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 sponsored by the Cambridge Center for Adult Education and holds readings at the Blacksmith House, site of the village smithy and spreading chestnut tree of Longfellow’s 1839 poem "The Village Blacksmith."

  • Andrea Cohen, Director
  • Ron Spalletta & Sarah Ehrich, Assistants to the Director
  • Gail Mazur, Founding Director

Readings take place at 56 Brattle Street unless otherwise noted. 
8:00 pm | $3

So that we can send fewer pieces of snail mail, we invite you to join our Blacksmith House Poetry Series e-list. You can also click here to access the Blacksmith House Poetry Series Facebook page for regular updates and reminders about our events.

We will then be sure to invite you to all poetry programs and share early notice of any new offerings. If you do not have e–mail or access to a computer, call us or stop by the Registration Office — we will add you to the list of people who will receive notification by regular mail


February 13

Jean Valentine reads from her latest collection, Shirt in Heaven, with Jane Mead, whose new book is World of Made and Unmade.


February 27

Martha Rhodes reads from The Thin Wall, with Josh Bell, whose new book is Alamo Theory.


March 6:  Emerging Writers: New Voices

Duy Doan, Emma Duffy-Camparone, and Sarah Trudgeon


March 20

Andrea Cohen reads from her new book, Unfathoming, with Natalie Shapero, whose latest collection is Hard Child.


March 27

Lloyd Schwartz debuts his new collection, Little Kisses, with Kate Rushin, reading from Watch Night.


April 3

Tyehimba Jess, (visit website) author of Olio, reads with Jill McDonough, whose latest book is  Reaper.


April 24

Fred Marchant reads from Said Not Said with Alex Dmitrov, whose new collection is Together and by Ourselves.


May 1

Remembering Poets: A Celebration of Philip Levine, Mark Strand, James Tate, C.K. Williams, and C.D. Wright, with Jorie Graham, Gail Mazur, Robert Pinsky, and others.


May 8

Jorie Graham reads from her new collection, Fast.