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.

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.


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