If you’re in Boston this weekend, come on down to the newly renovated Jamaica Plain Public Library on Saturday, February 3 for a poetry reading at 2:00 pm. Continue reading “Poetry Reading: Heather Derr-Smith, Erica Charis, Frances Donovan, and Sonja Johanson”
a warm, yeasty smell
from the bakery hovers
in the cold, dry air
the trolley rattles
on and I have a moment
to be pure nothing
Poetry can bring a little light and warmth into these cold, dark evenings. Go get you some.
Thursday, November 2, 6 pm
Douglas Kearney and Tracie Morris
Edison Newman Room, Houghton Library
Thursday, November 2, 6:30 pm
Barbara Siegel Carlson
Carver Public Library
Thursday, November 2, 7 pm
Simone John and Ruby Poltorak
Rozzie Reads Poetry and Open Mic
120 Poplar Street
Saturday, November 4, 3 pm
Vietnam vet Marc Levy
Book reading/Short film
95 Derby Street
All readings are in Massachusetts unless otherwise noted. Thanks as always to Daniel Bouchard for compiling these listings, and to the fine organizations that make possible many readings to be found in and around Boston. If you have an event not listed here, please leave details in the comments.
Thursday, October 12, 5:30 pm
McCormack Family Theater
70 Brown St.
Poetry readings lie thick as apples on the ground. Thanks to poet Daniel Bouchard for gathering them into one basket for the rest of us.
Friday, September 8, 7 pm
Zvi A. Sesling, Gloria Mindock, and Len Krisak
Coolidge Corner, Brookline, MA
steam rises from mulch
as a gardener rakes it
between the flowers
A few months ago, Mass Poetry flattered me by asking me to be a regional representative for Suffolk County. If you have a poetry group or event in the Boston area that is open to the public, please feel free to add a comment with your information, or fill out my contact form.
Here’s a brief round-up of happenings at the 2017 festival, just two weeks away, Friday to Sunday, May 5 – 7, in Salem, Mass.
- Raining Poetry with submissions from the Migration Poetry contest
- Just Spring, a site-specific installation from Colleen Michaels and Stacy Thomas-Vickory
- Elle Villanelle’s Poetry Bordello (pictured above)
- a documentary on Malcolm Miller
- a slam performance from poets in colleges throughout the area
- the Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival Spring Matinee
- the Shakespeare Speakeasy
- and of course the Small Press and Literary Fair on Saturday, in addition to the nearly 100 sessions including panels, group readings, and workshops.
This year’s headliners are: Louise Glück · Eileen Myles · Kazim Ali · Andrea Cohen · Cornelius Eady and Rough Magic · Ross Gay · Rigoberto González · Aimee Nezhukumatathil · Emily Pettit · Tom Sleigh · Dara Wier.
Tickets are $20 General Admission, $7 Senior or Student, with a $10 additional fee to attend any workshops over the weekend.
Check out the full schedule, get all the details on venues, and purchase tickets at the Mass Poetry website.
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.
It’s easy to get cereal-aisle paralysis in Boston, especially in the spring, when the already robust list of events swells. I’ll let you in on a little secret: I rarely get to more than one or two events in any given month. But the longer days and unseasonably warm weather gave me the energy to go to not one but two poetry events in the past week. I feel refreshed and revitalized. Leave off your mind of winter and brave the mud this month. I guarantee you’ll be glad you did.
Thanks to Daniel Bouchard for the bulk of the listings and to Sandee Story of the Jamaica Pond Poets for the extra listings in Suffolk County. All events are in Massachusetts unless otherwise noted.
Monday, February 27, 8 pm
Martha Rhodes and Josh Bell
56 Brattle Street
Tuesday, February 28, 6 pm
Kirun Kapur, Open Mic
Amesbury Public Library Poetry Series
149 Main St.
Tuesday, February 28, 7 pm
Oswald Egger and Laura Mullen
McCormack Family Theater
70 Brown St.
Wednesday, March 1, 5 pm
Morris Gray Poetry Reading
Forum Room, Lamont Library