May 2019 and June 2019 Boston Area Poetry Readings

All that energy from National Poetry Month seems to have spilled into May and June this year. Of special note:

  • U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith reading at Harvard TODAY, May 2
  • Rafael Campo in Cambridge Monday, May 6
  • Gabrielle Calvocoressi in Belmont Thursday, May 23
  • New Boston Poet Laureate Porsha Olayiwola in Roslindale Thursday, May 23
  • Cervena Barva’s monthly readings at the Somerville Arts at the Amory

Thanks as always to Daniel Bouchard for compiling these listings.

Thursday, May 2, 4 – 5:30 pm
Tracy K. Smith
Harvard Arts Medal Ceremony
Agassiz Theatre
5 James St.
Cambridge, MA
free ticket required
617-496-2222

Thursday, May 2, 5:30 pm
Dawn Lundy Martin
Brown University
McCormack Family Theater
70 Brown St.
Providence, RI

Friday, May 3, 7 pm
Keetje Kuipers, Chen Chen, and Iain Haley Pollock
Brookline Booksmith
Harvard Street, Coolidge Corner
Brookline, MA

Friday, May 3, 7 pm
Susan Donnelly, Doug Holder, and George Kalogeris
The Old Manse
289 Monument Street
Concord, MA

Friday, May 3, 7 pm
Grey Held and Emily Ferrara
and Open Mic
West Suburban YMCA
276 Church Street
Newton, MA

Friday, May 3, 7:30 pm
Jennifer Barber
Unearthed Song & Poetry
Home.stead Bakery and Cafe
1448 Dorchester Ave.
Fields Corner
Dorchester, MA

Saturday, May 4, 1 pm
Thomas Sayers Ellis, Martin Edmunds, Romeo Oriogun, Mitch Manning
Arrowsmith Press Book Launch
Friends Meeting House at Cambridge
5 Longfellow Park
Cambridge, MA

Saturday, May 4, 2 pm
Jessica Purdy and Andrew Singer
Cervena Barva Press
Portrait of an Artist & Poet Series
Arts at the Armory/Basement B8
191 Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA

Saturday, May 4, 4 pm
Alan Bernheimer and Donald Wellman
MIT Press Bookstore
301 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA

Sunday, May 5, 1 – 3:30 pm
Nancy Brady Cunningham and Chad Parenteau
Poetry: The Art Of Words
Plymouth Public Library/Otto Fehlow Room
132 South St
Plymouth, MA

Monday, May 6, 8 pm
Rafael Campo and Jessica Greenbaum
Blacksmith House Poetry Series
56 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA
$3

Wednesday, May 8, 7:30 pm
Don Wellman and Cheryl Clark Vermeulen
Gloucester Writers Center
126 East Main Street
Gloucester, MA

Thursday, May 9, 7 pm
Michael C. Keith, Gloria Mindock, and Yuyutsu Sharma
Cervena Barva Press Reading Series
Arts at the Armory/Basement, B8
191 Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA

Friday, May 10, 7 pm
Raul Zurita
The Grolier Poetry Book Shop
6 Plympton Street
Cambridge, MA

Friday, May 10, 7:30 pm
Mary Birnbaum, Dorothy Derifield, Carolyn Gregory, Holly Guran, Audrey Henderson, Susanna Kittredge, Dorian Kotsiopoulos, Jim LaFond-Lewis, Jennifer Markell, Alan Smith Soto, Sandra Storey, and Gary Whited
Readings by Members of Jamaica Pond Poets of Poems on Poetry and Art
Chapter and Verse Literary Reading Series
Loring-Greenough House
12 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA
$5

Saturday, May 11, 3 pm
Emily Grosholz and Jan Schreiber
Powow River Poets Reading Series
Newburyport Public Library
92 State Street
Newburyport, MA

Saturday, May 11, 7 pm
Richard Hoffman, Vanesa Pacheco and Tim Hall
And open mic
The Dudley Cafe
15 Warren Street
Roxbury, MA

Saturday, May 11, 4 – 6 pm
Matvei Yankelevich and Simone White
Outpost 186
186 Hampshire Street
Inman Square
Cambridge, MA

Saturday, May 11, 7- 9 pm
Marek Kulig, Maia McPherson, Ileana Nachescu, Maxim Matusevich, and Ivan Bojanic
Outpost 186
186 1/2 Hampshire Street
Cambridge, MA

Wednesday, May 15, 7:30 pm
Jay Featherstone
Gloucester Writers Center
126 East Main Street
Gloucester, MA

Thursday, May 16, 7 pm
Susan Edwards Richmond and Kirk Westphal
Gallery 55
55 South Main Street
Natick, MA

Saturday, May 18, 2 pm
Miriam O’Neil, James Nicola, and Brad Rose
Cervena Barva Press Reading Series
Arts at the Armory/Basement, B8
191 Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA

Sunday, May 19, 4:30 pm
Andrea Cohen and Maggie Dietz
The Loom, Poetry in Harrisville
23 Church Street
Harrisville, NH

Wednesday, May 22, 8 pm
JoeAnn Hart and Greg Gibson
Gloucester UU Church
126 East Main Street
Gloucester, MA

Thursday, May 23, 7 pm
Gabrielle Calvocoressi and Wendy Drexler
Reading and Craft Talk
Belmont Books
79 Leonard Street
Belmont, MA

Thursday, May 23, 7 pm
Porsha Olayiwola and Fred Marchant
Rozzie Reads Poetry and Open Mic
Roslindale House
120 Poplar Street
Roslindale, MA

Friday, May 24, 7 pm
David Blair, Sally Connolly, Mark Scroggins, and Julia Story
Cervena Barva Press Reading Series
Arts at the Armory/Basement, B8
191 Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA

Saturday, May 25, 4 – 6 pm
Elizabeth Oehlkers Wright and Ilya Kaminsky
Outpost 186
186 Hampshire Street
Inman Square
Cambridge, MA

Sunday, May 26, 2 pm
Marcel Inhoff and Andrew Singer
Outpost 186
186 Hampshire Street
Inman Square
Cambridge, MA

Wednesday, May 29
Mary Baine Campbell
Gloucester Writers Center
126 East Main Street
Gloucester, MA

Wednesday, May 29, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Amanda Hope, Christine Jones, Cynthia Bargar, Darren Black, Eileen Cleary, Josette Akresh-Gonzales, Martha Mccollough, Melissa Leigh Gore, Robbie Gamble, Steven Riel, and Suzanne Mercury
(workshop reading led by Kevin McLellan)
The Outpost
186 1/2 (Rear) Hampshire St
Cambridge, MA

Sunday, June 2, 1 – 3:30 pm
Robert Knox and Joanna Zarkadas
Poetry: The Art Of Words
Plymouth Public Library/Otto Fehlow Room
132 South St
Plymouth, MA

Wednesday, June 5, 7 pm
Mar Ka
Brookline Booksmith
Harvard Street
Coolidge Corner
Brookline, MA

Friday, June 7, 7 pm
Wendy Drexler, Mark Pawlak, and Kyle Potvin
The Old Manse
269 Monument Street
Concord, MA

Friday, June 7, 7 pm
Steve Ablon and Xiaoly Li
and Open Mic
West Suburban YMCA
276 Church Street
Newton, MA

Friday, June 7, 7:30 pm
Natalie Shapero
Unearthed Song & Poetry
Homestead Bakery and Cafe
1448 Dorchester Ave.
Fields Corner
Dorchester, MA

Saturday, June 8, 4 pm
Kristen Case, Karen Weiser, and Jennifer Firestone
MIT Press Bookstore
301 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA

Saturday, June 8, 6 – 7:30 pm
Victor Infante and Lizzie Wann
Bedlam Book Cafe
138 Green St.
Worcester, MA

Tuesday, June 11, 7 pm
Kate Colby, Cynthia Cruz, Joan Houlihan, and Daniel Tobin
Grolier Poetry Book Shop
6 Plympton St.
Cambridge, MA

Saturday, June 22, 3 pm
John Foy and Joan Kimball
Powow River Poets Reading Series
Newburyport Public Library
92 State Street
Newburyport, MA

Tuesday, June 25, 5:30 pm
Catherine Stearns, Richard Wollman, and Susan Edmonds Richmond
Writers Read
Lee Library, 100 Main St.
Lee, MA