Help Me Bring Poets into Schools in Massachusetts
Pictured above: Me, age 14, at my writing camp sharing circle
During my time in public school, I was privileged to receive a fantastic arts education. Whether I was working as an editor for my high school literary magazine or attending the DreamDog Foundation’s community-service-oriented writing camp, creative writing helped me find community and grow into the person I am today. Access to creative writing programs should be universal, but unfortunately, many schools struggle to find the funding and cut the creative programs students need to thrive.
I am excited to expand access to arts education through my role as the Development Intern for Mass Poetry, but I can’t do it without your help! This year, we want to expand our poet-in-residence program, which places a poet in a school short on funding for arts education. The poet-in-residence provides a number of invaluable resources to students, including poetry workshops and mentorship. This program makes poetry come alive for students.
As a thank-you for all donations, big or small, I will send donors a short zine of my poetry at the end of the six-week fundraising period. The poems in it have never been shared before, so you will be the first to read them. Thank you in advance for your support!
About Raise Your Verse
Raise Your Verse is a six-week writing campaign that brings together poets, supporters, community members, and friends alike. Over six weeks, poets, writers, and community members will help Mass Poetry raise $20,000+ to benefit our innovative programming. Participants can write poems, haikus, free verse, sonnets, epistolary poems—any style, really, even prose—to share with their readers in exchange for donations to Mass Poetry. People can form teams or forge ahead alone. Most importantly, it should be fun!
About Mass Poetry
Mass Poetry supports poets and poetry in Massachusetts. With a wide array of programming, from our Student Days of Poetry to our U35 Reading Series, we help to broaden the audience of poetry readers, bring poetry to readers of all ages and transform people’s lives through inspiring verse.