Various locations in Downtown Salem
During the first weekend of May, Salem becomes the epicenter of contemporary American poetry, offering rare opportunities to hear the nation’s best poets read and discuss their work in intimate and engaging forums.
The Massachusetts Poetry Festival showcases nearly 100 poetry readings and workshops, a small press and literary fair, panels, poetry slams, visual arts, and open-air performances. Panel topics range broadly from the state of poetry, poetry and gender, book publishing, and modernism in contemporary art, to the Common Threads Reading, where contemporary poets with Massachusetts ties discuss their literary connections. More than 150 local and nationally known poets engage with thousands of New Englanders each year.
The 10th Massachusetts Poetry Festival celebrates the state’s lively contemporary poetry scene from Friday, May 4 to Sunday, May 6, in downtown Salem, MA.
The Mass Poetry Festival offers nearly 100 poetry readings and workshops, a small press and literary fair, panels, poetry slams, and open-air readings. More than 150 poets will engage with thousands of New Englanders.
Submit your proposal here. Deadline October 30.
Stay tuned for headliners, sessions, volunteering, and purchasing info.
Volunteer for the Mass Poetry Festival
Receive free entry to the Festival when you are not working as well as a Festival T-Shirt. Sign up to volunteer here.
Advertise in Our Program Book
Support the Massachusetts Poetry Festival by purchasing an ad in our 2017 Poetry Festival Program Book. We welcome queries from publishers, writing programs, organizations, and individuals. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Small Press and Literary Fair
Our Small Press and Literary Fair will take place on Saturday, May 6 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., located along the Pedestrian Mall between Peabody Essex Museum and Museum Place Mall.
Want to book a table at the Small Press Fair? Presses, writing programs, and individual poets—contact us for more info. Send your queries to email@example.com.