Massachusetts is alive with literature. Hundreds of writers and poets in literary hotspots such as Boston, Western Massachusetts, and Cape Cod, make up a significant part of the cultural heritage here. One in six people in Massachusetts is employed in the creative sector, so we are part of a massive ecosystem.
Bring this together with a rich history or writers that saw Boston being the capital of publishing in the United States, until the mid-19th century, a network of some of the best library systems in the world, a strong presence of independent bookshops, publishers, and coffee shops, and you have the recipe for the perfect literary storm…
We take a look at the highlights from a rich history of literature in Massachusetts. From Emily Dickinson to Ralph Waldo Emerson; from Henry David Thoreau to Louisa May Alcott; from W.E.B. Du Bois to Sylvia Plath, this New England State has been the birthplace of some of the world’s finest literature.
Massachusetts is home to international book festivals, leading writers, renowned publishers, critics, and some of the finest MFAs in the world. It is also a global meeting hub for writers, thinkers and seekers of knowledge.