Just this week, another Central Square venue, the Green Street Grille shut its doors, with no warning, on Demolicious, the last monthly series in the Boston area that typically featured an open mic as well as a spotlight on accomplished out-of-town readers. ...

But he adds that John Mercuri Dooley, co-curator of Demolicious, hopes to lead an effort to find new venues for readings.

By adamg - 7/28/05 - 8:20 am

Chad says the venerable Stone Soup Monday night poetry readings in Cambridge need your help:

... If you're a poet in the area with nothing to do on Mondays between 8 and 10 in the evening, it would be great if you could come down and catch a reading. If you'd like to be a feature, well, that'd be even better. ...

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