Jean Flanagan

Arlington Poet Laureate Jean Flanagan seeks contributions to an Anthology of Arlington, Massachusetts Poets. Submissions will be considered until May. The anthology seeks broad diversity in age, race, religion, gender, abilities and poetic style.

"We are soliciting poems from people who live or work in Arlington now or have spent a substantial amount of time living in Arlington," she 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."

Poets may submit up to three poems. Each poem must be 200 or fewer words in length. Submissions should be sent to jean.poetlaureatearlington at

Flanagan also asks contributors to submit a short biography explaining the time they have spent living in 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 added.

Details about publication will be available later; Flanagan is checking into both in-print and online distribution options.

Submissions are open until May 1.

Authors will 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.