Salamander at the Mass Poetry Festival

Come visit Salamander at the Mass Poetry Festival!


The Mass Poetry Festival, held May 3-5 in Salem, Mass., promises to be a fantastic weekend of fun and poetry. For more information on the festival, visit their website.

We hope to see you Salamander's bookfair table, or any these events:

    10:00 - 4:00pm on Saturday, May 4 in Museum Place Mall, 1 E India Square Mall, Salem, MA
    Visit the tables of the small presses and magazines that are the vehicles for so many poems and poets to be published. Browse their offerings and purchase books and magazines and broadsides. Support the presses and the magazines. Between 30 and 40 tables will be set up in the Museum Mall or, possibly, if it is a warm and sunny day outside on the pedestrian mall.
  • Salamander 20th Anniversary Reading: New Voices Reading
    2:45 - 3:45pm on Saturday, May 4 in The Gathering, 217 Essex Street, Salem, MA, 01790
    Salamander celebrates its 20th year of publication. In keeping with Salamander’s focus on featuring writers deserving of a wider audience, this anniversary reading will present talented poets who have recently begun publishing in journals or who have recently published their first full-length collections. There will be a reading by the poets, with a time at the end for conversation and questions.

  • The Silences and Space in Poetry
    2:45 - 3:45pm on Saturday, May 4 in 181 Essex Street, Salem
    Evoked by white space on the page, silence can be a way of turning over in the mind what has come before, or making room for what might follow. This panel of poets—all affiliated with the Writers’ Room of Boston (which provides space for the emergences of writing)—will present poems in which silence plays an active role. They will encourage a dialogue with audience members who, as fellow practitioners, will have insights to add.
  • Poem–to–Poem: How the Poems We Read Can Inspire the Poems We Write
    2:45 - 3:45pm on Saturday, May 4 in Peabody Essex Museum, Japanese Art Gallery
    Five Poets from Suffolk University’s Creative Writing Program will each present a poem by someone else that has significantly influenced or inspired a new poem. Each poet will try to delineate what exactly was the inspiring dimension(s) of that poem read, and each poet will then read the poem or poems she or he has composed as a result or as a response. The five poets will then open the floor to a broader discussion of the writing process, to include their individual views on poetic generativity, originality, and the importance of such influences for any poet.

A Reading for the One Fund
2012 Fiction Contest Results