Join Porter Square Books at Aeronaut brewery for a celebration of local poetry.
The greater Somerville and Cambridge area is lucky to have such a vibrant poetry community. So, once a month we will gather at the community space at Aeronaut on the Duck Village stage, to celebrate that community with readings by three local poets.
The event will feature a social hour from 6-7 in which you can grab a beer and converse with the poets, hosts, and other poetry fans. The formal reading will be from 7-8 and will feature three local poets reading from their latest works.
The poets reading on May 9 are:
John Canaday has published poems in New England Review, The Paris Review, Raritan, and Slate, among other journals and anthologies. His first book-length collection of poems, The Invisible World, was chosen by Sherod Santos for the 2001 Walt Whitman Award and will be published by Louisiana State University Press in spring 2002. He is also a winner of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in Playwriting and the New Millennium Poetry Award, and he has been the Starbuck Fellow in Poetry at Boston University, a Watson Fellow in England, and a tutor to the Royal Family in Jordan. He has a PhD in English, teaches playwriting at Harvard Summer School, and tutors students in the Boston area in writing, literature, history, physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics. His critical study, The Nuclear Muse: Literature, Physics, and the First Atomic Bombs, was published by the University of Wisconsin Press in 2000. He lives in Arlington, Massachusetts. His latest collection of poetry is Critical Assembly: Poems of the Manhattan Project.
Simeon Berry lives in Somerville, Massachusetts. He has been an Associate Editor for Ploughshares and received a Massachusetts Cultural Council Individual Artist Grant. His first book, Ampersand Revisited (Fence Books), won the 2013 National Poetry Series, and his second book, Monograph, won the 2014 National Poetry Series.
A lifelong naturalist, Susan Richmond organizes poetry events and curates the Poem of the Month blog. She writes about the interrelationship of humans and nature, and the stories associated with animals and wild places. Her most recent book is Before We Were Birdspublished by Adastra Press in 2017. She has published four other collections, Boto and Purgatory Chasm, Birding in Winter, and Increase. Susan has taught at Clark University, served as Poet-in-Residence at Fruitlands Museum, and taught poetry for three years at the Shirley Medium Correctional Facility with Linda Hoffman. Susan, along with Linda, was one of the founding editors of Wild Apples: a journal of nature, art, and inquiry. She currently teaches at Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Community Preschool, where she also volunteers in the sanctuary’s bird conservation efforts, including the annual Birdathon, breeding bird surveys, and bird banding. She lives in Acton, Massachusetts, with her husband and has two daughters. At Old Frog Pond Farm, Susan finds rich material for her work and a landscape in which to collaborate with other poets, writers, and visual artists.
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