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Thursday, September 19


Midnight Voices
MEMBERS OF VETERANS FOR PEACE GATHER MONTHLY to share poetry and other works. There is a featured performer most months and then time for open mike presentations. All welcome.

Thursday September 19, 2019 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Friends Meetinghouse 5 Longfellow Park
Friday, September 20


Evening in Translation: RIchard Cambridge's Poets' Theater presents Vladimir Strizhevsky performs Soviet Russian bard Vladimir Vysotsky
We are delighted to announce a special presentation produced by Richard Cambridge's Poets' Theatre in Somerville, MA and supported by Omega Theater. Poet and translator of Russian poetry. Vladimir Strizhevsky will be making his Greater Boston debut. of his translations of Vladimir Vysotsky's poetry You and your friends are invited to join us for this special event.

Vladimir Strizhevsky performs Soveit Russian bard Vladimir Vysotsky
Featuring poems, songs, stories, and folktales in Russian and English from this beloved 20th century Russian poet.

Friday September 20, 2019 8PM
$5 for students

The Center for the Arts at the Armory is located between Davis Square and Union Square. Free parking is located behind the armory at the rear of the building. Arts at the Armory is approximately a 15-minute walk from Davis Square, which is on the MTBA Red Line. You can also find us by using either the MBTA RT 88 and RT 90 bus that can be caught either at Lechmere (Green Line) or Davis Square (Red Line). Get off at the Highland Avenue and Lowell Street stop. You can also get to us from Sullivan Square (Orange Line) by using the MBTA RT 90 bus. Get off at the Highland Avenue and Benton Road stop.


Friday September 20, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Center for the Arts at the Armory 191 Highland Ave. Somerville
Saturday, September 21


Poetry is a Bridge
Poetry is a Bridge is a new space for bilingual poets, translators of poetry from one language to
another, language-swapping rappers, code-switching wordsmiths, and anyone who likes to share and
delight in what our languages can do when we bring two or more of them to the mic.

Featured readers: Danielle Legros Georges, Boston’s Poet Laureate Emeritus, José Zepeda,
President of the UMass Boston Slam Poetry Society, and George Abraham, Kundiman and Watering
Hole fellow and recipient of the College Union Poetry Slam International's Best Poet title. Each reader
will talk about what they do, then read selections from their poetry and/or translations of poetry from
other languages.

Open mic: After the featured readers, there will be an open mic. Bring your own multi-lingual poetry or
translations of poetry into English to read. Sign up beforehand at http://bit.ly/PoetryIsABridge.

This reading is being organized by the Dudley Branch of the Boston
Public Library, the Literary Translators Group of

Saturday September 21, 2019 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Frugal Bookstore 57 Warren St. (Dudley Square), Roxbury
Sunday, September 22


Martha Collins, Because What Else Could I Do Book Launch
Reading, Signing & Talk

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Martha Collins

Martha Collins’ most recent book of poetry is Admit One: An American Scrapbook (Pittsburgh, 2016).  She has also published seven earlier volumes of poetry, including Day Unto Day (2014), White Papers (2012), and the book-length poem Blue Front (2006), as well as four collections... Read More →

Sunday September 22, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Old Cambridge Baptist Church 1151 Massachusetts Ave Cambridge
Tuesday, September 24


Mass Poetry's U35 Reading - September
Tuesday, September 24th, 7-8:30pm Trident Booksellers & Cafe (338 Newbury St.)  

Free and open to the public, September's U35 reading features Alexa Barton, Rachael Hershon, Katrina Rojas, and special guest Caroline Ashby joining us from PEN America's Break Out: Voices from the Inside program by way of recordings and readings by host Erica Charis-Molling.

U35 is a bi-monthly reading series for poets under 35, held once each January, March, May, July, September, and November. The series seeks to promote and bolster young Massachusetts poets while giving them a venue to share their work and connect with other poets. If you are a poet under the age of 35, sign up to read via Mass Poetry's website!

Tuesday September 24, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Trident Booksellers & Cafe 338 Newbury St. Boston
Thursday, September 26


Rozzie Reads Poetry and Open Mic
A free reading with 2 featured readers followed by an open microphone. Refreshments provided.

Thursday September 26, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Roslindale House 120 Poplar Street, Roslindale


Countertop Chants September Poetry Session
Limited Capacity seats available

Countertop Chants is proud to host Poetry Sessions that celebrate our craft, art of all mediums, community, and local businesses. 
Join us the 4th Thursday every month for a lively open mic at Canopy Room, one of the newest spots for local artists and entrepreneurs in the Boston area! This month’s session will be held Thursday, September 26th, from 8 to 10 pm. 

Space opens at 8 pm, reading starts at 8:15pm! We have 10 spots for poetry reading, with music from this month's guest, Sweet Petunia! Each reader will have 5 minutes at the mic, sign ups will be open until we fill the spots. 

This is a place to share your work, meet new artist friends, explore the Boston area, and have fun. Boston has a strong community of artists and writers and they deserve an inclusive space to connect and enjoy their art while still making it a party. We are here to celebrate life, arts, and our community. 

This is not a competition! There will be no winners, and there is no expected format. Tell us your dreams through acrostic poems, give us just a taste of your despair with a haiku. Whatever form you take, we celebrate it. 

We do book our intermission act in advance. If you are interested in playing acoustic music, doing an interpretative dance, or something that compliments the poetic medium, drop us a line at countertopchants@gmail.com 

We are hosting our poetry sessions in the event space of Bow Market, Canopy Room. We are teaming up with local businesses to foster our local artists. There is no cover to get in, but there is a cash/credit card bar! So please enjoy libations during the reading and have a little fun with us. 

Bow Market is home to many retail shops, restaurants, brewery and more. Grab food from one of these shops and bring it with you to the reading, or get here early and explore some of the shops before you join us!

Thursday September 26, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Canopy Room 1 Bow Market Way, Somerville MA 02143
Sunday, September 29


New England Poetry Club Contest Winners Reading & Reception
The New England Poetry Club invites the public to a reading and reception in celebration of winners of its 2019 poetry contests. Featured poets include Susan Donnelly and Dzvinia Orlowsky, co-winners of the Samuel Washington Allen Prize, selected by Robert Pinsky; and Maria Luisa Arroyo, winner of the Der Hovanessian Prize, selected by Alan Smith Soto. This event is co-hosted by the Cambridge Public Library.

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Maria Luisa Arroyo

multilingual poet & educator
The first Poet Laureate of Springfield, MA (2014-2016) and 2016 NEPR Arts + Humanities Award recipient, multilingual Puerto Rican poet María Luisa Arroyo enjoys facilitating engaging poetry workshops, from ekphrastic ones at the annual Monson (MA) Arts Festival to narrative ones... Read More →

Sunday September 29, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Main Lecture Hall Cambridge Public Library 449 Broadway Cambridge
Monday, September 30


William Corbett Poetry Series
Monday, September 30, 7 pm
Ruth Lepson, Keith Jones, Daniel Bouchard, Fanny Howe, Roland Pease, Michael Franco, Patrick Pritchett, Ed Barrett
William Corbett Poetry Series
Stata Center (Building 32)
Room 32-141 at MIT
32 Vassar Street

Monday September 30, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm
MIT Stata Center 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA
Saturday, October 5


Reckless Poetry: A GrubStreet Workshop with Cathie Desjardins
A workshop in which we will take risks with both form (insults, notes, chants, oaths) and content to write poems of translation and transformation. By honoring imagination and experimentation and looking at powerful models our goal is to write bold, authentic poems.

Cathie Desjardins has been serving as 2017-19 Poet Laureate of Arlington MA. Her recent book of poems is Buddha in the Garden.


Saturday October 5, 2019 10:30am - 1:30pm
GrubStreet 162 Boylston Street 5th FL Boston, MA 02116
Sunday, October 6


Three Poets Reading: Somerville Community Growing Center
Somerville Poet Laureate Lloyd Schwartz will be joined by David Surette, author of Malden, and Linda Flaherty Haltmaier, poet laureate of Andover.

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David Surette

David Surette, the featured poet, is the author of five collections: Wicked Hard, The Immaculate Conception Mothers’ Club, Young Gentlemen’s School, Easy to Keep, Hard to Keep In and Stable which was named an Honor Book at the 2005 Massachusetts Book Awards. His poems... Read More →

Sunday October 6, 2019 3:30pm - 6:15pm
Somerville Community Growing Center 22 Vinal Ave, Somerville
Wednesday, October 16


REMNANTS Chapbook Release Party
Please join us for a reading and release party for REMNANTS, Ariella Ruth’s new poetry chapbook from Gesture Press. In this chapbook, Ruth calls a séance and brings back “Barbara Allen” to life from the dust skin of fresh plucked raspberries to recover, revisit, and reimagine this undying muse.

With readings by Ariella Ruth, Mary Balkon, Sherah Bloor, Andrea Davies, Dorie Goehring, Suzannah Lutz, Corey O’Brien, and Terry Tempest Williams.

Ariella Ruth’s work has appeared in Epiphany, Bombay Gin, Yew Journal, The Ocean State Review, and elsewhere. She has a poem published on a sandstone monolith as part of the City of Boulder, Colorado’s Downtown District and the Library and Arts Department’s West Pearl Poetry Project. She received her MFA from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, and she works at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School, where she assists in curating programming on the theme of “poetry, philosophy, and religion.” www.ariellaruth.com


Sunday, October 20


New England Poetry Club New Poetry & Open Mic
The New Poetry and Open Mic reading series is hosted by the New England Poetry Club. Each month, three poets with new books (published in the last year or two) are invite to read. Their reading is followed by an Open Mic; sign-up is at the door. The New England Poetry Club, founded by Robert Frost, Amy Lowell, and Conrad Aiken, has been bringing poets and readers together for over 100 years. Find us on Facebook Twitter, Instagram, and the Web: https://nepoetryclub.org

Thursday, October 24


Rozzie Reads Poetry and Open Mic
 2 Featured readers followed by an open microphone.
Nausheen Eusuf holds a PhD in English from Boston University and an MA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins. Her poetry has won a Pushcart Prize, and has appeared in The American Scholar, PN Review, Southwest Review, Salmagundi, World Literature Today, and Best American Poetry 2018 & 2019. Her first full-length collection Not Elegy, But Eros was published by NYQ Books (US) and Bengal Lights Books (Bangladesh). Website: www.nausheeneusuf.com.

Thursday October 24, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Rozzie Reads, Roslindale House 120 Poplar Street Roslindale
Saturday, October 26


Pastry with Poets - Beyond the Lyric I: Using Research in Poetry

In this workshop, we'll look at some poems that move beyond personal experience and into material that involves historical, social, nature-related and/or other research, without sacrificing personal involvement and feeling. We'll discuss some strategies for transforming documentary material into poetry, and I'll invite you to answer some questions that might give you starting points for writing these kinds of poems yourself.

Martha Collins' tenth book of poetry, Because What Else Could I Do, is being published this fall in the Pitt Poetry Series. Her previous volumes include Admit One: An American Scrapbook, White Papers, and the book-length poem Blue Front, as well as the paired volumes Night Unto Night and Day Unto Day. Collins founded the Creative Writing Program at U.Mass.-Boston and taught at Oberlin College. She lives in Cambridge, MA

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Martha Collins

Martha Collins’ most recent book of poetry is Admit One: An American Scrapbook (Pittsburgh, 2016).  She has also published seven earlier volumes of poetry, including Day Unto Day (2014), White Papers (2012), and the book-length poem Blue Front (2006), as well as four collections... Read More →

Saturday October 26, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Arts at the Armory/Basement B8 191 Highland Avenue Somerville

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