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 Theatre 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)
Anthony D’Aries is the author of The Language of Men: A Memoir (Hudson Whitman/Excelsior College Press, 2012), which received the PEN/New England Discovery Award and was named Memoir of the Year by ForeWord Magazine. He has taught literacy and creative writing in the Massachusetts Department of Corrections and is currently Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Writing Program at Regis College.
Alexis Paige’s work appears or is forthcoming in Fourth Genre, The Rumpus, Pithead Chapel, Ragazine, 14 Hills, and on Brevity Magazine’s blog. Honors include the New Millennium Writings Nonfiction price, a Pushcart Prize nomination, and a feature on “Freshly Pressed.” Twice named a top-ten finalist in the Glamour Magazine essay contest, Paige holds an MA in poetry from San Francisco State University, and is currently pursuing an MFA in nonfiction from the Stonecoast creative writing program.
Barbara P. Greenbaum is a fiction writer and creative writing teacher at a magnet arts high school in Willimantic, CT. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Hartford, an M.A. in secondary education from St. Joseph College, and an M.F.A. from the University of Southern Maine. She has studied with Michael White, Suzanne Strempek Shea, Brad Barkley, and Jack Driscoll. In addition to teaching fiction writing, poetry, advanced script writing, mythology, and flash fiction, she is also involved in land conservation and recently served as a member of the Connecticut Greenways Council. In 2006, she was awarded second place for fiction in the Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association (CAPA) annual writing contest. In 2012, she was awarded a Teaching Arts Fellowship by the Surdna Foundation. She writes using the pen name B.P. Greenbaum.
Her poetry and short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The Alembic, Eclectica, Forge, Hog River Review, Pearl, Inscape, Verdad, The Willow, Prick of the Spindle, Dos Passos Review and Underwood Review. She writes using the pen name B.P. Greenbaum.
Mihku Paul is a Maliseet Poet, Writer and Visual Artist. She holds a BA in Human Development and Communication and an MFA in Creative Writing from Stonecoast. She is presently teaching creative writing at the Maine Women Writers Collection at the University of New England. Her first collection of poetry, 20th Century PowWow Playland, was published in 2012 by Greenfield Review Press.
Elizabeth Searle is the author of four books of fiction, most recently Girl Held in Home. She is librettist of Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera (produced on both coasts and showcased in NYC in 2013), a show that’s drawn national media attention. She’s taught at Stonecoast for 10 years.
Amy Alvarez is a poet and urban educator. She is a graduate of the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine. Amy is currently finishing the manuscript for her first collection of poetry, tentatively titled Peel Away. Originally hailing from New York City, she now resides in Boston.
The Center for the Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave in Somerville, is located between Davis Square and Union Square. Free parking is located behind the Armory at the rear of the building. Arts at the Armory is approximately a 15-minute walk from Davis Square, which is on the MTBA Red Line. You can also find us by using either the MBTA RT 88 and RT 90 bus that can be caught either at Lechmere (Green Line) or Davis Square (Red Line). Get off at the Highland Avenue and Lowell Street stop. You can also get to us from Sullivan Square (Orange Line) by using the MBTA RT 90 bus. Get off at the Highland Avenue and Benton Road stop. http://artsatthearmory.org
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.