Ongoing Poetry Readings in Boston and Environs

The world has begun emerging from its COVID cocoon, and that includes poetry readings. For those of us with disabilities, Zoom means that we can make readings we couldn’t in person. But it’s also a pleasure to sit in a room with other bodies — provided it’s not too crowded and/or people are masking.

Here are some ongoing readings series based in Boston and its environs. Some are online, some are in person, and often they’re hybrid. If you know of a series not listed below, please contact me so I can add it.

Brookline Poetry Series: Third Sundays, 2pm, September through May.
Includes an open mic.
Read the Mass Poetry interview
Email organizer Aimée Sands for notices and Zoom links.

Dire Literary Series: Thursdays at 7pm on Zoom.
Includes an open mic.
Join the Facebook group
Read the Mass Poetry interview
Read info on organizer Tim Gager’s website

Rozzie Reads: Third Thursdays at 7pm.
At Roslindale House, 120 Poplar Street, just outside Rozzie Square, and on Zoom.
They usually go on hiatus in July and August.
Organized by the Friends of the Roslindale Library. Includes an open mic.
Join the Facebook group
Read the Mass Poetry Interview
Email organizer Holly Guran to get notices and Zoom links.

Lily Poetry Salon: Dates and times vary, but usually Friday evenings or Sunday afternoons.
Join the Facebook group
Read the Mass Poetry interview

Poetry at the Y: First Fridays of the month at 7pm.
Includes an open mic.
Email host Richard Waring for Zoom info and notices of future readings.

New England Poetry Club: Three separate reading series. Dates vary.
Read the Mass Poetry interview
Find them on Facebook
Peruse their Events page
Become a member to receive their newsletter

Stone Soup Poetry: Wednesday evenings at 7pm.
Stone Soup meetings the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at the Assemblage Art Space in Fort Point, Boston. First and third Wednesdays are online, as are fifth Wednesdays when they occur.
Includes an open mic.
Visit the website for Zoom info
Join the Facebook group
Email organizer Chad Parenteau to get on the mailing list.

U35 Reading Series: Every other month, for poets under 35.
Organized by Mass Poetry.
Visit the U35 page and sign up to read here
Subscribe to the Mass Poetry newsletter at the bottom of this page

Grolier Poetry Book Shop: Almost every day!
Tucked away on a side street in Harvard Square, Grolier is one of the oldest bookshops of its kind. Readings are usually hybrid.
Visit their Upcoming Readings page for current listings

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