Local Poets 4 x 4 Reading

Brookline poet laureate Jennifer Barber hosts four local poets – Sassan Tabatabai, Ruth Hoberman, Nancy Kassell, and Ben Berman – each reading four of their original poems. The reading will be followed by a brief Q & A.

Ben Berman is the author of three books of poems and the forthcoming book of essays Writing While Parenting. He has won the Peace Corps Award for Best Book of Poetry, has twice been shortlisted for the Massachusetts Book Awards, and has received awards from the New England Poetry Club and Massachusetts Cultural Council. He teaches English at Brookline High School.

Ruth Hoberman recently moved from Chicago to Newtonville, Massachusetts. Since her 2015 retirement from Eastern Illinois University, she has published poems and essays in various
journals—most recently in West Trestle Review, Comstock Review, and Ibbetson Street.

Nancy Kassell’s two books of poetry, “Text(isles)” and “Be(longing),” were published by Dos Madres Press. Her poem “Flipbook” appeared in She Speaks Up! an anthology celebrating the 100th  anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment. Her translation, with the late Anita Safran, of a poem by Polish poet Zuzanna Ginczanka will be published later this year in Poiesis in Extremis: Literature Witnessing the Holocaust.

Sassan Tabatabai is a poet, translator, and scholar of Medieval Persian poetry. He is the author of Father of Persian Verse: Rudaki and his Poetry, Uzunburun: Poems, and Sufi Haiku, and translator of the novel Blind Owl by Sadeq Hedayat. His forthcoming books (scheduled for release in spring 2023) are Ferry to Malta: Poems and Translations, and a Persian translation of the poetry of David Ferry. He teaches at Boston University.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2023

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Coolidge Corner - Meeting Room
31 Pleasant Street, Brookline, MA 02446


The Coolidge Corner is located on the ground floor of the Coolidge Corner Library. There are three methods of access: (1) Use the main entrance, which is equipped with a ramp and door openers, followed by the lift in the far east corner of the ground floor. (2) Follow the outdoor ramp around the north side of the building to the ground floor entrance, which is equipped with a door opener, followed by three stairs from the hallway into the room, or (3) follow the outdoor ramp around the north side of the building to the back entrance, which is equipped with a door opener. This venue is equipped with assistive listening transmitters and devices, available upon request.

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