Literary Events on the North Shore and Beyond

reading 2009Thanks to interns Felicia Connolly and Kayla Russell for gathering the information about the following literary events: From the North Shore — Beverly, Lynn, and Salem — and beyond — Boston, Brookline Cambridge, Concord, Malden and Somerville.

Beverly

North Shore Poets Forum Meeting
December 7th
Beverly Public Library
North Shore Poets Forum and Mass State Poetry Society
Joint meeting with Mass State Poetry Society. There will be good food and a Yankee Swap ($5 gift) with the Most Apt Poem contest sponsored by the North Shore Poets’ Forum. To participate, simply write a poem to describe the swap gift you are bringing.
http://nspoetsforum.wordpress.com/

Improbable Places Poetry Tour
December 12th
Mower’s Barber Shop, 269 Cabot Street
7pm
Montserrat School of Art
Run by the talented Colleen Michaels, The Improbable Places Poetry Tour is Montserrat College of Art’s way of bringing together student writers, local poets, area businesses and enthusiastic listeners to celebrate the power of poetry and community. At each tour stop a new venue and theme is selected. This month’s venue is a handsome barber shop. For information contact colleen.michaels@montserrat.edu

Brookline

Bash Reading Series
December 13th
Brookline Booksmith
279 Harvard Street
7pm
Dan Magers, Elisa Gabbert, and Chris Tonelli

The freshest and finest voices in poetry in a series curated by Black Ocean Press. This month, we welcome Dan Magers (Partyknife), Elisa Gabbert (French Exit), and Chris Tonelli (The Trees Around).

Small Press Book Club
December 19th
Brookline Booksmith
279 Harvard Street
7pm

Join the new book club dedicated to the diverse world of small and independently-published works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Email natasha@brooklinebooksmith.com for more information.

Boston

How to Tell a Kickbutt 5-minute Story Workshop
December 9th
Doyle’s Café
3484 Washington St.
6:15pm – 9:00pm
Andrea Lovett
Massmouth, inc.

Come and enjoy a fun and thoughtful 2 hour workshop and cultivate a story based on personal experience into a performance. This workshop is a great introduction for beginner storytellers into the art-form of storytelling.

Cambridge

Blacksmith House Poetry Series
December 2nd
Blacksmith House
56 Brattle Street
8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Lynne Sharon Schwartz & Paul Nemser
Cambridge Center for Adult Education

The award-winning Blacksmith House Poetry Series celebrates 40 years of bringing established and emerging writers of poetry and fiction to Harvard Square. $3 admission, tickets can be purchased 45 minutes prior to the reading.

http://www.ccae.org/events/blacksmith.html

O, What A Luxury: A Reading
December 3rd
First Parish Church
1446 Massachusetts Avenue
7pm
Garrison Keillor
Harvard Bookstore

A discussion and reading of Keillor’s poetry collection, O, What a Luxury: Verses Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic & Profound.

Trans Arts: A Panel and Performance About Trans and Genderqueer Life and Writing Today
December 4th
Arthur M. Sackler Museum: Lecture Hall
Mid-Cambridge, Ma
4:30 pm
D’hana Perry, Kate Bornstein

Panel discussion featuring Michael Bronski, Professor of the Practice in Media and Activism, Harvard. Stephen Burt, Professor of English, Harvard. D’hana Perry, Video Artist, LOOSE. Tim Trace Peterson, Co-Editor of Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics. Michael Weinstein, Graduate Student in English, Harvard. Followed by a poetry reading.

The Telling: A Reading
December 4th
Porter Square Books
25 White Street
7pm
Denise Bergman

A reading from Bergman’s book-length poem, The Telling.

Workshop and Writing Lab
December 5th (Weekly 12th, 19th, 26th)
Bourbon Coffee
1815 Massachusetts Avenue
6pm
Boston Poetry

The weekly Boston Poetry has long been a free forum for literary fellowship and discussion. It is entirely free and open to the public. Arrive bearing enough copies of the text you’d like to discuss – whether prose or verse – for each participant to have their own. RSVP http://www.meetup.com/bostonpoetry/

Blacksmith House Poetry Series
December 9th
Blacksmith House
56 Brattle Street
8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Albert Goldbarth and Sharon Bryan
Cambridge Center for Adult Education

Albert Goldbarth reads from his newest book, Everyday People, with Sharon Bryan, whose most recent collection is Sharp Stars.

http://www.ccae.org/events/blacksmith.html

Concord

Creative Writing for Kids
December 28th
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Barefoot Book Store/Studio

Children (age 7-10) learn the basic elements of solid creative writing then select fun themed prompts to unleash their inner voice!  Writing journal provided to each participant. $35/child. $7 sibling discount. Age 7-10. Pre-register.

Lynn

Don White’s Sunday Open Mic
December 1st (Weekly 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th)
Walnut Street Café
6pm

Every week at the Walnut Street Café the open mic draws talented musicians and performers from the North Shore and beyond, plus a feature act who plays a half hour set.

SPEAK UP!
December 4th (Weekly 11th, 18th, 25th)
Walnut StreetCafé
7pm

The brainchild of Don White and hosted by master storyteller Tony Toledo, the SPEAK UP! Spoken Word Open Mic brings its crowd of poets, storytellers, comedians, local eccentrics, community activists, and overall creative people to the Walnut Street Café

Malden

Creative Writing Group
December 5th
7:00 pm
Malden Public Library
The Malden Writers’ Collaborative

The Malden Writers’ Collaborative meets every first and third Thursday, October-May (beginning October 17th) to share and discuss writing and ideas with fellow writers, examine and apply various writing techniques, and develop a greater appreciation for writing.

Creative Writing Group
December 19th
7:00 pm
Malden Public Library
The Malden Writers’ Collaborative

The Malden Writers’ Collaborative meets every first and third Thursday, October-May (beginning October 17th) to share and discuss writing and ideas with fellow writers, examine and apply various writing techniques, and develop a greater appreciation for writing.

Salem

Monday Open Mic Night
December 2nd (Weekly 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th)
In A Pig’s Eye
148 Derby Street
9-11:30pm

Come on down to hear rising talents or bring your instrument, poetry, or voice to participate!

Open Mic
December 4th (Weekly 11th, 18th, 25th)
Gulu Gulu Café, 247 Essex Street
8pm

An open mic hosted by a popular café in downtown Salem, sign-up starts at 7:30pm.

ZigZag Poetry Open Mic
December 9th and 23rd
In A Pig’s Eye
148 Derby Street
8:30pm

A popular and lively open mic hosted every second and fourth Tuesday of the month.

Somerville

Everyone Has a Story to Tell
December 7th
Somerville Public Library
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Eleanor Stafford

A free creative writing workshop for beginning writers and more experienced writers who need a nudge. 20 person limit. To register, please email ejstafford@gmail.com. Adults from all linguistic and educational backgrounds are encouraged to attend.

Comments

  1. This list is a welcome addition to Daniel Bouchard’s poetry reading email list. Mr. Bouchard is the Senior Production Coordinator, The MIT Press Journals.

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