Grey Held highlighted by PoemWorks
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Meet our February  Massachusetts Poet in the Spotlight: Grey Held

Highlighted by PoemWorks

Grey Held is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Creative Writing, and is the author of Two-Star General (Brick Road Poetry Press), and Spilled Milk (Word Press). He holds a BS from MIT and an MFA from Temple University. He has been a lecturer in art and design at Ohio State University, a computer programmer, an international marketing manager, a research director, and has led poetry writing workshops for prisoners in the Northeastern Correctional Center in Concord. His poem “Vending Machine” was set to music by Paul Carey and has been performed by a cappella groups all over the country. He is currently a director at a research firm in Cambridge. He and his wife live in Newton, where they have raised two sons.
Poetic Profession "As an undergraduate at MIT in the 70s, while majoring in art and design, I had a teaching assistantship in poetry. After graduation, I got into computer graphics and have worked in the technology sector ever since, often leveraging my writing skills in the service of marketing materials and articles in trade publications. Then about 15 years ago, I felt called to write poetry again, stumbled gratefully into the Workshop for Publishing Poets, led by Barbara Helfgott Hyett, who helped me develop craft, develop voice. This community/family of workshop poets has become an integral part of my poetic development and an integral part of my life." -Grey Held

Cape Cod Without the Children

Since 1984, prize-winning poet Barbara Helfgott Hyett, has conducted PoemWorks workshops in the Boston area. PoemWorks offers a wide variety of workshops, including semester-based sessions, specialized one-day workshops, workshops of place in various scenic locations, and workshops abroad.
PoemWorks also functions as a publishing network for its members who have published 130+ books, have won many of America's top poetry prizes, awards and fellowships, and have published hundreds of individual poems. The Workshop also conducts public readings which showcase its members.
Massachusetts 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. If you are a partner with a poet to nominate, email
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