Breakwater Reading: March Edition

downloadJoin us this Friday, March 25 at 7pm sharp in the basement of the Brookline Booksmith for the March 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!


Elysia Smith is a poet currently living in Cambridge, MA. She has too many pets and too many hobbies. Sometimes, she performs as an aerialist. She also runs the Dorchester based series, Write on the Dot. Hit her up if you’re a writer that lives/works in Dorchester and want to check it out.


Chris Poole is from Harrison, Tennessee, and is completing an MFA in fiction at Emerson College. He has had stories published by Apt, Flavorwire, and Waccamaw as well as one forthcoming in the Gettysburg Review.

Karina van Berkum

Karina van Berkum is a New England based poet and teacher whose poems have appeared in publications such as Curio Poetry, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, and Eunoia Review.  She is currently a Teaching Fellow at Boston University and an editor for Spoke, a Poetry Annual. She lives in Cambridge, where she is usually walking a sheepdog or spontaneously dancing. 


Maija Mäkinen is a bilingual Finnish writer and translator who also speaks a little bit of Texan. She writes about solitude, old women, immigration, and the cacophony of living with two cultures. The first chapter of the novel-in-progress from which she is reading tonight won the 2012 University of Cambridge Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize. She commutes to BU from Brooklyn and is currently testing all the new entrees on Amtrak’s café car menu.

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Madison Bakalar hails from the eastern shores of North Carolina, where she graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with degrees in English and dramatic arts. While there, she was published twice in their student-run literary journal Cellar Door and earned an honors in creative writing. Madison is in her final year at Emerson College as an MFA fiction candidate, and when she’s not a school, you’ll find her shelving books at Brattle Book Shop. Most recently, she won first place in the WLP Writing Award for Fiction at Emerson. Post-graduation plans involve getting more sleep and figuring out how to be a human after being a student for 18+ years.

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