Snowdrops and forsythia have begun sprouting in the mud. Maybe soon you’ll believe that winter is done. Use the extra energy and positivity provided to you by the added Vitamin D beaming down from above to attend this month’s Breakwater reading.
What better way to coax spring into the neighborhood than by experiencing the blossoming talent of MFA students from BU, Emerson, and UMass Boston?
Join us Friday, April 17, at 7pm sharp in the basement of the Brookline Booksmith.
Where to Find Us
On April 17th: The Brookline Booksmith
More specifically: 7pm, Coolidge Corner, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline
Here’s a sneak peek at our line-up of readers:
Brionne Janae is a Southern California native currently living in the city of Boston where she is finishing her M.F.A in Poetry at Emerson College. Brionne’s work has been published or is forthcoming in Plume, the Fjords Review, Apogee Journal, Toe Good Poetry, Redivider and others. She is also the winner of the 2014 Muriel Craft Bailey Contest at the Comstock Review. Brionne is also Cave Canem Fellow. But most importantly Brionne just turned in her thesis yesterday!! and is now feeling mighty fancy.
Todd Natti is a native of Western New York. Don’t know what Western New York is? Well, Todd’s here to teach you. He may also throw in some information about canals and bear tossing. But maybe not. It’s hard to be sure. What is sure is he’s finishing his MFA at Emerson College after seven years, complete with a switch to nonfiction right before writing his thesis, which he defends directly before Friday’s reading. While that may not the norm, doing things last second is sort of Todd’s style, much to the chagrin of others. He hopes you’re as cool with it as they are.
Danya Bush. What can be said about her? I’m a straight-shooter so here’s the facts: she’s a first-year MFA candidate at UMass Boston, studying fiction. She’s a stellar gal. Her stories are like a billion-dollar pair of sunglasses, or like a waterfall on the surface of the sun: very cool, and also, very unexpected. The stupid fabric of existence is a real snooze-fest compare to the stories she writes. Perhaps she’s “The Chosen One”…. but then again perhaps she’s not. I don’t care. Danya Bush.
Jesse De Angelis is a student in the Boston University poetry MFA program, and has recently won third prize in a contest.
Michelle Samuels is an MFA candidate in fiction at Boston University, and co-coordinates the Writers at the Black Box reading series at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. Before coming down to Massachusetts she was a contributing reporter for New Hampshire Public Radio, covering food and farming, and her fiction has appeared in Quick Brown Fox, The Underground, and the anthology Love Free or Die.
August J Smith has been called many things: an Irish cabbie; a rapscallion; Danya Bush’s parents’ favorite child; a fourteen year old boy whose interests include mega hot babes; a dad lookalike; a lizard man with a mustache; the boy of your dreams. He’s a first-year MFA candidate in poetry at UMass Boston, but let’s be real: August’s been slaying the poetry game since he busted out the womb, and y’all better be ready because he’s about to drop some hecka rad poems on your earholes.