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, December 20th - A Night at the Theater featuring scriptwriting faculty member Elizabeth Searle and Stonecoast community members Bruce Pratt, Amy M. Alvarez, Anthony D’Aries, Barbara Greenbaum, Alexis Paige, Mihku Paul, and Enza Verscera. Hosted by Stonecoast Alum Richard Cambride . (Poet's Theater at the Aromory Center for the Arts, Somerville, MA)
Saturday, November 2nd - Stonecoast in Brooklyn (Brooklyn, NY) featuring Bobbie Ford, Lindsey Wells, Richard Squires, Alexis Paige, Alexandria Delcourt, Critina Perachio, Nora Grosvenor, and faculty member Elizabeth Searle. Hosted by Kristabelle and Bobbie Ford.
Friday, September 27th - Stonecoast Celebrates Poetry Week in Amherst, MA featuring Stonecoast alumni, students and faculty. Hosted by faculty member Suzanne Strempek Shea. 7:00pm Food For Thought Books 106 North Pleasant Street Amherst, MA 01002
photo by Food For Thought Books
View photos from the Amherst Reading: Stonecoast Celebrates Poetry Week
Wednesday, August 28th - Writing Nature at Stonecoast: an Evening of Creative Nonfiction about Nature featuring faculty member Jaed Muncharoen Coffin. 7:00pm at Local Sprouts, 649 Congress Street, Portland, ME.
Wednesday, June 26th - Stonecoast Stories,
an evening of words and music, with fiction faculty member Sarah Braunstein and fiction alum and musician Dave Patterson. 7:00pm at Local Sprouts 649 Congress Street, Portland, ME.
Monday, May 13th - Stonecoast MFA Reading: Celebrating Ten Years featuring alumni Eugenio Volpe (author of the forthcoming novella KING JAMES), Cal Armistead (author of the new YA novel BEING HENRY DAVID), Richard Cambridge (Curator of Poet’s Theater and author of PULSA) and Mihku Paul (author of the new poetry collection, 20th CENTURY POWWOW PLAYGROUND). Hosted by longtime Stonecoast fiction faculty member Elizabeth Searle. The event will take place at Newtonville Books in Newton, MA. View photos from the Newtonville Reading:
Wednesday, April 24th - A Feast of Stonecoast Poetry for National Poetry Month featuring Stonecoast alum Richard Cambridge. 7:00pm at Local Sprouts, 649 Congress Street, Portland, ME.
Wednesday, February 27th - Black History Month Kick-Off Event featuring Stonecoast student and local performer, Lady Zen. 7:00pm at Local Sprouts, 649 Congress Street, Portland, ME.
Check back often for announcements and updates about the Stonecoast Reading Series.