Monday, March 11, 2013

Friday, March 15th, 7 PM

I hope you are ready, because Breakwater Reading Series is coming for you! Our March reading will be this Friday, 7–8:30 PM, at the Brookline Booksmith in Coolidge Corner, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline.

Featuring the readers:

Megan Fernandes is a PhD candidate in English at the University of California Santa Barbara and holds an MFA in poetry from Boston University. She is the poetry editor of the anthology Strangers in Paris (Tightrope Books) and is the author of the poetry chapbooks Organ Speech (Corrupt Press) and Some Citrus Makes Me Blue (Dancing Girl Press). Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Guernica, Memorious, Rattle, Redivider, Upstairs at Duroc, and The California Journal of Poetics. She teaches poetry and drama at Boston University and Lesley University.

Jana-Lee Germaine is an MFA candidate in poetry at Emerson College, where she has won both an Academy of American Poets Prize and a WLP Graduate Writing Award. Her work has appeared in The Christian Century, and she has been a poetry reader for Ploughshares for the last four years. She is an avid runner and triathlete, which helps her in her other job as a homeschooling mother of four young children.

Once upon a time Lynn Holmgren was a fictional MFA candidate at UMass Boston. Now she is a real one, maybe. She is a co-organizer of the reading series Write on the Dot, where she has hosted the Insta-Poet Challenge, Metaphoria! and other original literary game-shows. Lynn has been living and writing in Dorchester since 2010.

Alyssa Mazzarella is an MFA candidate in poetry at UMass Boston, where she currently serves as a teaching assistant and the research assistant at the Labor Resource Center. When she's not reading and writing, she can be found drinking tea, tromping around the nearest forest, downhill skiing, eating burritos, or snuggling with her boyfriend in Roslindale. Originally from Connecticut, Alyssa earned a BFA in writing, literature, and publishing from Emerson College. Her poems have appeared in Common Ground and Freshwater.

Laina Mullin Pruett graduated from Boston University with her MFA in Fiction in September 2011.  Her story, “The Last Con”, appeared in the Spring 2012 issue of The Gettysburg Review.  She is a 2011 Leslie Epstein Global Fellow and is an editor for The Worcester Review.

Lauren Jo Sypniewski is a recent graduate from Emerson College, obtaining her MFA in creative nonfiction in December 2012. She currently reads for Ploughshares, and teaches freshman writing at Emerson as well as creative writing to high schoolers through emersonWRITES. Originally from Michigan, Lauren Jo received her BA in English from the small liberal arts school Alma College. Her essays and poetry have appeared in The American Council for Polish Cultural Heritage, Discovering Arguments, and the Pine River Anthology.