Please RSVP by March 13, 2019. Non-Emerson guests must RSVP to be given security access to the event.
Free and open to the public.
Poets Mary Kovaleski Byrnes, Brandon Melendez and Porsha Olayiwola will be reading. Hosted by John Skoyles.
-Professor and WLP Associate Chair John Skoyles has published six books of poems, including A Little Faith and Inside Job. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The American Poetry Review, and Poetry, among others. His most recent project, Driven, a memoir in travelogue form, is forthcoming from MadHat Press.
-Senior Lecturer and MFA ’10 Mary Kovaleski Byrnes is the author of So Long the Sky (Platypus Press, May 2018). Her work has appeared in Guernica, Salamander, Best of the Net, the Boston Globe, and elsewhere. She is the co-founder of the EmersonWRITES program, a free creative writing program for Boston Public School students.
-MFA Candidate Brandon Melendez is a National Poetry Slam finalist, in 2018 he received the Academy of American Poets Award. His poems are featured in Black Warrior Review, Muzzle Magazine, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere. His debut collection titled Gold That Frames the Mirror will be published in 2019 with Write Bloody Publishing.
-MFA Candidate and Boston Poet Laureate Porsha Olayiwola is an Individual World Poetry Slam Champion and was named by GK100 as one of Boston’s Most Influential People of Color. She is the Artistic Director at MassLEAP, a literary non-profit organization in Massachusetts serving youth artists. Olayiwola is the current poet laureate for the city of Boston and has her first full collection of poetry forthcoming with Button Poetry in November 2019.
Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.