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Thursday, November 21


Rozzie Reads Poetry and Open Mic
 Two featured readers followed by refreshments and open microphone. A free event.

Thursday November 21, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Roslindale House 120 Poplar Street, Roslindale
Saturday, December 7


Arrowsmith Press Book Launch
Judith Baumel’s previous books are The Weight of Numbers, for which she won The Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets, Now, and The Kangaroo Girl which was named a top five poetry book of 2011 by The Forward. She is Professor of English and Founding Director of the Creative Writing Program at Adelphi University. She has served as president of The Association of Writers and Writing Programs, director of The Poetry Society of America and a Fulbright Scholar in Italy.

George Kovach is founding editor and publisher of CONSEQUENCE magazine, the international literary journal addressing the culture and consequences of war through literature and the arts. A poet and combat veteran, he directs a series of writing workshops for war veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Oksana Lutsyshyna is a Ukrainian writer and poet. She is the author of four books of fiction and four books of poetry, all published in Ukraine. She is currently working as Lecturer in Ukrainian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches Ukrainian language and literature, as well as other Eastern European literatures. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Georgia. She also translates Ukrainian poetry into English in collaboration with the New York-based poet and writer Olena Jennings.

Ben Mazer is currently editing The Collected Poems of Delmore Schwartz for Farrar Straus & Giroux. Although his scholarly editing has grown to be known almost as widely as his poetry, Mazer is primarily a poet, of Boston and New York associations. Widely published overseas, he has published more than ten collections of poetry, including Poems, January 2008, The Glass Piano, December Poems, February Poems, and, most recently, Selected Poems. Thomas Graves’ book-length critical study of Ben Mazer’s poetry, Ben Mazer and the New Romanticism, will be published by Pen & Anvil Press in 2020.

Saturday December 7, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Friends Meetinghouse 5 Longfellow Park
Sunday, December 8


New England Poetry Club: New Poetry and Open Mic
3 NEPC members read from their new books, plus open mic. 


Chris O'Carroll

Chris O’Carroll is a Light magazine featured poet and a frequent contributor of topical satire to that journal’s “Poems of the Week.”  His work has also appeared in The Asses of Parnassus, Better Than Starbucks!, Lighten Up Online, The New Verse News, and Parody, among other... Read More →

Sunday December 8, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Arts at the Armory Café 191 Highland Ave., Somerville, MA 02143
Wednesday, December 11


Massachusetts Book Awards Holiday Dozen: Cambridge Edition
Celebrate the holiday season right with signed books for everyone on your list. Join us for short performances by recent Massachusetts Book Awards winners, honorees, and long-listers and grab a signed and personalized copy of their work for your favorite book lovers. We’ve got fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for adults, young adults, and middle graders, plus picture books for the kids. Our authors will be on hand to share their John Hancocks and chat with readers both old and new. Books for sale by Porter Square Books. 
Authors in our Dozen include: Mira T. Lee, Allegra Goodman, Stephen McCauley, Jill Lepore, Jabari Asim, Kevin McLellan, Richard Hoffman, Fred Marchant, Nancy Werlin, Katie Bayerl, Cynthia Levinson, and Julia Denos.

This event is coordinated by Massachusetts Center for the Book, www.massbook.org.

Event date:
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 6:30pm

Event address:
Cambridge Public Library
440 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02138

Wednesday December 11, 2019 6:15pm - 8:30pm
Cambridge Public Library 449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138
Thursday, December 12


Rozzie Reads featuring New Mission High School student poets
Creative Writing students from New Mission High School will be hosted by Rozzie Reads Poetry for a youth poetry reading. Students reading: Sharon Castang, Jeremiah Dailey, Henry Deloach, Alex Johnson, Kyara Martinecruz, Tyara Martinecruz, Kirsten Ashley Mejia, Chelesae Simpson, Chyane Sims Reece, Jahniya Stewart, Anaiyah Webster.
Second hour will be open microphone.
Sponsored by Friends of the Roslindale Library.


Thursday December 12, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Roslindale House 120 Poplar Street, Roslindale
Saturday, December 14


Solidarity Salon: poems & stories with music & dance!
The Solidarity Salon gathers together local poets, writers, and other artists to share their creations in community spaces. The series aims to especially amplify the voices of women, people of color, immigrants, and LGBTQ persons. Our event on December 14 will feature seven local writers, joined by musicians In Paik and Ju Hee Kang, plus dancer Liliana Jimenez. Donations collected at this event will go to On the Rise (https://www.ontherise.org/) in support of their Voices Together writing program. For more event info: https://thepoetpianist.com/home-2/music/

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Lisa DeSiro

Lisa DeSiro is the author of Labor (Nixes Mate, 2018) and Grief Dreams (White Knuckle Press, 2017). She is featured in Writers Resist: The Anthology (Running Wild Press, 2018); Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse (Lost Horse Press, 2017); and Thirty Days... Read More →
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Julia Lisella

Professor of English, Regis College
Julia Lisella is a poet and teacher. Her poetry books include Always (2014), Terrain (2007), and Love Song Hiroshima (2004), a chapbook. Her poems have been widely anthologized and appear in Alaska Quarterly Review, Ocean State Review, Valparaiso, Prairie Schooner, Crab Orchard Review... Read More →

Saturday December 14, 2019 7:30pm - 9:30pm
The Lilypad 1353 Cambridge St. Cambridge

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