Blacksmith House Poetry Series

Founded in 1973, the award-winning Blacksmith House Poetry Series brings established and emerging writers of poetry and fiction to Harvard Square.

About The Blacksmith House Poetry Series

Founded in 1973, the award-winning Blacksmith House Poetry Series brings established and emerging writers of poetry and fiction to Harvard Square. The series is named after the Blacksmith House at 56 Brattle Street, site of the village smithy and spreading chestnut tree of Longfellow’s 1839 poem "The Village Blacksmith."

All readings take place in person at 56 Brattle Street on Mondays at 8pm. Admission is $3. Registration form below.

Andrea Cohen, Director
Ron Spalletta & Daniel Grover, Assistants to the Director
Gail Mazur, Founding Director

Fall 2022 Schedule

October 17
Martha Collins reads from her new book, Casualty Reports, with
Carl Phillips, whose new poetry collection is Then the War: And Selected Poems 2007-2020

October 24
Tracy K. Smith reads from her new collection, Such Color: New and Selected Poems

October 31

Jennifer Haigh reads from her new novel, Mercy Street, with
Jayne Anne Phillips, whose most recent books are Quiet Dell and Lark and Termite

November 7
Stuart Dischell reads from his new collection, The Lookout Man, with
David Rivard, whose latest book is Some of You Will Know

November 14
Nick Flynn, author of I Will Destroy You, reads with Andrea Cohen, whose most recent collection is Everything.

November 28
Dewitt Henry, author of the poetry collection Restless for Words,
reads with Anna Ross, whose new book is Flutter, Kick,

December 5
Emerging Writers: New Voices
Hannah Aizenman, J.D. Debris, and Angela Voras-Hills, whose debut collection is Louder Birds

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Previous Reading Recordings

Spring 2022

March 21, 2022, Recording - Linda Gregerson and Roger Reeves

February 28, 2022, Recording - Lesle Lewis and Joan Kane

February 21, 2022, Recording - Matthew Olzmann and Donika Kelly

Fall 2021

October 18, 2021 Recording - Lloyd Schwartz and Peter Shippy

October 25, 2021 Recording - Cammy Thomas and Joan Houlihan

November 1, 2021 Recording - Angie Estes and Maureen McLane

November 15, 2021 Recording - Peter Campion and Atsuro Riley

November 22, 2021 Recording - John Skoyles and Pablo Medina

November 29, 2021 Recording - Sandra Lim and Noah Warren

December 6, 2021 Recording - George Kalogeris and Chard DeNiord

Late Winter/Early Spring 2021

February 22, 2021 Recording - Denise Bergman and Katherine Hollander

March 1, 2021 Recording - Natalie Shapero and Rebecca Morgan Frank

March 8, 2021 Recording - Christian Wiman and Andrea Cohen

March 15, 2021 Recording - Joyce Carol Oates

March 22, 2021 Recording - New Voices: Emerging Writers with Selma Asotic, Sarah Audsley, Chibuihe Obi, and Heather Treseler.

March 29, 2021 Recording - Zachary Schomburg and Yona Harvey

April 5, 2021 Recording - Khaled Mattawa and Randall Mann

April 12, 2021 Recording - Yusef Komunyakaa

May 3, 2021 Recording - Jennifer Militello and Tim Liardet

Fall 2020

October 26, 2020 Recording - Steven Cramer and Joyce Peseroff

November 2, 2020 Recording - Jeffrey Harrison and Nathalie Handal

November 16, 2020 Recording -David Barber and David Blair

December 7, 2020 Recording - Rosanna Warren and Henri Cole

December 14, 2020 Recording - Dennis Held and Derek Sheffield

Other recordings

April 9, 2018 Recording - Javier Zamora and Tom Sleigh

Blacksmith House Poetry Series is supported by: