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.
Our free, 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 with a brief sample of your writing at firstname.lastname@example.org We look forward to hearing from you!
Announcing the Winner
of the 2014 LOFT Chapbook Series
The Poetry Loft is excited to announce that Jane Lunin Perel has selected Summer Drowning by Ira Schaeffer of Warwick, RI, for the Editor's Choice LOFT Chapbook Award.
Professor Emerita Perel noted that Summer Drowning "has a deeply lyrical quality with alluring tones and imagery. . . The chapbook is aesthetically complex and compelling."
Our Congratulations to Mr. Schaeffer for this beautiful collection!
The Finalists are:
Deborah Barchi -- The Song of Toads
James Celenza -- Complications Due to Unintentional Suicides
Ellen McCluskey -- Symphony in Fade
Sandra Moran -- Thoughts Form a Ladder Woven of Nights
Julia Simpson -- Lost Children of the Prairie
Bravo to all the Finalists! Finalist chapbooks are also being considered for publication.
The winning chapbook will be published in December and distributed to bookstores and libraries in RI. Copies will also be available at the Chapbook launch reading (date to be announced).
Jane Lunin Perel, 2014 Guest Editor of the Loft Chapbook series, is Professor Emerita of English, Creative Writing in Poetry, and Women's Studies at Providence College. Visit the "Loft Chapbooks" page for more information.
Congratulations to all the poets and writers for their splendid submissions!
The Poetry Loft would like to thank everyone who attended and read at the (standing room only) Hope Street book launch party at Symposium Books! What a fabulous and inspiring afternoon of poetry and friends! Special thanks to our Guest Poet Heather Sullivan for her rich and superbly crafted poems that touched the hearts of all there! Warm Bravos to the Hope Street contributors who enchanted us with selections from their book and to our gracious host Ann Marie, Symposium Books owner. Much gratitude goes to Joan Fishbein and the kindness of many others for their generous donations! Thank you all for a wonderful afternoon in more ways than you know!
Join us at Symposium Books for a Book Launch Reading and Reception to celebrate the contributors of Hope Street: Poems on Love and Loss, an anthology of Loft poets published by Main Street Rag, 2014.
Meet the poets and share your own poems on love and loss at the Open Mic following the reading. Reception with pastries, snacks, and refreshments.
Hope Street Reading and Reception
Guest Poet: Heather Sullivan
Sunday, September 21, at 3 PM
Symposium Books, East Greenwich
There are urgent messages in these powerful and moving poems by writers of The Poetry Loft. A harsh beauty and truthfulness drive these uniquely compelling verses that navigate realms of loss with grace, precision and insight.
Meet the Authors:
Nancy E. Brown • James Cronin • Michael Crowley • Diane Dolphin • Joan Fishbein • Karen Haskell • Maureen Lapre • Beatrice Lazarus • Sandra Moran
“fiery and numbing by turns… Hope Street’s poems bring truth to tragedy.”
―Laura Cherry, author of Haunts
"... 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
To introduce readers to new titles from local and regional authors,
The LOFT is pleased to announce our GoodBooks Give-Away
WIN A FREE BOOK
HOPE STREET: NINE NEW ENGLAND POETS
ON LOVE AND LOSS
Published by Main Street Rag Publishing Company
Our GoodBooks drawing runs until September 21. Entry is free.
Winners will receive signed copies.
To Enter -- Email your name to: email@example.com
For more information about Hope Street, please visit:
Loft Prize for Poetry 2013
Poetry Judge: Denise Duhamel
2013 Loft Prize for Poetry: $1000 and publication
Sponsored by The Poetry Loft and the Providence Public Library
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 (September, 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, June 2013.
Special Thanks to our Guest Poets from throughout New England for attending and reading their ekphrastic poems from Lay Bare the Canvas. A truly amazing and memorable evening at the LOFT Poetry and Art Gala!
Much heartfelt gratitude goes to our esteemed and generous Judge Denise Duhamel who selected the winning poems of the 2013 Loft Prize for Poetry. We are truly humbled and honored.
The winning poems have been published in Lay Bare the Canvas: New England Poets on Art, available at bookstores and libraries, as well as Amazon.
New England Poetry and Art Gala
Providence Public Library, Grand Hall
June 6, 5-9 PM, 2013
Join us to celebrate Lay Bare the Canvas: New England Poetry and Art contributors, including the winners and finalists of the 2013 Loft Prize for Poetry.
An amazing evening of Poetry, Art, and Music!
Join us for a celebration of New England Poetry and Art at the historic Providence Public Library, Grand Hall, Providence, RI. Enjoy a light dinner buffet, music, artwork displays and refreshments with our Special Guest Poets and Loft Prize finalists.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!
The Loft Anthology: 2012 Poetry Awards was selected as a Finalist
for the ForeWord Book of the Year Award.
The 2012 Loft Anthology
Brown University Bookstore
October 10, 6 PM
Guest Poets: Judges Rick Benjamin, RI Poet Laureate
and Lisa Starr, RI Poet Laureate Emeritus
ForeWord Book of the Year Finalist
The Loft Anthology 2012: Poetry Awards showcases the 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 Loft Anthology 2012.
The Poetry Loft in partnership
with RI Schools and Libraries presents:
Write Across Rhode Island 2012
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.
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.
Special Thanks to the 2011 Write Across Rhode Island Poetry Judge Cathleen Calbert, Professor of English at Rhode Island College.
Write Across Rhode Island 2011
Poetry Reading and Reception
Saturday, April 30, 1 PM
Tom Chandler RI Poet Laureate Emeritus
Lisa Starr RI Poet Laureate
followed by Guest Participants
reading their WARI 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