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.

Spring 2022 Schedule

All February readings will take place online via Zoom on Mondays at 7:15pm. All readings from March through May will take place in person at 56 Brattle Street on Mondays at 8pm. Admission is $3. Registration form below.

February 21

Matthew Olzmann reads from his newest poetry collection, Constellation Route, with Donika Kelly, author of The Renunciations.

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Purchase The Renunciations

February 28

Lesle Lewis reads from Rainy Days on the Farm, with Joan Kane, whose most recent book is Milk Black Carbon.

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Purchase Milk Black Carbon

March 14

Tom Sleigh reads from The King’s Touch, with Alan Shapiro, author of Proceed to Check Out.

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Purchase Proceed to Check Out

March 21

Linda Gregerson reads from her new collection, Canopy, with Roger Reeves, whose new book is Best Barbarian.

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March 28

Jennifer Barber reads from her new book, The Sliding Boat Our Bodies Made, with Joshua Weiner, author/translator most recently of Flight and Metamorphosis: Poems of Nelly Sachs (a bilingual edition).

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April 4

Robert Pinsky reads new poems and from his most recent collection, At the Foundling Hospital.

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April 11

Gail Mazur, whose most recent book is Land’s End, New & Selected Poems, reads with Vincent Katz, author of Broadway for Paul.

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Purchase Broadway for Paul

April 25

Dara Barrois/Dixon (formerly Dara Wier) reads from her new collection, Tolstoy Killed Anna Karenina, with Dennis Nurkse, author of A Country of Strangers.

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May 2

Michael Collier reads from The Missing Mountain: New and Selected Poems, with Nicky Beer, author of Real Phonies and Genuine Fakes.

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Reading Spotlight

March 1, 2021- Natalie Shapero and Rebecca Morgan Frank

About The Blacksmith House Poetry Series

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."

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

Blacksmith House Poetry Series is supported by: