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.

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We hold readings at the Blacksmith House at 56 Brattle Street, site of the village smithy and spreading chestnut tree of Longfellow’s 1839 poem "The Village Blacksmith."

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

All readings take place on Mondays at 8pm in the Spiegel Auditorium at 56 Brattle Street. Admission is $3.

Later Winter - Spring 2020 Schedule

February 24

Jason Tandon reads from The Actual World, with Judith Baumel, whose new collection is Passeggiate.

March 2

John Murillo reads from his new book, Kontemporary American Poetry, with Jacob Strautmann, whose debut collection is The Land of the Dead is Open for Business.

We have canceled the remaining readings for the spring. Thank you to everyone who has attended or was planning to attend the Blacksmith House Poetry Series this season. We look forward to bringing these poets back at a later date!

If you're looking for something to do while staying in, consider reading the works by those poets who were scheduled to read here this spring:

  • Katherine Hollander's debut poetry collection, My German Dictionary.
  • Angela Voras-Hills' debut collection, Louder Birds.
  • Christian Wiman's new poetry collection, Survival is a Style.
  • David Barber's new book, Secret History.
  • Katherine Coles's new collection, Wayward.
  • Donna Stonecipher's new poetry collection, Transaction Histories.
  • Lesle Lewis's, new book, Rainy Days on the Farm.
  • Chard deNiord's new book, In My Unknowing.
  • Nadia Colburn's The High Shelf.
  • Rafael Campo's Comfort Measures Only: New and Selected Poems, 1994–2016.
  • Joan Kane's most recent book, Milk Black Carbon.

April 9, 2018
Javier Zamora and Tom Sleigh

Footage courtesy of CCTV, filmed by Rock Louis and edited by Jocelyn Ramirez.

Blacksmith House Poetry Series is supported by: