Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

Stonecoast Reading Series

The Stonecoast Reading Series, organized by members of the Stonecoast literary community across the U.S. and beyond, provide a showcase for Stonecoast students, alumni, and faculty to share their writings with the people of their local communities.  

Each local reading series has its own local name (for example, Stonecoast Readings: Portland) and its own distinct flavor, determined by the literary character of its location.  While all the Stonecoast Readings feature members of the Stonecoast community, one series may be limited to writers with published books, while another may invite members of the community at large to participate in an “open mic” before or after the reading.  One may focus on performance poetry, while another may have a writing workshop attached, led by the featured reader.

United by commonly shared "umbrella dates," Stonecoast Readings are generally held on the last Wednesday of the month at 7 PM in February, April, June, August, and October.  Photos, video, livestream, news, information, links, and updates from the Readings are shared with our farflung Stonecoast community and the reading public on the Stonecoast Readings page of the Stonecoast MFA website, where a list of regional coordinators may be found. 

Please note that individual times and locations may vary, and that some locations may not host a reading on every umbrella date.  Always check with your local coordinator to confirm the most up-to-date information.  Thanks for your enthusiasm about Stonecoast writers!  We appreciate your interest, and we look forward to seeing you at your next Stonecoast Reading Series event.


Friday, January 17th - Welcome Back Alumni 

Join Stonecoast during the Winter Residency for an evening of readings from alumni Quenton Baker and Helen Peppe. 


Casco Room - Harraseeket Inn

162 Main St, Freeport, ME 04032

Quenton Baker by Helen Peppe




Quenton Baker is a poet living in Maine and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for his poem, "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Nigger." He has recently finished a manuscript and is seeking publication. 


Helen PeppeHelen Peppe's memoir, Pigs Can't Swim, is a 2014 Indie Introduce and an Indie Next title. She is currently working on a YA novel (about horses) I Name You Rockstar, and her second memoir, Chasing the Light (for horse photography). She lives in Maine with her husband and children where she donates her photography to a wide range of animal rescue groups. Although she has a strict rule that she will not adopt any homeless animals she photographs, she has 3 dogs, 2 horses, 5 cats and 4 elderly live-in rabbits. Helen will be on Sirius XM National Radio Pet Show on Feb 4, and a schedule of her upcoming readings is available on her website.



View photos from the Amherst Reading: Stonecoast Celebrates Poetry Week  

Listen to a sample from The High Spirits 

View photos from the Newtonville Reading: Newtonville Reading-Celebrating Ten Years of Stonecoast

photo by Food For Thought Books

Sarah Braunstein






High Spirits Richard Cambridge

Lady Zen

Newtonville Books







Check back often for announcements and updates about the Stonecoast Reading Series.