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, and 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.
A half-century ago, the Worcester County Poetry Association (WCPA) was founded in 1971 by Dr. Samuel Bachrach and Professor Michael True and incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1972. With over fifty years of service to poetry, it remains one of the longest-running non-profit poetry organizations in the United States.
The mission of the Worcester County Poetry Association is to:
- Celebrate the rich literary history and creative energy of Central Massachusetts through public readings, workshops, festivals, scholarly conferences, and other programs.
- Publish the literary journal The Worcester Review.
- Collaborate with libraries, bookstores, colleges and universities, museums, churches, schools, community centers, businesses, and cultural organizations to promote poetry events.
The WCPA Board meets on the second Wednesday of each month at the Association offices in the Salisbury House, 61 Harvard St., Worcester, Mass. Meetings are open to all members and to the public. We welcome newcomers and encourage you to attend and become involved.
President: Elizabeth Bacon
Vice Presidents, Programming: Joseph Fusco, Jr.
Treasurer: Ashley Marcum
Secretary: Linda Warren
Managing Editor, The Worcester Review: Carolyn Oliver
Clemente Course in the Humanities: Elizabeth Bacon
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: Elizabeth Bacon (Worcester Clemente Course Community Coordinator), Rodger Martin (Worcester Clemente Course Advisory Board), 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.
2023 Frank O’Hara Poetry Contest – Joseph Fusco & Irena Kaçi
2023 Bishop/Knight College Poetry Competition – VACANT
Gregory Stockmal Reading – Susan Roney-O’Brien, Coordinator
Bloomsday Committee – Jay Lavelle & Robert Steele
Membership Database – Ann Lewis
Stanley Kunitz Award Committee – Judith Ferrara, chair
Rain Poetry Committee – Katherine Gregoire
Mapping Worcester in Poetry – Beth Sweeney & Katherine Gregoire
Stanley Kunitz Boyhood Home – Carle Johnson, Liaison
Program Committee – Joe Fusco,
WCPA Library Committee – Ann Lewis
Website Manager – Irena Kaçi
Clemente Course in the Humanities – Elizabeth Bacon
Financial Oversight Committee – Rodger Martin, Mary Driscoll, & David Thoreen