Breakwater Reading: December Edition

12360263_721631627939052_2174954030111069789_nIt sure doesn’t feel like it, but December is here! Join us Friday December 18 at the Brookline Booksmith for the December edition of the Breakwater Reading Series and help us celebrate the launch of Breakwater Review‘s latest issue. In addition to readings from six poets and fiction writers from local MFA programs, poet Richard Hoffman, whose work can be found in the new Breakwater issue, will be featured.

Join us and make sure to check out this Friday to read our new issue!


Lisa Rosinsky is a poet and young adult novelist. Her poetry has recently appeared in Prairie Schooner, Measure, and Hunger Mountain. Before moving to Boston, she worked at Highlights for Children and taught yoga in rural Pennsylvania. Originally she hails from Bawlmer, Murrilyn (known to some as Baltimore, Maryland), and is now pursuing her MFA at Boston University.


Neha Chaudhary-Kamdar is an MFA candidate at the Creative Writing Program at Boston University. She was born and raised in India and has since lived in various parts of the United States. Aside from being a writer, Neha is an armchair film theorist, an occasional runner, a former editor of children’s textbooks, and an aspiring polyglot.


John Allen Taylor’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Booth, Dialogist, Devil’s Lake, and The Boiler, among others. He serves as Redivider‘s poetry editor and makes strong, bitter kombucha.


Lindsay Haber teaches in Emerson’s First Year Writing Program while obtaining her MFA in fiction. She is currently working towards publishing her first novel and writing her second. In addition to writing, she loves animals (with an emphasis on dogs and whales), eggplant parm, nineties grunge. and getting lost in the woods.

August + Jellyfish

August Smith was asked to write this bio in the third person. He runs Cool Skull Press, attends UMass Boston, has published five chapbooks, and drives a donut van on Sundays. His work has been featured in theNewerYork, Space Cadet Baby Time, Banango Street, Chrimbus Dingo, Electric Cereal, A Boy’s Adventure, and Time is an Illusion Perpetuated by Our Wristwatches. Half of those journals don’t exist but he won’t tell you which ones.

Jen Murphy + Statue

Jennifer Murphy is a third year MFA candidate in UMass Boston’s Fiction program. Her fiction, poetry, and personal essays have been published in various literary journals and magazines, none of which you’ve heard of. When not writing fiction she plays the world’s smallest violin, tortures her cats, sketches charcoal, pretends to write poetry and avoids the oxford comma. Her most recent artistic endeavor is learning to selfie more than half of her face. But mostly she teaches creative writing and works on her collection of short stories titled, Copper State


Richard Hoffman is the author of three poetry collections: Without Paradise; Gold Star Road, winner of the 2006 Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize and the New England Poetry Club’s Sheila Motton Book Award; and his latest, Emblem. His prose works include the celebrated Half the House: a Memoir, published in a 20th Anniversary Edition this year; Interference & Other Stories; and his new memoir, Love & Fury. He is Senior Writer-in-Residence at Emerson College.



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