Local author event with novelist MICHELLE HOOVER, memoirist PATRICIA HORVATH, and poet SAM WITT

Join Porter Square Books for a night with Grubstreet’s MICHELLE HOOVER (Bottomland), award-winning memoirist PATRICIA HORVATH (All the Difference), and English poet/journalist SAM WITT (Everlasting Quail).

At once intimate and sweeping, Bottomland follows the Hess family in the years after World War I, as they attempt to rid themselves of the Anti-German sentiment that left a stain on their name. But when the youngest two daughters vanish in the middle of the night, the family must piece together what happened while struggling to maintain their life on the unforgiving Iowa plains.

HORVATH’s transformation from a visibly disabled young woman to someone who, abruptly, “passes” for able-bodied, reveals cultural and personal tensions surrounding disability and creates an arc that connects imprisonment to freedom. What transpires is both suffocating and liberating. HORVATH’s confinement keeps her from being seen, but also cocoons a deeply personal sense of self-hood and relationship.

In Everlasting Quail, WITT combines diverse conventions such as the confession and the sexual love poem, with structures and language to invent a psycho-political landscape in which the physical world is transformed and the energy of human relationships celebrated. What holds these poems together is not the act of confession, description, or memory. Rather, they draw their vocabulary from a perpetually transformative relationship with the physical world, and with human beings, which, when merged, approaches transfiguration.

This event is free and open to the public.

 


The Immigration Handbook, a poetry collection by UK poet CAROLINE SMITH

Porter Square Books is pleased to host UK poet/immigration caseworker,  CAROLINE SMITH for a discussion of her book of poems, The Immigration Handbook.

Inspired by her years as an immigration caseworker to one of the most diverse inner-city areas in the UK, Caroline Smith has written a collection of poems, The Immigration Handbook, that details the many troubling and moving incidents in the lives of those she tries to help. This is a book that reaches out of the headlines into our hearts.

This event is free and open to the public.


Poets and Pints with Porter Square Books

Porter Square Books invites you to Aeronaut Brewery for another celebration of local poetry with “Poets and Pints,” readings from three local poets:  MEIA GEDDES, JOJO LAZAR, and ZENAIDA PETERSON.

The event will feature a social hour from 6PM until 7PM in which you can grab a beer and converse with the poets, hosts, and other poetry fans. The formal reading will run from 7PM until 8PM.


Local poets at Brookline Booksmith

Join three local poets for an evening of reading and discussion at Brookline Booksmith.

In ZVI SESLING’s Fire Tongue, the poems are precise and unsparing as they probe old questions of how and why the unspeakable enters our lives. In terse, suspenseful language and lines that are as light as their subjects they carry are heavy, indeed ominous, Sesling looks for hope, for what can redeem us. The poet finds the answer in our ability to listen, to feel, to own a conscience, and to value life.

GLORIA MINDOCK’s Whiteness of Bone pits hope and peace against oppression and death. MINDOCK gathers the eye witness accounts of the voiceless, the unheard, and crafts a voice in their stead. From El Salvador to Rwanda, Darfur to the Congo, mass graves and war crimes deafen and suffocate.  When such darkness goes ignored, the gaping maw of the abyss grows ever larger still.

LEN KRISAK’s Afterimage is a masterfully-crafted collection of poems in which we see the persistence of history into the present — the ancient market under the polish of urban architecture, the thrum of Roman crowds amid present-day Boston. Horace and Ovid exist alongside Jeopardy! and Clark Kent. Whether in a grand, public mode or quietly elegiac and personal, the poems record our contemporary life, often noting the images from such a distant and literary past strikingly alive in the present.

This event is free and open to the public.  Copies of these books are currently for sale at Brookline Booksmith.


Poetry Heat Wave! The 2017 Boston Poetry Marathon

The Boston Heat Wave Poetry Marathon is an annual weekend long poetry marathon– lasting from August 18 through August 20– at Outpost 186 in Inman Square.  Starting on Friday, poets are scheduled to read from 7pm through 10:30pm, Saturday from 12pm to 5:30pm and again from 7pm to 10:30pm, then finally Sunday from 12pm to 5:30pm. Each poet reads for 8 minutes. This event is free and open to the public.

Friday night’s line-up:

7:00 William Walsh
7:08 Jon Woodward
7:16 Christie Towers
7:24 Kenyatta JP Garcia
7:32 Jim Dunn
7:40 Jean Dany Joachim

Break

7:50 Cheryl Clark Vermeulen
7:58 Ryan DiPetta
8:06 Jess Mynes
8:14 Jessica Bozek
8:22 Randolph Pfaff
8:30 Christina Davis

Break

8:42 Stephanie Taylor
8:50 Karen Locascio
8:58 Kevin Gallagher
9:06 Judson Evans
9:14 Jordan Davis
9:22 Carla Schwartz
9:30 Alifair Skebe

Break

9:40 Paige Taggart
9:48 David Rivard
9:56 Simeon Berry
10:04 Sampson Starkweather
10:12 Darcie Denningan
10:20 Joe Elliot
10:28 David Blair

end of night

 

 


Award-winning poet FRANK BIDART reads Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016

Harvard Book Store welcomes Wellesley College professor and award-winning poet FRANK BIDART—author of DesireStar DustWatching the Spring Festival, and Metaphysical Dog—for a reading from his latest poetry collection, Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016.

Gathered together, the poems of FRANK BIDART perform one of the most remarkable transmutations of the body into language in contemporary literature. His pages represent the human voice in all its extreme registers, whether it’s that of the child-murderer Herbert White, the obsessive anorexic Ellen West, the tormented genius Vaslav Nijinsky, or the poet’s own. And in that embodiment is a transgressive empathy, one that recognizes our wild appetites, the monsters, the misfits, the misunderstood among us and inside us.

This book will be for sale at the event for 20% off.  There will also be a signing after the event.

No tickets required for entry.


Poet SIMONE JOHN launches collection: Testify, joined by poet KRYSTEN HILL

Porter Square Books welcomes SIMONE JOHN with local poet KRYSTEN HILL as JOHN launches her first full-length poetry collection: Testify.

JOHN’s first full-length book of poems experiments with documentary poetics to uplift stories of black people impacted by state-sanctioned violence.  Testify is ultimately a book of witness. It “burdens” its readers “with knowing.” Combined, both chapters serve as an unflinching critique of race and gender supremacy in the United States.

This event is not ticketed.

 


The Launch of City of Notions: An Anthology of Contemporary Boston Poems

Boston’s Poet Laureate DANIELLE LEGROS GEORGES celebrates the release of “City of Notions: An Anthology of Contemporary Boston Poems,” with a public reading in the Courtyard of the Central Branch of the Boston Public Library in Copley Square.  Welcoming remarks by City of Boston’s Chief of Arts and Culture Julie Burros at 6 pm.

City of Notions” is a collection that salutes aspects of everyday life in Boston. Nearly sixty poets contributed to the anthology and run the spectrum from up-to-now unpublished authors to the former U.S. Poets laureate, all contributing a taste of their personal versions of Boston.

Some contributors include Robert Pinsky, Mary Oliver, Margaret Atwood, Gail Mazur, Nick Flynn, Steph Burt, and Julia Alvarez.

This event is free, but you can to register here.


Porter Square Books: Late Night Poetry Lab

Join Porter Square Books at Aeronaut Brewing on the Duck Village Stage for an exploration of poetry that push boundaries of poetry and poetic performance.  The July 19 performance will be “Take This Cup from Me.”

“Take This Cup from Me” will present multiple translations, interpretations, and reactions to Cesar Vallejo’s poem of the Spanish Civil War, “Spain, Take This Cup from Me”.  Literature can both show us how we are all connected by our fundamental humanity an  the vast diversity of human expression.  This performance engages with the threads that unite us all and the menageries of expression that reveal our potential to converse with art and literature’s long struggle for justice and create of an object of our own resistance.

This event will take place at Aeronaut Brewing in Somerville.


Poet EZRA DAN FELDMAN presents Habitat of Stones

Porter Square Books welcomes poet EZRA DAN FELDMAN as he reads from his poetry collection Habitat of Stones.

FELDMAN’s poetry collection is tied together by a certain “arrogant man.”  This recurrent theme throughout the collection also bumps up against notions of the body: its finitude, its mortality and the struggles and regret of intimate relationships.

“Exposing patriarchal and capitalistic practices that often cripple society, Ezra Dan Feldman’s Habitat of Stones reveals the symptoms of living in a post-industrial and illusional, high-tech world: ‘He’s taken the world for a machine, a baby for a doll, a gun for a candy bar, which he offered to everyone…” –Mark Irwin

This event is not ticketed.