Ongoing Virtual Reading Series in Boston and Beyond

Before the pandemic, the inestimable Daniel Bouchard would send out a listing of Boston-and-environs readings once or twice a month. I would repost them here. I think we all had high hopes that things would get back to normal soon, but I’ve since come to accept that social distancing is likely to be with us for quite some time.

In the meantime, many groups have taken their readings online. The listings below are primarily centered around Boston, but I’m willing to list other readings as well–use my contact form to send details. The only requirement is that they happen at least semi-regularly and that there is some way people can learn about future dates. I have interviewed the organizers of some of these series for Mass Poetry and link to those interviews where appropriate.

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

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

Rozzie Reads: Generally third Thursdays at 7pm on Zoom.
Put on 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 vary, but usually Friday or Sunday evenings at 7pm.
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 on Zoom.
It’s unclear how often this reading series happens. It’s at least once a month and appears to always be on Wednesday evenings.
Visit the website for Zoom info
Email organizer Chad Parenteau to get on the mailing list

Everyone Has a Voice: Through the Brockton Public Library.
This is not a real-time reading but a compilation of videos sent in by participants that is then published on YouTube.
Read the Mass Poetry Interview
Email organizer Philip Hasouris to get on the mailing list

U35 Reading Series: Every other month, for poets under 35
Organized by Mass Poetry
Sign up to read
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For up-to-the-minute information about readings in Boston and environs, I also recommend the Mass Poetry Events Calendar.

Image credit: Color illustration of the Dire Literary Series, featuring poet Enzo Silon Surin, courtesy of Peter Urkowitz.