A New Site for Massachusetts Poets
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Massachusetts Poetry and Writing Groups.
Massachusetts does not currently have a State Poet Laureate. State Poet Laureates serve an important role in promoting writing and literacy in states. Many serve without pay and without State funding. Some have part of their expenses paid by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Above are the addresses for members of the Massachusetts State Legislature. Your writing assignment if you decide to accept it, is to write to members of the Legislature and ask that a bill be introduced that will create a State Poet Laureate for Massachusetts. The State Poet Laureate might be nominated by the Arts Council and serve a two year term. Write today!
The Massachusetts Cultural Council provides grants for artists and art groups in Connecticut working in all genres. Writers and poets should go to the link above for information on grant applications and specific literary programs.
The Massachusetts Poetry Association welcomes all Massachusetts poets of all ages to join and participate in Society activities. The Association, also known as Mass Poetry holds a number of events, including a Spring Festival. Please see link above for membership information and calendar.
For the past several years, thousands of Massachusetts high school students have participated in the Poetry Out Loud State recitation competitions, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.,
Your high school is invited to participate!
Poetry Out Loud is a wonderful program for students. The program helps the develop Stage and speaking skills, confidence and a love of poetry. Poetry really needs to be spoken to truly be enjoyed. Poetry Out Loud is a great program for students. To learn how to get your school involved in the competition, please see the link above for calendar information.
Poetry Slams are events in which adults and students read and perform poetry for awards and prizes. There are many local events and even a National competition. Check with your local poetry group for the nearest Slam event and Slam schedules. The above link is for The Boston Poetry Slam.
The Cape Cod Writers Center has over 300 members in the Cape Cod area. The group provides conferences (when possible) and critique groups. The Center welcomes writers of many genres, including fiction and poetry. For membership and calendar information, please see the link above. The address is: Cape Cod Writers Center, P. O. Box 408, Osterville, MA 02655
The Seven Bridges Writers’ Collaborative welcomes all writers of all genres. The group is currently holding a number of online programs, and normally holds classes and critique groups. The address for the group is Seven Bridges Writers Collaborative, P.O. Box 111, Lancaster, MA 01523.
About the author: Steven Robert Heine is a West Coast poet. He has spent his life writing poetry and promoting the reading of it. In 2011 Heine was seriously crippled in a fall. Several surgeries later, Heine lives with a great deal of pain. (He is not on any disability). He tries to provide this site as a service to the poets of Massachusetts.
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Steven Robert Heine is a West Coast poet & author. He has traveled extensively through the United States, including many trips to Massachusetts. Heine has spent his life promoting poetry; serving as founder for many poetry contests. He is the author of fifteen books, including poetry, history and his own short auto-biographies. His books can be found on Ebay, Amazon and Amazon Kindle.
Heine was crippled in a fall in 2011 and now makes very few public appearances.