Boston Area Poetry Readings for April 2017

April is National Poetry Month, which means the already vital poetry scene in the Boston area kicks it up to eleven. Start off the month with the Boston National Poetry Month Festival and wrap it up with the Mass Poetry Festival in Salem. In between take your pick from all the events listed below; with so many talented poets from Boston and beyond, it’s hard to go wrong with any of them. A few shout-outs:

This coming Monday, April 3:

  • Nicole Terez Dutton, Regie Gibson, and other luminaries give the second in a series of panels on African American Poetry at the Copley BPL. I attended the first one and found it very inspiring
  • Fellow Lesley poet Eileen Cleary appears that same evening at Newtonville Books with PoemWorks
  • Jill McDonough reads at the Blacksmith House in Cambridge.

Also of note:

  • US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera appears Thursday, April 6 at Harvard
  • My former workshop-mate Grey Held reads from his second book of poems on Friday, April 7 at Chapter and Verse in Jamaica Plain
  • Boston Poet Laureate Danielle Legros Georges appears Thursday, April 27 at Rozzie Reads in Roslindale.

Saturday, April 1, 7:30 pm
“Singing the Body Electric”: Contemporary Poets Respond to Walt Whitman
Linda Bamber, Nancy Boutilier, Robert Carr, Christine Casson, Amy Clark, Jennifer Clarvoe, Steven Cramer, Tom Daley, Regie Gibson, Joan Houlihan, Dorian Kotsiopoulos, Julia Lisella, Jonathan Weinert, Gail Mazur, Lloyd Schwartz, Theodora Stratis, Joyce Swagerty, Cammy Thomas, Daniel Tobin, and Rosamond Zimmermann
Munroe Saturday Nights at First Parish Church
7 Harrington Rd.
Lexington, MA

Sunday, April 2, 4pm
Nadia Colburn
Paul Pratt Memorial Library
35 Ripley Road
Cohasset, MA

Sunday, April 2, 4 pm
Sou Macmillan presents Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival
Poems as soundtracks to diverse cinematic presentations
Blue Wave Art Gallery
52 Main St.
Amesbury, MA

Monday, April 3, 6 pm
Daniel Borzutsky, Aracelis Girmay and Ishion Hutchinson
Edison Newman Room, Houghton Library.
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

Monday, April 3, 6—8 pm
Nicole Terez Dutton, L’Merchie Frazier, Regie Gibson, Barbara Lewis, and Askia Toure
The Living Archive: African American Poetry
Panel 2: Black Style, Black Language
Moderated by Robert Bellinger
Boston Public Library’s Main Branch
700 Boylston Street
Boston, MA

Monday, April 3, 6 pm
Mary Buchinger and Ifeanyi Menkiti
National Poetry Month at CPL
O’Neill Branch
70 Rindge Avenue
Cambridge, MA

Monday, April 3, 7 pm
Eileen Cleary, Sarath Reddy, and Open Mic
Newtonville Books
10 Langley Road
Newton, MA

Monday, April 3, 7 pm
Mary Pinard and Moira Linehan
82 Main Street Poetry Series
Peabody Institute Library
Peabody, MA

Monday, April 3, 7:30 pm (moved from 7 pm)
Steph Burt in Conversation with Chloe Garcia Roberts
The Poem is You: 60 Contemporary American Poems and How to Read Them
Harvard Bookstore
1256 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA

Monday, April 3, 8 pm
Tyehimba Jess and Jill McDonough
Blacksmith House
56 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA

Tuesday, April 4, 7 pm
Jennifer Clarvoe, Robin Behn, Rebecca Morgan Frank, and Dora Malech
Still Life with Poem
Porter Square Books
25 White St.
Cambridge, MA

Tuesday, April 4, 7 pm
Brian Turner
Charles D. and Marjorie J. Thompson Visiting Poet Series
Babson Campus – Sorenson Center for the Arts
Wellesley, MA

Tuesday, April 4, 7 pm
Jenny Barber, Kevin Gallagher, Vivian Shipley, and Marjorie Thomsen
New England Poetry Club
Harvard’s Yenching Library Common Room
2 Divinity Ave.
Cambridge, MA

Tuesday, April 4, 7:30 pm
Meg Day and HS Prize Winners
Neilson Browsing Room
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Wednesday, April 5, 6 pm
Maggie Dietz
One Silber Way, 9th Floor
Kenmore Room
Boston University
Boston, MA

Wednesday, April 5, 7:30-10 pm
Kim Garcia, poet, Lisa Bastoni, folk singer, Chris Boucher, writer and performer, Paul Hansen, performer
Art Fuse Salon #2 (a fusion of poetry and music)
Aeronaut Brewing Company
14 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA

Wed.-Sun. April 5 – 9
Boston National Poetry Month Festival
numerous local poets and musicians
visit BostonNationalPoetry.org for full lineup
Three locations:
Boston Public Library @ Copley;
Fisher College/Alumni Hall;
Boston Community Church
Boston, MA

Thursday, April 6, 5 pm
Alice Oswald and Juan Felipe Herrera
Morris Gray Poetry Reading
Thompson Room
Barker Center
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

Thursday, April 6, 5-7 pm
Kim Garcia
Stokes Hall, S195
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA

Thursday, April 6, 7 pm
Lloyd Schwartz
Harvard Book Store
1256 Mass. Ave.
Cambridge, MA

Thursday, April 6, 7 pm
John Amen, Tyler Wright, TBA
Cervena Barva Press Studio, Basement B8
Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA

Friday April 7, 6 pm – 10 pm
Ann Charters, Gordon Ball, Patrick Warner, Steve Benson, Jordan Hoffman, and Kevin Keady
Ginsberg: Green – A spoken word and musical gathering for the 20th anniversary of Allen Ginsberg’s death, honoring his green consciousness, eco-activism, and advocacy for marijuana justice.
The Sprinkler Factory Artist Group
38 Harlow St.
Worcester, MA

Friday, April 7, 7 pm
Jared Stanley, Tanya Larkin and Noah Burton
The Purple Palace
362 Broadway Street
Cambridge, MA

Friday, April 7, 7 pm
Andrea Cohen
Grolier Poetry Book Shop
Plympton Street
Harvard Square
Cambridge, MA

Friday, April 7, 7 pm
Alden Jones, Louie Cronin, and Georgia Park
Dire Literary Series
Out of the Blue Too Art Gallery
541 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA

Friday, April 7, 7:30 pm
Nicole Dutton, Grey Held, and Jennifer Markell
Chapter and Verse Literary Reading Series
Loring-Greenough House
12 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA

Sunday, April 9, 12-2:30 pm
Michael Ansara and Diane Harrison
POETRY:The Art Of Words
Plymouth Center for the Arts
11 North St
Plymouth, MA

Tuesday, April 11, 6:30 pm
Safiya Sinclair
DMC Lecture Hall
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
621 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA

Tuesday, April 11, 7 pm
Martha Collins, Andrea Cohen, and Miriam Levine
Newton Free Public Library
330 Homer Street
Newton, MA

Tuesday, April 11, 6 pm
Lloyd Schwartz
reading and interview with Louise Kennedy
WBUR, 890 Commonwealth Avenue, Third Floor
Boston University
Boston, MA
open to the public

Wednesday, April 12, 6 pm
Alice Notley and Karen Weiser
Edison Newman Room, Houghton Library.
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

Tuesday, April 11, 7 pm
Thomas McNeely, Thaddeus Rutowski, Tim Suermondt, and Pui Ying Wong
Cervena Barva Press Studio, Basement B8
Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA

Wednesday, April 12, 7 pm
Eugene Ostashevsky
Grolier Poetry Book Shop
Plympton Street
Harvard Square
Cambridge, MA

Thursday, April 13, 5 pm
Rosa Alice Branco with translator Alexis Levitin
Poetry Center
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Thursday, April 13, 5:30 pm
Dodie Bellamy
McCormack Family Theater
70 Brown St.
Providence, RI

Thursday, April 13, 7:30 pm
Tom Sleigh, with BU alum Laura Marris
Robert Lowell Memorial Lecture Series
The Castle, 225 Bay State Rd
Boston University
Boston, MA

Thursday, April 13, 7:30 pm
Susan Edwards Richmond
6 Bridges Gallery
77 Main Street
Maynard, MA

Friday, April 14, 1 pm
Martha Collins, Alissa Leigh-Valles and Kevin Prufer
discussion of co-edited anthology (forthcoming) of multiple translations of poetry
Boston University Translation Lecture Series
745 Commonwealth, Room 625
Boston, MA

Saturday, April 15, 10:30 am
Polly Brown, Dot Walsh and Carolyn Waters
Wake up and Smell the Poetry
77 Main St.
Hopkinton, MA

Saturday, April 15, 2 pm
Steeple Street Poets/Open Mic
Celebrating National Poetry Month
Cotuit Library
871 Main Street
Cotuit, MA
Cape Cod

Tuesday, April 18, 6 pm
Irish Voices: A Reading & Conversation with Irish Poet Harry Clifton
Boston University Photonics Center
8 St. Mary’s Street, 9th Floor, Colloquium Room
Boston

Thursday, April 20, 6 – 7 pm
Natalie Shapero
100 Bay State Road, 3rd Floor
Boston University
Boston, MA

Thursday, April 20, 7 pm
Alfred Nicol and Rhina P. Espaillat
with classical guitarist John Tavano
Amesbury Public Library
149 Main Street
Amesbury, MA

Saturday, April 22, 6 pm
Mary Bonina, B. Amore, Peter Covino, Gil Fagiani, Julia Lisella, and Maria Lisella
I Am Books
189 North Street
Boston, MA

Sunday, April 23, 2 pm
Kim Garcia
Brookline Poetry Series
Brookline Public Library Main Branch in Brookline Village
361 Washington St.
Brookline, MA

Monday, April 24, 7 pm
Robert Knox
Plymouth Public Library
132 South St.
Plymouth, MA

Monday, April 24, 8 pm
Fred Marchant and Alex Dmitrov
Blacksmith House
56 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA

Tuesday, April 25, 7:30 pm
Robert Pinsky
Weinstein Auditorium
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Wednesday, April 26, 6 pm
Erin Moure (2016-2017 WPR Creative Fellow)
Woodberry Poetry Room, Lamont Library, Room 330
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

Wednesday, April 26, 6:30 pm
Simeon Berry, Philip Burnham, and Barbara Thomas
National Poetry Month at CPL
Main Lecture Hall
449 Broadway
Cambridge, MA

Wednesday, April 26, 7 pm
Veils, Halos & Shackles: International Poetry onthe Oppression and Empowerment of Women
Celebration of new anthology and Reception
Sharon Coleman, Jennifer Jean, Susan Edwards Richmond, Ellin Sarot, Ada Jill Schneider, Dianalee Velie, Margot Welch
Porter Square Books
Porter Square
Cambridge, MA

Wednesday, April 26, 7:30 pm
Fanny Howe
Gloucester Writers Center
126 East Main Street
Gloucester, MA

Thursday, April 27, 7 pm
Danielle Legros Georges
Celebrating Poet Laureate
Rozzie Reads Poetry/Open Mic
Roslindale House
120 Poplar Street
Roslindale, MA

Saturday, April 29
Bill Coyle, David Davis, Nancy Bailey Miller, Anton Yakovlev, David Berman, A. M. Juster, Alexandra Oliver, Deborah Warren, Dan Brown, Kevin Carey, Midge Goldberg, James Matthew Wilson, Catherine Chandler, Robert Shaw, Robert Mezey
Newburyport Literary Festival
Newburyport, MA

Saturday, April 29, 2 – 3:30 pm
Poetry Nature Walk led by Anne-Marie Lambert with guest poet Kevin Gallagher
Rock Meadow parking lot
300 Mill Street
Belmont, MA

Sunday, April 30, 3 pm
Robert Pinsky
Poetry at the Library Series
Concord Free Public Library
129 Main St.
Concord, MA
Book signing and refreshments to follow

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