Upcoming & Past Readings
Once again the Boston Poetry Marathon is coming around, this year on Aug. 16, 17 & 18, and once again it’ll be fun to participate with 100+ poets, each reading for 8 minutes or so.
For more information: https://bostonpoetrymarathon.wordpress.com/
On Sept. 30 I’ll be reading with other friends (Ed Barrett, Fanny Howe, and Roland Pease) of poet/publisher/essayist Bill Corbett, who died several months ago. This will be the first of a series, The Bill Corbett Reading Series, at MIT, where he taught and organized readings for many years.
On Oct. 18 I’ll be reading in the Cecil Taylor segment of the 50th anniversary celebration of jazz at NEC. More details to come. 7:30 pm, Jordan Hall
Among NEC’s many prominent alums, Cecil Taylor stands out for his influence over the history of jazz. Taylor’s significant legacy will be recognized with a series of piano solos featuring NEC faculty and alums: Ran Blake, Bruce Brubaker, Ethan Iverson, Matthew Shipp and Dan Tepfer. Ensemble performances will include Steve Lacy’s “Rain” as well as an ensemble led by NEC faculty member Joe Morris.
There will be a pre-concert Panel Discussion, open to public at 5 pm in Brown Hall.
On Oct 26 I’ll be reading at the Armory in Somerville, MA, an afternoon reading, starting at 2pm, with Russian poet Katia Kapovich and percussionist/composer Mario Fabrizio.
Coming up @ Xit The Bear: SATURDAY, APRIL 13TH 2-9PM
RETURNING TO THE FIELD: ROBERT DUNCAN
TALKS AND PERFORMANCES WITH:
RUTH LEPSON, BRENDA IIGIMA, DON WELLMAN EDWARD FOSTER, MICHAEL FRANCO, ROS ZIMMERMANN, GLORIA MONAGHAN, TAMAS PANITZ, JOEL NEWBERGER CHRISTOPHER SAWYER-LAUÇANNO, CARLOS PITTELLA, ANTONIO OCHOA,
ON THE WALLS:
DUNCAN & JESS: GRAPHICS AND BOOKS
LOCATION AND OTHER DETAILS:
The Press Room // 90 Oxford St. // Somerville. 02143
All are welcome
Parking is non permit on Central and Highland.
We are a 25 min. walk from Harvard Sq or Davis Sq. Buss run from Davis and Lechmere,: get off at Central Street: Central Sq. and Rindge Ave. Get off at Central & Somerville Ave and walk up Central to Oxford. Oxford Street is near the junction of Central and Highland. In Somerville.
From Highland walk toward Harvard Sq. on Central and turn left onto Oxford. We are three houses off Central. We will be open for guests starting at 1:30pm.... readings will start at 2.
Before or after: The Highland Kitchen is a short block away and offers great food drink and Service at reasonable prices....
I will be reading with Geoffrey O’Brien at Outpost 186. The event will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST. Outpost 186 is located at 186 1/2 Hampshire St, Inman Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
For more about Outpost 186: www.facebook.com/Outpost-186
Geoffrey O’Brien is the author of eight collections of poetry including Floating City (Talisman House, 1996), A View of Buildings and Water (Salt, 2002), Red Sky Café (Salt, 2005), Early Autumn (Salt, 2010), In a Mist (Shearsman, 2015), and The Blue Hill (Marsh Hawk, 2018). His other books include Hardboiled America (Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1981), Dream Time: Chapters from the Sixties (1988, Viking), The Phantom Empire (W. W. Norton, 1993), Bardic Deadlines: Reviewing Poetry 1984-1995 (University of Michigan Press, 1998), The Browser’s Ecstasy (Counterpoint, 2000), Sonata for Jukebox (Counterpoint, 2004), The Fall of the House of Walworth (Henry Holt, 2010), and Stolen Glimpses, Captive Shadows: Writing on Film 2002-2012 (Counterpoint, 2013). He was editor-in-chief of The Library of America (1998-2017) and has contributed frequently to The New York Review of Books, Film Comment, The Village Voice, Artforum, and other periodicals. He lives in Brooklyn.
Ruth Lepson is poet-in-residence at the New England Conservatory of Music and has often collaborated with musicians, including for her last book, ask anyone—go to ruthlepson.com & click below the book cover to hear the musical settings.
Her other books are Dreaming in Color, Morphology (short dream prose poems with photographs), and I Went Looking for You; she edited Poetry from Sojourner: A Feminist Anthology. Ask anyone won the Philip Whalen Award from Chax Press. Her poems and prose have appeared in Let the Bucket Down, Jacket2, spoKe, Harvard Review, Agni, The Brooklyn Rail and many other places, including anthologies. She organized poetry readings for Oxfam America, taught in the poets-in-the-schools program, and worked at Partisan Review and the BUJournal. She taught at Boston College, Northeastern, The Art Institute of Boston, Bentley, The Kennedy School of Government, and Lorain County Comm. College in Ohio.
I am looking forward to being part of the Pioneer Valley Poetry Festival at Amherst College on Friday, the 19th and Saturday, the 20th of October. I will be reading on Saturday evening. Other readers are Elinor Nauen, Patrick Donnelly, Fanny Howe, Brian Henry, Uche Nduka, Eleni Sikelianos, Monica de la Torre, Sawako Nakayasu, and Michael Leong.
I’ll be performing with musicians, Mario Fabrizio, percussion; Travis Bliss, alto sax; and Zach Lavine, bass, at the newly renovated Herter Park, along the Charles River on Sun, Aug. 26 (5:00-8:00pm); other readers include poet Scott Reuscher.
For more information: www.friendsofherterpark.org
We’re pleased to announce that it’s Boston Poetry Marathon time again!
This year's event takes place at Outpost 186 in Cambridge, MA on Friday, August 10, 7-10:30pm, Saturday, August 11 12:00-10:30pm and Sunday, August 12 12-6pm.
100+ poets read for 8 minutes a-piece, all weekend long. A wonderful time of year!
For more information: www.facebook.com/bostonpoetrymarathon/
I’ll be reading at the 90th anniversary of The Grolier Poetry Book Shop in Cambridge on May 19th. The celebrations will be held from 12:00-6:00pm. Come out if you can!
Sunday October 29th 2007, 3:00pm
In the Press Room, 90 Oxford St. Somerville
A Celebration for Patricia Pruitt
With readings by: Michael Franco, Edward Foster, Ruth Lepson, Isabel Pinto Franco, Edward Barrett, Ros Zimmermann, Lisa Borbeau, and Christopher Sawyer Lauçanno
With a special reading by the poet.
I will be reading at the New England Conservatory with Nigerian poet Timothy Ogene. It will be held in Williams Hall from 5:00pm-7:00pm.
I am looking forward to reading with Celia Gilbert and Ethel Rackin on March 19th. It will be held at the Cambridge Public Library and will start at 2:00pm.
I’ll be reading pages from Bill Berkson’s memoirs and from his emails to me, this Friday at the Grolier Poetry Book Shop, for the spoKe journal new issue reading, 7:00PM.
I’m reading Sun, Dec 11 at 3PM in The Press Room, 90 Oxford St., Somerville, MA, for the new XiT the Bear series, hosted by Michael Franco. This is a retrospective reading, from all of my books, as I will soon finish a new and selected poems.
Join Scott Ruescher and Ruth Lepson for an evening of contrasting yet complementary poetry at Gallery 263. The reading will start at 5:00pm
Scott administrates the Arts in Education program at the Harvard GSE and teaches English in the B.U. Prison Education Program. His recent publications include Sidewalk Tectonics and Perfect Memory. More importantly, he has been bantering poetics and world affairs with Ms. Ruth Lepson ever since he helped her arrange annual benefit poetry readings for Oxfam America by noted poets in the 1980s. This is the first time he’s had the pleasure of squaring off with her–gracefully complementing her–in a poetry reading.
Ruth is poet-in-residence at the New England Conservatory of Music and the author of ask anyone, I Went Looking for You, Morphology, and Dreaming in Color. Her poetry has appeared in journals that Scott would never deem to send his poems to, those being innovative publications, while he prefers the good old publications that promote more humane values.
I will be reading on Saturday at 5:24pm. Have a look at the complete schedule on my blog.
Boston Poetry Marathon 2016 at the Lilypad (Friday Night)
1353 Cambridge St, Inman Square, Cambridge
and Outpost 186 (Saturday and Sunday)
186 1/2 Hampshire St, Inman Square, Cambridge
A summer poetry marathon featuring a billion local and visiting poets reading for 8 minutes each.
And join us for our Friday night After Party/show at the Lilypad: https://www.facebook.com/events/130323917393175
I'll be reading at the Grolier Poetry Book Shop on March 22nd with Michael Gottlieb. Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible.
Poetry is honored every day at the Grolier Poetry Book Shop in Harvard Square, the oldest continuous poetry book shop in the United States. They stock over 15,000 current volumes of trade, small press, and university publications as well as books related to prosody, poetry markets, and Broadsides. www.grolierpoetrybookshop.org
Join the Annual Book Party celebrating books published in 2015 by members of the National Writers Union.
WHEN: Sunday, March 20, 2016, 2:00-5:00 pmAbout a block from the Red Line Central Square T-stop
WHERE: Durrell Theater at the Cambridge Family Y, 820 Mass Ave, Central Sq, Cambridge
Street and city lot parking is free on Sundays in Cambridge
WHO: Open to members and non-members alike
SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER: Boston Poet Laureate DANIELLE LEGROS GEORGES.
SPECIAL SPEAKERS: Mid-party, we'll have a reading at which six of the 2015 authors will each give us a 5-minute tease of the flavor of their books.
Declared the first Happening and later named Theater Piece No. 1, an unnamed performance took place in August 1952 at Black Mountain College that would become one of the most famous events in the college’s history. The ICA has invited five Boston-based artists to reimagine Theater Piece No. 1 by proposing a series of actions that will take place in the ICA galleries and throughout the museum. In Poets in Ekphrasis, Danielle Legros Georges draws on the rich history of avant-garde poetry at Black Mountain College and invites several noted poets to read verse inspired by artworks in the exhibition.
Danielle Legros Georges is a writer and educator who teaches at Lesley University and was recently named Poet Laureate of Boston.
This reading included a performance by jazz musician Noah Preminger.
For more on the event and details how to get there: www.icaboston.org/events/theater-piece-no-1-x-50-poets-ekphrasis
Saturday, December 12th - 6:00 P.M.
spoKe 3 Launch Party
Readers: Chloe Garcia Roberts reads Li Shangyin; Ruth Lepson; Francis Blessington reads Euripides; Joel Sloman
In collaboration with artist Karen Klein.