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Woodberry Poetry Room

BOSTON ORIGINALS: Midwinter Reading & Community Gathering

Thursday, February 29, 2024, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Woodberry Poetry Room (Lamont Library, Room 330)
Open to the public, Reading/Lecture,

The Woodberry Poetry Room invites you to its inaugural Spring 2024 event: a Midwinter marathon-reading and party, featuring Carolina Ebeid, Shangyang Fang, Elisa Gabbert, Christianne Goodwin, Steven Karl and Patrick Pritchett. Our popular Boston Originals series is a joyful opportunity to commune with fellow poets and learn more about the diverse array of writers who are working, living, and creating in New England at this time.

Each of our honored guests will read for 8-10 minutes, then we will kick back, hang out, eat food, listen to music, buy books, and fortify ourselves for the year ahead. We also invite audience members to bring their own new books and/or fliers for events, workshops, or protests that they will be hosting or participating in this Spring.

In-Person Event: Woodberry Poetry Room, Lamont Library, Room 330. Free and open to the public.


Carolina Ebeid is a multimedia poet and author of You Ask Me to Talk about the Interior  and the chapbook Dauerwunder. She helps edit poetry at The Rumpus and Visible Binary. From 2023-2025 she is the Bonderman Assistant Professor of poetry at Brown University. 

Shangyang Fang grew up in Chengdu, China. A former Wallace Stegner fellow at Stanford University, he is the author of the poetry collection, Burying the Mountain. He is as an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. 

Elisa Gabbert is the author of several collections of poetry, essays, and criticism, including Normal Distance, The Unreality of Memory, and The Word Pretty. She writes the On Poetry column for the New York Times. Her next book, Any Person Is the Only Self, will be out from FSG in June.  

Christianne Goodwin is a musician, editor and writer, who currently lives in Providence. Oracle Smoke Machine, an art-and-poetry collaboration with the Boston-based artist Stephen Proski, is out with Staircase Books. The book launch will take place on March 2nd at the Katherine Small Gallery in Cambridge. 

Steven Karl is the author of Dork Swagger (Coconut Books, 2013), Sister (Noemi Press, 2016), and I HRT the Cult Years: Empty Empire of Aftersong (VA Press, 2024), as well as several chapbooks, including If Your Lungs Are Skyed Make the Scar Song Echo Until All The Winged Things Bleed Your Poetry (Bloof Books, 2023). Originally from Philadelphia, he lives in Boston and teaches at FIU. 

Patrick Pritchett is the author of Sunderland, Orphic Noise and Song X. He has taught at Harvard and Amherst College and currently lectures in Comp Lit at Rutgers.  


Persons with disabilities who would like to request accommodations or have questions about physical access may contact Houghton Library's Administrative Coordinator Le Huong Huynh by email or at 617-495-2443 in advance of the event.



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