Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Bridget Eileen and Suzanne Mercury, Artistic Co-Directors
Phone: 401-405-4175
Email: thebostonpoetrymarathon@gmail.com

Boston Poetry Marathon 2022 Returns to Copley Square, Aug 6 & 7 (online Aug 5)

[BOSTON, July 20, 2022] The buzz is in the air! After two years as an online-only event, this year’s Boston Poetry Marathon returns to Copley Square for Saturday and Sunday, August 6 and 7, and will be online for Friday, August 5. 

“This year’s hybrid event will be the best of both worlds! We’ve really learned a lot from the past two years online during the pandemic. We know that we can put on an online event. And we’ve learned how much we value face-to-face meetings at live events. Especially since there are still a lot of people who have to stay home as much as feasible, we’re excited to bring both options to our poetry community,” said Bridget Eileen, one of the Boston Poetry Marathon’s artistic directors.

The Boston Poetry Marathon returns to its 2019 location, the Community Church of Boston in Copley Square, located at 565 Boylston Street on the 2nd floor. This event space is accessible by wheelchair. The Boston Poetry Marathon will take place in-person starting in the afternoon on Saturday, August 6 and going late into the night. It will resume again Sunday afternoon, August 7. Friday night, August 5, the Boston Poetry Marathon will be online only. Check the website (www.bostonpoetrymarathon.com) for exact start and end times. The entire event will also be broadcast online over YouTube and Facebook. 

Over 100+ poets will be participating, including Charles Coe, Lloyd Schwartz, Dorothea Lasky, Stephanie Burt, and the inimitable Carol Weston, among many other notable participants. As usual with the Boston Poetry Marathon, each participant gets just a short allotment of time, this year 7 minutes apiece.  

The 2022 Boston Poetry Marathon will also be a fundraiser for two New England based organizations that work for reproductive freedom: Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund and The Womxn Project. Full details are at the Boston Poetry Marathon 2022 Go Fund Me page: https://www.gofundme.com/f/boston-poetry-marathon-2022-fundraiser

“We started the fundraising tradition back in 2019, to cover operating costs. We expanded it to donate to worthy organizations, during the pandemic. Now we are continuing the tradition as we put on this new hybrid event,” said Suzanne Mercury, the other artistic director of the BPM.

The in-person event is free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $10+ to the fundraiser. Links to the social media channels where the event will be streaming can be found at https://bostonpoetrymarathon.wordpress.com/links/

Bridget Eileen and Suzanne Mercury return as artistic directors for the Boston Poetry Marathon, for the sixth year in a row, and are joined again for the third year in a row by co-organizers Christina Liu and Christina Strong. 

A history of the Boston Poetry Marathon is at https://bostonpoetrymarathon.wordpress.com/history/.

More information at https://bostonpoetrymarathon.com/.
 

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About the Boston Poetry Marathon

The Boston Poetry Marathon is an over-20 year summer tradition of poets from around the globe, representing many different aesthetics and backgrounds, coming together for a weekend-long poetry reading festival. Admission is free and open to the public. Donations of $10+ to the fundraiser is recommended. More information at bostonpoetrymarathon.com.