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Wednesday, March 7


Friday, March 23


Open Mic at the Corner Art Room
Event is Friday, March 22!  The date is eschewed on this calendar but the 22nd is the correct day of the month.  Join us for an open-mic event.  Share original work of your own, or a piece of writing from one of your favorite books or authors! 


Friday March 23, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
The Corner Art Room 6 Academy Hill Road, Brighton, MA 02135
Friday, October 12


Finale Timothy Gager's Dire Literary Series
Readers/speakers: Elizabeth Graver, Amy Dresner, Rusty Barnes, Nadine Darling, Doug Holder, Renuka Raghaven, Hannah Larrabee

Elizabeth Graver’s fourth novel, The End of the Point, was long-listed for the 2013 National Book Award in Fiction and selected as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her other novels are Awake, The Honey Thief, and Unravelling. Her story collection, Have You Seen Me?, won the 1991 Drue Heinz Literature Prize. Her work has been anthologized in Best American Short Stories (1991, 2001); Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards (1994, 1996, 2001), The Pushcart Prize Anthology (2001), and Best American Essays (1998). She teaches at Boston College and is at work on a new project that draws on the Sephardic Jewish history of her family.

Doug Holder is the founder of the Ibbetson Street Press of Somerville, Mass and is the arts/editor of The Somerville News. He teaches writing at Endicott College in Beverly, Mass and Bunker Hill Community College in Boston. In addition he is the Director of the Newton Free Library Poetry Series, and the co-founder of the Somerville News Writers Festival. He hosts a literary talk show on Somerville Community Acces TV "Poet to Poet: Writer to Writer." Holder's own work: books, interviews, etc... are archived at Harvard University, Brown University, Yale University, Poets House (NYC) and others. He is the author of a number of poetry collections including: "The Man in the Booth in the Midtown Tunnel" ( Cervena Barva Press), "Wrestling With My Father" ( Yellow Pepper Press), " No one Dies at the Au Bon Pain" (sunnyoutside), to name a few. In 2007 Holder was a visiting poet for the "Voices Israel" organization and ran workshops and lectured in Jerusalem, Haifa, and elsewhere. Holder's poetry and prose have appeared in the Endicott Review, Boston Globe Magazine, Rattle, Toronto Quarterly, Quercus Review, Main St. Rag, Caesura, Voices Israel, Sahara, Long Island Quarterly, Poetry Quarterly, etc... Holder holds an M.A. in American Literature and Language from Harvard University. For over 20 years he has run poetry workshops at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass. He resides in the Union Square section of Somerville with his wife and cat Menow.

Amy Dresner is a former professional stand-up comic, having appeared at The Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory, and The Improv. Since 2012, she has been a contributing editor of the online addiction and recovery magazine TheFix.com. She’s also written for the Good Men Project, The Frisky, Refinery 29, and has been a regular contributor to Addiction.com and PsychologyToday.com, where she has her own addiction blog entitled “Coming Clean.” “My Fair Junkie” is her debut book.

Hannah Larrabee is a poet, science-geek, and former Mainer who grew up on a blueberry farm. Her first full-length collection, Wonder Tissue, won the 2018 Airlie Press Prize. Her chapbook Murmuration (Seven Kitchens Press) is part of the Robin Becker Series for LGBTQ poets. She’s had work appear in: The Adirondack Review, Barren Magazine, Harpoon Review, Lambda Literary Spotlight, Rock & Sling, and elsewhere. Hannah was one of 22 artists selected by NASA to see the James Webb Space Telescope, and her JWST poems were displayed at Goddard Space Center. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of New Hampshire.


Nadine Darling is the author of SHE CAME FROM BEYOND!, winner of the McLaughlin Esstman Sterns First Novel Prize. A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, she lives in the greater Boston area with her husband and fellow writer Kenneth Darling, who, with respect to Aimee Mann, saved her from the ranks of the freaks who suspect that they could never love anyone.

Renuka Raghavan tends to focus on brief, dramatic prose and poetry. She's that person in front of you in the check-out line who just dumped a week's worth of groceries onto the conveyor belt only to realize she left her wallet in the car. Next time, say hi. Renuka would love to meet you! She writes and lives in Massachusetts with her family and beloved beagle.

Rusty Barnes is a 2018 Derringer finalist and author of the story collections Breaking it Down (Sunnyoutside Press 2007) and Mostly Redneck (Sunnyoutside Press 2011), as well as four novels, Reckoning (Sunnyoutside Press, 2014), Ridgerunner (Shotgun Honey/Down & Out Books, 2017), Knuckledragger (Shotgun Honey/Down & Out Books 2017) and The Last Danger (Shotgun Honey/Down & Out Books 2018), His fiction, poetry and non-fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in over two hundred journals and anthologies, like Dirty Boulevard: Crime Stories Inspired by the Songs of Lou Reed (Down & Out Books 2018), Best Small Fictions 2015, Mystery Tribune, Goliad Review, Smokelong Quarterly, Red Rock Review, Porter Gulch Review and Post Road. His poetry collections include On Broad Sound (Nixes Mates Press, 2016) and Jesus in the Ghost Room, (Nixes Mates Press 2017). He founded and edits Tough, a journal of crime fiction and occasional reviews, with a story by Matthew Lyons appearing in Best American Short Stories 2018, edited by Roxane Gay. He lives in Revere, MA.

Friday October 12, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Center for the Arts at the Armory 191 Highland Ave. Somerville


Saturday, October 13


Boston Book Festival
Celebrating the power of words to stimulate, agitate, unite, delight, and inspire, Boston Book Festival presents year-round events culminating in an annual festival that promotes a culture of reading and ideas and enhances the vibrancy of our city.


Saturday October 13, 2018 9:30am - 8:00pm
Copley Square Copley Square, Boston, MA 02116
Wednesday, April 3


Boston National Poetry Month Festival
70-plus poets (and musicians). Three Open Mics, Panel Discussions & more. Featuring David Ferry, Maggie Dietz, Fred Marchant, Kathleen Spivack, Lloyd Schwartz, Jennifer Barber, Charles Coe, CD Collins, Michael Casey, Lucy Holstedt, Dan Tobin, Nausheen Eusuf, and Richard Hoffman.
Boston Public Library, Copley Square & other locations


Wednesday April 3, 2019 TBA
Tuesday, July 23


July U35 Reading Series w/Mass Poetry
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! 

Our July readers are Wendy Chen, Kat Hobbs-Everett, and Amy Manion. Read more about them below:

Wendy Chen (wendychenart.com) is the author of Unearthings (Tavern Books), editor of Figure 1, and managing editor of Tupelo Quarterly. She is the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Most Promising Young Poet Prize, and fellowships from the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. Her forthcoming translations of the poems of the Song dynasty writer Li Qingzhao will be published later this year under the title The Magpie at Night (Tavern Books). Chen earned her MFA in poetry from Syracuse University and is currently working on a novel.

Kat Hobbs-Everett is a constructive deconstructionist. Anti-racist, poet, teacher, social justice advocate and community mobilizer. She attended UMASS Boston and has spent 23 years working in the human/social services field. Her areas of expertise include youth work, child welfare, trauma, addictions, mental health, social emotional learning, family engagement, equity, and challenge bias power and privilege to promote diversity and inclusion. Currently Kat runs a nonprofit with the love of her life Dennis, named Power of Self-Education (POSE) Inc. and she recently launched a cultural community center in Haverhill, MA called COCO Brown. She is also mom to 7, a Christian and a Capricorn. Kat has spent the past 7 years studying the correlation between sexuality and spirituality, she is in the process of using her research to finish her book A New Creation.

Amy Manion is a Boston-born Irish and Chinese girl just trying to make it in this world. She writes because she needs to and wants to. She writes to speak her truth and to express her voice in hopes that it will encourage others, especially Asian American women, to do the same. Amy was recently a semifinalist for GrubStreet’s Emerging Writer Fellowship in Boston. She has been a Photovoice participant as a member of a collective group of young adults in mental health recovery trying to educate peers, mental health providers, and the public about their experiences through photographs coupled with the written word. She has also had some of her work featured in mental health publications.

Tuesday July 23, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Trident Booksellers & Cafe 338 Newbury St. Boston

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