The Massachusetts Poetry Festival showcases nearly 100 poetry readings and workshops, a small press and literary fair, panels, poetry slams, visual arts, and open-air performances. Panel topics range broadly from the state of poetry, poetry and gender, book publishing, and modernism in contemporary art, to the Common Threads Reading, where contemporary poets with Massachusetts ties discuss their literary connections. More than 150 local and nationally known poets engage with thousands of New Englanders each year. The 7th Massachusetts Poetry Festival takes place May 1-3, 2015, in historic downtown Salem. We are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers for the festival, so if you would be interested in helping us run this three-day poetry festival please sign up here. Volunteers get into the festival for free and are provided with a free t-shirt and refreshments throughout the day.