The Worcester County Poetry Association is a 501(c)(3) organization funded through membership fees, publication sales, grants and donations. WCPA receives organizational support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and has received generous programming support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Worcester Cultural Commission, Massachusetts Cultural Council, among other organizations and private donors.
WCPA appreciates the continued support of members and donors. Click here to learn more about WCPA membership and for information about funds established to sustain The Worcester Review and other WCPA programming.
The WCPA is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and Executive Officers elected by the membership in an annual public meeting. The board then elects executive officers. Membership is open to all individuals and organizations interested in promoting the literary arts.
The WCPA Board meets on the first Wednesday of each month at the Association offices in the Sprinkler Factory, 38 Harlow Street in Worcester. Meetings are open to all members and to the public. We welcome newcomers and encourage you to attend and become involved.
COVID-19 Update – due to the need for continued social distancing the board currently meets via a Zoom online meeting. If you are interested in joining the board for one of the meetings please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will send you the appropriate link.
Worcester Clemente Course in the Humanities Partnership
In 2019, the Worcester County Poetry Association became the Fiscal Agent to the Worcester branch of The Bard College Clemente Course in the Humanities. This collaboration allows both organizations to join forces in promoting the transformative power of the arts and humanities in our community. Several WCPA Board members hold leadership positions in the Worcester Clemente Course in the Humanities: Jim Cocola (Worcester Clemente Course Academic Director), Elizabeth Bacon (Worcester Clemente Course Community Coordinator), and Therese Carr (Worcester Clemente Course Advisory Board Chair).
For more information on the Worcester Clemente Course in the Humanities and the national Clemente Course, click here.
50th Anniversary Committee – Karen Sharpe, chair
2021 Annual Poetry Contest – Bob Gill
2021 College Poetry Competition – Craig Blais
2021 Gregory Stockmal Reading – Susan Roney-O’Brien, Coordinator
Bloomsday Committee – tbd
Membership Database – tbd
Stanley Kunitz Award Committee – Rodger Martin, chair
Stanley Kunitz Boyhood Home – Carle Johnson, Liaison
WCPA Library Committee – tbd
Website Manager – Bob Gill (interim)