MV Poet Laureate Reception

Saturday, April 6th from 2:00 – 3:00 pm, come to the West Tisbury Library to celebrate the appointment of the 2019-2021 Martha’s Vineyard Poet Laureate, Jill Jupen. Jill was one of four local poets nominated for the honorary position by Martha’s Vineyard art and poetry organizations. The reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Jill is the founder of the Martha’s Vineyard Poets Collective, a group of 15 poets who meet weekly at the Anchors Senior Center in Edgartown. She has lead the group in writing poetry, critiquing each others’ work, and studying classical and modern poets.

She is involved in workshops at MV Regional High School and island libraries. She does readings at The Poetry Café at the Playhouse, Pathways, libraries, Moi Toy Garden on Chappaquiddick and off-island for the Massachusetts Poetry Society. Jill’s poetry has been published in numerous literary journals including Green Mountain Review, Hunger Mountain, Dakota Territory, and Rattle. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and in 2018 won the Plan B Press poetry chapbook contest, which led to the publication of her chapbook “The Space Between”. It will be used in a seminar during spring semester at the University of Hong Kong entitled, “The Space Between: The Poetry of Loneliness”.

The Martha’s Vineyard Poet Laureate is an island-wide advocacy position responsible for promoting the art of poetry on MV. Each Laureate in a two-year term is responsible for presenting a minimum of one talk, lecture or symposium on poetry each year, and will also provide assistance in the direction of activities for National Poetry Month in April. The position is an opportunity for the arts community not only to honor an island poet for excellence, but also to recognize our rich poetic traditions, and encourage greater appreciation for poetry.

Jill Jupen will be the fourth Poet Laureate of Martha’s Vineyard. Previous Poet Laureates have been Justen Ahren (2017-2019), Arnie Reisman (2014-2017) and Lee McCormack (2012-2014), all of whom have been passionate promoters of poetry on Martha’s Vineyard.