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

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 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.”

Sutopa Dasgupta

Matthews Picture Matthew Morrison

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.


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