Thomas DeFreitas

Poet

8 Summer Street Apt. 106
Arlington, MA 02474

Author's Bio

Thomas DeFreitas was born in 1969 in Boston. He was educated at the Boston Latin School, and attended the University of Massachusetts (Boston and Amherst).

In the spring of 2018, Thomas’s poem “Chasing the Waves” was chosen by Arlington, Massachusetts Poet Laureate Cathie Desjardins to be part of the Talking Chair Project, an interactive poetry exhibit developed and designed by Emily Calvin-Bottis, and installed during National Poetry Month at the Robbins Library in Arlington. In the summer of 2019, “Detox” was chosen as an Award Poem by the editors of Plainsongs. In 2021, Kelsay Books published Thomas's first chapbook, Winter in Halifax. Kelsay will also be publishing his full-length collection, Longfellow, Tell Me, early in 2023.

A resident of Arlington, MA since 2010, Thomas is a member of the Academy of American Poets, the New England Poetry Club, the Black Seed Writers of Boston, and Arlington’s Bee Hive Poets.

Publications & Prizes

Book:
Longfellow, Tell Me (Kelsay Books, 2023)
Chapbook:
Winter in Halifax (Kelsay Books, 2021)
Journals: , ,
Ibbetson Street
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Light
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Muddy River Poetry Review
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Mudfish
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Plainsongs
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Soul-Lit
Prizes won: 

Plainsongs Award Poem, "Detox," Summer 2019

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Dylan Thomas, Theodore Roethke, W. H. Auden, Marianne Moore, Ted Kooser, Seamus Heaney, Mary Oliver, Elena Lee Johnson, Mary Buchinger, Hilary Sallick, Victor Howes, Linda Haviland Conte, Countee Cullen, Adam Zagajewski, Hart Crane, Kenneth Koch, Agha Shahid Ali, Hala Alyan, Susan Moorhead
What I'm reading now: 
Carry Darkness, Carry Light by Susan Moorhead, Saving Daylight by Miriam Levine, Muse in a Suitcase by Charise M. Hoge

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
American
Born in: 
Boston, MA
Massachusetts
Raised in: 
Boston, MA
Massachusetts
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Last update: Jul 20, 2022