New England may be suggesting in not so subtle ways that you button up your jacket, pull out your hopefully matching gloves from the depths of your hall closet, and get ready for winter, but may we suggest that you also get ready for Breakwater?
Come inside and warm up in the basement of the Brookline Booksmith! On Friday, November 21 at 7pm sharp, writers from UMass, Emerson, and BU will be showcasing their talents in what is sure to be a worthwhile way to spend a late fall evening.
Where to Find Us
On November 21st: The Brookline Booksmith
More specifically: 7pm, Coolidge Corner, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline
Here’s a sneak peek at our line-up of readers:
Emily Jaeger is a returned Peace Corps volunteer and backyard organic farmer who dreams in four languages. After serving for two years as a agricultural extensionist in rural Paraguay, Emily returned to Boston where she is currently studying in the MFA program at UMASS Boston. Emily is co-editor and co-founder of the Window Cat Press, a zine young, emerging artists and her poems have been published or are forthcoming in Cecile’s Writers Magazine, Broadzine, and the Jewish Journal.
Lewis Feuer is a MFA candidate in poetry at University of Massachusetts Boston. His work was recently featured in No Infinite: a Journal of Poetry, Art, and Protest, and his essay [Listening] was published by Harvard’s Woodberry Poetry Room as part of their Catalyst series. He teaches Creative Writing at UMB, and serves on the organizing committee for the Graduate Employee Organization UAW Local 1596.
Dan Murphy lives north of Boston with his wife, daughter, dog, and elusive mice. A carpenter for many years, he earned his bachelor’s degree at the tender age of 29, after bouts as a mason’s laborer, mover, musician, bartender, government hack, and Democratic operative. A former Golden Gloves boxer, he’s beaten Zack Braff at table tennis and made a joke about Senator Al Franken’s balls to his face.
He’s currently enrolled in the MFA program at Boston University and has published poems in Alloy, Lullwater Review, Blue Collar Review, and Panhandler Magazine. Dan is currently searching for a generous benefactor.
Catherine Con has an MFA in fiction from BU, where she is now the Creative Writing program coordinator. She is working on a novel full of music and mischief. Every twenty pages she gets to eat one burger, which is quite a lot, if you think about it.
Rebecca Thill is a poetry MFA candidate and writing tutor at Emerson College. She is wrapping up her thesis right now. Right now, as in, as this very bio is being read. She gets told all the time that she’s far too cheerful to be a poet, so she’s working on becoming more broody. You can find her work online at random lit journals with a quick google search. And when asked what she writes about, she likes to vary her response but her favorite response of late is: “I write haikus. About bears.”
Mimi Cook hails from the rainy wilds of the Pacific Northwest. She migrated to Boston to pursue an MFA in Fiction at Emerson College where she writes stories that draw on her western roots and sensibility. Outside of class, she works as a Marketing Assistant for Ploughshares at Emerson College, teaches fiction to Boston public high school students through the emersonWRITES program, and assists in coordinating the Breakwater Reading Series. She is the 2014 Ivan Gold Fiction Fellow at the Writer’s Room of Boston. In her free time, Mimi practices shotokan karate, throws dinner parties, and writes an epistolary food blog with her father.
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.