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.


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

Fall 2020 readings will 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.

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.

Fall 2020 Schedule

October 19

Gail Mazur reads from her new collection, Land’s End, New & Selected Poems, with Major Jackson, whose latest book is The Absurd Man.

Register (Section BHPS-FA20.01)

Purchase Land's End, New & Selected Poems
Purchase The Absurd Man

October 26

Steven Cramer reads from his new book, Listen, with Joyce Peseroff, author most recently of Petition.

Register (Section BHPS-FA20.02)

Purchase Listen
Purchase Petition

November 2

Jeffrey Harrison reads from a new collection, Between Lakes, with Nathalie Handal, author of Life in a Country Album.

Register (Section BHPS-FA20.03)

Purchase Between Lakes
Purchase Life in a Country Album

November 16

David Barber reads from his latest collection, Secret History, with David Blair, whose new book is Barbarian Seasons.

Register (Section BHPS-FA20.04)

Purchase Secret History
Purchase Barbarian Seasons

November 23

Jorie Graham reads from her new poetry collection, Runaway.

Register (Section BHPS-FA20.05)

Purchase Runaway

December 7

Rosanna Warren reads from her new collection, So Forth, with Henri Cole, whose new book is Blizzard.

Register (Section BHPS-FA20.06)

Purchase So Forth
Purchase Blizzard

December 14

Dennis Held reads from his new poetry collection, Not Me, Exactly, with Derek Sheffield, whose new book is Not for Luck.

Register (Section BHPS-FA20.07)

Purchase Not for Luck

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: