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Tuesday, February 19
 

6:00pm

6:00pm

7:30pm

Reading: Chen Chen
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Tuesday February 19, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Weinstein Auditorium, Smith College
 
Wednesday, February 20
 

6:00pm

Ibbetson Street 44 Reading
Ibbetson Street 44 reading. A celebration of the literary magazine Ibbetson Street started in 1998 on Ibbetson Street in Somerville. This issue pays tribute to the late Boston Poet Laureate Sam Cornish, and the icon of Boston eateries( that recently) closed Jacob Wirth. In this issue there is poetry from Ted Kooser, Marge Piercy, Kathleen Spivack and others. The reading will take place at Remnant Brewing in Union Square , Somerville. https://www.remnantsomerville.com/ Feb 20 6PM--there is a potluck dinner as well so bring food around 5:30PM if you are so inclined


Wednesday February 20, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Remnant Brewing 2 Bow Street, Somerville, MA
 
Thursday, February 21
 

6:00pm

8:00pm

Kevin Killian Reading for UMass Amherst Visiting Writers Series
The University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA for Poets and Writers presents a reading by Kevin Killian on Thursday, February 21st at 8pm in the Old Chapel.

Kevin Killian, one of the original “New Narrative” writers, has written three novels, Shy (1989), Arctic Summer (1997), and Spreadeagle (2012), a book of memoirs , and three books of stories.  He has also written four books of poetry, most recently Tony Greene Era, from Wonder Books.  With Peter Gizzi he has edited My Vocabulary Did This To Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer (2008)—for Wesleyan University Press. Wesleyan also brought out Killian and Lew Ellingham’s acclaimed biography of Spicer in 1998. For the San Francisco Poets Theater Killian has written forty-five plays, and the anthology he compiled with David Brazil—The Kenning Anthology of Poets Theater 1945-1985—has become the standard book on the subject.  

Recent projects include Tagged, Killian’s nude photographs of poets, artists, writers, filmmakers and intellectuals; and, with Dodie Bellamy, Writers Who Love Too Much: New Narrative Writing 1977-1997 (Nightboat Books). Two new projects appeared in November 2018: Fascination: Memoirs, from Semiotext(e)/MIT, including Triangles in the Sand, Killian’s memories of the musician Arthur Russell; and Stage Fright (from Kenning)—ten plays from the San Francisco Poets Theater. He teaches writing to MFA students at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

Killian is reading as part of the MFA program’s Visiting Writers Series. Celebrating its fifty-fourth year, the nationally renowned Visiting Writers Series at UMass Amherst presents emerging and established writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. The Series is sponsored by the MFA for Poets and Writers and the Juniper Initiative, and  made possible by support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the University of Massachusetts Arts Council, and the English Department. This event is co-sponsored as well by the Amherst College English Department and Center for Creative Writing; the Amherst College Queer Resource Center; the UMass Stonewall Center; the UMass Program in Comparative Literature; the UMass Department of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies; and The Massachusetts Review. This reading is free, accessible, and open to the public. Learn more at www.umass.edu/english-mfa.



Thursday February 21, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
The Old Chapel, University of Massachusetts Amherst 144 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA 01002
 
Friday, February 22
 

7:00pm

Self Love Club ft. Katytarika Bartel, Princess Moon, & Gretchen Carvajal
So... What really happens when you put four brown girls in one room? We share our stories. We whisper the prayers. We sing the songs we were born to sing, and the ancestors clap back. This is a night to honor ourselves and the journey that has made us, inspired by the femme friendships that have almost become lifeline. This is a celebration of becoming that special someone you are proud to call home.

Join us on Friday, February 22nd as four Southeast Asian artists from both Coasts intentionally share a space to create the sweetest party ever. Poetry performances by Boston's own Katytarika Bartel and Princess Moon alongside Bay Area based poet Gretchen Carvajal, who is proud to have her lil sister spinning the ones and twos: bearea.

The artists will be selling merch. You know what that means: Photography prints. ANGRY ASIAN GIRLS swag. Brwngrlz earrings. Art prints by let me write you a poem. Zines. Books, maybe. Generally enough goodies to last you through to next Valentine's Day.

Snacks and drinks (wine!) will be provided. $5-20 sliding scale donation at the door. Bring your dancing shoes, this ain't a slumber party.


Friday February 22, 2019 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Make Shift Boston 549 Columbus Ave. Boston, MA 02118
 
Saturday, February 23
 

7:00pm

February Barnes & Noble Reading
Barnes & Noble Poetry Series
4th Saturdays monthly at 7:00pm
541 Lincoln Street, Worcester
Host: Carle Johnson
Featuring Poet Curt Curtin

Curt Curtin has published two collections of poems. Poems and short satire have appeared in several journals and two anthologies. He won the 2005 Jacob Knight Award in poetry and was nominated for a pushcart prize in 2008 for a work in The Worcester Review.

Open mic followed by featured poet. A group usually gathers for refreshments at the Starbuck's in the B&N after the readings... and gets tossed out with the 10 o'clock closing.

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Saturday February 23, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Barnes & Noble Bookstore (Worcester) 541 Lincoln Street, Worcester, MA
 
Monday, February 25
 

12:30pm

Reading: January Gill O'Neil
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Monday February 25, 2019 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Middlesex Community College // Lowell Campus 33 Kearney Square, Federal Building Assembly Room

6:00pm

8:00pm

 
Tuesday, February 26
 

5:00pm

Reading: Kristen Case
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Tuesday February 26, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Newhouse Center for the Humanities Wellesley College
 
Wednesday, February 27
 

7:00pm

7:00pm

7:15pm

Krysten Hill Features at the Boston Poetry Slam
Krysten Hill will be the featured poet at the Boston Poetry Slam on Wednesday, February 27, 2019.

Krysten Hill is an educator, writer, and performer who has showcased her poetry on stage at The Massachusetts Poetry Festival, Blacksmith House, Merrimack College, U35 Reading Series, and many others. She received her MFA in poetry from UMass Boston where she currently teaches. Her work can be found or is forthcoming in apt, Word Riot, The Baltimore Review, B O D Y, Muzzle, PANK, Winter Tangerine Review, Take Magazine and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the 2016 St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award. Her chapbook, How Her Spirit Got Out, received the 2017 Jean Pedrick Chapbook Prize, and can be purchased through Aforementioned Productions. Visit the author at krystenhill.com.

SCHEDULE
7:15pm: doors and sign-ups open
8:00pm: open mic
10:00pm: Krysten Hill features
More info about the show: http://bostonpoetryslam.com/?p=9010

The show is 18+, $3 and the bar is cash only. Everyone must show a photo ID to enter the Cantab Lounge.

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Readers/Speakers
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Krysten Hill

Krysten Hill is an educator, writer, and performer who has showcased her poetry on stage at The Massachusetts Poetry Festival, Blacksmith House, Cantab Lounge, Merrimack College, U35 Reading Series, Mr. Hip Presents, and many others. She received her MFA in poetry from UMass Boston... Read More →


Wednesday February 27, 2019 7:15pm - 11:30pm
Cantab Lounge 738 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

7:30pm

 
Thursday, February 28
 

5:30pm

7:00pm

 
Friday, March 1
 

1:00pm

Mary Oliver: Celebrating a Life in Poetry
Alice Kociemba will facilitate a reading-in-the-round of Mary Oliver poems. Open to all.

“In poem after poem, Oliver finds something that most of us don’t pause long enough to notice,” says Alice Kociemba, founding director of Calliope Poetry and the facilitator of the poetry discussion group. “Everyone has at least one favorite Mary Oliver poem.”

To avoid duplication and to ensure inclusion, participants are asked to bring three of Mary Oliver’s poems. By reading and reflecting on each poem, the entire group can appreciate the lasting beauty of her work.

Hosts
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Alice Kociemba

Founding Director, Calliope—Poetry for Community
Alice Kociemba is the author of Bourne Bridge (Turning Point, 2016) and was guest editor of Common Threads (2015 & 2016). She has facilitated a monthly poetry discussion group at the Falmouth Public Library since 2009. She lives in Falmouth with her husband, Rich Youmans.
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Calliope Poetry Series

Calliope Poetry Series
Calliope Poetry Series will launch its 9th season Sunday, September 13, 2015, at the West Falmouth Library with a reading featuring Mark Doty. To see the complete 2015 - 2016 schedule, with three featured poets, a limited open mic and directions to the library, visit Calliope's website... Read More →


Friday March 1, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Falmouth Public Library
 
Sunday, March 3
 

1:00pm

3:00pm

New England Classical Singers Celebrate Music & Poetry of Ronald Perera
The poems of Massachusetts most loved writers are sung to new life in the choral works of Ronald Perera.

March 3rd, join New England Classical Singers for an ecstatic celebration of the music and poetry of the world renowned composer, Ronald Perera.

Hear Mary Oliver’s poems transformed in “Why I Wake Early.” Perera’s eight piece composition, for mixed chorus, string quartet, and piano, brings new colors to Oliver’s richly seen and deeply felt imagery.

“Merrimack” —a world premier commissioned to mark the group’s 50th anniversary—reinvigorates the text of Henry David Thoreau’s first book, turning his words into an imaginative and wildly rhythmic soundscape of the young Thoreau’s vision of the river valley.

Perera’s choral composition—based on the Emily Dickinson poem “Musicians Wrestle Everywhere”—strikes exquisitely strange and beautiful harmonies that the poet strove to capture in words.

Come revel in the region’s best and most beautiful traditions. Converse with the composer in a pre-concert lecture at 2:00 p.m.

March 3rd 3:00 pm - 4:30 p.m.
Christ Church
33 Central Street
Andover MA
Tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4062310
$30 for adults
$25 for seniors
$10 for students

Email tickets@newenglandclassical.org for group pricing. We offer steep discounts for families with an EBT card. And, the price of tickets for a family of four or more is capped at $70.


Sunday March 3, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Christ Church 33 Central Street, Andover, MA
 
Monday, March 4
 

8:00pm

 
Tuesday, March 5
 

6:00pm

7:00pm

7:30pm

 
Thursday, March 7
 

5:30pm

Slandie Prinston Presents, Empowered: Book Launch, Poetry, Live Music, & Speaking Series
Empowered is a night of poetry, live music and speaking series curated to empower Women of Color and encourage them to heal from their traumas and change their narratives.

Organizer/Publishing Author/Speaker - Slandie is a poet, freelance writer and a cultural curator. After years of trying to assimilate into a society that would never celebrate her duality as a black woman and an immigrant, Slandie decided to catalyze her rebirth through her poetry. She completed her first poetry chapbook Dénouement inspired by emotionally reconnecting with her mother. Dénouement is a record of Slandie’s healing as she regained balance over her mental health, unearthed a deeper understanding about the ways maternal relationships (or lack thereof) affected her, defied society’s constructs of race and gender, planted and nurtured self love until she blossomed. Slandie owns the blog Hidden Angles where she hopes to use her voice to inspire others into taking action and remind women that they have a voice that’s meant to be used without needing permission or validation. Slandie is the president and founder ofBlack Millennial Book Club - an initiative created in an effort to bring Black Millennials together to read books written by Black Authors.

The event will be divided into three parts: live poetry and music, speaking series and author engagement. The four speakers will address 4 themes as such: The importance of Mental Health: A Holistic Approach, Self Awareness and awareness of others within the constructs of race and gender, The dynamics and impact of Mother Daughter Relationships, Planting and Nurturing self love.

More details here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/empowered-tickets-54326089797?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing

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Thursday March 7, 2019 5:30pm - 7:30pm
District Hall 75 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210
 
Thursday, March 14
 

6:00pm

WLP Faculty/Alumni Reading Series: Poetry Celebration
Please RSVP by March 13, 2019. Non-Emerson guests must RSVP to be given security access to the event.

Free and open to the public.

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-Professor and WLP Associate Chair John Skoyles has published six books of poems, including A Little Faith and Inside Job. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The American Poetry Review, and Poetry, among others. His most recent project, Driven, a memoir in travelogue form, is forthcoming from MadHat Press.

-Senior Lecturer and MFA '10 Mary Kovaleski Byrnes is the author of So Long the Sky (Platypus Press, May 2018). Her work has appeared in Guernica, Salamander, Best of the Net, the Boston Globe, and elsewhere. She is the co-founder of the EmersonWRITES program, a free creative writing program for Boston Public School students.

-MFA Candidate Brandon Melendez is a National Poetry Slam finalist, in 2018 he received the Academy of American Poets Award. His poems are featured in Black Warrior Review, Muzzle Magazine, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere. His debut collection titled Gold That Frames the Mirror will be published in 2019 with Write Bloody Publishing.

-MFA Candidate and Boston Poet Laureate Porsha Olayiwola is an Individual World Poetry Slam Champion and was named by GK100 as one of Boston’s Most Influential People of Color. She is the Artistic Director at MassLEAP, a literary non-profit organization in Massachusetts serving youth artists. Olayiwola is the current poet laureate for the city of Boston and has her first full collection of poetry forthcoming with Button Poetry in November 2019.

Readers/Speakers
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Porsha Olayiwola

Porsha Olayiwola is the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion and 2015 National Poetry Slam Champion. She bested more than seventy of the highest ranked slam poets in the world to earn these titles and is now one of the most sought after spoken word artists on the national circuit... Read More →


Thursday March 14, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Emerson College WLP Visitors Center Lower Level, 104 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
 
Saturday, March 16
 

5:00pm

Voices of Poetry
Come in out of the cold and warm up with some excellent coffee (or tea, if that's your preference) and some great poetry & music.  The coffee/tea will be prepared & served up folks who know how.  As will the poetry & music.  The poetry will be served up by:

Jarita Davis
Alice Kociemba
Tzynya L. Pinchback
J.D. Scrimgeour
Lynne Spigelmire Viti.

The music will be served up by singer/songwriter Rick Drost.

Readers/Speakers
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J.D. Scrimgeour

Poetry & other Arts, Poetry & Nonfiction, Poetry about sport, Salem
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Jarita Davis

Jarita Davis is a poet and fiction writer with a B.A. in classics from Brown University and both an M.A. and a Ph.D. in creative writing from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. She was the writer in residence at the Nantucket Historical Association and has received fellowships... Read More →
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Lynne Viti

Wellesley College
I have published two two poetry collections, The Glamorganshire Bible ( 2018,) and Baltimore Girls (2017) , both from Finishing Line Press.My microchapbook, "Punting," (2017) was published by Origami Poems Project, and a second one is forthcoming in January 2019. Ten of my poems... Read More →
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Alice Kociemba

Founding Director, Calliope—Poetry for Community
Alice Kociemba is the author of Bourne Bridge (Turning Point, 2016) and was guest editor of Common Threads (2015 & 2016). She has facilitated a monthly poetry discussion group at the Falmouth Public Library since 2009. She lives in Falmouth with her husband, Rich Youmans.


Saturday March 16, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Snowy Owl Coffee Roasters 2624 Main Street, Brewster, MA 02631
 
Saturday, March 23
 

7:00pm

Worcester County Poetry Association: Barnes & Noble Poetry Series
Barnes & Noble Poetry Series
4th Saturdays monthly at 7 pm
541 Lincoln Street, Worcester
Host: Carle Johnson

Featured Poet: Elliot Simmons

What to expect at B&N Poetry Series:
Open followed by featured poet. A group usually gathers for refreshments at the Starbuck's in the B&N after the readings... and gets tossed out with the 10 o'clock closing.

Readers/Speakers
Hosts
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Worcester County Poetry Association

Worcester County Poetry Association
The Worcester County Poetry Association (WCPA) is a non-profit organization based in Worcester, Massachusetts. It was established in 1971 with a three fold mission: | | - Celebrate the rich literary history and creative energy of Central Massachusetts through public readings... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Barnes & Noble Bookstore (Worcester) 541 Lincoln Street, Worcester, MA
 
Monday, March 25
 

7:00pm

Mass Poetry's Evening of Inspired Leaders
Evening of Inspired Leaders, a fundraiser to benefit Mass Poetry, highlights the power of poetry to inspire and delight while showcasing an all-star field of leaders. Inspired by Robert Pinsky's Favorite Poem Project, our 2019 event will feature emcee Meghna Chakrabarti, host of WBUR's On Point. Funds raised at Evening of Inspired Leaders will help Mass Poetry produce its dynamic roster of free and low-cost poetry programs for thousands of people, young and old, across Massachusetts.

Purchase your tickets here:
https://www.bostontheatrescene.com/season/evening-of-inspired-leaders/

And if you can support Mass Poetry at a VIP sponsor level, purchase a VIP package (by March 1st) to join us at the dessert reception at Boston Symphony Hall following the event. Meet the speakers and support Mass Poetry at the same time! Become a sponsor here: http://www.masspoetry.org/inspiredleaderssponsor

We have an incredible line-up of featured speakers this year, including:

•John Barros, Chief of Economic Development, City of Boston                      

•Sydney Chafee, 2017 National Teacher of the Year                         

•Beth Chandler, CEO of YW Boston                           

•Kara Elliott-Ortega, Chief of Arts and Culture, City of Boston

•Neil Gaiman, Author

•Eric Lander, President, Broad Institute            

•David Leonard, President, Boston Public Library     

•David McCullough, Jr., Teacher, Wellesley High School               

•Amanda Palmer, Singer, Songwriter, & Author     

•Rachael Rollins, District Attorney, Suffolk County

•Dr. Peter Slavin, President, Massachusetts General Hospital

•Yvonne Spicer, Mayor of Framingham

•Karen Spilka, President, Massachusetts State Senate

•Colby Swettberg, CEO, Silver Lining Mentoring

•Tony Tjan, CEO, Cue Ball

•Elaine Zecher, Senior Rabbi, Temple Israel of Boston

Hosts


Monday March 25, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Huntington Avenue Theatre 264 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115
 
Monday, April 1
 

7:00pm

Transnational Literature Series ft. Zeina Hashem Beck, George Abraham, & Jess Rizkallah
This event is part of the Transnational Literature Series at Brookline Booksmith which focuses on books and authors concerned with migration, exile and displacement and works in translation. 
https://www.brooklinebooksmith.com/events/2019-04/zeina-hashem-beck-george-abraham-and-jess-rizkallah/

Join us for an evening of poetry with three writers whose work explores the breadth and depth of the Arab experience.

Zeina Hashem Beck is a Lebanese poet. Her second full-length collection, Louder than Hearts, won the 2016 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize. She’s also the author of two chapbooks: 3arabi Song, winner of the 2016 Rattle Chapbook Prize, and There Was and How Much There Was, a 2016 Laureate’s Choice, selected by Carol Ann Duffy. Her first book, To Live in Autumn, won the 2013 Backwaters Prize. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares, Poetry, the Academy of American Poets, Poetry London, and World Literature Today, among others. Her poem, “Maqam,” won Poetry Magazine’s 2017 Frederick Bock Prize. She lives in Dubai, where she has founded the poetry collective PUNCH.

George Abraham (they/he) is a Palestinian-American poet and Bioengineering PhD candidate at Harvard University. They are the author of Birthright (Button Poetry, 2020), as well as two chapbooks: the specimen’s apology (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2019) and al youm (TAR, 2017). They are a Kundiman, Watering Hole, and Poetry Incubator fellow, and winner of the 2018 Cosmonauts Avenue Poetry Prize. Their poetry and nonfiction have appeared or is forthcoming online with The Paris Review, Tin House, LitHub, Boston Review, The Rumpus, and in anthologies such as Bettering American Poetry and Nepantla.

Jess Rizkallah is a Lebanese-American writer and illustrator. She is an NYU MFA graduate, a Kundiman fellow, and editor-in-chief at pizza pi press. Her full-length collection THE MAGIC MY BODY BECOMES was a finalist for The Believer Poetry Award and won the 2017 Etel Adnan Poetry Prize as awarded by the Radius of Arab-American Writers and University of Arkansas Press.


Monday April 1, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Brookline Booksmith Coolidge Corner, Brookline
 
Tuesday, April 23
 

6:30pm

Book Launch for Charles Coe's Memento Mori
Readers/Speakers
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Charles Coe

Poet and writer Charles Coe is author of two books of poetry: All Sins Forgiven: Poems for my Parents and Picnic on the Moon, both published by Leapfrog Press. His poetry and prose has appeared in a number of literary reviews and anthologies. He is author of Spin Cycles, a short novel... Read More →


Tuesday April 23, 2019 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Cambridge Public Library 449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138
 
Saturday, April 27
 

1:00pm

Arts & Humanity at Old Colony History Museum
Join us for a friendly, inclusive afternoon of sharing of the human spirit through the arts. Poets will present their original works and all are invited to simply listen and enjoy the work of these area artists and share in their vibrant, creative energy.

Pre-registration is encouraged to ensure a presentation slot, please email info@oldcolonyhistorymuseum.org or call us at 508-822-1622 to get on the list.


Saturday April 27, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Old Colony History Museum 66 Church Green Taunton MA 02780
 


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