Our Statewide Student Day of Poetry has been broke up into five regional events for 2015. You are now perusing the BOSTON event! 

On Tuesday, December 15, Mass Poetry’s Student Day of Poetry is taking over UMass Boston! SDOP features a morning poetry sampler, writing-generative workshops, performances, readings, and a student open mic. We’ve got something for everyone, from the student who isn’t even sure they like poetry to the senior leading the after-school poetry club. 
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Derek JG Williams

Derek JG Williams puts words into rows both long and short. He's an MFA candidate at UMass Boston, where he teaches. Brenda Shaughnessy selected his poem “Ode to Tongue” for inclusion in the Best New Poets 2013 anthology. He's the winner of the Mary Doyle Curran Creative Writing Scholarship. He was a finalist for the 2014 YesYes Books Vinyl 45 Chapbook Contest, and the 2013 Organic Weapon Arts David Blair Memorial Chapbook Prize. His poems are published or forthcoming in New Ohio Review, Plume, Redivider, Prairie Schooner, Salamander, Cider Press Review, Gargoyle, Cortland Review, RHINO, Spoon River Poetry Review, H_NGM_N, CutBank, Bellingham Review, Word Riot, DMQ Review, and Main Street Rag, among others.

Sample Poem:


The funk-filled jukebox thrashed, thumped.
Oh the slow neon, we were hot copper in its orbit.

I’d been craving the horn-blast, the pumping
backbeat, James Brown’s wired squeal, cold sweat.

Your fingers shaped my mouth and the enormous
night narrowed—nails of your right hand,

chipped, ripped to get closer to the spiraling vinyl,
stuttering scratch and backspin, record remixed.

The dervish spun faster—claims your hands
made, coiled beat-building toward collapse.

My Speakers Sessions

Tuesday, December 15

9:15am EST

10:35am EST