@Yenching Library

7:00 Meeting and Election (members only)

7:30 Reading (open to the public)

Paula Bonnell, honorable mention, Rosalie Boyle/Norma Farber Award

Rhina Espaillat, Der Hovanessian Prize

Len Krisak, honorable mention, Der Hovanessian Prize

Alfred Nicol, co-winner, Rosalie Boyle/Norma Farber Award

Jean L. Kreiling, co-winner, Rosalie Boyle/Norma Farber Award

Suellen Wedmore, winner of the Erika Mumford Prize

Followed by OPEN MIC

The Role of Poetry in Contemporary America: Dean Rader and Steph Burt in Conversation

Please join us on October 18th for an event hosted by the New England Poetry Club and the Grolier Poetry Book Shop!

The Role of Poetry in Contemporary America: Dean Rader and Steph Burt in Conversation, moderated by Ifeanyi Menkiti

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017
7:00 pm, free & open to the public

Cambridge Public Library
Community Room (basement)
449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA

Dean Rader is a professor of English at the University of San Francisco. His newest collection, Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry, was published in January 2017 by Copper Canyon Press. Works & Days, his debut collection, won the 2010 T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize and the Writer’s League of Texas Book Award. Landscape Portrait Figure Form (Omnidawn, 2014) was named one of the best books of poetry of the year by the Barnes & Noble review. He writes frequently about literature, culture, and politics for The San Francisco Chronicle and The Huffington Post.

Stephen Burt (who also goes by Steph and Stephanie) is Professor of English at Harvard and the author of several previous books of poetry and literary criticism, among them Belmont and Close Calls with Nonsense, both from Graywolf Press, as well as The Poem Is You: 60 Contemporary American Poems and How to Read Them (Harvard University Press). Her new collection, Advice from the Lights (Graywolf Press), goes on sale October 3.

Oct. 3, 2017: AWARD WINNERS’ READING, Part One 7:00 Yenching Library

Oct. 3, 2017: AWARD WINNERS’ READING, Part One

7:00 Yenching Library (open to the public



Anna Rabinowitz, Sheila Margaret Motton Book Award

Lynn Pedersen, honorable mention, Sheila Margaret Motton Book Award

Krysten Hill, Jean Pedrick Chapbook Prize

Vivian Shipley, honorable mention, Barbara Bradley Award

D.G. Geis, Firman Houghton Award

Hilde Weisert, Gretchen Warren Award



HOWL, the series debut of Emmanuel Music’s Late Night at Emmanuel in Back Bay at Emmanuel Church (15 Newbury Street) on September 23 at 8 pm (and again at 10 pm).

We’d like to extend a 20% discount for NEPC MEMBERS! By simply entering code: SAVE20 while ordering tickets for either set at, members will receive the discount.

Emmanuel Music’s Late Night at Emmanuel is a series of programs fully curated by members of its acclaimed ensemble and is complemented by fun nibbles, drinks and composer and artist talkbacks.

What is HOWL?

The evening will feature “HOWL,” a speaker and string quartet that sets the poetry of Allen Ginsberg to music by Lee Hyla, performed by baritone David Kravitz and the Arneis Quartet. In addition, there are twosettings of Ginsberg’s poem A Supermarket in California,” from Andy Vores and Elena Ruehr, both written for Kravitz and the Arneis Quartet. This poem describes an imaginary encounter between the poet and Walt Whitmen, whom Ginsberg greatly admired, as Whitman wanders around a supermarket, then out into the night, and finally to the Greek underworld.

The evening will also feature the world premiere of “Schwartzsongs” from Pulitzer-prize winning composer John Harbison. The threeSchwartzsongs were written between 2015 and 2017 and are the composer’s effort to reproduce the reciting and reading voice of renowned poet, educator and WBUR contributor, Lloyd Schwartz, who will narrate the program. Harbison’s composition “The Right to Pleasure,” for mezzo-soprano and string quintet, will receive its Boston premiere of the orchestrated version. It will be performed by mezzo-soprano Lynn Torgrove, the Arneis Quartet, and double bassist Randall Zigler.

2017 Millay Arts and Poetry Festival, September 7-9

The Millay Arts and Poetry Festival is a three day series of 35 events and performances, featuring more than 80 performers, authors, presenters, poets, actors, musicians, and visual artists. It is a celebration of the art and legacy of Edna St. Vincent Millay. Individual event tickets are now on sale for the 2017 festival, happening over September 7th, 8th, and 9th in Rockland, Maine. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit

Becoming Iconic@ Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site

Becoming Iconic: August 19th, 11:00AM-3:30PM at Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters National Historic site. Join the Stewards of the Future for fun, games, poetry, park design, and free food. All while learning about local American icons.  There will be a poetry reading at 2PM by two local poets Carmellite Chamblin and Donald Vincent (Mr. Hip).

Carmellite Chamblin is a first generation born Haitian-American minoring in women’s study at MCPHS University. She resides in Malden MA with a large collection of books she’s yet to touch, and a growing concern for the gradual gentrification of her city. Her most recent poems touch on unmasking the emotions behind loss and change. She enjoys writing, drawing, and hopes to one day own a tarantula and a bunny. 
Donald Vincent also known as Mr. Hip is a poet, educator, and founder of le pamplemuse™, a multimedia content development platform for cruelty-free companies, and creator of online cooking segment, That’s So Vegan. Aside from writing and performing poetry and creating hip-hop music, Mr. Hip taught writing and literature courses at Emerson College in Boston. His poems have been published in a variety of different literary magazines and journals. His music can be found everywhere that music is sold and streamed. His passion is making others happy and he will be performing his work for Stewards of the Future to tickle everyone’s fancy.

Poet Marilyn Nelson to receive the Golden Rose Award: Reading and Reception this Sunday, August 13th, 3 pm, Longfellow House – Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site

Please join us for the Golden Rose Reading and Reception this Sunday, August 13th, 3 pm, Longfellow House – Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site Poet Marilyn Nelson is this year’s recipient of the Golden Rose Award in recognition of her wide-ranging contributions to American poetry and her inspirational teaching. The public is invited to join the celebration of Marilyn Nelson and to hear her read her work.

Marilyn Nelson is the author or translator of over twenty-four books, including collections for children and young adults. Her work uses storytelling and lyricism to probe the complexity of history, especially the history of racism and slavery in America, and to give voice to praise, wonder, grief, and contemplation. Along with the Golden Rose, Nelson’s honors include the PEN Book Award, the Lenore Marshall Award, the Poetry Society of America’s Frost Medal and others. Nelson is a professor emerita of English at the University of Connecticut and the founder of Soul Mountain Retreat, a writing retreat to support the work of African-American poets. In 2009 she was a faculty member of U-Mass Boston’s Writer’s Workshop at the Joiner Center. Her website:

 The Golden Rose, one of America’s oldest literary prizes, is an annual award, inaugurated in 1919, to honor a poet whose work and encouragement of other writers has made a significant mark on American poetry. Winners have included Adrienne Rich, Seamus Heaney, Derek Walcott, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Fanny Howe who was honored in 2016.