Breakwater Reading: May Edition

Join us for the final Breakwater Reading before our summer hiatus. MFA students from BU, Emerson, and UMass Boston will read fiction and poetry as we celebrate the end of another school year and the launch of Breakwater Review Issue XV!


Here are the readers!


A.J.’s poetry has appeared in a number of strange and wonderful publications, including Sybil’s GarageMythic Delirium, Not One of UsDreams & NightmaresStrange HorizonsStone TellingFarrago’s WainscotThrough the GateLiminality,Battersea Review, and SWAMP (just to name a few). Her début collection, Lost Books,with Flipped Eye Publishing, was nominated for the 2010 London New Poetry Award, for the 2011 Forward Prize, and was also a finalist for the 2011 People’s Book Prize. Her second collection, The Dishonesty of Dreams, was released in 2014.  She has been serving as Senior Poetry Editor at Strange Horizons magazine since 2012.

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Annette Frost was born and resides in Boston, but houses a big part of her heart in Vermont. She loves the intersection of science and poetry, and believes in the importance of acknowledging both feelings and Climate Change. Annette is currently a poetry MFA candidate at Boston University.


Justin Spaller is an MFA candidate at UMass Boston and the fiction editor at Breakwater Review. He lives in Dorchester with his wife, Anna.


Mary Coons is an Illinois native and an MFA candidate at UMass Boston. She is currently working to set up creative writing workshops in Boston-area domestic violence shelters.



Vassiliki Rapti was born and grew up in Greece and studied Comparative Literature in Greece, France and the United States. She is the author of six books, including the monograph Ludics in Surrealist Theatre and Beyond (Ashgate, 2013) and the poetry collection Transitorium (Somerset Hall Press, 2015). Her poetry and translations have been published in various journals including Taos Journal of Poetry and Art, Eliot Review, Levure littéraire, Poeticanet and Poetix. Her poetry is animated by the ludic spirit and is imbued by surrealist imagery in an attempt to capture the intrusion of the marvelous in everyday life, yet it strives for simplicity in diction. She further explores the ludic element as Chair of the Ludics Seminar of the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University, where she also runs the Advanced Training in Greek Poetry Translation and Performance Workshop. Besides her innovative teaching at Harvard, she also teaches literature and literary theory at Emerson College. 

Anthony Martinez hails from Bakersfield, California. His jobs have included: the guy that makes your sandwich, the guy that makes your photocopies, the guy that makes your skinny non-fat caramel macchiato, the guy that teaches your kids algebra & SAT prep during summer school, the guy that re-racks your beer, the guy that copyedits your computer science textbook, &, most recently, the guy that poses naked for your figure drawing classes. He is a graduate student at Emerson College, studying fiction.

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