, Salem, MA


April 29, 2013

Why poetry? Why now?


Is poetry dead? No.

There will always be those who feel poetry is dead or, even worse, dying. But poetry is thriving. There has never been a better time to take a poetry class, attend a reading or festival such as the Massachusetts Poetry Festival (link to, or publish verse in print and online. And National Poetry Month is the perfect time to find poetry in your community, where it has always been, recording our histories through emotion and words.


January Gill O’Neil is a poet and assistant professor at Salem State University and executive director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, which takes place in Salem from May 3-5 this year. For more information about the festival, visit

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