Breakwater Reading: School’s Out for the Summer!

School’s over…but Breakwater isn’t quite yet! We’ve got one final, spectacular night of reading to help you plunge into the refreshing glory of summer. Kick off your sandals, inflate your pool raft, and soak up the work of our final six readers!

Where to Find Us
On June 27th: The Brookline Booksmith
More specifically: 7pm, Coolidge Corner, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline
24/7: Facebook.com/BreakwaterReadingSeries

At 7pm sharp, these six talented writers will be at the Brookline Booksmith, ready to jump-start your summer reading with some summer listening.

Shannon LeBlanc

Shannon LeBlanc recently earned an MFA from Emerson College. During her time at Emerson, Shannon tutored in the writing center and in a Boston public high school. She completed her thesis — a collection of essays that focus on the language associated with family dynamics, loss, and trauma —under the guidance of her chair, Megan Marshall. In August, she’ll be moving to Louisville, Kentucky. Although Shannon will miss Boston accents, Life Alive, and waiting for the MBTA in sweltering heat or bone-chilling cold, she’s excited to purchase a floppy straw hat and to have a reason to drink a lot of bourbon.

Bionne Janae

Brionne Janae is a maker of poetry and awkward moments. She is currently working on becoming more distinguished (which kind of hard). Brionne will be attending the Skidmore College Summer Writer’s Institute where she hopes to schmooze with people in high places. She was also just made a Cave Canem Fellow!

Emily

Emily Jaeger is a returned Peace Corps volunteer, and backyard organic farmer who dreams in four languages. Emily served for two years as an agricultural extensionist in rural Paraguay, teaching local farmers sustainable growing practices and leading organic gardening projects. Currently a matriculating MFA student at UMASS Boston, she is co-editor and co-founder of the Window Cat micro-press, a zine and tumblr for young, emerging artists. Having completed her undergraduate studies in Bible and Ancient Near Studies at Brandeis University, Emily’s poems draw on Jewish liturgy as well as biblical and ancient Syrian verse. Her current project is a poetic rendering of informal interviews with rural Paraguayan women from her time in the Peace Corps. When not writing, Emily works as a residential counselor with female veterans suffering from PTSD and sexual trauma in the military.

Adam Felts

Adam Felts grew up in Utica, New York, and has lived in Boston for the last five years. He is currently in the MFA writing program at Boston University. He is currently working on a novel called “Thirteen Different Girls.”

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Matthew Morrison is a soon-to-be third-year MFA student at UMass Boston. Recurring subjects in his poetry are unrequited love and food, often appearing together. His most recent poems have been about his father, an old best friend, a trip to Burlington, and a pottery shop.


 

The Breakwater Reading Series features Boston’s student writers performing the best in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction from the programs at Boston University, Emerson College, and the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Six fresh voices read in each installment of this popular series, presented by the Graduate Writing Department at UMass-Boston. Readings are held at the Brookline Booksmith at 7pm on the third Friday of every month between September and June. The event is always free and open to the public.

School’s Out for the Summer…But Breakwater Isn’t Just Yet!

School's out, but Breakwater isn'tYes, that’s right! Breakwater isn’t over quite yet. We’ve got one final, spectacular night of reading to help you plunge into the refreshing glory of summer. Kick off your sandals, inflate your pool raft, and soak up the work of our final readers!

At 7pm sharp on  June 27th six talented writers will be at the Brookline Booksmith, ready to jump-start your summer reading with some summer listening. This is a reading you won’t want to miss!

Stay tuned for reader bios and photos later this week, right here on our blog.

In the meantime, go outside and enjoy the sunshine!

Breakwater Reading: Jockey Up! Two More to Go!

While the spring semester may be wrapping up for most, Beakwater isn’t. Just like the Triple Crown, we’ve still got two more races (uh, readings) to go.

So go refill that julep, take that big floppy hat back off the rack, pull out those long summer dresses, flip flops, and short-sleeved flannel shirts and come join us this Friday, May 16 at the Brookline Booksmith in Coolidge Corner for a pre-Preakness reading from some serious contenders.

Where to Find Us
On May 16th: The Brookline Booksmith
More specifically: 7pm, Coolidge Corner, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline
24/7: Facebook.com/BreakwaterReadingSeries

At 7pm sharp, these featured readers will jokey up and go to post.

Sonam Jhalani

Sonam Wangmo Jhalani is originally from Bhutan. She is in Boston University’s MFA program for Fiction Writing.  She has an MA in International Relations from the University of Denver.  She has lived in Africa, India and New York.  She has also traveled to Sri Lanka, Thailand and Afghanistan for work.  Currently she is working on a collection of short stories.

Karen Locascio

Karen Locascio graduates this semester from UMass Boston, with an MFA in Poetry. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Spry Literary Journal, Cider Press Review, Amethyst Arsenic, and Breakwater Review, among others. While at UMass Boston, she was co-winner of the 2014 Academy of American Poets Prize, received an honorable mention for the 2013 Academy of American Poets Prize, and was recently awarded a scholarship to attend the NY Summer Writers Institute at Skidmore College this July. Karen is proudly originally from New Jersey, and no, she doesn’t know what she’s doing after graduation.

 

Peter Medeiros

Peter Medeiros is entering his third year in the Emerson College MFA program, studying fiction. Most recently, his short fiction was accepted to the July issue of Outposts of Beyond. He enjoys strange stories, overly complex board games, and kung fu in the park.

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Jennifer Murphy While pursuing her B.A. in Creative Writing at Arizona State, Murphy received an honorable mention in the fiction genre from the Glendon & Kathryn Swarthout Awards in Writing as well as first prize for her scholarly essay and runner up in fiction for the Randel and Susan McCraw Helms Writing Contest. Murphy has had internships with the literary journal Hayden’s Ferry Review as well as the Piper Center for Creative Writing, and participated in the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference. She is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She will be workshopping with Ellisa Schappell over the summer at the Tin House Summer Writers Workshop. Her list of favorite things includes catching rattlesnakes, the smell of a hot car, ancient astronaut theory, and all things denim.

Johanna Pittman

Johanna Pittman is an MFA candidate in poetry at Boston University. Her poetry has appeared in Memorious, Jabberwock Review, and Middle Gray.

David Weinstein

David Weinstein hails proudly from New Jersey. He is a nonfiction MFA candidate at Emerson College and an editorial assistant at Ploughshares. His work has appeared in Slate, among other publications. Yes, he is proud of being from New Jersey.

 


The Breakwater Reading Series features Boston’s student writers performing the best in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction from the programs at Boston University, Emerson College, and the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Six fresh voices read in each installment of this popular series, presented by the Graduate Writing Department at UMass-Boston. Readings are held at the Brookline Booksmith at 7pm on the third Friday of every month between September and June. The event is always free and open to the public.

 

Take a Break from Marathon Madness for the April Breakwater Reading!

It’s snowing in OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAApril, you’re drinking too much coffee to gear up for finals, and on Monday thousands of people will run 26 miles, so don’t you deserve a break? What better way to unwind  than listening to awesome writers read at Breakwater tomorrow, Friday, April 18th!

Join us for an evening at the Brookline Booksmith in Coolidge Corner at 7pm for our fourth reading of 2014, featuring superlative poetry and prose, brought to you by some of Boston’s finest MFA candidates!

Where to Find Us
On April 18th: The Brookline Booksmith
More specifically: 7pm, Coolidge Corner, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline
24/7: Facebook.com/BreakwaterReadingSeries
See you there! In the meantime, here’s a sneak-peak at this month’s readers.

Emily Avery-Miller

Emily Avery-Miller is a writer and teacher. She’s a Massachusetts native, a graduate of Vassar College and an MFA candidate in Nonfiction Writing at Emerson College. Her interests range from 19th-century American history to ecology, and she works in nonprofit communications for ENE.  When she’s not clicking away at manuscripts or lesson plans, she likes to hike, watch Patriots football, and curl up with her two handsome cats.

Tara Skurtu

Tara Skurtu teaches Creative Writing at Boston University, where she received a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship and an Academy of American Poets Prize. She was named one of Lloyd Schwartz’s 6 Favorite New Poets on WBUR’s Here and Now. Recent poems have appeared in Poetry Review, Memorious, DMQ Review, The Dalhousie Review, the minnesota review, B O D Y, and The Los Angeles Review.

Dymon Lewis

Dymon Lewis is a Brooklyn-born, Bronx-raised writer (who secretly wishes she was from San Francisco) finishing up her final year as a candidate in Emerson’s MFA in Fiction. She is the current Fiction Editor of Emerson’s graduate literary magazine Redivider and was an instructor in the 2013-2014 semester of emersonWrites a free creative writing program for students in Boston Public Schools. She is currently at work on a novel about a really dysfunctional family.

Jason Henry Simon-Bierenbaum

Jason Henry Simon-Bierenbaum first proclaimed he wanted to write he was six.  He started writing regularly when he was thirteen, and has been invited to read at the Dodge Poetry Festival, the New Jersey Hip Hop Action Summit, and has been a national slam champion as part of the Philly Youth Slam Team.
Currently he’s in the UMass Boston poetry MFA program while making his living as a teaching artist at various places (Institute of Contemporary Art, Urbano Project, Harvard) and Arts Organizer (MassLEAP, organizing the statewide Louder than a Bomb Youth Poetry Slam Festival).  He does his best to take nothing for granted.

Anna Ziering

Anna Ziering Originally from the Boston area, Anna is back in town after six years in New York, where she studied poetry under Saskia Hamilton and Sean Singer at Barnard College and worked as a paralegal at the ACLU. She is working on her MFA at BU. She will receive it in January, but she’s already bored of answering the question “An MFA? What can you do with that?” But she maintains that being an unemployed poet is infinitely better than being an employed paralegal.

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The Breakwater Reading Series features Boston’s student writers performing the best in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction from the programs at Boston University, Emerson College, and the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Six fresh voices read in each installment of this popular series, presented by the Graduate Writing Department at UMass-Boston. Readings are held at the Brookline Booksmith at 7pm on the third Friday of every month between September and June. The event is always free and open to the public.

Spring is upon us! And so is March 21st, and BREAKWATER!

photo+1Spring is upon us! And so is March 21st, and BREAKWATER! Emerson co-curator Mimi Cook wants to see you there!
Happy First Day of Spring! We hope you are enjoying the warmer—albeit wetter, but still warmer—weather. Whether spring inspires you to frolic on the Common or kick your marathon training into high gear (or, if you’re like us, take a book OUTSIDE), take a break to come listen to six supremely talented writers read at Breakwater on Friday, March 21st!

Join us for an evening at the Brookline Booksmith in Coolidge Corner at 7pm for our third reading of 2014, featuring superlative poetry and prose, brought to you by some of Boston’s finest MFA candidates!

Where to Find Us
On March 21st: The Brookline Booksmith
More specifically: 7pm, Coolidge Corner, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline
24/7: Facebook.com/BreakwaterReadingSeries
See you there! In the meantime, here’s a sneak-peak at this month’s readers.

Eloisa+Amezuca

Eloisa Amezcua is an Arizona-native, currently completing her MFA thesis—a collection of poems—at Emerson College. She is the recipient of the 2012 University of San Diego creative writing award selected by Ilya Kaminsky, and her work can be found a few places here and there.

DrewArnold

Drew Arnold has nearly earned his MFA in Fiction from UMass-Boston. He looks forward to the end of winter when he will put basil in a pot on his porch and watch it die. Drew edits the e-journal of serialized fiction, Novella-T, and he encourages writers and readers alike to check it out at novella-t.com.

CatherineFloraCon

Catherine Flora Con likes em dashes, colons, and candied yams. She does not prefer cats. She recently received her MFA from BU, where she teaches advanced fiction, coordinates the creative writing program, and eats avocados with a plastic spoon she found in Leslie Epstein’s desk.

Leanne+Hoppe

Leanne Hoppe is a 2013-2014 MFA candidate in poetry at Boston University and an editorial assistant at AGNI.

Eric+Marshall

Eric Marshall is a fiction writer currently enrolled in Emerson College’s MFA Fiction program. Eric has been published by The Bridge and Temper, and also teaches freshman composition courses as part of Emerson College’s First-Year Writing Program. In his spare time, Eric plays the drums and makes dad-jokes on Twitter.

DerekJGWilliams
A student of America’s shorthand history, Derek JG Williams grew up studying comic books and the backs of baseball cards. He puts words into rows both long and short. His poems and prose are published or forthcoming in Best New Poets 2013, The Cortland Review, H_NGM_N, CutBank Literary Magazine, Bellingham Review, RHINO, Main Street Rag, and Knockout Literary Journal, among others.

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The Breakwater Reading Series features Boston’s student writers performing the best in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction from the programs at Boston University, Emerson College, and the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Six fresh voices read in each installment of this popular series, presented by the Graduate Writing Department at UMass-Boston. Readings are held at the Brookline Booksmith at 7pm on the third Friday of every month between September and June. The event is always free and open to the public.