Love & Strife: The Life of Saul Bellow–A Reading by Biographer Zachary Leader

Zachary Leader will read from the newly published second and final volume of his biography of Saul Bellow, widely regarded as one of the greatest novelists of the 20th century. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Nobel Prize for Literature, and three National Book Awards for Fiction, Bellow taught at Boston University between 1993 and 2003. Sven Birkerts, editor of Agni, will introduce Leader. A reception and book-signing will follow. (Further information about Leader’s new book appears here:

A Poetry Reading Celebrating, and Featuring, David Ferry

Please join us for an evening with the esteemed poet and translator DAVID FERRY.  featuring works read by friends and faculty of the Boston University Arts & Sciences Core Curriculum. Readers: Zachary Bos, Jonathan Han, Brian Jorgensen, George Kalogeris, Stephanie Nelson, Anita Patterson, Christopher Ricks, Meg Tyler, Jon Westling; with David Ferry as our final and featured reader. Hosted by Sassan Tabatabai. Free and open to the public.

Prize-Winning Poet Jane Hirshfield: Robert Lowell Memorial Reading Series

Prize-Winning Poet Jane Hirshfield Reads with BU Alum Natasha Hakimi, introduced by Robert Pinsky.

Reading followed by book signing and reception.

The Robert Lowell Memorial Poetry Reading Series.

“Thanks To Shakespeare” with CHRISTOPHER RICKS

Acclaimed literary critic and scholar CHRISTOPHER RICKS, WILLIAM M. and SARA B. Warren Professor of the Humanities at Boston University, presents the second in a new series of talks on Shakespeare.

Join him as he considers how Boston University poets, past and present, further Shakespeare’s art. Featuring poems by David Ferry, Louise Glueck, Geoffrey Hill, George Kalogeris, Alberto de Lacerda, Robert Lowell, Jill McDonough, Elise Partridge, Robert Pinsky, Anne Sexton, Derek Walcott, and Rosanna Warren.

Breakwater Reading Series at Brookline Booksmith

Join Brookline Booksmith for a night of new fiction, nonfiction and poetry from the MFA candidates of Boston University, Emerson College, and UMass Boston.

The Breakwater Reading Series is Boston’s inter-MFA program showcase, featuring student writers from Boston University, Emerson College, and the University of Massachusetts-Boston performing the best in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.  Six fresh voices read in each installment of this popular series, presented by the Graduate Writing Department at UMass-Boston. Readings are held at Brookline Booksmith, one of Boston’s most wonderful independent bookstores, at 7pm on the third Friday of every month from September through June.

The event is always free and open to the public and regularly draws an audience of 60+ attendees from the Boston community.

The Favorite Poem Project Reading at Boston University

Boston University invites you to join The Favorite Poem Project and the BU Arts Initiative for a reading at Boston University’s Tsai Center. This event will feature some of Boston’s leading public figures all reading poems they love. Readers include elected officials, scientists, community activists, sports and media figures, artists, and entrepreneurs.

This event is free and open to the public.



National Book Award Winning Poet MARK DOTY reads with BU Alum TOMAS UNGER

Boston University is pleased to welcome National Book Award Winning Poet MARK DOTY reading with BU Alum TOMAS UNGER. This reading, part of the Robert Lowell Memorial Poetry Reading Series, will be introduced by Robert Pinsky.

The reading will be followed by book signing and reception.

This event is free and open to the public.