Boston-Area Poetry Readings for January and February 2018

In my unbiased opinion, the one must-see reading this winter is happening on Saturday, February 3 at 2pm. Come see me (Frances Donovan), Erica Charis-Molling, Sonja Johnson, and Heather Derr-Smith read for free at the newly renovated library in beautiful Jamaica Plain.

Others might argue that honor goes to Nikki Giovanni (!) at Brookline Booksmith on Friday, February 2.

Also a shout-out to Regie Gibson and the other fine poets performing at the Gwendolyn Brooks tribute this Saturday, January 13 in Lexington, Mass.

All readings are in Massachusetts.

Friday, January 12, 7:30 pm
Alan Smith Soto, Tim Suermondt, and Pui Ying Wong
Loring-Greenough House
12 South Street (across from the Monument)
Jamaica Plain, MA

Saturday January 13, 3 pm
Chris O’Carroll and David Davis
Powow River Poets Reading Series
Newburyport Public Library
94 State St.
Newburyport, MA

Saturday, January 13, 4 pm
Tara Skurtu
Porter Square Books
25 White Street
Cambridge, MA

Saturday, January 13, 7:30 pm
Contemporary Poets Celebrate Gwendolyn Brooks
Nancy Boutilier, Robert Carr, Jennifer Clarvoe, Tom Daley, Regie Gibson, Krysten Hill, Dorian Kotsiopoulos, Julia Lisella, Kathy Nilsson, Sabrina Sadique, Lloyd Schwartz, Joyce Swagerty, Cammy Thomas, Jonathan Weinert
Munroe Saturday Nights series
First Parish Church
7 Harrington Road
Lexington, MA

Wednesday, January 17, 8 pm
Valerie Duff and Musical Guest
Unearthed Song & Poetry
Home.stead Bakery & Cafe
Fields Corner
1448 Dorchester Ave.
Dorchester, MA


Saturday, January 20, 1–4 pm
Fred Marchant and Jennifer DaRosa
Driscoll Art Gallery
Brockton Public Library main branch
304 Main Street
Brockton, MA

Sunday, January 21, 1-3 pm
Zvi A Sesling and Joyce Wilson
Poetry: The Art Of Words
Plymouth Public Library/Otto Fehlow Room
132 South St
Plymouth, MA

Sunday, January 21, 2 pm
Steph Burt and Laurie Rosenblatt
The Brookline Public Library Main Branch
361 Washington St.
Brookline Village
Brookline, MA

Thursday, January 25, 7 pm
Molly Bennett and Paul Hostovsky
Rozzie Reads Poetry and Open Mic
Roslindale House
120 Poplar Street
Roslindale, MA

Sunday, January 28, 3 pm
Nausheen Eusuf and Natalie Shapero
Concord Poetry at the Library Series
Concord Free Public Library
129 Main Street
Concord, MA

Tuesday, January 30, 7 pm
U35 Mass Poetry Reading: Sebastian Alberdi, Erica Charis-Molling, and Sara Giragosian
at Trident Booksellers & Cafe
338 Newbury Street
Boston, MA

Wednesday, January 31, 5 pm
Dionne Bra
Alumnae Lounge, Aidekman Arts Center
Tufts University
40 Talbot Avenue
Medford, MA

Thursday, February 1, 7 pm
Heather Derr-Smith, Beth Platow, and Erica Charis-Molling
at Trident Booksellers & Cafe
338 Newbury Street
Boston, MA

Friday, February 2, 7 pm
Nikki Giovanni
Brookline Booksmith
Harvard Street
Coolidge Corner
Brookline, MA

Saturday, February 3, 4 pm
Ruth Lepson and Fanny Howe
Poetry Readings at Outpost 186
Outpost 186
186 1/2 Hampshire Street
Cambridge, MA

Saturday, February 3, 2 pm
Heather Derr-Smith; Frances Donovan, Sonja Johanson, and Erica Charis-Molling
at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library
12 Sedgwick Street
Jamaica Plain, MA

Sunday, February 4, 1-3 pm
Kit Dunlap and Philip Hasouris
Poetry: The Art Of Words
Plymouth Public Library/Otto Fehlow Room
132 South St
Plymouth, MA

Sunday, February 4, 2 pm
Barbara Helfgott-Hyett
9th Annual Jewish Poetry Festival
Open Mic
Temple Sinai
50 Sewall Street
Brookline, MA

Tuesday, February 6, 7 – 9 pm
NEPC Members with New Books:
Ben Berman, Paula Bonnell, Susan Eisenberg, and Gloria Monaghan
Yenching Library
Harvard-Yenching Library
2 Divinity Avenue
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

Wednesday, February 7, 6 pm
“Using Electricity” book series launch: Computer-generated poetry published by Counterpath Press
Nick Montfort, Rafael Pérez y Pérez, and Allison Parrish
The MIT Press Bookstore
301 Mass Ave
Cambridge, MA

Friday, February 9, 7:30 pm
Anna M. Warrock, Natalie Shapero and Richard Waring
Chapter & Verse
Loring-Greenough House
12 South St.
Jamaica Plain, MA

Saturday, February 10, 11 am
Nancy Esposito
Newbury Town Library
0 Lunt Street
Newbury, MA

Sunday, February 11, 4 pm
Cindy Snow and Janet MacFadyen
Gallery of Readers series
Smith College, Seelye Hall 106
Northampton, MA

Friday, February 16, 8 pm
Janet MacFadyen and Elizabeth Gordon McKim
Richard Cambridge’s Poets Theatre
Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA

Saturday, February 17, 6 pm
Mary Bonina and Lo Galluccio
IAWA in Boston Presents
Open Mic sign ups at 5:45
I Am Books
189 North Street
Boston, MA

Sunday, February 18, 2 pm
David Ferry and Wendy Drexler
The Brookline Public Library Main Branch
361 Washington St.
Brookline Village, MA

Tuesday, February 20, 7:30 pm
Alumnae on the Cusp: Meredith Nnoka ’14, Marney Rathbun ’15, and Abe Louise Young ’99
Alumnae House Conference Hall
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Wednesday, February 21, 7:30 pm
U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo
Unearthed Song & Poetry
Home.stead Bakery & Cafe
Fields Corner
1448 Dorchester Ave.
Dorchester, MA

Thursday, February 22, 7 – 9 pm
Robert Carr and Mary McCusker
Rozzie Reads Poetry and Open Mic
Roslindale House
120 Poplar Street
Roslindale, MA

Monday, February 26, 8 pm
New Voices/Emerging Writers
Laura Marris, Catherine Stearns, and Robert Sykora
Blacksmith House Poetry Series
56 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA

Tuesday, February 27, 5:30 pm
Cindy Snow and Patrick Donnelly
Writers Read, Lee Library
100 Main St
Lee, MA