CELEBRATING OUR 13th ANNIVERSARY in 2022!
THE POETRY LOFT is non-profit collaborative of writers in Rhode Island and Southeast Massachusetts that provides ongoing and supportive workshops, author readings, events, publications, and creative fellowship. The LOFT promotes and fosters the sharing and appreciation of writing and reading poetry, encouraging excellence and education in the literary arts. Our vibrant community of writers nurtures and inspires each other in the development of their literary craft.
The LOFT 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.
Stay engaged and creative with our virtual workshops via Zoom until the Covid threat is over. Ongoing workshops offer a welcoming and supportive environment for poets and writers to develop their craft and share new works in progress. Group size is limited to allow for effective feedback and discussion.
Due to to the pandemic, The Providence Book Festival in Providence, RI, has been put on hold until further notice.
The Festival connects nationally acclaimed authors with readers in a stimulating and personal way.
Presented by LitArts RI, a 501(c) nonprofit. Co-sponsored by The Poetry LOFT
GAINS PROGRAM: "Great Authors In Schools" brings celebrated writers and poets into schools for readings and presentations, free of charge. Children and Teen books are signed and distributed. To learn more, visit www.providencebookfestival.org
Cancelled this year due to the Covid pandemic.
The Writers Gala has been put on hold due to Covid precautions. The 2019 WRITERS GALA, a night of literary stars, was presented by Lit-Arts RI and The Poetry LOFT. Featured writers included Marge Piercy, Denise Duhamel, MT Anderson, Richard Russo, Mike Stanton, and Thomas Cobb, among other luminaries.
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James Cronin's full length book, World of Shadows (Poetry Loft Press), is available for sale on Amazon.
Diana Cole's chapbook, Songs by Heart, is available to purchase from Iris Press. Her poem, "Eight Tulips" has recently been published by Crab Creek Review, 2021.
Ira Schaeffer won the Loft Chapbook Award for Summer Drowning (Poetry Loft Press, 2015) judged by Jane Lunin Perel. Schaeffer won first place in the 2016 Galway Kinnell poetry contest sponsored by the Pawtucket Arts Panel for his poems "Basic Training" and "Walking the Steere Hill Preserve." Ira's poem "Primavera" was nominated for a Pushcast prize by The Poetry Loft in 2014.
Adele Bourne's book Tide Roaring In has been published by Kelsay Books, 2016. Available on Amazon.
Karen Haskell won second place for her poem in the 2015 Galway Kinnell poetry contest judged by RI State Poet Laureate Rick Benjamin, and Lisa Starr. Her chapbook, Sixty Years, was published by Finishing Line Press.
Judy Gamble's ekphrastic poetry has appeared in the Poetry and Art book published by the Wickford Art Association.
Beatrice Lazarus was honored to read from her book, Lay Bare the Canvas, a New England Poetry and Art Anthology, at the Longfellow House, Boston, hosted by the New England Poetry Club. (Beatrice Lazarus, editor; Poetry Loft Press).
"Poets and Players" : A reading and book launch sponsored by The Poetry Loft to celebrate the publication of chapbooks by Karen Haskell (Sixty Years, Finishing Line Press) and Sandra Moran (Caught in the Open, Poetry Loft Press). Featuring a staged reading of Analgesia, (Ars Medica, University of Toronto Press) a one act play by James Celenza, at the William Hall Library, Cranston RI.
Sandra Moran's chapbook Caught in the Open, a finalist for the LOFT Chapbook Award, was published by the Poetry Loft Press, 2016. Caught in the Open is elegant and edgy, and Moran a master of poetic slippage as she explores the lives of the forgotten and disenfranschised, the violated and the vulnerable." ~Catherine Imbriglio, Brown University instructor.
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