Breakwater Reading: January Edition

12471695_733941746708040_2247109100844645237_oNew year, new readings!

Join us Friday, January 15 at 7pm sharp in the basement of the Brookline Booksmith for the January edition of the Breakwater Reading Series. Hear some great work from local MFA candidates at Boston University, Emerson College, and UMass Boston.

Here are the readers!


Matthew Porto is an MFA candidate and teaching fellow at Boston University. After earning a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Scranton in 2012, he taught ESL in Tainan, Taiwan for one year and currently lives in Boston. He has privately printed two poetry collections, Flora and Fauna (winter 2014) and DignityAstray (spring 2015). 


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.


Michelle Betters works at Ploughshares literary journal and teaches at Emerson College, where she’s in her second year of grad school.  Her poems have been published in a few small journals as well as an anthology of Brooklyn, NY poets called All Stars. Her most important project has been the perfection of her vegan chili recipe. 


Oscar Mancinas, aka Mob-lo Neruda, aka Woke-tavio Paz, aka E.B. Brown, aka Oscar Wildin’ isn’t so much a person as he is a nightmarish thought, held simultaneously by every Republican presidential candidate. Oscar is an MFA fiction candidate at Emerson College, and he wants all of you to know that he ain’t scared of you.

My face

The cinematographer on an award-winning short documentary, The Seer of Poughkeepsie, Zachary Bond was also the recipient of the Beatrice Daw Brown Prize for Poetry in 2014. His work has appeared both in print and online, most recently in Repurposed Mag. He is an MFA candidate at UMass-Boston.



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