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.

Readings currently take place virtually on Zoom on Mondays at 7:15pm. Admission is $3.

Please register in advance. The Zoom meeting link, meeting ID, and password will be included in your registration confirmation email. If you do not receive the confirmation email, please contact us at 617-547-6789 ext. 1 or

Please consider supporting these poets and your local bookstore, Porter Square Books, by purchasing the books featured this season (links below)!

Please note that these readings may be recorded. Your registration indicates your approval to be recorded, or you can keep your video off if you do not want to be recorded.

Late Winter/Spring 2021 Schedule

We recommend that you register for the whole series in advance. Your registration directly supports the poets in this series. Thank you!

February 22

Denise Bergman reads from her new collection, The Shape of the Keyhole, with Katherine Hollander, whose debut poetry collection is My German Dictionary.

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March 1

Natalie Shapero, whose latest collection is Popular Longing, reads with Rebecca Morgan Frank, author of Oh You Robot Saints!.

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March 8

Christian Wiman reads from Survival is a Style, with Andrea Cohen, whose new poetry collection is Everything.

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March 15

Joyce Carol Oates reads from her new poetry collection, American Melancholy.

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March 22

New Voices: Emerging Writers

An evening of poetry with Selma Asotic, Sarah Audsley, Chibuihe Obi, and Heather Treseler, author of Parturition.

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March 29

Zachary Schomburg reads from his new poetry collection, Fjords Vol.2, with Yona Harvey, author of You Don't Have To Go To Mars for Love.

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April 5

Khaled Mattawa reads from his latest poetry collection, Fugitive Atlas, with Randall Mann, whose latest book is A Better Life.

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April 12

Yusef Komunyakaa reads from his new collection, Everyday Mojo Songs of Earth: New and Selected Poems.

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May 3

Jennifer Militello reads from her new poetry collection, The Pact, with Tim Liardet, whose most recent collection is Arcimboldo’s Bulldog: New and Selected Poems.

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Previous Reading Recordings

October 26, 2020 - Steven Cramer and Joyce Peseroff - View the recording

November 2, 2020 - Jeffrey Harrison and Nathalie Handal - View the recording

November 16, 2020 -David Barber and David Blair - View the recording

December 7, 2020 - Rosanna Warren and Henri Cole - View the recording

December 14, 2020 - Dennis Held and Derek Sheffield - View the recording

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

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: