@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