Jean Flanagan

Collection of poems to appear in print, online

UPDATED May 2: Arlington Poet Laureate Jean Flanagan sought contributions to a planned publication called Anthology of Arlington, Massachusetts Poets. Submissions were considered until midnight Wednesday, May 1. The organizers say that they seek broad diversity in contributors, including but not limited to age, race, religion, gender, abilities and poetic style.

This project is sponsored, in part, by the Arlington Center for the Arts, a recent email said.

"We are soliciting poems from people who live or work in Arlington now or have spent a substantial amount of time living in Arlington," Flanagan said. "We will prioritize poems that are about Arlington, although the poem doesn't have to mention the town or any site explicitly. Previously published poems are accepted, so long as they are approved by the original publisher and credit the publication."

Flanagan plans to read through and select the poems, along with four volunteers from the Beehive Poetry group

"It will be printed and published by Ibbetson Street Press of Somerville," she told YourArlington on Monday. "We also want to put the anthology online to make it a living document that can be added to every year by the [then-currently-serving] poet laureate."

According to group member Andy Oram, at least one poem per person may be included in the anthology, depending on the total number of submissions received by the end of next month. Any given person may submit up to three poems, though some flexibility concerning that may be allowed. Each poem must be 200 or fewer words in length.

Submissions should be sent to jean.poetlaureatearlington at

Oram said Monday that, as of that date, 76 poems from 35 different poets had been received.

Flanagan also asks each submitter to include a short biography explaining the time they have been associated with Arlington and listing any special qualifications such as published books or teaching experience. "But don’t let a lack of such qualifications hold you back from submitting," she emphasized.

Submissions are open until midnight May 1, with authors to be notified of the status of their submissions in November.

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This news announcement was published Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024, based on information from Jean Flanagan, poet laureate of Arlington. It was updated March 7, to include the information that Arlington Center for the Arts (ACA) is a sponsor of this project. It was updated March 8, to include details about poem selection process. It was updated April 29, to state that midnight May 1 is the deadline; that a print publisher had been found; and to state how many entries had been received as of the morning of April 29.