This event took place May 5-7, 2017.
The ninth Massachusetts Poetry Festival will bring more than 150 poets to Salem to present nearly 100 poetry readings and workshops, a small press and literary fair, panels, poetry slams, and open-air readings from Friday, May 5, to Sunday, May 7.
“I think it’s about the festival coming together given our new political reality,” says January Gill O’Neil, the festival’s executive director. “The festival this year will be about inclusion and a group with strong affinity coming together to share words. And we’ve found out this year how important words are and what happens when someone misuses them. It’s an important year for poetry. Words matter.”