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Wednesday, December 12
 

6:30pm

Reading: Cynthia Bargar, Eileen Cleary, Christine Jones, Martha McCollough, Kevin McLellan, Suzanne Mercury, David Miller, Steven Riel
Readers/Speakers
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Eileen Cleary

Cofounder of the Lilly Salon in Needham, Eileen Cleary is a nurse and poet, and earned an MFA at Lesley University. Her work has been published in J Journal, Bird's Thumb and Naugatuck River Review. She is a member of Poem Works and the Concord Poetry Workshop. She is on the reading... Read More →
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Steven Riel

I am the author of one full-length book of poetry (Fellow Odd Fellow, published by Trio House Press) as well as three chapbooks, with the most recent, Postcard from P-town, selected as runner-up for the inaugural Robin Becker Chapbook Prize and published by Seven Kitchens Press. My... Read More →


Wednesday December 12, 2018 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Outpost 186 186 1/2 Hampshire Street Cambridge

7:00pm

Reading: Troy Jollimore and Heather Altfeld
Wednesday December 12, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
MIT, Room 2-105 77 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA

7:00pm

Rockport Poetry Open Mic
Rockport Poetry is intended to be a safe space for the development of strong voices and poets of all ages and backgrounds.

Rockport Poetry hopes to encourage the reading and writing of poetry as an active supported art form in the Rockport, Cape Ann, North Shore community.

This will be a community forum for connecting with kindred spirits, for the sharing of poems and ideas.

In addition it will also serve as a reference source for events and workshops and writer's resources.

Wednesday December 12, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Brackett's Ocean View Restaurant 25 Main Street, Rockport, MA

7:30pm

 
Thursday, December 13
 

7:00pm

Poetry Panel with Ben Berman, Dzvinia Orlowsky, and January O’Neil
Join us for a live panel and reading featuring writers Ben Berman, Dzvinia Orlowsky, and January O’Neil!

https://www.tridentbookscafe.com/event/poetry-panel-ben-berman-dzvinia-orlowsky-and-january-o%E2%80%99neil

Readers/Speakers
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Ben Berman

Author, THEN AGAIN
Ben Berman’s first book, Strange Borderlands, chronicled his time as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zimbabwe and won the 2014 Peace Corps Award for Best Book of Poetry and was a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Awards. His second book of poems, Figuring in the Figure, turned its... Read More →


Thursday December 13, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Trident Booksellers & Cafe 338 Newbury St. Boston
 
Friday, December 14
 

7:30pm

 
Saturday, December 15
 

10:30am

 
Sunday, December 16
 

2:00pm

 
Wednesday, December 19
 

7:30pm

Reading: Sabrina Benaim, Clementine Von Radics, and Melissa Lozada-Oliva
Wednesday December 19, 2018 7:30pm - 9:30pm
The Sinclair 52 Church Street, Cambridge, MA
 
Sunday, December 23
 

4:00pm

Thrash N Bang's Annual Xmas Punk Pizza Party
Local punk music from Neighborhood Shit, Revilers, The Hangovers, Sewer Buddies, and Coffin Salesmen. Poetry performance by Jake Tringali.
jakethepoet.wordpress.com 

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Sunday December 23, 2018 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Midway Cafe 3496 Washington Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
 
Sunday, January 6
 

3:00pm

It's a Rock and Roll Epiphany!
Come Celebrate The Epiphany with a feast of Rock and Roll featuring The Grommets, The Manglers, Cotton Candy, Harry and the Hot Flashes, and KlorophormKidz. Poetry performances by Jake Tringali.
jakethepoet.wordpress.com 

Readers/Speakers

Sunday January 6, 2019 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Midway Cafe 3496 Washington Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
 
Wednesday, January 9
 

7:00pm

Rockport Poetry Open Mic
Rockport Poetry hopes to encourage the writing and reading of poetry as an actively supported art form in the Rockport, Cape Ann, North Shore community... and beyond.
 
 It is a comfortable forum, open to all, for connecting with kindred spirits to share poems and ideas.
 In addition it also serves as a reference source for events, workshops, and writer's resources. Come to read your own work, (have others read it if you prefer) or just visit to listen and enjoy a feast of words along with complimentary coffee, tea, and pastry.
 
 Rockport Poetry is intended to be a safe space for the development of strong voices for poets of all ages and backgrounds.


Wednesday January 9, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Brackett's Ocean View Restaurant 25 Main Street, Rockport, MA
 
Saturday, January 19
 

7:30pm

Shut UP, Emily Dickinson by Tanya O'Debra
Written by Tanya O’Debra
Original Music by Andrew Moreyellow
Directed by Artem Yatsunov
Featuring Gregg Bellon

Emily Dickinson: poet, recluse, a**hole. Loosely based on the Master Letters, Shut UP, Emily Dickinson! is a pseudo-historical, quasi-biographical, hysterically existential, sadomasochistic psycho-romance about America’s most brilliant and annoying poetess. Holed up for all eternity in the bedroom of our minds, the “woman in white” stretches into a projection screen for truths, half-truths, truthiness, and truth-less-ness. She’s whatever you want her to be and nothing you imagined. Emily Dickinson is the definition of a difficult woman.

“There can be no doubting O’Debra’s talent: she has a vocal arsenal that puts Saturday Night Live’s Kristin Wiig to shame.” – NY Press

*This play includes adult language.

Saturday January 19, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Academy of Music Theatre 274 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060
 
Wednesday, January 23
 

6:00pm

Reading: City of Boston Poet Laureate Danielle Legros Georges
In one of her last appearances as the City of Boston’s Poet Laureate (2015-2019), Danielle Legros Georges will read from her work, accompanied by special guests on January 23rd from 6-8 p.m. in the Abbey Room of the Boston Public Library. The event is free to the public.

Readers/Speakers

 
Sunday, January 27
 

4:00pm

Poetry Reading & Fundraising Event for the American Lung Association (in memory of Peter Rapp)
On January 27th, Steve Rapp will be reading from his most recent book, L'Escargot Dort: The Snail Sleeps, as a fundraising event for the American Lung Association in memory of his father, Peter Rapp (Jan. 14, 1933 - Jul. 3, 2018). L’Escargot Dort: The Snail Sleeps is Steve’s third collection of poems in the trilogy that began with Double Chai Quilt (Harvard Bookstore 2016) and continued in An Ancient Face (Harvard Bookstore 2017). The title is a reference to an African proverb. The compact saying represents a cultural admonishment to live life to its fullest: Don’t be lazy! Go out and live life! This collection also includes a number of poems that Rapp wrote over the past year as he watched his father’s health deteriorate. And although his father succumbed to pulmonary fibrosis in July, given the depth and range of his father’s life experience, including an enviable travel log, he believes his father understood long ago the meaning of “l’escargot dort.”

There is no cost for the event but all proceeds from sale of this book will be donated to the American Lung Association.

Readers/Speakers

Sunday January 27, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Dedham Square Coffeehouse 565 High St, Dedham, MA 02026
 


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