Brookline Poetry Series

The Brookline Poetry Series is pleased to offer its reading series for 2021-22. We will be virtual for at least September through December, and will make decisions for January-June later in the year. Check this website for updated information. We have a stellar line-up for the series this fall, which will take place via Zoom at our usual time, the third Sunday of each month, from 2:00-4:00. Our invited poets will read, starting at 2:00, followed by an open mic. Sign-up for the open mic will be available at 1:45 in the chat box.

Each month, you will receive a Zoom invitation in your email for the reading.  Click on the link in the email and follow succeeding instructions to access the reading.

In order to receive the link for each reading, you must be on the Brookline Poetry Series mailing list. To get on the list, you may contact the organizers via email at brooklinepoetry@minlib.net. Please put “Brookline Poetry Series” in the subject heading. Please do not send written correspondence in care of the Library.

 


Featured Readers


September 19, 2021—Virtual 

C. Dale Young & Anastasia Vassos

C. Dale Young practices medicine full-time and teaches in the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation, he is the author of a novel and five collections of poetry, the most recent being Prometeo (Four Way Books 2021). He lives in San Francisco.

Anastasia Vassos was born in Cleveland and lives in Boston. Her poems appear in RHINO, SWWIM, Rust+Moth, Thrush Poetry Journal, Lily Poetry Review, Nixes Mate and Comstock Review among other journals. Her poems End of Life Directive and Self Portrait As Lot’s Wife received honorable mention from Marge Piercy in the Joe Gouveia Outermost Poetry Contest. Her poem Tinos, August 2012 was named Poem of the Moment on MassPoetry.org. She is the author of Nike Adjusting Her Sandal (Nixes Mate, 2021). A Best of the Net finalist, she was also nominated for the Best New Poets 2021 anthology. She is a reader for Lily Poetry Review, speaks three languages, and is a long-distance cyclist.

October 17, 2021—Virtual 

Dorianne Laux & Amanda Hope

Dorianne Laux’s sixth collection, Only As the Day is Long: New and Selected Poems was named a finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Her fifth collection, The Book of Men, was awarded The Paterson Prize. Her fourth book of poems, Facts About the Moon, won The Oregon Book Award and was short-listed for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. Laux is also the author of Awake; What We Carry, a finalist for the National Book Critic’s Circle Award; Smoke; as well as a fine small press edition, The Book of Women. She is the co-author of the celebrated text, The Poet’s Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry.

Amanda Hope lives in eastern Massachusetts with her partner and cats. A graduate of Colgate University and Simmons College, she works as a librarian. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Hellebore, Nixes Mate Review, Lily Poetry Review, The Shallow Ends, and more. Her chapbook, The Museum of Resentments, was published by Paper Nautilus in 2020. You can find more information about her work at her website, amandahope.net.

November 21, 2021—Virtual 

Meg Kearney & TBA

Meg Kearney is author of the poetry collections All Morning the Crows, winner of the 2020 Washington Prize; Home By Now, winner of the 2010 PEN New England LL Winship Award and a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize and Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year; and An Unkindness of Ravens (2001). The Ice Storm, a heroic crown, came out with Green Linen Press in 2020. Meg has also published three novels in verse for teens. Her picture book, Trouper (2013), was illustrated by E.B. Lewis and received the Kentucky Bluegrass Award and the Missouri Show Me Reader’s Award. Her poetry has been featured on Poetry Daily, Ted Kooser’s “American Life in Poetry” column, and Garrison Keillor’s “A Writer’s Almanac.” Former Associate Director of the National Book Foundation in New York, Meg is founding director of the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. For more information: www.megkearney.com.

December 19, 2021—Virtual 

Nickole Brown & Jessica Jacobs

Nickole Brown is the author of Sister and Fanny Says. She lives in Asheville, NC, where she volunteers at several animal sanctuaries. To Those Who Were Our First Gods, a chapbook of poems about these animals, won the 2018 Rattle Prize, and her essay-in-poems, The Donkey Elegies, was published by Sibling Rivalry Press in 2020. In 2021, Spruce Books of Penguin Random House published Write It! 100 Poetry Prompts to Inspire, a book she co-authored with her wife Jessica Jacobs, and they regularly teach generative writing sessions together as part of their SunJune Literary Collaborative.

Jessica Jacobs is the author of Take Me with You, Wherever You’re Going (Four Way Books), one of Library Journal’s Best Poetry Books of the Year and winner of the Devil’s Kitchen and Goldie Awards. Her debut collection, Pelvis with Distance (White Pine Press), a biography-in-poems of Georgia O’Keeffe, won the New Mexico Book Award in Poetry and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Chapbook Editor for Beloit Poetry Journal, Jessica lives in Asheville, NC, with her wife, the poet Nickole Brown, with whom she co-authored Write It! 100 Poetry Prompts to Inspire (Spruce Books/PenguinRandomHouse), and is at work on a collection of poems exploring spirituality, Torah, and Midrash.

January 16, 2022—Meeting Space TBD

Danielle Legros Georges & Gail Mazur

Danielle Legros Georges is a writer, translator, academic, and the author of several books of poetry including The Dear Remote Nearness of You, winner of the New England Poetry Club’s Sheila Margaret Motten prize. She was appointed the second Poet Laureate of the city of Boston, serving in the role from 2015 to 2019. Her most recent work is the book of translations, Island Heart: The Poems of Ida Faubert.

Gail Mazur’s eighth collection, Land’s End: New & Selected Poems, was published in 2020. Earlier books include: Forbidden City; Figures in a Landscape; Zeppo’s First Wife: New & Selected Poems, winner of the 2006 Massachusetts Book Award and finalist for the 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize; and They Can’t Take That Away from Me, finalist for the National Book Award in 2001. She is a former fellow of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and has taught widely including in Boston University’s MFA in Writing Program and in The Fine Art Work Center’s Summer Program. Mazur is the founding director of the Blacksmith House Poetry Series which she directed for 29 years and is now directed by Andrea Cohen.


The Brookline Poetry Series was founded in the spring and summer of 2001 by our friend and fellow poet Diane Collins Ouellette. Diane died of cancer several months into the series, and, with her husband Berred’s support, we continued. We are guided by her original mission: a quality venue for local poets, both published and yet-to-be published; a place for a multiplicity of poetic voices; a series particularly dedicated to featuring the work of Brookline poets.

In the years since, we have featured the best contemporary voices in American poetry, as well as many fine local poets.

We are dedicated to providing a forum for poets of all experience to listen and read their work. In 2005, the Boston Globe named us the Best in Boston for our open mike.

We welcome all Boston-area poets to our series.

Since March 2008, the series has been held at the Public Library of Brookline. The 2021-22 series will be virtual from September through December. We will post information here about whether January-June will be virtual or in person as soon as it becomes available.

Brookline Poetry Series Co-Directors: Ann Killough, Susan Jo Russell, Aimée Sands

Contact: brooklinepoetry@minlib.net. Please put “Brookline Poetry Series” in the subject heading. Please do not send written correspondence in care of the Library.