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Appearances

[9/6] Boston Book Launch: Porter Square Books (Seaport) w/ Dariel Suarez

In-person (and virtual) Conversation, Reading, & Book Signing

Tuesday, September 6, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

50 Liberty Dr, Boston, MA 02210

Register here.


[9/7] NYC Book Launch: Books Are Magic w/ Nicole Dennis-Benn

In-person Conversation, Reading, & Book Signing

Wednesday, September 7, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

225 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Get your tickets here.


[9/12] Kimbilio w/ LBB presents Jonathan Escoffery and Latoya Watkins

Monday, September 12, 6pm CT

In-person: 399 N. Euclid Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108

For more information and for virtual access, click here.


[9/14] The Porch Presents: The Anatomy of Story (Online Class)

Wednesday, September 14, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM CST

Register here.


[9/14] Parnassus Books Online Reading

Wednesday, September 14th at 6:00pm Central Time.

Register here.


[9/16] Odyssey Bookshop Online Reading

Friday, September 16, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

Register here.


[9/17] Babylon Salon The San Francisco Reading and Performance Series

Saturday, September 17, 2022, Doors at 5 pm, Reading at 5.30 pm PST

The Sycamore
2140 Mission, San Francisco

More info here.


[9/19] Miami Book Launch: Books & Books (Coral Gables)

Live and In-person (and free) Reading and Book Signing

Monday, September 19, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT

265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134


[10/6] City Lights Bookstore Reading

Live and In-person Reading and Book Signing

Thursday, October 6, 2022, 6:00 pm PST

261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133

This event will take place in Kerouac Alley, between City Lights and Vesuvio Cafe, between Columbus and Grant Avenues. It is free to the public. 

Free registration required. Register here.


[10/14] Skylight Books Reading

Live and In-person Reading and Book Signing

Friday, October 14, 2022 at 7PM

1818 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027


[11/5-11/6]The Work Room Presents: How to Get In: Applying to Fellowships, Residencies, Conferences, and Creative Writing Programs

A necessary and practical workshop for writers looking to apply for fellowships, residencies, MFA programs, and grants. 

Online Meeting Times:
Dates: 11/5 & 11/6, 12-3pm EST

Learn more and register here.


Past Appearances


[8/18] Tin House Summer Craft Intensive: An Occasion For the Telling

Thursday, August 18, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm ET/ 3:00-6:00pm PT

Online: Register here.


The Center for Fiction Presents: How to Get In: Applying to Fellowships, Residencies, Conferences, and Creative Writing Programs

A necessary and practical workshop for writers looking to apply for fellowships, residencies, MFA programs, and grants. 

Meeting Times:
6:30-8:30pm ET (6/24), 2-4pm ET (6/25 & 6/26)

Learn more and register here.


Publisher’s Lunch + American Booksellers Association Present: Buzz Books Editors Panel

Wednesday, May 18th (Virtual Event). Virtual doors will open at 6:45 pm EST/3:45 PST. Event begins at 7pm EST/ 4pm PST.

Join editors as they describe exciting forthcoming titles and interview their authors.

Learn more and register here.


Library Journal’s Day of Dialog

Thursday, May 5, 2022, 11:00-11:55 am ET/ 8:00-8:55 am PT

For more than two decades, Library Journal’s Day of Dialog has been the most anticipated librarian-only gathering of the year. Now it’s gone digital and is open to the public, and is free to attend! The next all-day event is scheduled for May 5 and will feature a close-up look at the biggest forthcoming books for summer/fall 2022. All sessions and author chats will be available for viewing on-demand within an hour of their initial broadcast, and the entire event will be available on-demand until August 5, 2022

Register here.


Stegner Fellow Reading with Alison Thumel and Jonathan Escoffery

April 20, 2022 – 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Where: Stanford University, Oshman Hall, McMurtry Building, 355 Roth Way

Open to the Stanford University Community. Register here.


Green Apple Books Presents: 9th Ave: Melissa Chadburn with Jonathan Escoffery

Monday, April 25, 2022 – 7:00pm

1231 9th Ave. (@ Lincoln Way)
San Francisco, CA 94122

JOIN US ON MONDAY, APRIL 25 AT 7PM PT WHEN MELISSA CHADBURN CELEBRATES HER DEBUT NOVEL, A TINY UPWARD SHOVE, WITH JONATHAN ESCOFFERY AT 9TH AVE!



View the 2022 AWP Conference Schedule here.


Register on the Tin House site here.

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Sat, October 23, 2021
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT


Dog Eared Books
900 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110


Register here.

Register for the course here!


This year’s Agents & Editors of Color Roundtable will be held virtually on Friday, April 23rd, 2021 from 2:00pm – 3:15pm ET. At the roundtable, we’ll discuss craft and publishing issues that writers of color uniquely encounter in our projects and careers. Click here to register.

On Sunday, January 17, 2021 the African American Museum in Philadelphia convenes this special MLK Weekend reading and discussion featuring Philadelphia Poet Laureate Trapeta Mayson in conversation with noted author and fiction writer Jonathan Escoffery. Moderated by fellow author and fiction writer Leesa Fenderson and inspired by this year’s MLK Celebration theme of; “What can we do for others?”, Through Our Lens looks to lift up the experiences of immigrant and first generation citizens while centering Blackness within a fuller national and global contexts. Register free here.


Writers in Progress, Online Class

Writing Great Artist Statements

Whether you want to enhance your craft or win more writerly time and support, chances are that someday you’ll face a competitive application process. At such times, a well-written artist statement can go a long way to make you stand out from the pack. In this session, we’ll discuss the key components that every artist statement should include, as well as other ways to make your application as strong as can be. A necessary and practical workshop for writers looking to apply to fellowships, residencies, MFA programs, and grants!

Saturday, November 21, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST / 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PST. Click here to register ($75).


City Lights celebrates the Zyzzyva Magazine 2020 Fall Issue with a Launch Party!

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM PST Thursday, November 12, 2020

Event Information here.


Virtual Fridays Dire Literary Series Reading and Q&A

Event Information here.

November 13, 7:00pm EST


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[EVENT CANCELED] Lit Fête: A Virtual Celebration of Writers and Writing

Click here for the event page.
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[EVENT CANCELED] 2020 Muse and the Marketplace Conference

GrubStreet’s Muse and the Marketplace literary conference, held April 3-5, 2020 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel.

[Photo credit: Sri Thumati]

Writing Sentences that Sing; (with Colwill Brown)

In this session, we’ll explore concrete strategies for crafting beautiful sentences in fiction and non-fiction. We’ll look closely at how to harness core elements such as vocabulary and syntax to fine-tune every phrase, and how to play with rhythm, rhyme, assonance, and other techniques to imbue your prose with a musicality that will bring your words to life.

Friday, April 3, 2020 3:30pm – 4:45pm     Room: White Hill Room – 4th Floor

Writing Great Artist Statements for Fellowships, Residencies, MFA programs, & More; With: Shubha Sunder

Saturday, April 4, 2020  3:30pm – 4:45pm    Room: Cambridge Room – 4th Floor

Whether you want to enhance your craft or win more writerly time and support, chances are that someday you’ll face a competitive application process. At such times, a well-written artist statement can go a long way to make you stand out from the pack. In this session, we’ll discuss the key components that every artist statement should include, as well as other ways to make your application as strong as can be.

Past Attendee Comments:

“This was an exceptional session. Jonathan and Shubha are very knowledgable and generous with their examples and guidance. They provided excellent ideas and tools and answered questions in a helpful manner.”

“Excellent advice, particularly from Jonathan Escoffery about how to talk about hardships and financial struggles you’ve overcome when you are asking an organization to support your work. That allowed me to see the positive, self-affirming side of a grant application, as opposed to simply providing evidence of need.”

“Appreciated each teachers perspective. Awesome getting the advice from people who had received scholarships and fellowships. I liked having examples in front of me and receiving the handouts to refer to.”



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Cumberland University’s new Creative and Imaginative Writing program is hosting its first Creative Writing Conference, titled “Find Your Place,” on Oct. 8-10, 2019 on CU’s campus. The conference will be centered around written works where the setting and place are essential to the theme.

The conference will feature two guest lecturers, writer Jonathan Escoffery and poet Jesse Graves, who will both teach a writing workshop and perform readings of their work during the three-day conference.


USC’s Fiction/ Poetry/ CNF doctoral candidates of color reading + discussion

SKYLIGHT BOOKS, 1818 NORTH VERMONT AVE., LOS ANGELES, CA 90027

09/28/19 at 5pm



The Launch of AGNI 89

On Tuesday, April 30th, 2019, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI launches issue 89 with Jonathan EscofferyJulia ShipleySamuel Kọ́láwọ́lé, and Kelle Groom, plus a musical interlude by a local songwriter. Our release party follows.

Location: Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies, 121 Bay State Road, Boston. Free and open to the public, and wheelchair accessible. For accessibility, please contact AGNI staff here.


Tuesday, March 19, 2019

In conversation with debut novelist K Chess at Newtonville Books , 10 Langley Road, Newton, MA 02459. 7:00 PM.


BOSTON, MA

November 10, 2018, 3 – 5 p.m.

There & Here: Global Perspectives with City of Boston Artist Fellow Dariel Suarez and Back Porch Collective

Reading and conversation moderated by AGNI senior editor William Pierce

East Boston Branch of the Boston Public LIbrary

365 South Bremen Street

Boston, MA 02128

FREE registration at Eventbrite here.

Facebook event here.


With:

Details below:


2018 Muse and the Marketplace Conference

[Photo credit: Sri Thumati]

Writing Great Artist Statements for Fellowships, Residencies, MFA programs, & More

Whether you want to enhance your craft or win more writerly time and support, chances are that someday you’ll face a competitive application process. At such times, a well-written artist statement can go a long way to make you stand out from the pack. In this session, we’ll discuss the key components that every artist statement should include, as well as other ways to make your application as strong as can be.

GrubStreet’s Muse and the Marketplace literary conference, held April 6-8, 2018 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel

3:45pm – 5:00pm, Friday, April 6th, 2018.

With: Shubha Sunder

Attendee Comments:

– “This was an exceptional session. Jonathan and Shubha are very knowledgable and generous with their examples and guidance. They provided excellent ideas and tools and answered questions in a helpful manner.”

– “Excellent advice, particularly from Jonathan Escoffery about how to talk about hardships and financial struggles you’ve overcome when you are asking an organization to support your work. That allowed me to see the positive, self-affirming side of a grant application, as opposed to simply providing evidence of need.”

– “Appreciated each teachers perspective. Awesome getting the advice from people who had received scholarships and fellowships. I liked having examples in front of me and receiving the handouts to refer to.”

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2018 AWP Conference Panel in Tampa

A Question of Class: The Art of Writing From Below the Middle

As bell hooks said, counting the costs of revealing one’s lower class background can lead to self-censorship as writers struggle with what and how much to tell. Risks of disclosure include offering “entertainment fodder for a prurient privileged class” and otherization, especially within the academy. Real, too, are the risks of silence. This panel explores the complexity of writing below the middle class, on and off the page. Panelists speak from experience and teach in nontraditional settings.

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside

Date/Time: 3:00pm – 4:15pm on Friday March 9, 2018

Location: Room 16, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

With: Caitlin McGill, Jeannine Ouellette, Bao Phi, Michael Torres

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Back Porch Collective Reading at Goethe Institut Boston Open House

Goethe Institut Boston, 170 Beacon St, Boston, MA from 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. on 9/22/17

The Back Porch Collective will give a rollicking reading of their own work, centering on the evening’s theme of “Elsewhere.”  They are Shubha Sunder, Stacy Mattingly, Dariel Suarez, Ani Gjika, Jonathan Escoffery, and Sarah Colwill-Brown.  The Back Porch Collective held their first gathering on a Boston back porch, but the writers hail from places as far flung as Albania, Atlanta, Britain, Cuba, India, and Miami. They connect around a common passion for global narratives, literature’s potential to create empathy across borders, and a commitment to explore human nature from inside a given context, be it geographical, political, or cultural.  www.backporchcollective.com


The Final Drafts: Revising Your Short Fiction

You’ve written a draft of one or more stories. Now what? In this online course, you’ll learn techniques for polishing your stories. In particular, we’ll work in service of your story’s intention to locate its strengths and weaknesses, and create a plan for taking your draft to a place of completion. Emphasizing revision, this class will focus on a different craft topic each week-long session, including opening/ closing pages, character development, plot and structure, point of view, style, and sentence-level execution. Specifically, you’ll receive:

By the end of this course, you’ll come away with tools for revising future short work, as well as a concrete plan for revising your current story draft. Although you will be asked to finish coursework for each week-long session by Tuesday evening, there will be no time-specific online meetings or webinars to attend.

Where/ When:                                                                                                                                      

Online, beginning October 9th


Writing Great Artist Statements for Fellowships, Residencies, MFA Programs, & More: Section B

Saturday, October 6th, 10:00am-5:00pm

Whether you want to enhance your craft or win more writerly time and support, chances are that someday you’ll face a competitive application process. At such times, a well-written artist statement can go a long way to make you stand out from the pack. In this session, we’ll discuss the key components that every artist statement should include, as well as other ways to make your application as strong as can be. We’ll also spend some time drafting statements and discussing them in class.


Writing Great Artist Statements for Fellowships, Residencies, MFA Programs, & More

Friday, August 31st, 10:30am-1:30pm

Whether you want to enhance your craft or win more writerly time and support, chances are that someday you’ll face a competitive application process. At such times, a well-written artist statement can go a long way to make you stand out from the pack. In this session, we’ll discuss the key components that every artist statement should include, as well as other ways to make your application as strong as can be.


Publishing Your Short Work: Strategies to Maximize Success on Your Submissions

Saturday, June 9th, 10:00am-5:00pm

Whether your genre is fiction, poetry, or nonfiction, submitting to journals and magazines should become a regular part of your writing life. The act of sending work out, however, can feel daunting and confusing. What are the best publications for emerging writers? When is the ideal time to submit? Should I include a cover letter? What does it mean if I get a form rejection? In this class, we will discuss the entire submission process in detail. From determining when your writing is ready to be considered for publication, to familiarizing yourself with the lit journals and magazines landscape, you will be provided with resources, examples, strategies, and tips that will ensure your submissions are taken seriously. You will leave this course with a concrete plan for submitting your own work and a clear sense of what you can expect going forward.

Intro to Poetry: Online

Do you want to try writing poetry? Do you need to refresh your understanding of the fundamentals of the genre? If you have an unpredictable schedule, travel often, or live outside the Boston area, this online course is the perfect fit for your modern lifestyle. “Introduction to Poetry” will teach you a slew of essential poetry techniques all from the comfort of your own desk–at any time that’s convenient for you! This class will focus on a different craft topic and/ or poetic form each week-long session, and will familiarize students with contemporary, as well as canonized, poets. 

6 weeks online; portal opens April 17th


Intro to Fiction: Online

Attention authors of the 21st century! If you have an unpredictable schedule, travel often, or live outside the Boston area, this online course is the perfect fit for your modern lifestyle. “Introduction to Fiction” will teach you a slew of essential fiction techniques all from the comfort of your own desk–at any time that’s convenient for you! Although you will be asked to complete coursework for each week-long session by Tuesday evening, there will be no time-specific online meetings or webinars to attend. Emphasizing the short story form, this class will focus on a different craft topic each week-long session, including beginnings, character, plot, dialogue, point of view, and revision.

6 weeks online; portal opens April 17th


The Final Drafts: Revising Your Short Fiction

You’ve written a draft of one or more stories. Now what? In this online course, you’ll learn techniques for polishing your stories. In particular, we’ll work in service of your story’s intention to locate its strengths and weaknesses, and create a plan for taking your draft to a place of completion. Emphasizing revision, this class will focus on a different craft topic each week-long session, including opening/ closing pages, character development, plot and structure, point of view, style, and sentence-level execution. Specifically, you’ll receive:

By the end of this course, you’ll come away with tools for revising future short work, as well as a concrete plan for revising your current story draft. Although you will be asked to finish coursework for each week-long session by Tuesday evening, there will be no time-specific online meetings or webinars to attend.

Where/ When?                                                                                                                                      

Online, beginning February 27th


Publishing the Story Collection

How often do you hear that agents and publishers are not interested in story collections? Writers are commonly advised that their creative energies would be best spent on a novel (tell that to Alice Munro!). While writers seeking publication for a story collection might face particular challenges, a great many short story collections are, year after year, published, many to acclaim, some successfully launching the author’s career (Laura van den Berg, Jennine Capó Crucet, Molly Antopol, and Mia Alvar come to mind). In this three-hour intensive, we’ll demystify the path from finishing a collection to securing publication. Via lecture, discussion of resources provided, and Q & A, we’ll outline the options available to writers of collections. Topics will include researching agents, drafting an effective cover letter, the small press landscape, book contests, and how to build an audience for short fiction. You’ll leave the class with a deeper understanding of the publishing landscape, a packet of resources, and a plan for how to proceed with your own collection.

Where/ When?                                                                                                                                      

GrubStreet, 162 Boylston Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA

Saturday, January 20th, 2018 10:30am-1:30pm

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Publishing Your Short Work: Strategies to Maximize Success on Your Submissions

Whether your genre is fiction, poetry, or nonfiction, submitting to journals and magazines should become a regular part of your writing life. The act of sending work out, however, can feel daunting and confusing. What are the best publications for emerging writers? When is the ideal time to submit? Should I include a cover letter? What does it mean if I get a form rejection? In this class, we will discuss the entire submission process in detail. From determining when your writing is ready to be considered for publication, to familiarizing yourself with the lit journals and magazines landscape, you will be provided with resources, examples, strategies, and tips that will ensure your submissions are taken seriously. You will leave this course with a concrete plan for submitting your own work and a clear sense of what you can expect going forward.

Where/ When?                                                                                                                                      

GrubStreet, 162 Boylston Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA

Saturday, November 4th, 10:00am-5:00pm

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Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP): Publishing Your Short Work: Submission Tips to Get Your Work Out There!

Whether your genre is fiction, poetry, or nonfiction, submitting to journals and magazines should become a regular part of your writing life. The act of sending work out, however, can feel daunting and confusing. What are the best publications for emerging writers? When is the ideal time to submit? Should I include a cover letter? What does it mean if I get a form rejection?

In this seminar, we will discuss the entire submission process in detail. From determining when your writing is ready to be considered for publication, to familiarizing yourself with the lit journals and magazines landscape, you will be provided with resources, examples, strategies, and tips that will ensure your submissions are taken seriously. You will leave this course with a concrete plan for submitting your own work and a clear sense of what you can expect going forward. Writing notebooks will be available, but feel free to bring your own. For writers age 13 – 18 ONLY.

Join GrubStreet’s Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP), a FREE creative writing workshop for Boston-area high schoolers. Our students come from a wide variety of high schools in the Boston area and enjoy cool writing exercises, mingling with fellow young writers, snacks, and an optional open mic. After four great years, YAWP has already been recognized by the Boston Globe as Boston’s hub for writing teenagers. You must be 13-18 years to register.

Where/ When?                                                                                                                                      

GrubStreet, 162 Boylston Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA

Saturday, October 21st 12:00pm-4:00pm

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Misunderstood: Inverting the Workshop Model

Has your writing about POC, LGBTQ, or immigrant issues been misunderstood in the workshop? Has your gender neutral multiracial Jamaican-American/ Cuban-American/ X-American protagonist been referred to as “too specific” or confusing? If so, this is the event for you! Part workshop and part story share, participants are invited to bring excerpts of their poems, essays, fiction, anecdotes, and oral histories that have been—or that participants fear will be—misread, misinterpreted, or outright rejected due to cultural differences between the author/teller and the reader/recipient of these stories.

Saturday, June 17th, from 3:00-5:00pm

Event takes place at the Arts at the Armory Cafe, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143. This event is free and open to the public thanks to grant support from the Somerville Arts Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and through sponsorship by GrubStreet. Seating is limited and registration is required on GrubStreet’s website.


GrubStreet Seminar: Publishing Your Short Work: Strategies to Maximize Success on Your Submissions

Saturday, June 17th, 10:30am-1:30pm

Whether your genre is fiction, poetry, or nonfiction, submitting to journals and magazines should become a regular part of your writing life. The act of sending work out, however, can feel daunting and confusing. What are the best publications for emerging writers? When is the ideal time to submit? Should I include a cover letter? What does it mean if I get a form rejection? In this seminar, we will discuss the entire submission process in detail. From determining when your writing is ready to be considered for publication, to familiarizing yourself with the lit journals and magazines landscape, you will be provided with resources, examples, strategies, and tips that will ensure your submissions are taken seriously. You will leave this course with a concrete plan for submitting your own work and a clear sense of what you can expect going forward. Seating is limited and registration is required on GrubStreet’s website.


Four Stories Reading

I’ll be reading at the next Four Stories event at The Middle East in Central Square, Cambridge on Thursday, May 18th along with Sarah Colwill-Brown, Patrick Gabridge and Suzanne Berne. The event is from 6:30-8:30pm, at the Middle East’s corner bar.

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2017 AWP Conference Panels in D.C.

Beyond Diversity: How to Run the Truly Inclusive Creative Writing Workshop

Capital & Congress, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Four

Friday, February 10, 2017

4:30 pm to 5:45 pm

How do we move beyond the vague concept of diversity to create truly inclusive workshops? In focusing on craft and ignoring the larger cultural context of our writing, we often sideline POC, queer, and other voices marginalized by the literary establishment. Speakers from GrubStreet, Warren Wilson, and the University of Houston will traditional pedagogy for inherent bias and offer strategies on navigating issues of identity to take workshops from simply diverse to truly inclusive.

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Committing to Inclusion: What Does It “Really” Mean?

Marquis Salon 6, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Two

Saturday, February 11, 2017

10:30 am to 11:45 am

So your writing organization believes that race, gender, sexual orientation, and other dimensions of diversity are integral to artistic excellence. But what does that really mean? What vision and work does it entail? Since 2012, GrubStreet has been reckoning with its own shortcomings in this area, and working toward real and meaningful change. Come hear from board members, staff, and instructors about our ongoing structural efforts to ensure that our community is fully inclusive to all.

Boston Lit Crawl

I wrote (part of) a spooky story for the inaugural Boston #litcrawl with Alden Jones, Ron MacLean, and Eson Kim. More info here.

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Monday, August 29th, from 7:00pm-8:15pm
Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
Selected Authors:
Shanoor Seervai, Anne Bernays, Jonathan Escoffery, Carrie Oeding, and Jonathan Weinert.
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7:00 PM, June 22nd.
Poetry/Fiction/Creative Nonfiction
Reading
338 Newbury Street

Boston, MA 02115


UNLOCKED: Reconsidering Home & Place 

June 18, 2016, 7:30 p.m. BOSTON, MA.

Back Porch Collective in collaboration with musicians Giuseppe Paradiso and Jussi Reijonen

The Middle Gray Gallery/Cafe

Co-sponsored by GrubStreet

Details at our Facebook event.


Come out and support the arts at The Middle Gray Cafe during the Back Porch Collective’s Reading on Sat., Feb 6th! A talented group of readers: Stacy Mattingly, Ani Gjika, Shubha Sunder, Sarah Colwill-Brown, and special guest George Clements of The Lonely Heartstring Band will join me. The event is co-sponsored by GrubStreet.

The Back Porch Collective, appropriately named, held their first gathering on a Boston back porch. The writers hail from places as far flung as Albania, Britain, Cuba, India, Atlanta, and Miami, and one of their number is currently overseas. Their initial desire was to meet together, share work, and discuss issues that mattered to them. They quickly developed a rapport, and when a musician joined in that initial evening to cap off the night, the group knew something special had occurred. Now the Back Porch Collective are giving their first off-the-porch reading at the Middle Gray Cafe with musician George Clements as a special guest. We hope you will join them and continue to expand the artistic community they set out to find when they first gathered.