Breakwater Reading: January Edition

12471695_733941746708040_2247109100844645237_oNew year, new readings!

Join us Friday, January 15 at 7pm sharp in the basement of the Brookline Booksmith for the January edition of the Breakwater Reading Series. Hear some great work from local MFA candidates at Boston University, Emerson College, and UMass Boston.

Here are the readers!

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Matthew Porto is an MFA candidate and teaching fellow at Boston University. After earning a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Scranton in 2012, he taught ESL in Tainan, Taiwan for one year and currently lives in Boston. He has privately printed two poetry collections, Flora and Fauna (winter 2014) and DignityAstray (spring 2015). 

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Jason Villemez is an MFA candidate in fiction at Boston University, and co-coordinates the Black Box Reading Series at Boston Playwrights’ Theater. He has worked at the PBS NewsHour, Comcast NBCUniversal, and the Philadelphia Gay News. Before coming to BU he worked on a multimedia project on the Civil Rights Movement called His Dream, Our Stories, traveling around the country and producing interviews with Civil Rights Leaders and Participants. Jason also spent two years in Japan teaching English, traveling and talking to as many people as possible. He tries to write a short story a week and sometimes he succeeds.

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Michelle Betters works at Ploughshares literary journal and teaches at Emerson College, where she’s in her second year of grad school.  Her poems have been published in a few small journals as well as an anthology of Brooklyn, NY poets called All Stars. Her most important project has been the perfection of her vegan chili recipe. 

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Oscar Mancinas, aka Mob-lo Neruda, aka Woke-tavio Paz, aka E.B. Brown, aka Oscar Wildin’ isn’t so much a person as he is a nightmarish thought, held simultaneously by every Republican presidential candidate. Oscar is an MFA fiction candidate at Emerson College, and he wants all of you to know that he ain’t scared of you.

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The cinematographer on an award-winning short documentary, The Seer of Poughkeepsie, Zachary Bond was also the recipient of the Beatrice Daw Brown Prize for Poetry in 2014. His work has appeared both in print and online, most recently in Repurposed Mag. He is an MFA candidate at UMass-Boston.

 

 

Breakwater Reading: December Edition

12360263_721631627939052_2174954030111069789_nIt sure doesn’t feel like it, but December is here! Join us Friday December 18 at the Brookline Booksmith for the December edition of the Breakwater Reading Series and help us celebrate the launch of Breakwater Review‘s latest issue. In addition to readings from six poets and fiction writers from local MFA programs, poet Richard Hoffman, whose work can be found in the new Breakwater issue, will be featured.

Join us and make sure to check out http://www.breakwaterreview.com/ this Friday to read our new issue!

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Lisa Rosinsky is a poet and young adult novelist. Her poetry has recently appeared in Prairie Schooner, Measure, and Hunger Mountain. Before moving to Boston, she worked at Highlights for Children and taught yoga in rural Pennsylvania. Originally she hails from Bawlmer, Murrilyn (known to some as Baltimore, Maryland), and is now pursuing her MFA at Boston University.

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Neha Chaudhary-Kamdar is an MFA candidate at the Creative Writing Program at Boston University. She was born and raised in India and has since lived in various parts of the United States. Aside from being a writer, Neha is an armchair film theorist, an occasional runner, a former editor of children’s textbooks, and an aspiring polyglot.

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John Allen Taylor’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Booth, Dialogist, Devil’s Lake, and The Boiler, among others. He serves as Redivider‘s poetry editor and makes strong, bitter kombucha.

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Lindsay Haber teaches in Emerson’s First Year Writing Program while obtaining her MFA in fiction. She is currently working towards publishing her first novel and writing her second. In addition to writing, she loves animals (with an emphasis on dogs and whales), eggplant parm, nineties grunge. and getting lost in the woods.

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August Smith was asked to write this bio in the third person. He runs Cool Skull Press, attends UMass Boston, has published five chapbooks, and drives a donut van on Sundays. His work has been featured in theNewerYork, Space Cadet Baby Time, Banango Street, Chrimbus Dingo, Electric Cereal, A Boy’s Adventure, and Time is an Illusion Perpetuated by Our Wristwatches. Half of those journals don’t exist but he won’t tell you which ones.

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Jennifer Murphy is a third year MFA candidate in UMass Boston’s Fiction program. Her fiction, poetry, and personal essays have been published in various literary journals and magazines, none of which you’ve heard of. When not writing fiction she plays the world’s smallest violin, tortures her cats, sketches charcoal, pretends to write poetry and avoids the oxford comma. Her most recent artistic endeavor is learning to selfie more than half of her face. But mostly she teaches creative writing and works on her collection of short stories titled, Copper State

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Richard Hoffman is the author of three poetry collections: Without Paradise; Gold Star Road, winner of the 2006 Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize and the New England Poetry Club’s Sheila Motton Book Award; and his latest, Emblem. His prose works include the celebrated Half the House: a Memoir, published in a 20th Anniversary Edition this year; Interference & Other Stories; and his new memoir, Love & Fury. He is Senior Writer-in-Residence at Emerson College.

 

Breakwater Reading: November Edition

11693903_710762485692633_7729945451802767057_nAnother Breakwater is here! Before you head off for Thanksgiving break,  listen to MFA students from BU, UMass Boston, and Emerson share their work.

Join us Friday, November 20, at 7pm sharp in the basement of the Brookline Booksmith.

Here are our wonderful readers:

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Kayleigh Shoen is in her final year of Emerson’s MFA, but is considering chaining herself to a desk in the library so it never has to end. She teaches composition in the First Year Writing Program and Fiction in the emersonWRITES Program for Boston-area High School students.

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D. Eric Parkison grew up in a town near Rochester, NY. He received his MA in English at the University of Rochester where he studied literature and poetry. His poetry has appeared in American ChordataMidwest Quarterly, and Zyzzyva. He is currently an MFA candidate and teaching fellow at Boston University.

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Andy Dugan is a Creative Writing MFA candidate at Emerson College in Boston, MA.  His poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Words Apart, Stolen Island Review, Clarion, Contraposition and Clockwise Cat.  He was a high school English Teacher in New England for nine years prior to enrolling at Emerson and now teaches in the First Year Writing Program. He also works in college writing centers in the Boston area.

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Kate Glavin received her Master’s in English Literature from the University of South Dakota. After teaching literature and writing for a few years, she’s now a second-year poet at UMass. 

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Lisa Hanson is a second year MFA candidate in fiction at Umass Boston, where she was a recipient of the Mary Doyle Curran scholarship in creative writing, and where she currently works as a tutor for undergraduates.  

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Katie Thompson was born in Minnesota and raised in Maryland. She majored in Environmental Studies and Creative Writing at Oberlin College. Thompson has worked at a data security firm, two book stores, two law firms, a toy store, a dollar store, a library, and a dog kennel. Her middle name is Scales, like fish scales.

Breakwater Reading: Fall is Here

PumpkinsFall has arrived! Join us to hear to some of the wonderful MFA students from BU, Emerson, and UMass Boston read their work!

Join us Friday, October 16, at 7pm sharp in the basement of the Brookline Booksmith.

Here are the readers!

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Michael Schrimper is from southern Indiana. A third-year MFA candidate in fiction at Emerson College, he teaches in Emerson’s First Year Writing Program, and admires the college’s passionate, world-engaged students. He has recently developed an interest in the essay. Michael hopes it to make it to a corn maze before Halloween passes. He is a screener of fiction at Ploughshares.

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Jason Villemez is an MFA candidate in fiction at Boston University, and co-coordinates the Black Box Reading Series at Boston Playwrights’ Theater. He has worked at the PBS NewsHour, Comcast NBCUniversal, and the Philadelphia Gay News. Before coming to BU he worked on a multimedia project on the Civil Rights Movement called His Dream, Our Stories, traveling around the country and producing interviews with Civil Rights Leaders and Participants. Jason also spent two years in Japan teaching English, traveling and talking to as many people as possible. He tries to write a short story a week and sometimes he succeeds.

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D.M. Aderibigbe was born Lagos, Nigeria. He holds a B.A in History and Strategic Studies from the University of Lagos. He’s the author of In Praise of Our Absent Father, selected by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani for the APBF New Generation African Poets Chapbook Series. A recipient of 2015 honours from The Dickinson House and the Entrekin Foundation. His poems appear in Alaska Quarterly ReviewColorado Reviewcream city reviewDIAGRAM, Hawaii ReviewNormal SchoolPoet LoreRATTLE,  Spillway among others and have been featured on Verse Daily.  His essays appear in B O D Y, Blueshift Journal and Rain Taxi. He lives in Boston where he’s studying for his MFA in Creative Writing at Boston University as a BU Fellow. He knows God loves you

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Regina Tavani grew up in New Hampshire, went to college in Maine, and has somehow managed to never strap on a pair of skis (except for that one time in sixth grade gym class, which she’d prefer not to talk about). Now, she lives in Somerville, safely away from major mountain ranges. She’s an MFA candidate at Emerson and an editor at Macmillan, and her work has appeared in Necessary Fiction.

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Derek JG Williams puts words into rows both long and short. He’s an MFA candidate at UMass Boston, where he teaches. Brenda Shaughnessy selected his poem “Ode to Tongue” for inclusion in the Best New Poets 2013 anthology. His poems are published or forthcoming in New Ohio Review, Plume, Redivider, Prairie Schooner, Salamander, Cider Press Review, and the Cortland Review, among others.

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Emily Jaeger is an MFA candidate at UMASS Boston and co-editor/co-founder of Window Cat Press. The recipient of the Mary Curran scholarship for writing, her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Four Way Review, Soundings East, and Incessant Pipe Salon among others. Her chapbook The Evolution of Parasites is forthcoming from Sibling Rivalry Press July 2016.

Breakwater Reading: Back to School!

1329881901_94140b09eaSchool’s back in session and so is Breakwater! Reward yourself for making it through the first full week of the semester by listening to some of the wonderful MFA students from BU, Emerson, and UMass Boston read their work!

Join us Friday, September 18, at 7pm sharp in the basement of the Brookline Booksmith.

And the readers are…

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David Braga was born in raised in Northern Virginia. His fiction has been published by Redivider, Pantheon Magazine, Typehouse, and Riding Light.

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Danya Bush is a second year fiction student in the MFA program at UMass Boston. She is originally from just east of Salt Lake City, Utah. Her work most recently appeared in Goddessmode, a chapbook published by Cool Skull Press.

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Liam Day has been a youth worker, teacher, coach, school administrator, public health professional, political campaign manager, and professional basketball player. His poems have appeared at Slow Trains, Apt, and Wilderness House Literary Review. His essays and op-eds have appeared in the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Annalemma, and The Good Men Project, where he has served as sports editor. His first collection, Afforded Permanence, has been nominated for the 2015 Massachusetts Book Award in poetry. He is an MFA candidate in poetry at UMass Boston.

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Angela Siew is a second-year MFA candidate in Poetry at Emerson College, where she is a volunteer screener for Ploughshares and Redivider. She is originally from Princeton, NJ and has worked as an ESL instructor in Chile and Italy. Angela is a water-lover — her work highlights this, her travel, and, occasionally, sliced fruit.

Breakwater Reading: School’s Out For Summer

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We did it. Seriously, summer is actually here. We hope you’ve been outside enjoying the glory of life after winter as much as we have. Join us to celebrate the heat and the launch of Breakwater Review Issue 13 with readings by the talented MFA students from BU, Emerson, and UMass Boston.

Join us Friday, June 19, at 7pm sharp in the basement of the Brookline Booksmith.

Also make sure to look out for Issue 13 of Breakwater Review at breakwaterreview.com. The new issue features work from from Leslee Becker, Jacqueline Jones LaMon, Danielle Legros Georges, and many more.

Here’s a line-up of our readers:

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Grant Bonnier is an MFA candidate in fiction at UMass Boston where he is finishing a short story collection entitled “All the Pretty Things We Don’t Talk About.” He is originally from Miami and while he appreciates your enthusiasm, he doesn’t need to be reminded that the weather here is different. He is aware.

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Tobi Earnheart-Gold is currently completing an MFA in Creative Writing at Boston University. Previously, he lived in a Buddhist monastery in Southern France. He has also spent time working as a shepherd on the island of Crete.

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Mafaz Al-Suwaidan was born in Oklahoma, raised in Kuwait, went to college in Canada, and now lives in the Boston Public Library. She is an MFA fiction student at Emerson College. Her work often explores the delicate moments where identity is torn between tradition and modernity.

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Sally Burnette is an M.F.A. candidate at Emerson College in Poetry.  Her recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Stolen Island, Contraposition, The Great American Poetry Show, the Outrider Review, Clockwise Cat, and others.  She’s not going to make you listen to any other dumb facts.

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Breakwater Reading: Beat the Heat

AppleThe skies have opened to pour bright sunshine into the cracks of the sidewalks and brick walkways of Boston! It’s filling the air with warm waves that are washing over frost-stiff shoulders and relaxing away the weariness of winter. It is warm at last!

What better way to celebrate the return of the sun than by experiencing the beaming talent of MFA students from BU, Emerson, and UMass Boston?

Where to Find Us
On May 15th: The Brookline Booksmith
More specifically: 7pm, Coolidge Corner, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline
24/7: Facebook.com/BreakwaterReadingSeries

Here’s a sneak peek at our line-up of readers:

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Zoe Tokushige is a fiction student at Emerson College and hails from California by way of New York. The stories for her thesis are centered around the Japanese American community during WWII, and some have even been published.

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Kyle Dacuyan is a Leo/Cancer rising, denizen of JP, and very-soon-to-be recipient of an MFA in Poetry from Emerson College. He has twice been a semi-finalist for the “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize and has received scholarships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and The Davidson Institute. His recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Crab Orchard Review, The Nashville Review, THRUSH, DIALOGIST, and RHINO, among other places.

Mimi Cook

Mimi Cook hails from the rainy wilds of the Pacific Northwest. She migrated to study writing, and on Monday she will graduate with her MFA in Fiction from Emerson College where she also worked as a Marketing Assistant for Ploughshares at Emerson College, taught fiction to Boston public high school students through the emersonWRITES program, and assisted in coordinating the Breakwater Reading Series. In her free time, Mimi practices shotokan karate, throws dinner parties, and writes an epistolary food blog with her father.

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Jessica Suzanne Stokes sometimes calls herself a poet.