Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spring is upon us! And so is March 21st, and BREAKWATER!

Emerson co-curator Mimi Cook wants to see you there!
Happy First Day of Spring! We hope you are enjoying the warmer—albeit wetter, but still warmer—weather. Whether spring inspires you to frolic on the Common or kick your marathon training into high gear (or, if you're like us, take a book OUTSIDE), take a break to come listen to six supremely talented writers read at Breakwater on Friday, March 21st! 

Join us for an evening at the Brookline Booksmith in Coolidge Corner at 7pm for our third reading of 2014, featuring superlative poetry and prose, brought to you by some of Boston's finest MFA candidates! 

Where to Find Us
On March 21st: The Brookline Booksmith
More specifically: 7pm, Coolidge Corner, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline

See you there! In the meantime, here's a sneak-peak at this month's readers.

 Eloisa Amezcua is an Arizona-native, currently completing her MFA thesis—a collection of poems—at Emerson College. She is the recipient of the 2012 University of San Diego creative writing award selected by Ilya Kaminsky, and her work can be found a few places here and there.  


Drew Arnold has nearly earned his MFA in Fiction from UMass-Boston.  He looks forward to the end of winter when he will put basil in a pot on his porch and watch it die.  Drew edits the e-journal of serialized fiction, Novella-T, and he encourages writers and readers alike to check it out at


Catherine Flora Con likes em dashes, colons, and candied yams.  She does not prefer cats.  She recently received her MFA from BU, where she teaches advanced fiction, coordinates the creative writing program, and eats avocados with a plastic spoon she found in Leslie Epstein’s desk.


Leanne Hoppe is a 2013-2014 MFA candidate in poetry at Boston University and an editorial assistant at AGNI.



 Eric Marshall is a fiction writer currently enrolled in Emerson College's MFA Fiction program. Eric has been published by The Bridge and Temper, and also teaches freshman composition courses as part of Emerson College's First-Year Writing Program. In his spare time, Eric plays the drums and makes dad-jokes on Twitter.

A student of America’s shorthand history, Derek JG Williams grew up studying comic books and the backs of baseball cards. He puts words into rows both long and short. His poems and prose are published or forthcoming in Best New Poets 2013The Cortland ReviewH_NGM_N, CutBank Literary Magazine, Bellingham Review, RHINOMain Street Rag, and Knockout Literary Journal, among others. 

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The Breakwater Reading Series features Boston's student writers performing the best in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction from the programs at Boston University, Emerson College, and the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Six fresh voices read in each installment of this popular series, presented by the Graduate Writing Department at UMass-Boston. Readings are held at the Brookline Booksmith at 7pm on the third Friday of every month between September and June. The event is always free and open to the public.

Friday, January 10, 2014

January 24th Reading

On our first reading of the new year we'll be featuring Jannell McConnell, David Sodi, Lynn Holmgren, Lewis Feuer, Kyle Dacuyan, & Caitlin McGill. I'll post up bios for all readers as they trickle in.

Join us at the Brookline Booksmith on January 24th at 7:00!

Kyle Dacuyan is completing his MFA in Poetry at Emerson College, where he is the assistant poetry editor for Redividerand a poetry reader for Ploughshares. Before that, he was an undergraduate studying Literary Arts at Brown University. He is working on his Frank O'Hara impression and an answer to the question "What are your poems about?"

Caitlin McGill is a nonfiction writer with a serious addiction to dancing, dogs, and all things chocolate. She's also an MFA candidate at Emerson College where she is an instructor for emersonWRITES—a college-based, creative writing workshop for Boston high school.

Lynn Holmgren is a Pisces. She is in her second year at UMass Boston and happily surrounded on all sides by water. She once read that Pisces fall asleep during sex. While she balks at such a stereotype, she is also at work on a novel-in-progress featuring a virgin protagonist on a farm.

Lewis Feuer is a second-year MFA candidate in poetry at UMass Boston. Before grad-school, Lewis co-founded Portland's 12128, an alternative gallery and workspace constructed aboard the Labrador, a retired Bering Seacrab-fishing boat. Lewis graduated from Lewis & Clark College with a BA in Studio Art, where he also received the Academy of American Poets Prize for his poem sequence I’ll Start this Way. In the spring of 2013 he was awarded a Mary Doyle Curran Scholarship from the Creative Writing Program at UMass Boston, and his work was recently featured in No Infinite: a Journal of Poetry, Art, and Protest. He currently teaches Intro to Creative Writing at UMB, and serves on the organizing committee for the Graduate Employee Organization UAW Local 1596.