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.

Fall 2019 Schedule

October 21

Keith Waldrop and Rosmarie Waldrop read from their latest book, Keeping/the Window Open: Interviews, Statements, Alarms, Excursions.

October 28

James Arthur reads from his most recent collection, The Suicide’s Son, with L.S. McKee, who will read new work.

November 4

Elizabeth Bradfield reads from her new book, Toward Antarctica, with Sara London, whose new collection is Upkeep.

November 18

Jill McDonough reads from Here All Night, with Rage Hezekiah, whose debut collection is Stray Harbor.

December 2

Rafael Campo reads from Comfort Measures Only: New and Selected Poems, 1994–2016, with Joan Naviyuk Kane, whose most recent book is Milk Black Carbon.

December 9

Ilya Kaminsky reads from his new collection, Deaf Republic, with Andrea Cohen, whose latest collection is Nightshade.

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.

March 16

Emerging Writers: New Voices

March 23

Christian Wiman reads from his new poetry collection, Survival is a Style.

March 30

David Barber reads from his new book, Secret History, with Katherine Coles, whose new collection is Wayward.

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: