Breakwater Reading: Fall is Here

PumpkinsFall has arrived! Join us to hear to some of the wonderful MFA students from BU, Emerson, and UMass Boston read their work!

Join us Friday, October 16, at 7pm sharp in the basement of the Brookline Booksmith.

Here are the readers!


Michael Schrimper is from southern Indiana. A third-year MFA candidate in fiction at Emerson College, he teaches in Emerson’s First Year Writing Program, and admires the college’s passionate, world-engaged students. He has recently developed an interest in the essay. Michael hopes it to make it to a corn maze before Halloween passes. He is a screener of fiction at Ploughshares.


Jason Villemez is an MFA candidate in fiction at Boston University, and co-coordinates the Black Box Reading Series at Boston Playwrights’ Theater. He has worked at the PBS NewsHour, Comcast NBCUniversal, and the Philadelphia Gay News. Before coming to BU he worked on a multimedia project on the Civil Rights Movement called His Dream, Our Stories, traveling around the country and producing interviews with Civil Rights Leaders and Participants. Jason also spent two years in Japan teaching English, traveling and talking to as many people as possible. He tries to write a short story a week and sometimes he succeeds.


D.M. Aderibigbe was born Lagos, Nigeria. He holds a B.A in History and Strategic Studies from the University of Lagos. He’s the author of In Praise of Our Absent Father, selected by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani for the APBF New Generation African Poets Chapbook Series. A recipient of 2015 honours from The Dickinson House and the Entrekin Foundation. His poems appear in Alaska Quarterly ReviewColorado Reviewcream city reviewDIAGRAM, Hawaii ReviewNormal SchoolPoet LoreRATTLE,  Spillway among others and have been featured on Verse Daily.  His essays appear in B O D Y, Blueshift Journal and Rain Taxi. He lives in Boston where he’s studying for his MFA in Creative Writing at Boston University as a BU Fellow. He knows God loves you


Regina Tavani grew up in New Hampshire, went to college in Maine, and has somehow managed to never strap on a pair of skis (except for that one time in sixth grade gym class, which she’d prefer not to talk about). Now, she lives in Somerville, safely away from major mountain ranges. She’s an MFA candidate at Emerson and an editor at Macmillan, and her work has appeared in Necessary Fiction.


Derek JG Williams puts words into rows both long and short. He’s an MFA candidate at UMass Boston, where he teaches. Brenda Shaughnessy selected his poem “Ode to Tongue” for inclusion in the Best New Poets 2013 anthology. His poems are published or forthcoming in New Ohio Review, Plume, Redivider, Prairie Schooner, Salamander, Cider Press Review, and the Cortland Review, among others.


Emily Jaeger is an MFA candidate at UMASS Boston and co-editor/co-founder of Window Cat Press. The recipient of the Mary Curran scholarship for writing, her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Four Way Review, Soundings East, and Incessant Pipe Salon among others. Her chapbook The Evolution of Parasites is forthcoming from Sibling Rivalry Press July 2016.


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