A series of poetry performances by some of the most intriguing figures in contemporary literature and the arts on the national scene paired with respected voices on the regional scene.
Chapter and Verse is a 20-year-old literary reading series that takes place at the Revolutionary War era Loring-Greenough House in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, a neighborhood of Boston. Three selected writers of fiction or poetry read for the crowd of about 40, followed by refreshments and book signings. Although readers are not paid, the sponsor of Chapter and Verse, Jamaica Pond Poets, purchases a book from each reader and donates it to the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library. Readings are usually the second Friday of each month from October through June.
The Newark Arts Alliance holds an Open Mic night dedicated to Poetry, Prose, and Performance on the first Tuesday of each month at 7pm (except in December). Traditional poetry, spoken word, haiku, experimental verse – all are welcome! Short-shorts and excerpts of fiction and memoir – tell us your stories! A performance piece? Go for it! Join us at the mic, or just come to listen and support the arts. Check out our current exhibition while you’re here. Our emcee Maria Masington will keep the evening rolling. We provide the microphone (and free coffee) – our local artists provide the rest!
Founded in 1985 by the late U.S. poet laureate Stanley Kunitz and arts administrator Elizabeth Kray, Poets House is a national poetry library and literary center. Located in Battery Park City, the 11,000-square-foot space houses a 60,000-volume poetry library, a reading room, an exhibition room, and a children’s room, all free and open to the public. Poets House offers a wide range of literary programming, including readings, talks, panels, performances, poetry workshops, and the annual Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge.