Breakwater Reading: September Edition

old-1130742_960_720School’s back in session and so is Breakwater!  Join us Friday, September 16, at 7 pm in the basement of the Brookline Booksmith for the first Breakwater Reading of the school year. Listen to the wonderful fiction and poetry of MFA students from Boston University, Emerson, and UMass Boston.

Here are the readers!


A Native to Los Angeles and now early-retired New Yorker, Alanna Bailey has been writing poetry since she was 16.

First studying the written word by accident, she has followed it’s mysterious wonder from Los Angeles’ divine UCLA Young Writers Retreat’s to the classrooms of Eugene Lang College, The New School University in New York City, where she graduated taking her Bachelor’s Degree and the Senior Academic Award of Excellence in Writing from the Writing Department (by unanimous vote). She has just arrived in Boston where she is pursuing her MFA at Boston University.

Her poetry can be found on the pages of Armchair/Shotgun No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 as well as in Yale’s SAGE Magazine.

She firmly believes that every single persons story is their strength; and is worth being told– and heard.


Sally Burnette once puked discreetly into an infinity scarf, and is now asst. poetry editor at Redivider. Recent work is out in theEEEL, decomP, and Queen Mob’s Teahouse and is forthcoming in Spectator & Spooks and The Fem.


Annie Diamond is a poet born and raised in Connecticut. Her poems have appeared in The Lyric, The Fem, The Columbia Review, Misadventures, and other publications. Her writing has been supported by The MacDowell Colony and Boston University, where she is completing her MFA.

Her first chapbook, entitled Nostos, was published in August 2016 by Turtledove Press, a new small press based in New York City.


Jose F. Diaz is a writer, philosopher, and Navy veteran who earned his undergraduate degrees in English and philosophy at Towson University. He is attending UMass Boston for an MFA in creative writing. He has been to war, traveled around the world, reads when he feels like it, writes when he doesn’t, is an assistant editor for BrickHouse Books, ESL tutor, and will be working for Consequence Magazine. He enjoys unrequited love, sitting in the rain, and hearing about people who keep trying despite having failed. And on some days, he enjoys his depression. He has even gone so far as to think, “Maybe it’s okay to love myself.”


Paul Haney is both a two-sport champion and a two-cat guy. His work has appeared in some places you’ve probably heard of, and more you probably haven’t. He’s entering his third and final year in the Emerson MFA program in Nonfiction, where he serves as Editor-in-Chief at Redivider


August Smith’s work has been published in the Newer York, Reality Beach, Voicemail Poems, Spy Kids Review, Alien Mouth, and other places. He runs an independent poetry press called Cool Skull Press which publishes video game and pop culture-related poetry, and he attends UMass Boston. He’s really nice and I like him very much. 

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