Breath and Matter: Poet/Sculptor Collaborations

Breath and Matter, a collaborative project between local poets and sculptors, will feature readings and art exhibitions this summer. Many NEPC Members are involved in this collaboration! Details here:
Wednesday, July 18, 5:30-8:30 pm
Mary Bonina, David Daniel, Oliver de la Paz,
Wendy Drexler, Audrey Henderson, Danielle Legros Georges, Tomas O’Leary, Ros Zimmermann
Opening Reception with Poetry Readings on the hour
Boston Sculptors Gallery, “Breath and Matter,” Poet/Sculptor Collaborations
486 Harrison Avenue
Friday, August 3, 5:30-8:30 pm
Crosby Baez, Alison Deming, Chard deNiord,
Anaïs Duplan, Anne Elliot, Lisa Harries Schumann,
Mary Pinard, Lee Sharkey, Sophie Wadsworth
Reception with Poetry Readings on the hour
Boston Sculptors Gallery, “Breath and Matter,” Poet/Sculptor Collaborations
Boston Sculptors Gallery
486 Harrison Avenue

NEPC Member Paula Bonnell’s poem chosen for display in Boston City Hall

Congratulations to Paula Bonnell whose poem,”The Sun’s Progress,” is one of 18 poems chosen by the City of Boston’s Arts Department in its annual contest. This year’s theme is Diverse Neighborhoods. On May 3 a reading hosted by Boston’s Poet Laureate Danielle Legros Georges was held at City Hall and the next day 18 plaques, each containing one of the poems, were posted near the elevators in City Hall for the coming year.

NEPC Member Doug Holder @ Leonard Bernstein Festival, Brandeis University

NEPC Member Doug Holder was on a panel at Brandeis University Leonard Bernstein Festival (APRIL 17)
Panel included Lisa Krissof Beohn, dean of graduate studies, Bridgewater State University; Elizabeth Bradfield (Creative Writing); Doug Holder, managing editor of Ibbetson Press; editor Anita McClellan; and Sarah Mead (Music). Moderator: Rosie Rosenzweig (WSRC). Sponsored by the Women’s Studies Research Center.

NEPC Member Mary Bonina has two readings coming up….

NEPC Member Mary Bonina has two readings coming up:
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Event: Annual Members Reading, The Writers Room of Boston
Time: 6:30pm
Place: Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Mary reads new poetry from her current manuscript-in-progress. She will be joined by members who work in a variety of genres: Geert van der Kolk, Margery Ganz, Simon John, Bob Dall, Rebecca Mahoney, Daniel Johnson, and Amy Hoffman. ​
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Event: WHY THERE ARE WORDS National Literary Series
Time: 6:00pm
Place: Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, New York, NY 10012
Mary reads with Janet Thornberg, Peter Carroll, Barret Warner, Geoff Kronik, and Marisa Silver in the award-winning WHY THERE ARE WORDS National Literary Series (with locations also in LA, Pittsburg, Portland, and Austin). NYC Branch Coordinator, Poet Michael Collins.
And congratulations to her on being awarded a residency at
Moulin a Nef, the VCCA-France location in Auvillar!

New England Poetry Contests are officially OPEN!


The Board of the New England Poetry Club has revised its contests and is excited to announce the following prizes, which are open to all writers in English. We hope you will be inspired to send your work.

 Samuel Washington Allen Prize: For a long poem or poem sequence of 3 to 10 pages, single-spaced.

This prize honors the legacy of the African-American poet, translator, professor, and former New England Poetry Club leader, Samuel Washington Allen, who also published as Paul Vesey.

Judge: Marilyn Nelson, distinguished poet and educator, recipient of the Golden Rose from the New England Poetry Club, among many other honors, is the author of seven full-length collections as well as numerous books for young people.

E. Cummings Prize: For a compelling, lyrical, or experimental poem under 21 lines.

This prize recognizes one of the New England Poetry Club’s most famous charter members.

 Judge: Regie Gibson, visionary poet and educator, has lectured and performed around the world.

Amy Lowell Prize: For an outstanding poem of any length or style.

This prize recognizes the charismatic poet who was the New England Poetry Club’s first president.

Judge: Mary Buchinger, current President of NEPC;

Der-Hovanessian Prize: For a translation from any language; the original poem should be authored by someone other than the translator. Include the poem in the original language along with the translation.

This long-standing prize is named in honor of poet and translator Diana Der-Hovanessian who led the New England Poetry Club with vision and energy for decades.

Judge: Susan Barba, poet, translator, and senior editor for New York Review of Books, holds a doctorate in comparative literature from Harvard University and is the author of Fair Sun

Book Prizes

 Jean Pedrick Chapbook Prize: For a chapbook of poems published in the last two years.

Judge: Krysten Hill, educator, poet, and performer, was awarded New England Poetry Club’s Jean Pedrick Prize in 2017 for her chapbook, How Her Spirit Got Out.

Sheila Margaret Motton Book Prize: For a book of poems published in the last two years.

Judge: Danielle Legros Georges, poet, educator, and Boston’s Poet Laureate, was awarded the Sheila Margret Motton Prize from the New England Poetry Club for her book, The Dear Remote Nearness of You.

Submission Period
April and May only; entries received outside these months will not be considered.
Winners announced in August/September on our website, and on Facebook and Twitter.

Click on CONTEST tab for information about how to submit your work!