The Poetry Loft is a non-profit collaborative of poets and writers in Rhode Island and Southeast Massachusetts that provides ongoing and supportive workshops, readings, and creative fellowship. Created in 2008 on the belief that poetry enriches the lives of all citizens, the Loft seeks to foster the appreciation of writing and reading poetry, encouraging excellence and education in the literary arts. Our vibrant community of poets and writers nurture and inspire each other in the development of craft.
TPL is supported by the enthusiastic volunteer efforts of poets who join together as partners in the writing life. Our common bond is poetry's greatest treasure - its transformative power in our lives, to change, to shape and uplift.
Ongoing workshops offer a welcoming and supportive environment for writers to develop their craft and share new works in progress. Group size is limited to allow for effective feedback and discussion. To inquire about workshop openings in our Rhode Island location, please email us at email@example.com
Hope Street: Nine New England Poets on Love and Loss
Edited by Beatrice Lazarus
Poems By : Nancy E. Brown, Michael Crowley, James Cronin, Diane Dolphin,
Joan Fishbein, Karen Haskell, Beatrice Lazarus, Sandra Moran, and Maureen Lapre.
* Congratulations! Nine Poetry Loft poets from RI and MA have been published in Hope Street, poems on love and loss, from Main Street Rag Publishing Company (May 2014).
"... in these superbly crafted poems is the weight of modern life's disappointments and the lasting shine of possibilities."
--Lori Desrosiers, author of The Philosopher's Daughter
Price: $11, ISBN: 1-59948-476-5
To read samples and pre-order this poignant and evocative collection, visit:
* The Loft Anthology: 2012 Poetry Awards was selected as a Finalist for the ForeWord Book of the Year Award. Congratulations to all the talented contributors!
Showcasing Winners and Finalists of the 2012 "Write Across Rhode Island" Poetry Challenge. Judges: Lisa Starr, RI Poet Laureate Emeritus, and Rick Benjamin, RI Poet Laureate, teacher at Brown and RISD. A treasure-trove of writing!
All proceeds donated to the RI Community Food Bank.
Available at the following bookstores in Providence, RI:
Brown University Bookstore
Books on the Square
Cellar Stories Books
Our heartfelt thanks to those who generously donated to the RI Community Food Bank by purchasing The 2012 Loft Anthology!
Loft Prize for Poetry 2013
We extend our congratulations to Philip E. Burnham, Jr. of Cambridge, Massachusetts, winner of the 2013 Loft Prize for Poetry for his poem " New York Blizzard."
Denise Duhamel, final judge, comments: "That a poet could arrest the frenetic swish and angles of Frederick Childe Hassam's "A New York Blizzard" is remarkable--that Philip E. Burnham, Jr. could do so in a sonnet is astonishing! ...
Philip E. Burnham, Jr. was awarded the $1000 prize and his poem will be published in Lay Bare the Canvas: New England Poetry and Art, to be released April 2014.
Second Place: Sara D. Rivera for her poem "Winnowing."
Third Place: Calvin Olsen for his poem "Cast."
Winners and finalists of the Loft Prize for Poetry contest read their poems at the Providence Poetry and Art Gala held in the Grand Hall of the Providence Public Library.
2013 Loft Prize for Poetry Finalists:
Lisa Starr, Poet Laureate of RI and Poetry Judge
Submission Deadline: April 30, 2012
WARI is a statewide poetry writing and reading event for all ages and skill levels.
The Poetry Challenge is a creative, fun, stimulating and rewarding approach to
developing skills in poetry writing, reading, and understanding. Participants range from students
to teachers, emerging to established writers, all coming together to share, teach, grow and
discover the power and value of poetry in their daily lives.
How: The goal is to write an original poem from a statewide prompt written by a nationally acclaimed writer. During the month of April, share it with others for feedback or fun and submit it to the WARI Poetry Challenge for a chance to become a Finalist or Winner in our annual Statewide contest. Please visit the WARI page for submission guidelines.
Look for the WARI poem and prompt posted in libraries, schools, bookstores and various locations in during the month of April. Get ready to write, revise, read, polish and submit your poem! Winning and Finalist entries will be displayed for public viewing in participating Libraries and Schools, and on our website.
Thank you to the Providence Public Library and all the remarkable writers and poets who attended and participated in:
Write Across Rhode Island 2011
Saturday, April 30, 1 PM - 2:30 PM
Tom Chandler RI Poet Laureate Emeritus
Lisa Starr RI Poet Laureate
followed by Guest Participants
reading their Write-A-Thon poems:
Kara Provost, Joan Fishbein, Jim Cronin, Andrew Browder, Maureen Lapre,
Julia Simpson, John Kotula, Heather Sullivan, Diane Dolphin, Kim Baker
A memorable and inspiring afternoon of poetry!
ART INSPIRED POETRY