February and March 2020 Poetry Readings in Boston and Environs

Poetry to Warm a Mind of Winter: Photograph of a Cardinal on a Branch. Photo credit: James H via Flickr, Creative Commons License 2.0.

I don’t know about you, but I’m aching for spring already. Here are poetry readings that will bring us in March, which is almost spring in New England. Thanks as always to Daniel Bouchard for publishing these listings. Follow him on Twitter. I’ve also discovered Lori Desrosier’s site, which posts poetry news in Western Mass. And a series in Shelburne Falls not listed below called Collected Poets.

Of special note below:

  • Tamiko Beyer at home.stead in Dorcester
  • Carla Schwartz at the Old Manse and home.stead
  • Martha Collins at Arts at the Armory Somerville and the Brookline Public Library
  • Jericho Brown at Smith
  • Joan Houlihan in Hopkinton
  • Zara Raab in Newburyport
  • Daniel Bouchard’s MIT Reading Series

Sunday, February 2, 1 – 3 pm
Tzynya Pinchback and John Bonanni
Poetry: The Art Of Words
Plymouth Public Library/Otto Fehlow Room
132 South St
Plymouth, MA

Sunday, February 2, 2 – 4 pm
Rachel Kann (featured reader)
and open mic
Jewish Poetry Festival
Temple Sinai in Brookline
50 Sewall Avenue
Brookline, MA

Thursday, February 6, 7 pm
Barbara Thomas
Andala Cafe
286 Franklin St.
Cambridge, MA

Friday, February 7, 7:30 pm
Tamiko Beyer
Unearthed Song & Poetry
Home.stead Bakery and Cafe
1448 Dorchester Ave.
Fields Corner
Dorchester, MA

Friday, February 7, 7 pm
Joey Gould, Carol Hobbs, and Open Mic
Poetry at the Y
West Suburban YMCA
276 Church St.
Newton, MA

Friday, February 7, 7 pm
Bradley Trumpfheller
Brookline Booksmith
Harvard Street, Coolidge Corner
Brookline, MA

Friday February 7, 7 pm
Cynthia Bargar, Adnan Onart, and Carla Schwartz
Old Manse Poetry in the Parlor Series, New England Poetry Club
269 Monument St.
Concord, MA

Saturday, February 8, 10:30 am
Howard Kogan and Mark Lipman
Wake up and Smell the Poetry
77 Main St.
Hopkinton, MA

Saturday, February 8, 4 pm
Ariana Reines and José Angel Araguz
The Liminal Reading Series
The MIT Press Bookstore
301 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA

Sunday, February 9, 3 pm
Joan Kimball, Eve Linn, and Jason Tandon
Concord Poetry at the Library Series
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Concord Free Public Library
129 Main Street
Concord, MA

Sunday, February 9, 3 – 5 pm
Eileen Cleary, Edison Dupree, and Gloria Monaghan
New Poetry and Open Mic
New England Poetry Club
Arts at the Armory Café
Somerville, MA

Thursday, February 13, 5:30 pm
Tracie Morris
McCormack Family Theater
70 Brown St.
Providence, RI
(free and open to public)

Saturday, February 15, 4-6pm
Raquel Balboni Book Launch, with Ben Mazer
Outpost 186
186 Hampshire Street
Inman Square
Cambridge, MA

Sunday, February 16, 2 – 4 pm
TBA and Tanya (Tingyu) Liu
Brookline Poetry Series
Hunneman Hall, Brookline Village Library
361 Washington St.
Brookline, MA

Friday, February 17, 7 pm
Patricia Cleary Miller
Grolier Poetry Bookshop
Plympton Street
Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA

Tuesday, February 18, 7:30 pm
Kathleen Graber
Campus Center Carroll Room
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Thursday, February 20, 7 pm
Martha Collins and Susan Eisenberg
Cervena Barva Press
The Armory, Basement Room B8
191 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA

Monday, February 24, 8 pm
Jason Tandon and Judith Baumel
Blacksmith House Poetry
Spiegel Auditorium
56 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA
$3

Tuesday, February 25, 7 pm
Joan Naviyuk Kane
Stata Center, Room 32-155
(corner of Main and Vassar)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA

Thursday, February 27, 7 – 9 pm
Vivienne Shalom, Maureen McElroy, and Queen Hodge
Rozzie Reads Poetry and Open Mic
Roslindale House
120 Poplar Street
Roslindale, MA

Sunday, February 23, 4 pm
Darcie Dennigan and Elaine Kahn
The Liminal Reading Series
The MIT Press Bookstore
301 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA

Sunday, March 1, 1 – 3 pm
Jim Brosnan and Terry Johnson
Poetry: The Art Of Words
Plymouth Public Library/Otto Fehlow Room
132 South St
Plymouth, MA

Monday, March 2, 8 pm
John Murillo and Jacob Strautmann
Blacksmith House Poetry
Spiegel Auditorium
56 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA
$3

Friday, March 6, 7:30 pm
Carla Schwartz
Unearthed Song & Poetry
Home.stead Bakery and Cafe
1448 Dorchester Ave.
Fields Corner
Dorchester, MA

Sunday, March 8, 3 -5 pm
Stephen Delbos, Jason Tandon, and Joyce Wilson
New Poetry and Open Mic
New England Poetry Club
Arts at the Armory Café
Somerville, MA

Sunday, March 8, 3 pm
DeWitt Henry and Sara London
Concord Poetry, the Library Series
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Concord Free Public Library
129 Main Street
Concord, MA

Tuesday, March 10, 7:30 pm
Jericho Brown
Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Thursday, March 12, 7 pm
Raquel Balboni, David Blair and Katherine Hollander
Grolier Poetry Bookshop
Plympton Street
Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA

Saturday, March 14, 10:30 am
Joan Houlihan, Terence Hegarty, and Deb Goss
Wake up and Smell the Poetry
77 Main St.
Hopkinton, MA

Saturday, March 14, 3 pm
Zara Raab and Jodie Reyes
Powow River Poets Reading Series
Newburyport Public Library
92 State Street
Newburyport, MA

Saturday, March 14, 4 pm
A celebration of Stephen Jonas’s Arcana
with editors Dave Rich, Joseph Torra, and others
The Liminal Reading Series
The MIT Press Bookstore
301 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA

Sunday, March 15, 2 – 4 pm
Martha Collins and Joan Naviyuk Kane
Brookline Poetry Series
Hunneman Hall, Brookline Village Library
361 Washington St.
Brookline, MA

Monday, March 16, 7pm
Charles North
Stata Center, 32 Vassar Street
Room 32-141, MIT
Cambridge, MA

Monday, March 16, 8 pm
Katherine Hollander and Angela Voras-Hills
Blacksmith House Poetry
Spiegel Auditorium
56 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA
$3

Monday, March 23, 8 pm
Christian Wiman
Blacksmith House Poetry
Spiegel Auditorium
56 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA
$3

Wednesday, March 25, 7 pm
Luke Salisbury, Denise Provost, and Zvi Sesling
A Hastings Room Reading Series event
First Church Cambridge
11 Garden Street, Harter Room
Cambridge

Thursday, March 26, 7 – 9 pm
David Miller and Kate McCann
Rozzie Reads Poetry and Open Mic
Roslindale House
120 Poplar Street
Roslindale, MA

Monday, March 30, 8 pm
David Barber and Katherine Coles
Blacksmith House Poetry
Spiegel Auditorium
56 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA
$3

Tuesday, March 31, 7:30 pm
Sara London and Nathan McClain
Campus Center Carroll Room
Smith College
Northampton, MA

December 2019 and January 2020 Poetry Readings in Boston and Environs

Shop local this holiday season and buy your loved ones books of poetry from the many poets reading in an around Boston this year. There’s a real wealth of them this month and next. Thanks as always to Daniel Bouchard for compiling the bulk of these listings.

Of special note:

    • Fellow Lesley alum Eileen Cleary in Newton this Friday, Dec 6
    • Martha Collins, Frannie Lindsay, and Fred Marchant at the Old Manse in Concord that same evening
    • Jenn Martelli at Arts at the Armory Sunday, Dec 8
    • Ilya Kaminsky at the Blacksmith House in Cambridge Monday, Dec 9
    • Danielle Legros Georges and friends at Grolier Thursday, Dec 12
    • Solidarity Salon in Cambridge Saturday, Dec 14
    • Beloved Lesley professor Kevin Prufer at Grolier on Tuesday, Jan 7
    • Lisa deSiro and Eileen Cleary in Cambridge Wednesday, Jan 15
    • Cape Cod Poetry Review in Wellfleet Thursday, Jan 23

Continue reading “December 2019 and January 2020 Poetry Readings in Boston and Environs”

The Martha Collins Race Trilogy

Cover art for three books of poems by Martha Collins: Admit One (in red), White Papers, and Blue Front

I first met Martha Collins at a seminar on taboo at the Mass Poetry Festival. Sharon Olds read a poem about testicles. Jill McDonough read a poem that included a line about a stripper’s “perfect pink asshole.” And Martha Collins read a poem about race. It was the Collins poem that made me the most uncomfortable. I’ve spoken about race plenty in conversation with people of color, but for a white person to initialize the discussion seemed uncouth in a way that frank talk about sex is not.

Collins read from White Papers, the second in a trilogy about race in the United States. White Papers focuses on the poet’s own recollections of race growing up in the Midwest and living in New England. Blue Front is a book-length poem that spirals around a brutal lynching that her father witnessed in 1909 in Cairo, Illinois. Admit One uses the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis (which her grandparents attended) as a jumping-off point to speak about “scientific racism,” the eugenics movement of the 20th century, and the continuing legacy of racism in the United States. Continue reading “The Martha Collins Race Trilogy”

Back to School: Boston Area Poetry Readings for September and October, 2016

In August, I lean and loaf at my ease, observing a spear of summer grass. In September we stop at the dry cleaners and the grocery store / and the gas station and the green market and

then we make time for poetry.

The listings below will bring you right through to Halloween. As always, thanks to my informant Daniel Bouchard for compiling this list.

Sunday, September 11, 2 pm
Plein Air Poetry Walk
Ellie Coolidge-Behrstock, Zachary Bos, Lucinda Bowen, Polly Brown, Helen Marie Casey, David Davis , Linda Fialkoff, Lynn Horsky, Terry House, William Lenderking, Moira Linehan, Franny Osman, Dawn Paul, Mary Pinard, Joanne DeSimone Reynolds, Susan Edwards Richmond, Hilary Sallick, Georgia Sassen, bg Thurston
Old Frog Pond Farm & Studio
Harvard, MA Continue reading “Back to School: Boston Area Poetry Readings for September and October, 2016”