ArtsBoston has just launched a calendar of Massachusetts arts festivals to celebrate the rich and diverse array of arts and cultural festivals across the Commonwealth – including many that are funded by MCC’s new Festivals Program.
One of those festivals is the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, a three-day series of poetry events, workshops, performances, and readings organized by Mass Poetry. It will be held April 29-May 1, 2016 in downtown Salem, Massachusetts.
The adventurous 2016 schedule includes many past awardees of MCC’s Artist Fellowships Program. Among the headlining poets are Mark Doty (Fellow ’94, ’85) and Marie Howe (Fellow ’90), and other participants include Kathleen Aguero, Maria Luisa Arroyo, Sally Bellerose, Ben Berman, Simeon Berry, Steven Cramer, Duy Doan, Amy Dryansky, Valerie Duff, Danielle Legros Georges, Regie Gibson, Greg Hischak, Joy Ladin, Dzvinia Orlowsky, Karen Skolfield, Sarah Sousa, and Daniel Tobin, alongside many, many other superb literary artists.
Of special note: Verse and Diverse Walk Into a Bar, a conversation with the editors of Solstice Literary Magazine, features five past recipients of Massachusetts state fellowships – Kathleen Aguero, Ben Berman, Danielle Legros Georges, Regie Gibson, and Dzvinia Orlowsky.