The Brookline Poetry Series is an independent monthly venue housed at the Brookline Public Library Main Branch. We draw a regular audience of 25-40 people. Claudia Rankine, Rosanna Warren, Rafael Campo, Jean Valentine, Major Jackson, and Robert Pinsky are among the poets who have read for us over the fourteen years we have been in existence.
We meet the third Sunday of the month, September through May, from 2-4pm. The afternoon starts with an opening reader – generally a local poet – and continues with a 20-minute reading by the featured poet. An open mike closes the event, where some of the best up-and-coming lyric and narrative poets in Boston present their work. It's a serious but warm venue, with a strong sense of commitment to the work and to the community we've built.
The Boston Globe has called us "the best literary open mike in Boston."
The Series directors are Ann Killough (winner of PEN New England Award), Tam Lin Neville (editor at Off the Grid Press), and Aimée Sands (MacDowell Fellow).
Our website is http://www.brooklinelibrary.org/programs/brk-poetry-series