Festival headliners announced; Proposal deadline extended, Plein air poetry, Poem of the Moment, Archives, Coming up on the statewide calendar & more
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Announcing a partial list of #MPF16 headliners!


Marie Howe, Sandra Beasley, Mark Doty, Ada Limón, Gregory Pardlo, David Rivard, and Charles Simic are coming to Salem! This is one festival you won't want to miss! 


100+ readings, panels, and workshops. All poetry, all day, for three days! If you haven't already, save the date for April 29 - May 1 in Salem! Info on button sales, hotel room blocks, and more coming soon.

Have you been working on or considering a festival proposal?

We are extending the proposal deadline to 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, November 1. Get those great ideas in! Read the guidelines and submit.
Check out "What is Poetry: Scenes from the 2015 Festival" and revisit our 2015 photo gallery & video gallery!

Plein Air: Poetry in and About the Natural World  

What is plein air poetry and what are its roots?

"En plein air is a French term, literally translated as 'in the open air.' So simply put, plein air poetry is poetry written out of doors. The tradition of identifying artistic work as plein air began in the mid-nineteenth century with the Barbizon, Hudson River, and Impressionist Schools of painting. Although artists had often painted outside, during this period, painters became particularly interested in painting in natural light, and the invention of paints in tubes facilitated this practice." Continue Reading.

Check out our archives!

Articles, poems, books, oh my!

Articles: We publish at least one story every week on masspoetry.org, and all stories from the past year are now available on our article archive page. Stories will be added to the archive page when they come off of our current articles page, which always features the latest eight stories. 
Poems: Our website features an archive of all Poems of the Moment that have been featured weekly for the past several years. If ever you are in the mood to browse poems by Massachusetts poets, the Poem of the Moment archive is the spot for you! 

Extra, extra: Okay, so this isn't an archive! But be sure to check out our New Books By Massachusetts Poets page, which features--you guessed it--new full-length books of poetry by Massachusetts poets. (Pub date within a year.) At the bottom of the new books page, you'll also find all past interviews from our "Getting to Know" poets with new books series.

Poem of the Moment

Joyce Peseroff: HitchBOT

HitchBOT, you look like a toy in a war zone,
a photograph staged
to crack the heart.

HitchBOT, you're like my kid’s old Barbie,
dressed and undressed, decapitated
with familiar contempt.

HitchBOT, you’re the highway’s first
dweeby victim in a horror movie
franchise, Son or Revenge Of.
Continue Reading.

Coming up on the Statewide Poetry Calendar:


Tonight, Thursday, October 29: Saturday, October 31: Sunday, November 1: Monday, November 2: Tuesday, November 3: Wednesday, November 4:
EXTENDED DEADLINE! Submit your proposal for the 2016 Massachusetts Poetry Festival by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, November 1.

ALSO: 
• Nov 1 Deadline: Apply to be Common Threads 2017 Guest Editor
• Nov 6 Deadline: Submit visual art to our Common Threads cover art contest on the theme of "threshold moments." Guidelines/instructions on our website.
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