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The Festival

The Massachusetts Poetry Festival now runs on a biennial basis. It will return to Salem, MA in Spring 2023. We hope you will plan to join us. Read on below for more about our past festival, which ran from May 13 – 16, 2021…

The 2021 Festival was the first since our 10-year anniversary celebration in 2018. Now a biennial event, the Festival showcased an all-star roster of poets from across the Commonwealth and the country, including more than 50 events in total featuring well over 100+ poets. Headline poets included Victoria Chang, Jos Charles, Martín Espada, Tyehimba Jess, Patricia Spears Jones, Lang Leav, Khadijah Queen, Naomi Shihab Nye, Ariana Reines, Dara Wier, and more. You can learn more about these poets by going to our headliners page.

In addition to headline readings, panels, workshops and performances, 2021’s Festival included some past favorites, such as the State of Poetry Panel, Small Press Fair, Workshops, Poetry and Yoga, along with new events such as an audio walking tour, a Poetry and Pets event, the 2020 Redo Celebration Ceremony, and an online ekphrastic poetry gallery.

The Student Day of Poetry also returned in 2021, with over 600 students scheduled to participate in writing-generative workshops with the region’s top poets and educators. Read more about the Student Day of Poetry and Festival events for teachers.

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