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HOME: Poetry reading and open mic series

This project is made possible in part by the Academy of American Poets, with funds from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

HOME is a poetry reading, open mic, and workshop series led by Boston Poet Laureate Porsha Olayiwola. It consists of a featured reader and brief open mic every first Friday of the month, followed by a writing workshop the following Saturday morning. Anthony Febo will host the readings and open mics, and the dates are listed below.

The theme, HOME, is born out of our current space, time, crisis, and future-shaping. What does home mean? What isn’t home? Who is lacking home? Now that we are all home so much, how do we like our homes? Ourselves? Our families? What is home, in the literal and figurative sense? Is the body a type of home? How so? Is a poem a type of home? How do we integrate this into content and craft?

HOME is curated by our current Poet Laureate, Porsha Olayiwola.  A Boston transplant and Roxbury resident, Olayiwola seeks to create a shared digital space for Bostonians to write and share at the intersection of poetry and storytelling. 

Readings and open mics will be held on the first Friday of the month at 7:30 p.m.

Register for a reading and open mic 

7:30pm - 9:30pm
Repeats monthly on Friday, but only the first instance of this set, starting from November 6, 2020, until June 4, 2021
Happening Virtually
Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture
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Upcoming readings and open mics

Date Reader
November 6, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. Danielle Legros Georges
December 4, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. Xandira Phillips
January 1, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. Chase Berggrun
February 5, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. Rachel McKibbens
March 5, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. Monica Sok
April 2, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. Krysten Hill
May 7, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. Martin Espada
June 4, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. Rajiv Mohabir