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Saturday, January 4
 

6:00pm

Lesley January Reading Series Presents: Carl Phillips
Poetry reading by Carl Phillips at the Marran Theatre at Lesley University, located at 34 Mellen Street, in Cambridge, MA.


Saturday January 4, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Marran Theater 34 Mellen St, Cambridge, MA 02138
 
Monday, January 6
 

6:00pm

Lesley January Reading Series Presents: Sharon Bryan and Rachel Kadish
Poetry reading by Sharon Bryan, and fiction reading by Rachel Kadish, at Lesley University's Marran Theater, located at 34 Mellen Street, in Cambridge, MA.

Readers/Speakers

Monday January 6, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Marran Theater 34 Mellen St, Cambridge, MA 02138
 
Saturday, January 25
 

TBA

IAWA in Boston Presents
Readers/Speakers
avatar for Timothy Gager

Timothy Gager

Timothy Gager is the author of twelve books of short fiction and poetry. His latest novel Grand Slams: A Coming of Eggs Story (Big Table Publishing) was released in 2016. Coming in 2017 will be his first book of poetry since 2014 titled "Chief Jay Strongbow is Real". He has had over... Read More →


Saturday January 25, 2020 TBA
I Am Books 189 North Street, Boston, MA
 
Wednesday, January 29
 

TBA

 
Thursday, January 30
 

TBA

Deep Curation: an experimentally curated poetry reading
Lee Ann Brown, Sawako Nakayasu, Klara Du Plessis
with audio of Fanny Howe's poetry
in the Front Theater Space


Thursday January 30, 2020 TBA
Boston Playwrights' Theatre 949 Commonwealth Avenue
 
Thursday, February 6
 

TBA

 
Friday, February 7
 

TBA

TBA

 
Saturday, February 8
 

TBA

 
Tuesday, February 11
 

TBA

 
Wednesday, February 12
 

7:30pm

Poetry/Photo slideshow at Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center
Mass Audubon hosts The Arts and the Experience of Nature with poets Janet MacFadyen and David Davis, and photographer Stephen Schmidt. Slate Roof managing editor Janet MacFadyen and photographer Stephen Schmidt present Adrift in the House of Rock: a Praise Song for the Earth, a reading and slideshow set in the beautiful, besieged desert southwest. Their work is followed by a reading by former Poet-In-Residence at Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats, David Davis.

Bring your writing! The evening concludes with an open mic!

1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, MA

Janet MacFadyen is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Adrift in the House of Rocks (New Feral Press, 2019). Her work is forthcoming in Scientific American and has appeared in CALYX, Crannóg, Poetry, Q/A Poetry, and Terrain. Stephen Schmidt's photographs have won awards from Sierra and Earth magazines, and have appeared at the Merrill Lynch Corporate Gallery and The Arthur Griffin Center for Photographic Art. David Davis is the former Poet-In-Residence at Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center, and a member of the Powow River Poets. He is author of three poetry books, including The Joy Poems and Joppa Flats (Bard Brook Press, 2017/18).

Readers/Speakers
avatar for Janet MacFadyen

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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David Davis

David Davis is the current Poet In Residence at the Joppa Flats Audubon Center.  He has been a member of the Powow River Poets since 2005.  Davis is a retired high-tech entrepreneur and artificial intelligence consultant whose work has been featured in Newsweek, Scientific American... Read More →



 
Friday, February 14
 

TBA

 
Saturday, February 15
 

4:00pm

 
Sunday, February 16
 

2:00pm

 
Monday, February 17
 

TBA

Patricia Cleary Miller
Monday February 17, 2020 TBA
Grolier Book Shop Plympton Street Cambridge
 
Tuesday, February 18
 

7:00pm

First and Last Word Poetry Series
Readers/Speakers
avatar for Timothy Gager

Timothy Gager

Timothy Gager is the author of twelve books of short fiction and poetry. His latest novel Grand Slams: A Coming of Eggs Story (Big Table Publishing) was released in 2016. Coming in 2017 will be his first book of poetry since 2014 titled "Chief Jay Strongbow is Real". He has had over... Read More →


Tuesday February 18, 2020 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Arts at the Armory Café 191 Highland Ave., Somerville, MA 02143
 
Wednesday, February 19
 

6:00pm

Boston Originals Series
Readers/Speakers
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Janaka Stucky

Janaka Stucky is the author of The Truth Is We Are Perfect, the publisher over at Black Ocean Press, and oversees the annual poetry journal, Handsome. He is also the author of two chapbooks: Your Name Is The Only Freedom and The World Will Deny It For You. His poems have appeared... Read More →
avatar for Amanda Gorman

Amanda Gorman

Called the 'next great figure of poetry in the US', at 19-years-old Amanda Gorman is a published author, the first ever Youth Poet Laureate of the United States of America, and an OZY Genius Grant recipient. Her first poetry book, "The One For Whom Food Is Not Enough", was published... Read More →


Wednesday February 19, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Woodberry Poetry Room Lamont Library, Room 330
 
Thursday, February 20
 

TBA

Cervena Barva Press reading
Readers/Speakers
avatar for Martha Collins

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, February 22
 

3:00pm

 
Sunday, February 23
 

TBA

 
Monday, February 24
 

TBA

 
Tuesday, February 25
 

TBA

6:00pm

 
Thursday, February 27
 

7:00pm

 
Friday, February 28
 

7:00pm

An Evening With Richard Blanco
Brookline-Quezalguaque Sister City Project is very proud to present “An Evening With Richard Blanco” during which he will read his poetry and share his reflections. The evening will conclude with a book-signing. All proceeds from this event will be used for our Sister City in Nicaragua to fund projects in the areas of health, education, and more. Most currently, and thanks to generous grants from the Rotary in Brookline and Rotary International, we are engaged in an enormous and life-changing clean water initiative. This October will mark Brookline’s 33rd year anniversary of this Sister City relationship with Quezalguaque.

Tickets can be bought in advance for $25 at brooklinesistercity.org or by sending a check to BQSCP, PO Box 114, Brookline, MA 02446. There will be a list of attendees who have paid in advance at the door. Tickets at the door are $30. Sponsors donating $100 or more are invited to a private reception with Richard Blanco from 6 to 6:45 p.m.

Doors will open at 6:15 and on-street parking is available, but plan to arrive early as the event begins promptly at 7.

Readers/Speakers

 
Friday, March 13
 

7:00pm

7:00pm

Adam Falkner reading, "The Willies"
Dr. Adam Falkner is a poet, educator and arts & culture strategist. He is the author of "Adoption" (Winner of the 2017 Diode Editions Chapbook Award) and "The Willies" (forthcoming from Button Poetry, 2020), and his work has appeared in a range of print and media spaces including on programming for HBO, NBC, NPR, BET, in the New York Times, and elsewhere.

A former high school English teacher in New York City’s public schools, Adam is the Founder and Executive Director of the pioneering diversity consulting initiative, the Dialogue Arts Project, and Special Projects Director for Urban Word NYC, in which capacity he oversees the New York City Youth Poet Laureate program, and the organization’s partnerships with corporate and cultural institutions across the country. Adam has toured the United States as a guest artist, lecturer and trainer for thousands of students, educators and culture workers, and was the featured performer at President Obama’s Grassroots Ball at the 2009 Presidential Inauguration. He holds a Ph.D. in English and Education from Columbia University.

Readers/Speakers

Friday March 13, 2020 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Porter Square Books 25 White St. Cambridge, MA 02140
 
Tuesday, March 17
 

7:00pm

CANCELLED - David Ferry
Readers/Speakers

Tuesday March 17, 2020 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Suffolk University Poetry Center Sawyer Library, 3rd Floor 73 Tremont Street Boston, MA

7:00pm

 
Saturday, March 28
 

4:00pm

4:00pm

The Liminal Reading Series
Alysia Abbott reads Steve Abbott and Jim Cory reads Karl Tierney

Readers/Speakers

Saturday March 28, 2020 4:00pm - 6:00pm
MIT Press Bookstore 301 Mass Ave. Cambridge MA
 
Wednesday, April 8
 

6:00pm

 
Thursday, April 9
 

6:00pm

 
Saturday, April 18
 

4:00pm

 
Thursday, April 23
 

7:00pm

 
Wednesday, April 29
 

6:00pm

 


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