Find the latest online and in-person events, readings, workshops, and more from BOA's authors. List updated weekly.
Monday, March 1
7:00 PM (EST): St. Mary's College of Maryland Presents an Evening to Honor the Legacy of Lucille Clifton
The event, co-sponsored by the VOICES Reading Series, will feature poetry readings and reflections to honor St. Mary’s College’s former Distinguished Professor of the Humanities, Lucille Clifton. Leah Naomi Green and Li-Young Lee, author of Book of My Nights (BOA, 2001), Rose (BOA, 1986), and The City in Which I Love You (BOA, 1990), will perform original works of poetry during the event. Please register in advance for this event.
Thursday, March 4
7:00 PM (EST): Sheltering in Stanzas: An Evening of Poetry and the Arts
Remembering that stanza means “room,” Westchester poets will gather to speak to their experiences of poetry and art during the pandemic. In a time of isolation, these writers will share what’s “in the room” for them—the art they turn to as solace, talisman, or polestar—as they navigate this collective moment. The evening will feature poets from across our communities, as well as the Westchester County Poet Laureate, B.K. Fischer, author of Ceive (BOA, 2021), Youth Poet Laureate, Danielle Kohn, and acclaimed writer, Iain Haley Pollock, in celebrating the poetry and art that fills the rooms we inhabit, interior or exterior, imaginative and actual. Please register in advance for this event.
Monday, March 18
4:00 PM (EST): Filled with Possibility: Poetry at the Virginia Festival of the Book, with Erika Meitner
Poets Erika Meitner, author of Holy Moly Carry Me (BOA, 2018), Kiki Petrosino (White Blood: A Lyric of Virginia), and Brian Teare (Doomstead Days) read from their newest collections, highly-acclaimed poetry that speaks to contemporary life, working through history, genealogical roots, environmental crises, loss, and more, finding ways to understand and live and breathe. As part of the all-virtual 2021 Virginia Festival of the Book, this event is free to attend and open to the public. Please register in advance.
Tuesday, April 6
7:30 PM (EST): Writers & Books Tuesdays with BOA presents Craig Morgan Teicher, author of Welcome to Sonnetville, New Jersey
Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize-winning poet (2018) and nationally recognized literary critic Craig Morgan Teicher’s Welcome to Sonnetville, New Jersey (BOA, 2021) is a collection of poems about entering middle age, raising a young family, sustaining a marriage, and taking care of a severely disabled child. These sonnets and lyric poems narrate a family’s move to the suburbs and their coming to terms with the ghosts of the past and with hard-to-hold hopes for the future. The virtual event is free with advance registration required.
Tuesday, April 13
7:30 PM (EST): Writers & Books Tuesdays with BOA presents Justin Jannise, author of How to be Better by Being Worse
Justin Jannise turns the self-help manual on its head in his Poulin Prize-winning debut collection, How to be Better by Being Worse (BOA, 2021). His poems flout, subvert, question, and ignore the rules with exploratory energy. Queer experiences are celebrated—from crushing on long-dead, sad-eyed poets to drag divas dancing at Halloween parties—gender constructs are questioned, and familial transgressions are laid bare for the world. The virtual event is free with advance registration required.
Tuesday, April 20
7:30 PM (EST): Writers & Books Tuesdays with BOA presents Kendra DeColo, author of I Am Not Trying to Hide My Hungers from the World
Kendra DeColo reaffirms the action of mothering as heroic, brutal, and hardcore with poems that interrogate patriarchal narratives about childbirth, postpartum healing, and motherhood through the lens of pop culture and the political zeitgeist. With references ranging from Courtney Love to Lana Del Rey to Richard Burton to Nicholas Cage, I Am Not Trying to Hide My Hungers from the World (BOA, 2021) revitalizes the way we look at mothering: pushing its boundaries and reclaiming one’s spirit of defiance, abundance, and irreverent joy. The virtual event is free with advance registration required.
Tuesday, April 27
7:30 PM (EST): Writers & Books Tuesdays with BOA presents Rachel Mennies, author of The Naomi Letters
Told through a time-honored epistolary narrative, The Naomi Letters (BOA, 2021) chronicles in poems the relationship between a woman speaker and Naomi, the woman she loves. These letter-poems form a braid, first from the use of found texts; next from the speaker’s personal observations about her bisexuality, Judaism, and mental illness; and lastly from her testimonies of past experiences. Her letters reveal the struggles, joys, and erasures the speaker endures as she becomes reacquainted with her own body following a long period of anxiety and suicidal ideation, working to recover both physically and emotionally as she grows to understand this long-distance love and its stakes. The virtual event is free with advance registration required.
Tuesday, May 11
7:30 PM (EST): Writers & Books Tuesdays with BOA presents E.C. Osondu, author of Alien Stories
Celebrated Nigerian-born writer E.C. Osondu delivers a short-story collection of nimble dexterity and startling originality in his BOA Short Fiction Prize-winning Alien Stories (BOA, 2021). With a nod to the dual meaning of alien as both foreigner and exterrestrial, Osondu turns familiar science fiction tropes and immigration narratives on their heads, blending one with the other to call forth a whirlwind of otherness. Alien Stories breaks down the concept of foreignness to reveal what unites us all as ‘aliens’ within a complex and interconnected universe. The virtual event is free with advance registration required.
Author Readings On-Demand
Deborah Paredez reading at the Miami Book Fair
Deborah Paredez read from her new poetry collection Year of the Dog (BOA, 2020) in conversation with poet Leslie Sainz as part of the Miami Book Fair's first ever virtual festival. The video is available to watch on demand. A free and simple online registration at Miami Book Fair Online is required.
Tuesdays with BOA Editions (Past Events)
Join Writers & Books for Tuesdays with BOA Editions, the iconic Rochester-based publisher of poetry and literary works. Previous readings and conversations with some of today's most exciting authors are archived on the Writers & Books website for on-demand viewing.
Lucille Clifton: A Poet's Life and Legacy
BOA Editions and Hunger Media are delighted to present this mini-documentary "Lucille Clifton: A Poet's Life and Legacy," which provides an insightful overview of Lucille Clifton's life, career, and how her work continues to shape the contemporary poetic landscape! This short, ten-minute documentary shares the wisdom of one of the greatest American poets of our time.