Breakwater Reading: Opening the Floodgates

Boston recently broke the record for most snowfall in the season, and now that that’s over with, we can hopefully put it right behind us. What better way to coax spring into the neighborhood than by showcasing the blossoming talent of MFA students from BU, Emerson, and UMass Boston?

Join us today, Friday, March 20, at 7pm sharp at the Brookline Booksmith..

Where to Find Us

On March 20th: The Brookline Booksmith
More specifically: 7pm, Coolidge Corner, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline

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

Bob Sykora

Bob Sykora is a first year MFA candidate at UMass Boston and the poetry editor for Breakwater Review. He is originally from the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, CA, but his heart still resides in Chicago, where he used to be a high school teacher.


Breauna L. Roach is a native of Detroit, MI and a recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Writers Association’s Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in the Detroit Institute of Art, The Huffington Post, 22 Across Young Writer’s Review and various other publications. She is a proud Alumna of Florida A&M University, and has received fellowships from Callaloo and Cave Canem. Breauna is the former Editor of CaKe: a Journal of Poetry and Art and is currently a 1st year MFA student at Emerson College.


Antonina (Nina) Palisano is an MFA candidate at Boston University. She holds a degree in religion and creative writing from Hampshire College, where she completed a poetry manuscript about tuberculosis in the 19th century imagination. Nina was recently named a finalist in the 2015 Jewish Currents’ Raynes Poetry Prize, and has been the recipient of scholarships and grants from Flying Object and the Sandol Milliken Stoddard Fund. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Massachusetts Review, Potluck Magazine, Washington Square, the Bellevue Literary Review, and other publications.


Emily Jaeger is a returned Peace Corps volunteer and backyard organic farmer who dreams in four languages. A candidate in the MFA program at UMASS Boston, she is a Lambda Literary fellow and co-editor/co-founder of the Window Cat Press, a zine for young, emerging artists. Her publication list is up on her website.


Julia Mascioli is a third-year MFA candidate in Fiction at Emerson College, currently in the final throes of completing her thesis, a collection of linked stories. When she isn’t isn’t writing or worrying about writing, she does communications and grant writing for the DC-based nonprofit Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop, which uses books and writing to empower incarcerated youth.


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