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Saturday, August 25
 

7:00pm

Fourth Saturday Open Mic featuring Judy Ferrara
The Fourth Saturday Open Mic will next meet on Saturday, August 25, 2018, at Barnes & Noble on Lincoln Street in Worcester. Open mic at 7 pm, featured poets to follow. This month Judith Ferrara will be the feature. Writer and visual artist Judith Ferrara is the recipient of the 2018 Stanley Kunitz Medal presented by the Worcester County Poetry Association which is awarded to a person who exemplifies Kunitz's life-long commitment to poets and poetry. Her poetry and essays have been published in three collections and have been included in journals such as The Worcester Review.

After the featured poet reads the gathered poetry lovers adjourn to the in-store coffee shop and chat about whatever comes up until management pushes us out the door at closing -- at about 10 pm. Please join us.

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Sunday, August 26
 

4:00pm

Poetry in the Garden
Join us for an afternoon reading in the shade.


Sunday August 26, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Somerville Community Growing Center 22 Vinal Ave, Somerville
 
Tuesday, August 28
 

7:00pm

The Thirsty Lab Poetry Reading with Patricia Youngblood
The Thirsty Lab Poetry Series meets on the fourth and fifth Tuesday of each month at The Thirsty Lab in Princeton. Hosted by Susan Roney-O'Brien, the reading series features area and visiting poets. This month their feature will be Patty Youngblood.

Patricia Youngblood is a well-known Worcester author and poet whose work has appeared in numerous publications. She won the Frank O'Hara Prize, presented by the Worcester County Poetry Association, in 2011.

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Tuesday August 28, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
The Thirsty Lab 206 Worcester Road, Princeton, MA
 
Saturday, September 1
 

7:30pm

Dire Literary Series with Sonya Larson, Michael Keith, and Marguerite Bouvard
More info at www.direreader.com.

Sonya Larson’s short fiction and essays have appeared in Best American Short Stories
2017, American Short Fiction, American Literary Review, Poets & Writers, Writer’s Chronicle, Audible.com, West Branch, Salamander, Memorious, Solstice Magazine, Del Sol Review, Red Mountain Review, The Hub, and more. She has received honors and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Vermont Studio Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison, St. Botolph Club Foundation, and more. She currently works as Director of the Muse and the Marketplace literary conference, hosted by GrubStreet in Boston, as well as Director of GrubStreet’s race and advocacy work. She received her MFA in fiction in the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. Sonya lives in Somerville, MA, and is currently writing a novel.

Michael Keith is the author of over 20 books on electronic media, as well as a memoir and ten books of fiction. In 2009, he coedited a found manuscript by legendary writer/director Norman Corwin. What he refers to as his “fringe” group series consists of a monograph that examines the use of broadcast media by Native Americans—Signals in the Air (Praeger, 1995), a book that explores the nature and role of counterculture radio in the sixties—Voices in the Purple Haze (Praeger, 1997), a book that probes the extreme right-wing’s exploitation of the airwaves—Waves of Rancor (M.E. Sharpe, 1999, with Robert Hilliard), a book that examines the role of gays and lesbians in broadcasting—Queer Airwaves (M.E. Sharpe, 2001, with Phylis Johnson), a book about broadcasting and the First Amendment—Dirty Discourse (Blackwell, 2003, with Robert Hilliard), and a volume that evaluates the loss of localism in American radio—The Quieted Voice (Southern Illinois University Press, 2005, with Robert Hilliard).

Marguerite Guzmán Bouvard latest book "Social Justice: The Power of Compassion," addresses some of the most pressing problems facing our country today: the environment, immigration, racism and criminal justice. As a writer, she has published several books of poetry and numerous non-fiction books in a variety of fields. She has received grants for her poetry from the Puffin Foundation and the Danforth Foundation and has won awards for two of her poetry books. She has been a writer in residence at the University of Maryland and has had residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Yaddo Foundation, the Djerassi Foundation, the Leighton Artists’ colony at the Banff Centre and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her poetry has been widely anthologized and published in literary magazines around the world for she considers herself a world poet. Her non-fiction books are concerned with women and human rights. Her books and research about women working for human rights reveal that mothering is very often a part of feminism. She has also written about social justice, illness, and grief. Her concern for the human condition is a common theme that runs throughout her publications. Marguerite was a professor of Political Science and a Director of Poetry Workshops at Regis College, and a writer in residence at the University of Maryland. She is currently a Resident Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University. She has received fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women.


Saturday September 1, 2018 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Center for the Arts at the Armory 191 Highland Ave. Somerville
 
Wednesday, September 5
 

6:30pm

MFA/Mass Poetry: Poets in the Galleries
In fall of 2018 - from September through November - three poets will act as Poets in Residence at the galleries in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The workshops will take place on Wednesday evenings 6:30 - 8:30 pm (Wednesday nights after 4 pm, admission is by voluntary contribution). The workshops are designed to be drop-in (although you can stay for the whole time if you like!) No poetry experience is required.

Once you write a poem based on the exhibit, you can submit it here. It might be featured online (on the Mass Poetry or MFA website), chosen as a Poem of the Moment by Mass Poetry, or excerpted for a Raining Poetry installation!

Regie Gibson will lead a workshop at the French Pastels exhibit September 5, 12, 19 and 26.

Literary performer Regie Gibson has lectured and performed widely in the U.S., Cuba and Europe. As a representative of the U.S., Regiecompeted for and received the Absolute Poetry Award in Monfalcone, Italy. He and his work appear in “love jones” a feature-film based on events in his life. He’s been featured on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, various NPR programs, nominated for a Boston Emmy and has been a featured presenter for several Ted X events. He’s served as a consultant for both the National Endowment for the Arts “How Art Works” initiative and the “Mere Distinction of Color”: an exhibit at James Madison’s Montpelier, examining the legacy of slavery and the U.S. constitution.Regiehas performed with and composed texts for The Boston City Singers, The Mystic Chorale and the Handel+Haydn Society. He’s been published in Poetry Magazine, Harvard’s Divinity Magazine, and The Iowa Review, among others. His volume of poems, “Storms Beneath the Skin”, has received the Golden Pen Award and he is a recent recipient of a 2017 Brother Thomas Fellowship for Artistic Excellence from The Boston Foundation.

More information at www.masspoetry.org/mfa

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Regie Gibson

Literary Performer Regie Gibson has lectured & performed in the U.S., Cuba and Europe. Representing the U.S., Regie competed for and received the Absolute Poetry Award in Monfalcone, Italy. He’s featured on HBO, 3-TED X events & was nominated for a Boston Emmy. He’s received both... Read More →

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Wednesday September 5, 2018 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

7:00pm

WCPA Board Meeting
Join us for the monthly board meeting of the Worcester County Poetry Association. This is a working meeting, not a poetry reading. We welcome to the respectful input of the poetry community.

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Tuesday, September 11
 

7:00pm

Newton Free Library Poetry Series
Susan Eisenberg--A graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, Eisenberg taught creative writing for a decade at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is author of the poetry collections, Stanley’s Girl (2018, Cornell), Perpetual Care, where poems are combined with fine art photographs to explore chronic illness, Blind Spot, Pioneering, and It’s a Good Thing I’m Not Macho, as well as the New York Times Notable Book, We’ll Call You If We Need You: Experiences of Women Working Construction, a nonfiction book developed into a feature film screenplay (unproduced) by MGM.

Donna Stein--Donna is the author of The Silver Baron's Wife (PEN/New England Discovery Award, Bronze winner in Foreword Reviews 2017 Book of the Year Award, Will Rogers Medallion Award finalist, Sympathetic People (Iowa Fiction Award Finalist and 2015), Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist, Sometimes You Sense the Difference (Finishing Line Press), and Letting Rain Have Its Say (Kelsay Books). She was a Founding Editor of Bellevue Literary Review] and founded and publishes Tiferet Journal


David Blair--David Blair grew up in Pittsburgh. He is the author of three books of poetry, Ascension Days, which was chosen by Thomas Lux for the Del Sol Poetry Prize, Arsonville, and Friends with Dogs. His poems have appeared in Boston Review, Ploughshares, Slate Magazine, and many other places as well, including the anthologies, The Best of Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, Devouring the Green, and Zoland Poetry. He has taught at the New England Institute of Art and in the M.FA. Writing Program at the University of New Hampshire. .

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David Blair

David Blair grew up in Pittsburgh. He is the author of three books of poetry, Ascension Days, which was chosen by Thomas Lux for the Del Sol Poetry Prize, Arsonville, and Friends with Dogs. His poems have appeared in Boston Review, Ploughshares, Slate Magazine, and many other places... Read More →

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Tuesday September 11, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Newton Free Library 330 Homer Street Newton, MA
 
Wednesday, September 12
 

6:30pm

MFA/Mass Poetry: Poets in the Galleries
In fall of 2018 - from September through November - three poets will act as Poets in Residence at the galleries in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The workshops will take place on Wednesday evenings 6:30 - 8:30 pm (Wednesday nights after 4 pm, admission is by voluntary contribution). The workshops are designed to be drop-in (although you can stay for the whole time if you like!) No poetry experience is required.

Once you write a poem based on the exhibit, you can submit it here. It might be featured online (on the Mass Poetry or MFA website), chosen as a Poem of the Moment by Mass Poetry, or excerpted for a Raining Poetry installation!

Regie Gibson will lead a workshop at the French Pastels exhibit September 5, 12, 19 and 26.

Literary performer Regie Gibson has lectured and performed widely in the U.S., Cuba and Europe. As a representative of the U.S., Regiecompeted for and received the Absolute Poetry Award in Monfalcone, Italy. He and his work appear in “love jones” a feature-film based on events in his life. He’s been featured on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, various NPR programs, nominated for a Boston Emmy and has been a featured presenter for several Ted X events. He’s served as a consultant for both the National Endowment for the Arts “How Art Works” initiative and the “Mere Distinction of Color”: an exhibit at James Madison’s Montpelier, examining the legacy of slavery and the U.S. constitution.Regiehas performed with and composed texts for The Boston City Singers, The Mystic Chorale and the Handel+Haydn Society. He’s been published in Poetry Magazine, Harvard’s Divinity Magazine, and The Iowa Review, among others. His volume of poems, “Storms Beneath the Skin”, has received the Golden Pen Award and he is a recent recipient of a 2017 Brother Thomas Fellowship for Artistic Excellence from The Boston Foundation.

More information at www.masspoetry.org/mfa

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avatar for Regie Gibson

Regie Gibson

Literary Performer Regie Gibson has lectured & performed in the U.S., Cuba and Europe. Representing the U.S., Regie competed for and received the Absolute Poetry Award in Monfalcone, Italy. He’s featured on HBO, 3-TED X events & was nominated for a Boston Emmy. He’s received both... Read More →

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Wednesday September 12, 2018 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115
 
Thursday, September 13
 

5:00pm

Opening Reception, Julia Shepley: Linger & Shift with poetry by Audrey Henderson
Simmons University presents artwork and poems resulting from conversations over the past year between multi-media artist Julia Shepley and poet Audrey Henderson. Linger & Shift will be on view from September 4-October 1 in the Trustman Art Gallery, located on the fourth floor, Main College Building, 300 The Fenway in Boston. Henderson’s poems and Shepley’s dimensional drawings, prints and sculpture will be interspersed as a conversation between media throughout the gallery.

Join us in the Gallery for an opening reception on Thursday, September 13, from 5 – 7pm. The Gallery will also host Shepley and Henderson for an artist talk and poetry reading on Wednesday, September 26 at 6pm. Trustman Gallery hours are 10 AM- 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. The gallery is free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible. For more information, find us on Facebook or visit the Trustman Art Gallery website at www.simmons.edu/trustman.



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Thursday September 13, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Trustman Gallery Simmons College 300 The Fenway, Boston, MA.
 
Friday, September 14
 

5:00pm

Tiny Writes: A Celebration of Poetry, Art & Community
The public is invited to attend the culmination of months of community creativity and collaboration! Tiny Writes, a Celebration of Writing and Art, will take place at Millspace: A Center for Art, History, & Culture in Newmarket, NH, on Friday, September 14th, 5 – 9 PM. At 6 PM a reading will feature twenty-three writers living in NH, MA, & ME. The celebration, organized by Millspace Arts & Culture Laureate Carand Burnet, will feature notable writers such as current Portsmouth Poet Laureate Mike Nelson and former Portsmouth Poet Laureates Mark DeCarteret and Kate Leigh.

Tiny Writes is a two-part project that promotes cross-collaboration with the writing community and the general public. From May to June, visitors to Millspace wrote lines in response to poetry-themed dioramas. These lines were used by poets to create new verse. Additional readers will include Sarah Anderson, Bethanie Beausoleil, Wendy Cannella, Kathleen Clancy, Nicholas Coulombe, Todd Dowey, Amy Fukuizumi, Alison Harville, Matt Jasper, Marybeth McNamara, Phil Montenegro, Jessica Purdy, Cyndle Plaisted Rials, Jim Rioux, Holly Wren Spaulding, S Stephanie, Lauren Vermette, Jeff Volk, and Jess Waters.

Millspace, a 5,400 sq. ft. multidisciplinary venue in downtown Newmarket promotes experimentation in the form of exhibits, performances, workshops, and more. Tiny Writes is the pilot project of the Arts & Culture Laureate Program. Burnet said, “In a diversionary time, poetry readings are needed more than ever to help bring people together. Tiny Writes connects creatives with the community in a positive way. By assembling this ambitious group of writers, I hope that those unfamiliar with poetry will attend and be inspired by this wealth of local literary talent.” Please visit www.carandburnet.com/tiny-writes or the facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/273054300138020/ for additional information.


 
Saturday, September 15
 

9:00am

Kunitz’s Boyhood Home Summer Writing Series Workshop #4
After Stanley Kunitz- Generating Poems Inspired by His Teaching and His Work with facilitator Meg Kearney
Registration fee: $20

Stanley Kunitz was the ultimate teacher, full of wisdom in his work and his essays and conversations. How lucky we are that he left so much behind to instruct us! In this workshop, Mr. Kunitz will serve as our guide as we use both his advice and his poems to draft two new poems of our own. 

Visit kunitzhome.org to register or call Carol Stockmal at 508-756-4407

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Saturday September 15, 2018 9:00am - 9:30am
Stanley Kunitz Boyhood Home 4 Woodford Street, Worcester, MA 01604
 
Sunday, September 16
 

1:00pm

Janet MacFadyen: Waiting To Be Born, and Slate Roof Press Poets Anna M. Warrock: From The Other Room and Catherine Stearns: Then & Again
Janet MacFadyen: Waiting to be Born
Janet MacFadyen's collection of American ghazals, Waiting to Be Born, was just released by Dos Madres Press in September 2017. The collection had its inception in Provincetown during the 2011 Halloween nor'easter, when she had a residency in a dune shack and wondered if she would get out alive. Janet later expanded the book based on journals to public lands all over the U.S -- places that are now under political siege. She is the author of an earlier work of poetry, A Newfoundland Journal (Killick Press), and two chapbooks. Her work has been nominated for the Forward Prize (UK) and two Pushcarts, and has appeared in numerous journals, including The Atlanta Review, Crannóg, The Malahat Review, Poetry, The Southern Poetry Review, Sweet, and Terrain. In addition to a nine-month residential fellowship at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, she has had residencies at Cill Rialaig (Ireland) and the Fowler and C-Scape dune shacks in Provincetown. She works as a freelance editor, is Managing Editor of the poetry collaborative, Slate Roof Press, and lives in western Massachusetts. 

Slate Roof Press Poets:
Anna M. Warrock: From The Other Room
These elegiac poems approach profound loss as one might a new language, awed at first by its strange by its strange idioms and later by their beauty. I am reminded, reading Warrock, of the heartbreaking wit of Szymborska.
-Frannie Lindsay, Author of If Mercy

Catherine Stearns: Then & Again

The poems in Then & Again thread the act of remembering and its attendant questions (“why else love what we love”) with meditations on the present made possible by the past. The language of memory-personal, intimate, and local-expands outwardly unitl the land itself remembers, history remembers, and ultimately all are a source for remaking.

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Janet MacFadyen

Managing Editor, Slate Roof Press
Janet is author of four works, most recently Waiting to Be Born (Dos Madres Press 2017) and In the Provincelands (Slate Roof Press 2012). Her poetry has been nominated the Forward Prize (UK), and twice for a Pushcart. It has appeared in The Atlantic, Poetry, The Southern Poetry Review... Read More →

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TB

The Bookstore & Get Lit Wine bar

The Bookstore & Get Lit Wine Bar | 11 Housatonic Street, Lenox, MA 01240


 
Wednesday, September 19
 

6:30pm

MFA/Mass Poetry: Poets in the Galleries
In fall of 2018 - from September through November - three poets will act as Poets in Residence at the galleries in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The workshops will take place on Wednesday evenings 6:30 - 8:30 pm (Wednesday nights after 4 pm, admission is by voluntary contribution). The workshops are designed to be drop-in (although you can stay for the whole time if you like!) No poetry experience is required.

Once you write a poem based on the exhibit, you can submit it here. It might be featured online (on the Mass Poetry or MFA website), chosen as a Poem of the Moment by Mass Poetry, or excerpted for a Raining Poetry installation!

Regie Gibson will lead a workshop at the French Pastels exhibit September 5, 12, 19 and 26.

Literary performer Regie Gibson has lectured and performed widely in the U.S., Cuba and Europe. As a representative of the U.S., Regiecompeted for and received the Absolute Poetry Award in Monfalcone, Italy. He and his work appear in “love jones” a feature-film based on events in his life. He’s been featured on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, various NPR programs, nominated for a Boston Emmy and has been a featured presenter for several Ted X events. He’s served as a consultant for both the National Endowment for the Arts “How Art Works” initiative and the “Mere Distinction of Color”: an exhibit at James Madison’s Montpelier, examining the legacy of slavery and the U.S. constitution.Regiehas performed with and composed texts for The Boston City Singers, The Mystic Chorale and the Handel+Haydn Society. He’s been published in Poetry Magazine, Harvard’s Divinity Magazine, and The Iowa Review, among others. His volume of poems, “Storms Beneath the Skin”, has received the Golden Pen Award and he is a recent recipient of a 2017 Brother Thomas Fellowship for Artistic Excellence from The Boston Foundation.

More information at www.masspoetry.org/mfa

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Regie Gibson

Literary Performer Regie Gibson has lectured & performed in the U.S., Cuba and Europe. Representing the U.S., Regie competed for and received the Absolute Poetry Award in Monfalcone, Italy. He’s featured on HBO, 3-TED X events & was nominated for a Boston Emmy. He’s received both... Read More →

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Wednesday September 19, 2018 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115
 
Thursday, September 20
 

7:30pm

Your Pictures As Poetry & Prose: Writing From Your Photo Stream at Unity Farm Sanctuary
8 Week Workshop at Unity Farm Sanctuary, Sherborn, MA with Kelly DuMar

Runs Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. -9:30 p.m. at Unit Farm Sanctuary in Sherborn, MA from September 20-November 8, 2018. Cost: $200 for the 8 weeks

Registration is now open for this 8-week creative writing workshop with Kelly DuMar at Unity Farm Sanctuary in Sherborn, MA! Writers of all levels are welcome. We will meet weekly to focus on generating new drafts of poetry and prose in any chosen genre, inspired by your personal photos of all types. We will explore both personal insight and craft elements generated by your photos using Kelly's Guide to Writing Photo Inspired Poetry & Prose. The unique environment of Unity Farm, the animals and access to nature, will be an added element as we explore, through writing and sharing, what it means to offer and experience sanctuary.

REGISTRATION IS LIMITED - Your Deposit of $50 will hold your place http://www.kellydumar.com/workshops/unity-farm


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Kelly DuMar

Kelly DuMar is a poet and playwright from the Boston area who facilitates expressive writing workshops in a variety of settings. Kelly is proud to serve on the board and faculty of The International Women's Writing Guild. Her newest poetry and prose chapbook, Tree of the Apple, was... Read More →



Thursday September 20, 2018 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Unity Farm Sanctuary Unity Lane, Sherborn, MA
 
Friday, September 21
 

5:30pm

Reading: Michael Lally, Another Way to Play: Poems 1960-2017
From a '60s-era verse letter to John Coltrane to a 2017 examination of Life After Trump, Another Way to Play collects more than a half century of engaged, accessible, and deeply felt poetry from a writer both iconoclastic and embedded in the American tradition. In the vein of William Carlos Williams and Frank O'Hara, Lally eschews formality in favor of a colloquial idiom that pops straight from the page into the reader's synapses. This is the definitive collection of verse from a poet who has been around the world and back again: verse from the streets, from the the political arena, from Hollywood, from the depths of the underground, and from everywhere in between. Lally is not a poet of any one school or style, but a poet of his own inner promptings; whether casual, impassioned, or ironic, his words are unmistakably his own. Here is a poet who can hold two opposed ideas in mind simultaneously, and fuse them, with pathos and humor, into his own idiosyncratic verbal art.

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TB

The Bookstore & Get Lit Wine bar

The Bookstore & Get Lit Wine Bar | 11 Housatonic Street, Lenox, MA 01240


 
Sunday, September 23
 

3:00pm

The Winners’ Reading for the WCPA's 2018 Poetry Contest: The Frank O’Hara Prize
Join the winners of the WCPA's 2018 Annual Poetry Contest: The Frank O'Hara Prize for a reading of their work and the work of contest judge, Regie Gibson. There will be an opportunity to mingle over refreshments as well.

This year's winners include: First Prize - Jeff Walt, Second Prize - Nicole DiCello, Third Prize - Malt Schlitzman, and Honorable Mention - Michael Morlock. Contest Chairperson, Bob Gill, will moderate the ceremony.

Contest judge Regie Gibson is a literary performer and educator who received his MFA from New England College. He’s lectured and performed in the U.S., Cuba, and Europe. Representing the U.S., Regie competed for and received the Absolute Poetry Award in Monfalcone, Italy.  He is a former National Poetry Slam Champion, performs regularly with Atlas Soul: a world-music ensemble, and The Regie Gibson Project. He is also one half of the duo, Shakespeare to Hip-Hop: An education and performance vehicle integrating the performance and study of classical and modern texts into English curriculums.

Please join us for what is always a fun, and inspiring, event.

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Regie Gibson

Literary Performer Regie Gibson has lectured & performed in the U.S., Cuba and Europe. Representing the U.S., Regie competed for and received the Absolute Poetry Award in Monfalcone, Italy. He’s featured on HBO, 3-TED X events & was nominated for a Boston Emmy. He’s received both... Read More →



Sunday September 23, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
First Unitarian Church, Worcester
 
Tuesday, September 25
 

7:30pm

 
Wednesday, September 26
 

6:00pm

Artist Talk & Poetry Reading: Julia Shepley, Linger & Shift with poetry by Audrey Henderson
Simmons University presents artwork and poems resulting from conversations over the past year between multi-media artist Julia Shepley and poet Audrey Henderson. Linger & Shift will be on view from September 4-October 1 in the Trustman Art Gallery, located on the fourth floor, Main College Building, 300 The Fenway in Boston. Henderson’s poems and Shepley’s dimensional drawings, prints and sculpture will be interspersed as a conversation between media throughout the gallery.

The Gallery will host Shepley and Henderson for an artist talk and poetry reading on Wednesday, September 26 at 6pm.

Trustman Gallery hours are 10 AM- 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. The gallery is free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible. For more information, find us on Facebook or visit the Trustman Art Gallery website at www.simmons.edu/trustman.



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Wednesday September 26, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Trustman Gallery Simmons College 300 The Fenway, Boston, MA.

6:30pm

MFA/Mass Poetry: Poets in the Galleries
In fall of 2018 - from September through November - three poets will act as Poets in Residence at the galleries in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The workshops will take place on Wednesday evenings 6:30 - 8:30 pm (Wednesday nights after 4 pm, admission is by voluntary contribution). The workshops are designed to be drop-in (although you can stay for the whole time if you like!) No poetry experience is required.

Once you write a poem based on the exhibit, you can submit it here. It might be featured online (on the Mass Poetry or MFA website), chosen as a Poem of the Moment by Mass Poetry, or excerpted for a Raining Poetry installation!

Regie Gibson will lead a workshop at the French Pastels exhibit September 5, 12, 19 and 26.

Literary performer Regie Gibson has lectured and performed widely in the U.S., Cuba and Europe. As a representative of the U.S., Regiecompeted for and received the Absolute Poetry Award in Monfalcone, Italy. He and his work appear in “love jones” a feature-film based on events in his life. He’s been featured on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, various NPR programs, nominated for a Boston Emmy and has been a featured presenter for several Ted X events. He’s served as a consultant for both the National Endowment for the Arts “How Art Works” initiative and the “Mere Distinction of Color”: an exhibit at James Madison’s Montpelier, examining the legacy of slavery and the U.S. constitution.Regiehas performed with and composed texts for The Boston City Singers, The Mystic Chorale and the Handel+Haydn Society. He’s been published in Poetry Magazine, Harvard’s Divinity Magazine, and The Iowa Review, among others. His volume of poems, “Storms Beneath the Skin”, has received the Golden Pen Award and he is a recent recipient of a 2017 Brother Thomas Fellowship for Artistic Excellence from The Boston Foundation.

More information at www.masspoetry.org/mfa

Readers/Speakers
avatar for Regie Gibson

Regie Gibson

Literary Performer Regie Gibson has lectured & performed in the U.S., Cuba and Europe. Representing the U.S., Regie competed for and received the Absolute Poetry Award in Monfalcone, Italy. He’s featured on HBO, 3-TED X events & was nominated for a Boston Emmy. He’s received both... Read More →

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Wednesday September 26, 2018 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115
 
Friday, September 28
 

7:00pm

A Tale of Two Cities, Worcester - USA & UK
A Bit of Background… Between December 2017 and March 2018, forty-seven poets in the US and UK worked together to on a cross-Atlantic poetry project.  The idea was to link together poets from the Worcester County Poetry Association and one from Worcestershire, UK.  Poets were paired up, exchanged poems, and wrote a response poem to the one received. The original and resulting poems were combined in a special edition of the online publication, Contour Poetry Magazine.

At the reading, many of the US participants in the project will read their work and the response from their UK partner.  $10 suggested donation.



Friday September 28, 2018 7:00pm - 9:30pm
The Sprinkler Factory Artist Group 38 Harlow St, Worcester, MA
 
Tuesday, October 2
 

6:45pm

Wordcraft: Exercises in Creative Writing
WORDCRAFT: EXERCISES IN CREATIVE WRITING (a 5-week course, Tuesday evenings in October)
Become a wizard of wordcraft and write with greater precision, clarity and originality? Whether you write poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction, the poetry and prose we will study and the various creative writing exercises we will do for class can help you perfect your word choice and phrasing. Have fun with language, discover verbal talents you didn't know you have, and receive constructive feedback on your optional weekly assignments. (This course is most likely to be useful and inspiring to poets, in particular. You will receive MANY helpful handouts!)

Tracy Marks has a master's degree from Tufts in the teaching of secondary English, is an award-winning poet, author of four books published in nine languages, and has been teaching in continuing education for over 40 years.

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Tracy Marks

Continuing Education instructor, Windweaver
I am a poet, author, dedicated learner and teacher, active reader, and finder and sharer these days more than a seeker. In Lexington and Newton, I teach continuing education courses on poetry writing. sensory writing, literature (Jane Austen, Don Quixote, Greek mythology), Adobe Photoshop... Read More →

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Wednesday, October 3
 

6:30pm

MFA/Mass Poetry: Poets in the Galleries
In fall of 2018 - from September through November - three poets will act as Poets in Residence at the galleries in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The workshops will take place on Wednesday evenings 6:30 - 8:30 pm (Wednesday nights after 4 pm, admission is by voluntary contribution). The workshops are designed to be drop-in (although you can stay for the whole time if you like!) No poetry experience is required.

Once you write a poem based on the exhibit, you can submit it here. It might be featured online (on the Mass Poetry or MFA website), chosen as a Poem of the Moment by Mass Poetry, or excerpted for a Raining Poetry installation!

Kathi Aguero will lead a workshop at the Shelf Life exhibit October 3, 10, 17, 24.

In addition to After That (Tiger Bark Press), Kathleen Aguero’s poetry collections include Investigations: The Mystery of the Girl Sleuth(Cervena Barva Press), Daughter Of (Cedar Hill Books), The Real Weather (Hanging Loose), and Thirsty Day (Alice James Books). She has also co-edited three volumes of multi-cultural literature for the University of Georgia Press (A Gift of Tongues, An Ear to the Ground, and Daily Fare) and is consulting poetry editor of Solstice Literary Magazine. She is a winner of the 2012 Firman Houghton Award from the New England Poetry Club and a recipient of grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Elgin-Cox Foundation. She teaches the low-residency M.F.A. program in Creative Writing at Pine Manor College and in Changing Lives through Literature, an alternative sentencing program. She also teaches Creative Writing for Caregivers Workshops in community and institutional settings.

More information at www.masspoetry.org/mfa



Readers/Speakers
avatar for Kathi Aguero

Kathi Aguero

Kathleen Aguero’s most recent book of poetry is After That. She has co-edited three volumes of multi-cultural literature for the University of Georgia Press. She teaches in the low-residency M.F.A. in creative writing program at Pine Manor College and in Changing Lives through Literature... Read More →

Hosts

Wednesday October 3, 2018 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115
  • about <strong>Kathleen Aguero&rsquo;s</strong> most recent book of poetry is After That. She has co-edited three volumes of multi-cultural literature for the University of Georgia Press. She teaches in the low-residency M.F.A. in creative writing program at Pine Manor College and in Changing Lives through Literature, an alternative sentencing program. She also conducts creative writing for caregivers workshops both privately and in community settings.

6:45pm

Wordcraft: Exercises in Creative Writing
WORDCRAFT: EXERCISES IN CREATIVE WRITING (a 5-week evening course, Wednesdays in October)
Become a wizard of wordcraft and write with greater precision, clarity and originality? Whether you write poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction, the poetry and prose we will study and the various creative writing exercises we will do for class can help you perfect your word choice and phrasing. Have fun with language, discover verbal talents you didn't know you have, and receive constructive feedback on your optional weekly assignments. (This course is most likely to useful and inspiring to poets, in particular. You will receive MANY helpful handouts!)

Tracy Marks has a master's degree from Tufts in the teaching of secondary English, is an award-winning poet, author of four books published in nine languages, and has been teaching in continuing education for over 40 years.

(OPTIONAL FIRST SENTENCE: Become a wizard of wordcraft and write with greater precision, clarity
and originality.)

Readers/Speakers
avatar for Tracy Marks

Tracy Marks

Continuing Education instructor, Windweaver
I am a poet, author, dedicated learner and teacher, active reader, and finder and sharer these days more than a seeker. In Lexington and Newton, I teach continuing education courses on poetry writing. sensory writing, literature (Jane Austen, Don Quixote, Greek mythology), Adobe Photoshop... Read More →

Hosts

Wednesday October 3, 2018 6:45pm - 9:00pm
Newton Community Education, Newton North High School
 
Wednesday, October 10
 

6:30pm

MFA/Mass Poetry: Poets in the Galleries
In fall of 2018 - from September through November - three poets will act as Poets in Residence at the galleries in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The workshops will take place on Wednesday evenings 6:30 - 8:30 pm (Wednesday nights after 4 pm, admission is by voluntary contribution). The workshops are designed to be drop-in (although you can stay for the whole time if you like!) No poetry experience is required.

Once you write a poem based on the exhibit, you can submit it here. It might be featured online (on the Mass Poetry or MFA website), chosen as a Poem of the Moment by Mass Poetry, or excerpted for a Raining Poetry installation!

Kathi Aguero will lead a workshop at the Shelf Life exhibit October 3, 10, 17, 24.

In addition to After That (Tiger Bark Press), Kathleen Aguero’s poetry collections include Investigations: The Mystery of the Girl Sleuth(Cervena Barva Press), Daughter Of (Cedar Hill Books), The Real Weather (Hanging Loose), and Thirsty Day (Alice James Books). She has also co-edited three volumes of multi-cultural literature for the University of Georgia Press (A Gift of Tongues, An Ear to the Ground, and Daily Fare) and is consulting poetry editor of Solstice Literary Magazine. She is a winner of the 2012 Firman Houghton Award from the New England Poetry Club and a recipient of grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Elgin-Cox Foundation. She teaches the low-residency M.F.A. program in Creative Writing at Pine Manor College and in Changing Lives through Literature, an alternative sentencing program. She also teaches Creative Writing for Caregivers Workshops in community and institutional settings.

More information at www.masspoetry.org/mfa



Readers/Speakers
avatar for Kathi Aguero

Kathi Aguero

Kathleen Aguero’s most recent book of poetry is After That. She has co-edited three volumes of multi-cultural literature for the University of Georgia Press. She teaches in the low-residency M.F.A. in creative writing program at Pine Manor College and in Changing Lives through Literature... Read More →

Hosts

Wednesday October 10, 2018 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115
 
Thursday, October 11
 

7:00pm

Ploughshares hosts conversation between Jill McCorkle and Margot Livesey
Ploughshares is hosting an event at Brookline Booksmith on October 11, 2018 at 7pm to celebrate the launch of our summer issue, guest-edited by Jill McCorkle. She'll be in conversation with Margot Livesey, our former fiction editor and current faculty member at Iowa.


Thursday October 11, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Brookline Booksmith Coolidge Corner, Brookline
 
Tuesday, October 16
 

7:30pm

Norman Fischer Reading
Tuesday October 16, 2018 7:30pm - 8:30pm
TBA
 
Wednesday, October 17
 

6:30pm

MFA/Mass Poetry: Poets in the Galleries
In fall of 2018 - from September through November - three poets will act as Poets in Residence at the galleries in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The workshops will take place on Wednesday evenings 6:30 - 8:30 pm (Wednesday nights after 4 pm, admission is by voluntary contribution). The workshops are designed to be drop-in (although you can stay for the whole time if you like!) No poetry experience is required.

Once you write a poem based on the exhibit, you can submit it here. It might be featured online (on the Mass Poetry or MFA website), chosen as a Poem of the Moment by Mass Poetry, or excerpted for a Raining Poetry installation!

Kathi Aguero will lead a workshop at the Shelf Life exhibit October 3, 10, 17, 24.

In addition to After That (Tiger Bark Press), Kathleen Aguero’s poetry collections include Investigations: The Mystery of the Girl Sleuth(Cervena Barva Press), Daughter Of (Cedar Hill Books), The Real Weather (Hanging Loose), and Thirsty Day (Alice James Books). She has also co-edited three volumes of multi-cultural literature for the University of Georgia Press (A Gift of Tongues, An Ear to the Ground, and Daily Fare) and is consulting poetry editor of Solstice Literary Magazine. She is a winner of the 2012 Firman Houghton Award from the New England Poetry Club and a recipient of grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Elgin-Cox Foundation. She teaches the low-residency M.F.A. program in Creative Writing at Pine Manor College and in Changing Lives through Literature, an alternative sentencing program. She also teaches Creative Writing for Caregivers Workshops in community and institutional settings.

More information at www.masspoetry.org/mfa



Readers/Speakers
avatar for Kathi Aguero

Kathi Aguero

Kathleen Aguero’s most recent book of poetry is After That. She has co-edited three volumes of multi-cultural literature for the University of Georgia Press. She teaches in the low-residency M.F.A. in creative writing program at Pine Manor College and in Changing Lives through Literature... Read More →

Hosts

Wednesday October 17, 2018 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115
 
Wednesday, October 24
 

6:30pm

MFA/Mass Poetry: Poets in the Galleries
In fall of 2018 - from September through November - three poets will act as Poets in Residence at the galleries in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The workshops will take place on Wednesday evenings 6:30 - 8:30 pm (Wednesday nights after 4 pm, admission is by voluntary contribution). The workshops are designed to be drop-in (although you can stay for the whole time if you like!) No poetry experience is required.

Once you write a poem based on the exhibit, you can submit it here. It might be featured online (on the Mass Poetry or MFA website), chosen as a Poem of the Moment by Mass Poetry, or excerpted for a Raining Poetry installation!

Kathi Aguero will lead a workshop at the Shelf Life exhibit October 3, 10, 17, 24.

In addition to After That (Tiger Bark Press), Kathleen Aguero’s poetry collections include Investigations: The Mystery of the Girl Sleuth(Cervena Barva Press), Daughter Of (Cedar Hill Books), The Real Weather (Hanging Loose), and Thirsty Day (Alice James Books). She has also co-edited three volumes of multi-cultural literature for the University of Georgia Press (A Gift of Tongues, An Ear to the Ground, and Daily Fare) and is consulting poetry editor of Solstice Literary Magazine. She is a winner of the 2012 Firman Houghton Award from the New England Poetry Club and a recipient of grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Elgin-Cox Foundation. She teaches the low-residency M.F.A. program in Creative Writing at Pine Manor College and in Changing Lives through Literature, an alternative sentencing program. She also teaches Creative Writing for Caregivers Workshops in community and institutional settings.

More information at www.masspoetry.org/mfa



Readers/Speakers
avatar for Kathi Aguero

Kathi Aguero

Kathleen Aguero’s most recent book of poetry is After That. She has co-edited three volumes of multi-cultural literature for the University of Georgia Press. She teaches in the low-residency M.F.A. in creative writing program at Pine Manor College and in Changing Lives through Literature... Read More →

Hosts

Wednesday October 24, 2018 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115
 
Tuesday, October 30
 

7:30pm

 
Wednesday, October 31
 

6:30pm

MFA/Mass Poetry: Poets in the Galleries
In fall of 2018 - from September through November - three poets will act as Poets in Residence at the galleries in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The workshops will take place on Wednesday evenings 6:30 - 8:30 pm (Wednesday nights after 4 pm, admission is by voluntary contribution). The workshops are designed to be drop-in (although you can stay for the whole time if you like!) No poetry experience is required.

Once you write a poem based on the exhibit, you can submit it here. It might be featured online (on the Mass Poetry or MFA website), chosen as a Poem of the Moment by Mass Poetry, or excerpted for a Raining Poetry installation!

Krysten Hill will lead a workshop at the Nutshells exhibit October 31, November 7, 14, 28.

Krysten Hill 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. She received her MFA in poetry from UMass Boston where she currently teaches. She has showcased her poetry on stage at the Boston Book Festival, Merrimack College, The Massachusetts Poetry Festival, and other places. Her work can be found inapt, The Baltimore Review, B O D Y, Up the Staircase Quarterly, Word Riot, Muzzle, PANK, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Winter Tangerine Review and elsewhere.

More info at www.masspoetry.org/mfa

Readers/Speakers
avatar for Krysten Hill

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 →

Hosts

Wednesday October 31, 2018 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115
 
Sunday, November 4
 

4:00pm

Book Release Party for Poetry for the Neon Apocalypse
This book release event will feature 5 female-fronted punk/indie bands, with poetry readings from Jake Tringali. $8 cover. Featuring Hyber, Jenn Lombari, The Sewer Buddies, Ski Bunny, and Mint Green.

Poetry for the Neon Apocalypse is the first full-length collection from Boston poet Jake Tringali. Written with an intellectual punk rock attitude, we are led through scientific concepts, dives and hangouts, lustful abandon, and the occasional omnicide.

Readers/Speakers

Sunday November 4, 2018 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Midway Cafe 3496 Washington Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
 
Wednesday, November 7
 

6:30pm

MFA/Mass Poetry: Poets in the Galleries
In fall of 2018 - from September through November - three poets will act as Poets in Residence at the galleries in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The workshops will take place on Wednesday evenings 6:30 - 8:30 pm (Wednesday nights after 4 pm, admission is by voluntary contribution). The workshops are designed to be drop-in (although you can stay for the whole time if you like!) No poetry experience is required.

Once you write a poem based on the exhibit, you can submit it here. It might be featured online (on the Mass Poetry or MFA website), chosen as a Poem of the Moment by Mass Poetry, or excerpted for a Raining Poetry installation!

Krysten Hill will lead a workshop at the Nutshells exhibit October 31, November 7, 14, 28.

Krysten Hill 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. She received her MFA in poetry from UMass Boston where she currently teaches. She has showcased her poetry on stage at the Boston Book Festival, Merrimack College, The Massachusetts Poetry Festival, and other places. Her work can be found inapt, The Baltimore Review, B O D Y, Up the Staircase Quarterly, Word Riot, Muzzle, PANK, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Winter Tangerine Review and elsewhere.

More info at www.masspoetry.org/mfa

Readers/Speakers
avatar for Krysten Hill

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 →

Hosts

Wednesday November 7, 2018 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115
 
Tuesday, November 13
 

7:30pm

Matt Donovan Reading
Tuesday November 13, 2018 7:30pm - 8:30pm
TBA
 
Wednesday, November 14
 

6:30pm

MFA/Mass Poetry: Poets in the Galleries
In fall of 2018 - from September through November - three poets will act as Poets in Residence at the galleries in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The workshops will take place on Wednesday evenings 6:30 - 8:30 pm (Wednesday nights after 4 pm, admission is by voluntary contribution). The workshops are designed to be drop-in (although you can stay for the whole time if you like!) No poetry experience is required.

Once you write a poem based on the exhibit, you can submit it here. It might be featured online (on the Mass Poetry or MFA website), chosen as a Poem of the Moment by Mass Poetry, or excerpted for a Raining Poetry installation!

Krysten Hill will lead a workshop at the Nutshells exhibit October 31, November 7, 14, 28.

Krysten Hill 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. She received her MFA in poetry from UMass Boston where she currently teaches. She has showcased her poetry on stage at the Boston Book Festival, Merrimack College, The Massachusetts Poetry Festival, and other places. Her work can be found inapt, The Baltimore Review, B O D Y, Up the Staircase Quarterly, Word Riot, Muzzle, PANK, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Winter Tangerine Review and elsewhere.

More info at www.masspoetry.org/mfa

Readers/Speakers
avatar for Krysten Hill

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 →

Hosts

Wednesday November 14, 2018 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115
 
Wednesday, November 28
 

6:30pm

MFA/Mass Poetry: Poets in the Galleries
In fall of 2018 - from September through November - three poets will act as Poets in Residence at the galleries in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The workshops will take place on Wednesday evenings 6:30 - 8:30 pm (Wednesday nights after 4 pm, admission is by voluntary contribution). The workshops are designed to be drop-in (although you can stay for the whole time if you like!) No poetry experience is required.

Once you write a poem based on the exhibit, you can submit it here. It might be featured online (on the Mass Poetry or MFA website), chosen as a Poem of the Moment by Mass Poetry, or excerpted for a Raining Poetry installation!

Krysten Hill will lead a workshop at the Nutshells exhibit October 31, November 7, 14, 28.

Krysten Hill 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. She received her MFA in poetry from UMass Boston where she currently teaches. She has showcased her poetry on stage at the Boston Book Festival, Merrimack College, The Massachusetts Poetry Festival, and other places. Her work can be found inapt, The Baltimore Review, B O D Y, Up the Staircase Quarterly, Word Riot, Muzzle, PANK, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Winter Tangerine Review and elsewhere.

More info at www.masspoetry.org/mfa

Readers/Speakers
avatar for Krysten Hill

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 →

Hosts

Wednesday November 28, 2018 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115
 
Tuesday, December 4
 

7:30pm

Tiana Clark Reading
Tuesday December 4, 2018 7:30pm - 8:30pm
TBA
 


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