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U35 is a bi-monthly reading series for poets under 35, held once each January, March, May, July, September, and November. The series seeks to promote and bolster Massachusetts poets under 35 while giving them a venue to share their work and connect with other poets under 35. If you are a poet under the age of 35, sign up to read! U35 ran for four years under its founder Daniel Evans Pritchard, before Mass Poetry adopted the series in May 2014.

Upcoming readings:

  • Tuesday, September 24th at Trident Booksellers & Cafe with Alexa Barton, Rachael Hershon, and Katrina Rojas

Click here for our list of past readers & videos of their readings.

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This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Mass Cultural Council, and administered by the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture

Past Readers

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Leslie Ahlstrand
January 2016

Leslie Ahlstrand is a graduate of Trinity College where she was the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Prize. Her work has appeared in the Connecticut Review. She now lives and works in Boston.


Sebastian Alberdi
January 2018

Sebastian Alberdi writes plays & poems about being queer, being mexican, and being brought up in his mother’s catholicism. His digital chapbook oscar mike alfa romeo is available pay-what-you-can online and his first book of erasures Y ES is available from Ghost City Press.

Mario Alejandro Ariza
May 2014

Mario Alejandro Ariza was born in the Dominican Republic, but grew up between Santo Domingo and Miami. He has held a scholarship from the Breadloaf Writer’s conference, and his poetry and prose appear or are forthcoming in Guernica, Keep This Bag Away From Children, UP literature and Circleshow. His self-published book of poems, The Same River Twice, is available for prchase on Itunes and Amazon. Please don’t hold that against him.


Noah Augustine
September 2018

Noah Augustine is a planner, student, part time writer, and outdoors lover with an interest in returning to writing.


Prema Bangera
March 2018

Prema Bangera, a native of India, is an artist, a poet, an educator, and an editor. While she has lived in different parts of USA, her home-base has been Boston. Her writing has been published in Quick Fiction, Ibbetson Street, Muddy River Poetry Review, and other journals. She has had featured readings at Salem Arts Festival’s Afternoon Delight, Medicine Wheel, and other venues. Her artwork was exhibited at G Studios and at AAMARP Studios (as part of youth programs), and has appeared on music albums, as promotional designs, and as a book cover which has been archived at Harvard University, University of Buffalo, and UMass Boston libraries. She was a featured guest on the award-winning SCAT's TV show "Poet to Poet, Writer to Writer." Bangera is currently the Mixed Genre Editor of Midway Journal. And along with her passion for poetry, visual arts, dance, and theater, she is dedicated to social work and education in the Arts. She was formerly a Teaching Writer at the Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art, as well as an Arts Instructor at the United South End Settlements. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Teen Voices Emerging, an all-girls program for Boston teens with a focus on writing and female empowerment. She also recently launched a healing Arts project called Narratives of Transformative Love, which began as an activity at the Cooperative Artists Institute's Peace Drum Project, and since then she has led workshops in schools, libraries, for Boston Public School educators at the Summer Teacher Institute, and at the Kibera Kids Club in Kenya. The incentive of this project is to use art and writing to address past traumas, negative criticism, and societal expectations in order to heal and transform our identity to reflect our own strengths and develop self-love.

David Bartone
July 2014

David Bartone’s book, Practice on Mountains, was selected for the 2013 Sawtooth Poetry Prize by Dan Beachy-Quick. He is also the author of Spring Logic, a chapbook with H_NGM_N. His poems and translations have appeared at Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, The Laurel Review, Mountain Gazette, Handsome, Volt, and others. He is faculty at University Without Walls at UMass Amherst. He lives in Easthampton, Massachusetts.


John Bonanni
November 2017

John Bonanni lives on Cape Cod, MA, where he serves as editor for the Cape Cod Poetry Review. He is the recipient of a scholarship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and a residency from AS220 in Providence, RI. His work has appeared in CutBank, Assaracus, Verse Daily, the Washington Square Review, the Seattle Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, and Prairie Schooner.

Noah Burton
November 2015

Noah Burton was born in Kansas City, Kansas and grew up in Virginia. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he studied philosophy and from the University of New Hampshire's MFA program, where he teaches. His poems have appeared in Burningword, The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review, Scapegoat Review, Basalt Magazine, and Kenning Journal.

Taylor Butts
January 2016

Taylor Butts is a poet, writer, and teacher from New Bedford, Massachusetts. He is focused on building up a strong writing community in the city, while helping people find a way to express themselves more openly through programming and events that foster a greater understanding of language and the arts. He teaches creative writing classes in the community and performs spoken word poetry at various venues in Massachusetts.


Blake Campbell
March 2019

Blake Campbell was born in northeastern Pennsylvania and now lives in Salem, Massachusetts. He is the recipient of the 2015 Academy of American Poets College Poetry Prize for Emerson College, and his poem “Bioluminescence” won the 2015 Aliki Perroti and Seth Frank Most Promising Young Poet Award from the Academy of American Poets. His work has appeared in the Emerson Review, The Road Not Taken: A Journal of Formal Poetry, and Hawk & Whippoorwill. His chapbook Across the Creek is forthcoming from Pen and Anvil Press. 


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Dan Carey
March 2016

Dan Carey  is finishing up his Undergraduate degree in Creative Writing, Classics, and Music History this Spring at Suffolk University. He read, and was published, in the chapbook for the 2015 Greater Boston Intercollegiate Poetry Festival, and has helped organize open-mic readings in various sections of Boston over the last few years.

John-Paul Catenza
May 2016

John-Paul Catenza Born 1981, the youngest of seven children, Catenza grew up in Needham, MA and works as a Concierge in Boston. He writes poetry and fiction.



Mollie Chandler
September 2017

Mollie Chandler is a graduate of Lesley University's MFA program. Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in The Fairy Tale Review, The Charles River Journal, Hollow, Light, Foliate Oak, Paradise in Limbo, and others. Recently she participated as a featured reader at The Charles River Journal's annual Wayzgoose and at the Sherill Library's event Sixteen Poets, hosted by Poems2Go, an unbound journal. She works downtown as an editorial assistant at an educational publishing company. When not writing or working, she moonlights as an amateur jazz singer, actress, and a level-five dragon-born at her weekly D&D group.

Chen Chen
September 2015

Chen Chen received a BA in Creative Writing and Asian/Pacific/American Studies from Hampshire College. He is currently a University Fellow in Syracuse University's MFA program, where he also serves as Poetry Editor for Salt Hill. His work has appeared/is forthcoming in Poetry, The Massachusetts Review, Narrative, DIAGRAM, [PANK], Crab Orchard Review, Tupelo Quarterly, The Best American Poetry 2015, among others. A Pushcart Prize nominee and Kundiman Fellow, he was named a finalist for Narrative's 30 Below Contest and a second place winner of the Joy Harjo Poetry Award, from Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts. He has also received scholarships and fellowships from Tent: Creative Writing and the Saltonstall Foundation. He is planning on pursuing a PhD in Creative Writing and Literature.


Wendy Chen
July 2019

Wendy Chen ( is the author of Unearthings (Tavern Books), editor of Figure 1, and managing editor of Tupelo Quarterly. She is the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Most Promising Young Poet Prize, and fellowships from the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. Her forthcoming translations of the poems of the Song dynasty writer Li Qingzhao will be published later this year under the title The Magpie at Night (Tavern Books). Chen earned her MFA in poetry from Syracuse University and is currently working on a novel.

Josh Cook
September 2014

Josh Cook’s poetry has appeared in Epicenter MagazineLyrical Somerville, in Plume Poetry Anthology 2012 and 2013, and elsewhere. Other work has appeared in The Coe ReviewThe Owen Wister ReviewBargeapt literary magazine and other print and online journals. He was also a finalist for the 2011 and 2012 Cupboard Fiction Prize. He is a poetry reviewer for, who featured his essay, “The Problem with American Poetry,” in Bookslut 100. Other criticism has appeared in The Millions and The Rumpus. He is a blogger, bookseller, and magazine buyer for Porter Square Books in Cambridge, and writes the books and culture blog “In Order of Importance.” His novel An Exaggerated Murder is forthcoming from Melville House in the Winter of 2015.

Colleen Coyne
January 2016

Colleen Coyne is the author of the chapbook Girls Mistaken for Ghosts (dancing girl press, 2015), and her work appears in DIAGRAM, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Boxcar Poetry Review, Tupelo Quarterly, New Delta Review, and elsewhere. She teaches writing at Framingham State University and works as a freelance writer and editor. Find out more at

Kevin Cutrer
July 2015

Kevin Cutrer was born and raised in the American South, has lived in South America, and now resides in the southernmost neighborhood of Boston. His poems and reviews appear widely, in such publications as The Hudson Review, Cimarron Review, The Dark Horse, Sugar House Review, and Words Apart. His first collection, Lord's Own Anointed, was a semi-finalist for the Anthony Hecht prize and is currently in search of a publisher.


Cassandra de Alba
January 2019

Cassandra de Alba's work has appeared in Gabby, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Smoking Glue Gun, Spy Kids Review & The Shallow Ends, among other publications. Her chapbooks habitats (Horse Less Press, 2016) and ORB (Reality Hands, 2018) are about deer and the moon, respectively. She is a co-host at the Boston Poetry Slam at the Cantab Lounge and an associate editor at Pizza Pi Press.


Sam DeFlitch
July 2018

Sam DeFlitch is a third-year MFA candidate and teaching assistant at the University of New Hampshire, where she is the recipient of the Dick Shea Memorial Award for Poetry. As a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, her hometown informs much of her work, including the evolving relationship between land, people, and the divine. Her work has appeared in The New Engagement, Birch Gang Review, Appalachian Heritage, and Broad! Magazine. She lives in Durham, New Hampshire.

Didi Delgado
May 2016

DiDi Delgado is a writer, activist, freelance journalist and poet.   She is currently Head of Operations at S.O.U.P (The Society Of Urban Poetry) a collective of artists and musicians whose mission statement, is to help shed light on the diversity amongst creative individuals and groups across gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, faith, ability, age; and aims to bridge the gaps between these intersectionalities.  She has facilitated writing workshops at the Haley House and the Dudley Café in Dudley Square. She has served on the leadership team for the ACLU's BCPA Committee, the Boston Branch of the NAACP's Young Adult Committee.  She is constantly on the front lines blazing pathways, creating channels and fostering connections in support of other activists.  She is the recipient of the 2015 Jack Powers Stone Soup Savor award which is awarded annually to one poet that serves the Boston and Cambridge communities as a mentor while consistently providing distinguished contributions to the art of poetry. DiDi has participated in Michael Rothenberg's 100,000 Poets for Change, adjudicated with Boston Poet Laureate and others for the 2015 Mayor's Poetry and Prose program,  performed for various venues such as: Boston Center for Arts, Boston City Hall, Emerson College performing under the direction of Akiba Abaka and Walter Mosley, Boston City Councilor At Large Ayanna Pressley's Jump Into Peace initiative and co-curated an event for Illuminus during Hubweek 2015. Deeply passionate about both her local and global community; she believes that poetry and activism go hand in hand.  Visit DiDi and team at or

David R. DiSarro
March 2015

David R. DiSarro is currently an Assistant Professor of English and administrator at Endicott College in Beverly, MA.  His work has previously appeared in The Wilderness House Literary Review, The Hawaii Pacific Review, Shot Glass Poetry Journal, The Ibbetson Street Magazine, The Orange Room Review, Breadcrumb Scabs, Third Wednesday, among others.  David was featured on SCATV's Poet to Poet / Writer to Writer television series, and his first chapbook of poems entitled I Used to Play in Bands is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press.  He currently lives on the North Shore with his fiance, Beth, their two boys, and two rambunctious golden retrievers. 

Hillary Vaughn Dobel
November 2016

Hilary Vaughn Dobel was born in Seattle and lives in Boston. Her poetry and Spanish-to-English translations have appeared in Ploughshares, Kenyon Review Online, Boston Review, and the New York Times. She is the translator of Nine Coins by Carlos Pintado (Akashic Books) and The Clouds by Juan José Saer (Open Letter Books). Hilary holds an AB from Princeton University and has received fellowships from University of Chicago, Columbia University, and the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, where she is in residence as a fellow for 2016-2017. She is an editor at Circumference: Poetry in Translation. 


Rodney Dominique
July 2018

Rodney Dominique is a Haitian-American of many talents: haiku artist, poetry writer, letterpress enthusiast, once-in-a-blue-moon novice acrylic painter, statistical analyst/data scientist, Master of Business Administration, novice hot sauce maker, winner of no special poetry awards, and now first time speaker for U35 Reading Series. His writing spans the gamut of caterpillars on parade to describing the romance of the 3 Chinese kingdoms from the perspective of their dying rulers. With a publishing company (Jade Machete Publishing) and three books that are critically acclaimed at his house, he is finding ways to better his writing and perform more publicly. He currently ives in the area of Malden, MA. His books of poetry and haiku are available on Amazon.

Will Dowd
May 2015

Will Dowd is a writer currently living and working in Braintree, Massachusetts. He received an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University, where he was a national Jacob K. Javits Fellow in poetry. He also received an MS from MIT. His poems have appeared in The Rialto, Barrow Street, 5 AM, Post Road, 32 Poems, Eclipse, and Boston College Magazine. In 2010, he was selected by Paul Muldoon for the Scotti Merrill Memorial Scholarship at the Key West Literary Seminar. In 2006, he was a finalist for the Ruth Lilly Fellowship from Poetry magazine.

A.R. Dugan
January 2017

A. R. Dugan holds an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College. His poetry can be seen or is forthcoming in a number of literary magazines and reviews, most recently Salamander. Last year, his poem “The Creation of a Man” was nominated for AWP’s Intro Journal Awards Project. He taught high school English in southeastern Massachusetts for nine years. With a passion for writing, A. R. has read poetry for Redivider and Ploughshares. He currently teaches English and writing at Emerson College and Wheaton College.


Sarah Ehrich
March 2019

Sarah Ehrich earned an MFA in poetry from Emerson College. She currently works as a writing instructor at Boston College and is Assistant to the Director at the Blacksmith House Poetry Reading Series in Harvard Square. Her poetry has been published in the Missouri Review, Poetry Northwest, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, JuxtaProse, and is forthcoming in Nimrod International of Journal of Poetry and Prose. 

J.J. Elliot
January 2017

J.J. Elliot has degrees from Boston University and Suffolk University and has been published in Ascent, Third Wednesday, The Storyteller, Lyric, The Penwood Review, Dappled Things and The Aurorean. When not writing she runs her own business that allows her to be alone outdoors in rural New England areas, for which she is truly grateful as a writer and a human being

Curtis Emery
September 2016

Curtis Emery is a poet from Massachusetts. He lives somewhere between the intersection of light and dark and excess— his work is published in [In] Parentheses New Modernism, Boston Poetry Magazine, INFINITE SCROLL: a journal of literature and art, The Sierra Nevada Review, ELDERLY, Sink Review and translated into German with the Berlin publication, Kathedrale19. His work also appears in DEVOURING THE GREEN: fear of a human planet: a cyborg / eco poetry anthology from Jaded Ibis Press. Curtis has forthcoming work in Reality Beach. Emery received his M.F.A. from Sierra Nevada College. 


Jordan Escobar
November 2017

Jordan Escobar is a writer, teacher, and zookeeper in Boston, MA.

Alana Folsom
September 2016

Alana Folsom recently graduated with an MFA in poetry from Oregon State University, where she was Editor-in-Chief of their literary magazine, 45 Parallel. Her poetry has been published in The Journal and Hobart

Elana Friedland
November 2015

Elana Friedland is a Boston-based poet and theatre artist. She has received scholarships and fellowships from Grub Street and Summer Literary Seminars. Her writing has been published in Broad! and the Jewish Journal. Originally from the Midwest, she currently resides in Brighton and co-edits Window Cat Press, an online literary magazine for emerging artists.

Jessica Fjeld
September 2014

Jessica Fjeld is the author of the chapbooks The Tide (2010) and On animate life (2006), a winner of the Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in JubilatPoetry MagazineBoston ReviewConduitSixth Finch,Better: Culture & Lit, and H_NGM_N, among other journals. She received her MFA from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and now lives in Boston, where she works as a lawyer.


Carolyn E. M. Gibney
September 2017

A graduate of the University of Oxford's MSt in Creative Writing program, Carolyn E. M. Gibney is also the founder and editor of the (now defunct) queer Christian literary magazine, 'The St. Sebastian Review.' In 2013, her poem 'St. Joan of Arc Learns to Ride a Bike' was highly commended in the UK Poetry Book Society's Student Poetry competition. Recently, her poem 'The Higgs Boson Describes a Child's Birth to Her' was displayed in the Bodleian Library. Other poems have appeared in 'Ruminate' magazine and 'Adrienne Rich: A Tribute Anthology.' She lives with her wife and their cat in Boston.


Sarah Giragosian
January 2018

Sarah Giragosian is a poet and critic living in Schenectady, NY. She is the author of the poetry collection Queer Fish, a winner of the Poetry Journal Book Prize (Dream Horse Press, 2017). Her poems have recently appeared in such journals as Ecotone, The Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, and Denver Quarterly, among others. Recent honors include a fellowship from the National Endowment of the Humanities, a Katharine Bakeless Nason grant to participate in the Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writer’s Conference, and inclusion in the 2016 Best of the Net Anthology. She teaches in the department of Writing and Critical Inquiry at the University at Albany SUNY.


Melissa Leigh Gore
March 2018

Melissa Leigh Gore is a poet and web developer living just outside of Boston, MA. Her poems are forthcoming or have appeared in Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, WICKED ALICE, and Pamplemousse, and her reviews have been in The Rumpus. Her website is


Mark Gosztyla
July 2016

Mark Gosztyla’s poems have recently appeared in Barn Owl Review, Bodega, LUMINA, Transom, and Whiskey Island Magazine. Mark received an MFA from the University of New Hampshire, and for the past 6+ years he has taught poetry workshops at Tufts University. He lives with his family in New Haven, CT, but really, Boston, you're his home. 


Joey Gould
July 2017

Joey Gould has volunteered for the Massachusetts Poetry Festival since 2011. He is nominated for Bettering American Poetry 2016 & his work appears or is forthcoming at Drunk Monkeys, Golden Walkman, Five:2:One, & District Lit. In his spare time he builds decks & makes whistling noises, often at the same time.


Ryan Heidorn
September 2014

Ryan Heidorn lives in Salem, MA, holds a masters degree in Information Technology, and used to be in a Christian emo band. He teaches cybersecurity, works in corporate software, and writes poetry to save his life. 


Rage Hezekiah
September 2016

Rage Hezekiah is a MacDowell Fellow, who earned her MFA degree from Emerson College. Her poems have appeared in Fifth Wednesday, Glassworks, Columbia Poetry Review, and Chicago Quarterly Review, as well as other journals, and are forthcoming in the Minnesota review, and Painted Bride Quarterly. Her writing has been anthologized in Other Tongues: Mixed Race Women Speak Out and All We Can Hold, a collection of poems on motherhood..


Alisha Erin Hillam
May 2018

Alisha Erin Hillam’s poetry and creative non-fiction has appeared, or is forthcoming, in publications such as Midwestern GothicPassages NorthRust+MothCrab Orchard Review, and War, Literature and the Arts. She is the recipient of several literary awards from Purdue University and is a Best of the Net nominee. Originally from Indiana, she currently resides in Massachusetts with her family. She is currently at work on both her first novel and her first poetry collection.


Kat Hobbs-Everett
July 2019

Kat Hobbs-Everett is a constructive deconstructionist. Anti-racist, poet, teacher, social justice advocate and community mobilizer. She attended UMASS Boston and has spent 23 years working in the human/social services field. Her areas of expertise include youth work, child welfare, trauma, addictions, mental health, social emotional learning, family engagement, equity, and challenge bias power and privilege to promote diversity and inclusion. Currently Kat runs a nonprofit with the love of her life Dennis, named Power of Self-Education (POSE) Inc. and she recently launched a cultural community center in Haverhill, MA called COCO Brown. She is also mom to 7, a Christian and a Capricorn. Kat has spent the past 7 years studying the correlation between sexuality and spirituality, she is in the process of using her research to finish her book A New Creation.

Amanda Hope
May 2017

Amanda Hope is a poet and librarian from Massachusetts. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Cream City Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Barrow Street, and others. She enjoys riding the subway, scratching various animals behind the ears, and wearing magnificent boots. You can find her on Twitter @AmandaHopePoet or at her website

Corey Howard
November 2015

Corey Howard is a Massachusetts raised poet and musician. He graduated from Suffolk University in 2014 with a BA in English, Creative Writing. He works as a full time Line Cook at the Sinclair and is the Senior Editor for the literary journal Hollow. He is currently preparing a manuscript tentatively titled, “On the Spot,” and writing a record titled “Bad Burn.” Corey is 23 years old and growing.

Heather Hughes
May 2014

Heather Hughes hangs her heart in Boston and Miami. She divides herself rather unevenly into poet, yoga teacher, and traveler slices. Heather holds a Master’s in Foreign Literature from Harvard, and she is currently an MFA candidate at Lesley. Her work has appeared in Midwest Quarterly, Cream City Review, Prick of the Spindle, and other fine journals. She has been called smart and full of whimsy, quirky, raw, and awkward. Sometimes even to her face. All her tattoos have wings.


Daniel Jackson
November 2016

Daniel Jackson, a poet from New York, says he writes with spareness, about the body as a political object, questioning his masculinity in a family of women; where his experiences being a parent, black, and gay is woven into the American experience. Currently, he is an MFA candidate at Emerson College. His work has appeared in Calliope Magazine and other small journals. 


Shirley Jones-Luke
May 2019

Shirley Jones-Luke is a writer, poet and public speaker who lives in Dorchester. Shirley is an educator with the Boston Public Schools, teaching English Language Arts. She has been published in several journals and magazines, including Anti-Heroin Chic, Deluge, For the Sonorous, and Longleaf Review. Her work has earned her spots at VONA (Voices of Our Nation), Tin House, Breadloaf and The Watering Hole Poetry Retreat. Shirley’s poems were nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net Award.

Frances Kimpel
May 2015

Frances Kimpel is a performance and creative artist currently residing in Waltham, Massachusetts. Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, she maintains a marked love the region's characterizing rain, cold seas, and pervasive evergreen. Frances completed her BA at Brandeis University and achieved a Masters in Medieval History at Durham University, UK, before returning to Massachusetts, where she now divides her time between a job at Albright Art and her many creative undertakings. These include both collaborative work as a writer, director, and actor for her beloved theatre troupe, Chameleon's Dish, as well as a myriad of independent projects in prose fiction, poetry, and material crafts. Her writing has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Window Cat Press (Dec. 2014), Polychrome Ink (Feb. 2015), and Agender Zine (projected Mar. 2015). Frances can be found online at 


Kurt Klopmeier
July 2017

Kurt Klopmeier is a Boston writer and adjunct at UMass - Boston and Northeastern. He has been published in Apt, Amethyst Arsenic, Consequence Magazine, and Damfino.

Hannah Larrabee
May 2014

Hannah Larrabee considers herself tremendously lucky to have completed an MFA in creative writing, and to have engaged in two disparate fields of work: teaching and technology sales. She is also slightly obsessed with anything related to Cosmology. Her chapbook, Virgo, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2009 and nominated for a Massachusetts Book Award, and a Pen New England Literary Award. Her poems have appeared in: Best Indie Lit in New England, Tidal Basin Review, Contemporary American Voices, Extract(s), Conceit Magazine, Scarab Literary Magazine, and others.

Sarah Levine
July 2016

Sarah Levine received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has appeared in Best New Poets, Green Mountains Review, PANK, and Fourteen Hills among others. Sarah won Westchester Review's 2012 Writers' Under 30 Poetry Contest and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her chapbook Herman was published by The New Megaphone Press in 2014. 


Lily Luo
November 2018

Lily Luo is a community organizer and activist in Boston, currently developing curriculum on faith and social justice at Episcopal City Mission. She is a poet who writes about sexual assault, mental health, transformative justice, queer love, and being Asian American. She also loves embroidering, making collages about God, and cooking Chinese food. She thinks Grace Lee Boggs and Gloria Anzaldúa are her spirit goddesses. You can find her poetry, thoughts, zines, and podcast on her blog, theyellowlily. 


Amy Manion
July 2019

Amy Manion is a Boston-born Irish and Chinese girl just trying to make it in this world. She writes because she needs to and wants to. She writes to speak her truth and to express her voice in hopes that it will encourage others, especially Asian American women, to do the same. Amy was recently a semifinalist for GrubStreet’s Emerging Writer Fellowship in Boston. She has been a Photovoice participant as a member of a collective group of young adults in mental health recovery trying to educate peers, mental health providers, and the public about their experiences through photographs coupled with the written word. She has also had some of her work featured in mental health publications.


Lisa Maria Martin
November 2018

Lisa Maria Martin is a Cuban-American poet who earned her MFA at Cornell. Her work has appeared in Pleiades, Crab Orchard Review, Southern Indiana Review, American Journal of Poetry, and others. Raised in Virginia, she currently lives in Boston and works as an information architect and book editor. She tweets about poetry and politics at @redsesame.

Alyssa Mazzarella
January 2015

Alyssa Mazzarella is an MFA candidate in poetry and a creative writing instructor at UMass Boston. In 2013, she received an Academy of American Poets Prize and a Mary Doyle Curran Creative Writing scholarship. She’s previously taught at Baystate Correctional Center and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and holds a BFA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College. Her poems have appeared in Freshwater and Common Ground Review.

Lauren McCormick
September 2014

Lauren McCormick is a current graduate student at Southern New Hampshire University working towards a Masters in English/Creative Writing in Poetry. She is working on her thesis, which will be comprised of blues poems about North Carolina (her home state), southern culture, food, love, sex, and heartache.


John McDonough
September 2017

John McDonough is a poet and cigar smoker living in New England. He has two dogs and is in pursuit of a MFA from the University of New Hampshire. Recently he has been published in Arcturus by the Chicago Review of Books. His poetic influences include Joan Jett, Charles Mingus, and The Macho Man Randy Savage. He is pretty sure there are bigfoots.


Brandon Melendez
May 2018

Brandon Melendez is a Mexican-American poet from California. He is the author of ‘home/land’ (Write Bloody 2019). He is a National Poetry Slam finalist. He was awarded Best Poem and Funniest Poem at collegiate national poetry competitions (CUPSI). His poems are in or forthcoming in Ninth Letter, Muzzle Magazine, the minnesota review, Sixth Finch, and elsewhere. He currently lives in Boston and is an MFA candidate at Emerson College.

Thomas Mixon
September 2018

Thomas Mixon is a husband, father, swimmer, writer, reader. He printed and bound 100 copies of his first novel, Indecent Acts of Gravity, by hand, and left them for strangers in various public places across New England. Current projects include a series of sestinas, and poems about technology from 123 years ago.


Erica Charis-Molling
January 2018

Erica Charis-Molling is a creative writing instructor for Berklee Online. Her writing has been published in Borderline, Crab Fat, Broad!, The Yellow Chair, Rain, Party, & Disaster Society, and Anchor, Vinyl and Entropy. Her cross-disciplinary collaborative work has been performed at Lesley University, the Lydia Fair, the Dance Complex and other Boston-area venues. She’s an alum of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and is currently pursuing her M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Antioch University.


ELizabeth Moore
May 2017

Elizabeth Moore's poetry has appeared previously in Pangyrus, and she is the author of a work of fiction from Alternative Book Press, The Truth and the Life. She currently lives in Medford with her husband, Nathan, and works at The MIT Press. You can find her online at


GennaRose Nethercott
July 2017

GennaRose Nethercott is a poet, performer, and folklorist from the woodlands of Vermont, currently living in Somerville, MA. Her recent work has appeared in The Offing, Rust + Moth, Cleaver, Hermeneutic Chaos, and Maudlin House, among others. She writes poems-to-order for passersby on a 1952 Hermes Rocket typewriter, a collection of which was released by Honeybee Press in 2015.

A.J. Odasso
March 2016

A.J.'s poetry has appeared in a number of strange and wonderful publications, including Sybil's Garage, Mythic Delirium, Jabberwocky, Cabinet des Fées, Midnight Echo, Not One of Us, Dreams & Nightmares, Goblin Fruit, Strange Horizons, Stone Telling, Farrago's Wainscot, Through the Gate, Liminality, inkscrawl, Battersea Review, and SWAMP (just to name a few). Her début collection, Lost Books (Flipped Eye Publishing, 2010), was nominated for the 2010 London New Poetry Award and for the 2011 Forward Prize, and was also a finalist for the 2011 People's Book Prize. Her second collection with Flipped Eye, The Dishonesty of Dreams, was released in August of 2014. Her two chapbooks, Devil's Road Down and Wanderlust, are available from Maverick Duck Press.  She has been serving as Senior Poetry Editor at Strange Horizons magazine since 2012.  She holds degrees from Wellesley College and the University of York (UK), and she is currently an MFA candidate and Teaching Fellow in Poetry at BU.


Calvin Olsen
July 2015

Calvin Olsen holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Boston University, where he received a 2011 Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship. His poetry and translations have appeared in Nashville Review, Catch & Release, Salamander, SWAMP, and the anthology Lay Bare the Canvas: New England Poets on Art, among others; and he has presented work at a variety of venues, including TEDxNewEngland and the Blacksmith House Poetry Series. He currently lives and teaches in Boston and can be found on Twitter @cal_olsen.

Lindsey O'Neill
July 2015

Lindsey O’Neill is a yoga teacher, writer, word alchemist and wilderness poetess. In her work, Lindsey writes to give voice to the sacred and visceral, the felt relationship between purusha and prakrati: soul, and the physical world and bodies we inhabit. She feels poetry to be an indispensable art form capable of creating embodied social change, while awakening both our humanity and our spirituality. Lindsey has taught Yoga & Writing workshops at Grub Street, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and at a local Boston yoga studio. She is passionate about inviting others to explore the way embodied creativity can enhance their own writing process, and align them more closely with their heads & hearts. Lindsey posts online at her website, Luminous Rebels, ( a virtual campfire to spark thought and ignite possibility while exploring what it means to see through the eyes of the Self as witness.


Paola Cadena Pardo
March 2019

Paola Cadena Pardo, 1983, Bogotá, Colombia. She has published two poetry books: "Hotel" (Ulrika, Bogotá, 2008) and "Cinema" (Venezuela, Bid & Co. Editor, 2012). Her poems have appeared in different magazines and anthologies of Spain, Mexico and Colombia. She also published a play titled "Cuando perros tienen alas" in Digital Collection, University of Cincinnati. Her essay book "Corpus autobiográfico de Julio Cortázar y Alejandra Pizarnik: un acercamiento a la experiencia creadora" is soon to be released by Alción Editora in Argentina. Paola has participated in different international poetry festivals. She holds a PhD. from the University of Cincinnati and is currently working as a visiting Spanish professor at the College of the Holy Cross.

Matt Parker
January 2015

Matt Parker has been an avid fan of poetry since his childhood in the 1980's, and used it as a life saver during his tumultuous adolescence of the 1990's. Matt began to share his poetry and encourage others to use it as a coping tool in his career field as a youth development professional from the early 2000's to now. Today, Matt is still learning and teaching poetry to students in schools & community settings, co-facilitating the Boston S.O.U.P. (society of urban poetry) project, and supporting community causes everywhere.


Bryan Parys
July 2016

Bryan Parys is the author of the memoir, Wake, Sleeper, which was released in the fall of 2015. His work has appeared in Ruminate Magazine (as a finalist for the 2012 VanderMey Nonfiction Prize), The Good Men Project, and Sojourner's, among others, and he has been a grant recipient of the Beverly Cultural Council. Bryan received his MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of New Hampshire and has taught creative writing classes since 2007. He commutes from Beverly to Berklee College of Music for his day job as a writer/editor, and the train journeys are solely responsible for keeping his writing habits from flatlining.

Andrew K. Peterson
July 2014

Andrew K. Peterson’s poetry publications include some deer left the yard moving day (BlazeVox Books, 2013), karaoke lipsync opera (White Sky Press), and Museum of Thrown Objects (BlazeVox 2010). His chapbook bonjour meriwether and the rabid maps, published by Fact-Simile Press in 2011, was recently featured at an exhibition of poets’ maps at the University of Arizona Poetry Center. Peterson’s writing is anthologized in Emergency Index 2012 (Ugly Duckling Presse), The Ash Anthology (Fact-Simile Press), and Jennifer Karmin’s 4000 Dead, 4000 Words Project. He is a cofounder and editor of summer stock, an online poetry journal. He lives in Brookline, Mass.


Aly Pierce
November 2017/January 2019

Aly Pierce lives in Salem, Massachusetts where she waits tables and mails you records from Deathwish Inc.


Daniel Evans Pritchard
May 2018

Daniel Evans Pritchard, founder of the U35 reading series, is a writer and translator as well as the editor of The Critical Flame, an online journal of literary nonfiction, criticism, and interviews. His work has been published by Kenyon ReviewLos Angeles Review of BooksHarvard ReviewAnomalySlushpile, and Missouri Review, among others. Daniel lives in Watertown with his wife and daughter. He turns 35 in 2018.


Stephen Pusateri
March 2017

Stephen Pusateri recently relocated from Pittsburgh, PA where he worked in public radio and as tour manager for several bands. He has been involved in the Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange for the past six years. His work has been publisheded in The Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Subtle Tea Magazine, After Happy Hour Review, Pittsburgh City Paper, Syzygy, and The Brentwood Anthology from Nine Toes Press.

Daniel Rattelle
May 2017

Daniel Rattelle is from Western Massachusetts where he still lives with his wife and two kids. His poems have been recently published in the Columbia Review, Pamplemousse, and Dappled Things. His first chapbook, Let Us Sit Upon the Ground, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press.

Ariella Ruth
January 2017

Ariella Ruth is a poet born on the Devil’s Night in Boston. She received her BA from The New School and her MFA from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. Her work has appeared in Epiphany, Bombay Gin, Yew Journal, The Ocean State Review, and elsewhere. She had a poem published on a sandstone monolith as part of the City of Boulder, Colorado’s Downtown District and the Library and Arts Department’s West Pearl Poetry Project. She works at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School.


Melissa Saunders
September 2018

Melissa “Meezy” Saunders is a writer, performer, journeyman electrician-in-training, musician, and interdisciplinary artist. Saunders’ work has appeared in Another Classroom Courier Newspaper, Body Verses Anthology, Boston Latin School Argo, Boston T.I.P. (Teens In Print), DigBoston (formerly Boston’s Weekly Dig), The Harvard Crimson, Hi Five! Magazine, IMPOSE Magazine, In Parentheses Magazine, Mxmoir Misshapes, PUBLIC POOL, She Shreds Magazine, Teen Voices Magazine, and The WILD Magazine. Saunders has self-published work extensively in numerous zines and currently authors a zine titled “DORCHESTER.” While completing the 2007 Simon’s Rock Young Writers Workshop, Saunders’ work appeared in An Infinite Amount of Supplies for a Starving Nation, a student work anthology. She is the five-time consecutive winner of the Mary Grassa O’Neill Award for Outstanding Achievement in Writing. While at Boston Latin School she earned Magna cum laude Latin honors on the 2004 National Latin Exam. Saunders was a semi-finalist for the 2017 GrubStreet Emerging Writers Fellowship and a recipient of the 2018 Allston-Brighton Community Scholar Award. An advocate for community engagement and the arts, Saunders currently volunteers at the Dorchester Art Project (DAP), a community arts space operated by BRAIN Arts, a music and arts nonprofit. A proud native of Boston’s Dorchester-Roxbury neighborhoods, she is the recipient of the 2018-2019 City of Boston Scholarship Award. Saunders’ most recent piece, “21 Considerations of the Nabokovs’ Love Letters,” appeared in Open Letters #2, a Leeds, England-based publication. Saunders is currently based in Boston and studies at Harvard University.

Charlotte Seley
July 2014

Charlotte Seley is a graduate of the MFA program in Creative Writing at Emerson College where she served as Poetry Editor and Editor-in-Chief of Redivider and still serves as a poetry screener for Ploughshares. She is also the Social Media Manager for Mr. Hip Presents, a monthly poetry, spoken word, and music series housed at UForge Gallery in Jamaica Plain. Her work has been published in Rattle, inter|rupture, Metazen, InDigest, and others.

Angela Siew
March 2017 | March 2018

Angela Siew
is a multilingual poet and teacher who received her MFA in Poetry from Emerson College, where she now works as a Senior Administrative Associate for the Writing, Literature and Publishing Department. Angela is the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize and has work published or forthcoming in Crab Orchard Review, Dialogist, The Merrimack Review and Art New England.

Richard Shideler
March 2015

Richard Shideler always wanted to be a writer, scientist, comedian, engineer or inventor. So naturally, he works in advertising, where he gets to be a little bit of all of them. He’s done work for MINI Cooper, HALLS Cough drops, Virgin Mobile, the Red Sox, Staples, Eastern Bank and more. His work has garnered various awards, but he’s proudest of the set of steak knives he won at a bar one time. He currently lives in Salem, with way too many plants. 

Walter Smelt
November 2016

Walter Smelt is from south Florida and now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he is a master's candidate at Harvard Divinity School. He has published poems and translations in Poetry East, Subtropics, and the Harvard Divinity Bulletin and has an MFA in poetry from the University of Florida.


Laura Straub
May 2016

Lora Straub, 30, born in New Hampshire, living in Allston, Massachusetts, has been focusing on completing her first book of prose poetry, Language's Body. She received her BA in Literary Arts from Brown University, and her MFA in poetry from Saint Mary's College of California. Her work can be found in She Explores, Small Po[r]tions, BlazeVox, Construction Lit Mag, and Wave Composition. She is currently curating the first issue of her lit mag, ODIETAMO. She loves Pessoa, Duras, Bolaño, and beer.


Kailey Tedesco
May 2019

Kailey Tedesco is the author of She Used to be on a Milk Carton (April Gloaming Publishing), These Ghosts of Mine, Siamese (Dancing Girl Press) and Lizzie, Speak (White Stag Publishing). She is an associate editor for Luna Luna Magazine and a co-curator for A Witch’s Craft: Panel & Reading Series. You can find her work featured or forthcoming in Fairy Tale Review, Black Warrior Review, Electric Literature, Bone Bouquet Journal, New South, fields, and more. For further information, please follow @kaileytedesco.

Victoria Thompson
January 2015

Victoria Thompson studied in the MFA poetry program at the University of New Hampshire. She currently teaches 4th and 5th grade English as a Second Language in Boston Public Schools and lives in Arlington, MA.


Will Tilleczek
March 2017

Will Tilleczek is a student at Harvard who reads philosophy-type books and writes poetry whenever he is able.

Sarah Tourjee
September 2015

Sarah Tourjee grew up in the Berkshires and now lives in Providence RI. She is the author of Ghost, a chapbook out from Anomalous Press. She collaborates widely and enthusiastically with artists of all mediums, and received an MFA from Brown University. She is a recipient of the John Hawkes Fiction Prize, an &NOW Award for Innovative Writing, and was a finalist for the FC2 Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize. She is a director and teacher with Frequency Writers, a writing community and school located in Providence. Find her work at


Hannah Wagner
November 2018

Hannah Wagner is a resident of Salem, Massachusetts. She graduated from Salem State University. Aside from being a writer she is also an actor and can be seen in many productions across the North Shore. She is a member of the Salem Writers Group and is grateful for all their guidance. Her work has been featured in The Broke Bohemian, Mass Poetry's Poem of the Moment, Door is a Jar, Soundings East, Twyckenham Notes, Still Point Quarterly and Incessant Pipe. When she is not writing or acting she is probably doing yoga.


David G. Walker
January 2019

David G. Walker is married to the love of his life and is the father to two precocious kids. He is the author of three poetry chapbooks: Pause: A Collection of Moment Poems and Donating Organs in Boxes from Finishing Line Press, and Ifs, Ifs, Ifs from Cervena Barva Press. He teaches high school in Springfield, MA and edits the podcast literary magazine Golden Walkman Magazine.

Denise Warren
March 2015

Denise Warren lives, writes, and works in the suburbs of Boston. By day she is a typo vigilante, working as a copy editor at an ad agency. When she was interviewed for the job, she was asked whether she watched the show Mad Men. She said no but they gave her the job anyway. She is a graduate of the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she also spent time as assistant managing editor of jubilat. Poems appear or are forthcoming in Pismire, Apt, and Handsome.


Rhosalyn Williams
May 2019

Rhosalyn Williams is a poet from Wenvoe, Wales and Tallahassee, Florida. She recently received her MFA from the University of New Hampshire where she taught poetry and worked as a reader for Barnstorm Literary Magazine. Her writing has appeared in Black Fox and Pulp. She currently works as a waitress and tutor.

Margaret Winikates
September 2015

Margaret Winikates is a freelance writer and museum professional from Boston, MA. She writes poetry and fiction as well as Brain Popcorn, a blog on interdisciplinary education. Meg was also a contributing writer to the Peabody Essex Museum blog, Connected, during her 5 years as Art & Nature Programs Coordinator. She majored in English Literature and Language at Harvard University and studied poetry and composition with Peter Sacks and Douglas Powell. Her poem "Float then Flicker," part of a photography/poetry triptych with photographer Michele Morris, was featured in Venice Arts Gallery’s 21st Gala show in 2014, and she has several other poems forthcoming this summer on Window Cat Press.

Annie Won
May 2015     

Annie Won is a poet, yoga teacher, and medicinal chemist who resides
in Somerville, MA. She is a Kundiman Fellow and a Juniper Writing Institute scholarship recipient. Her chapbook with Brenda Iijima, Once Upon a Building Block, recently published with Horse Less Press (2014) and individual chapbook, so i can sleep, is forthcoming from Nous-Zot
Press (2015). Her work has appeared in or is soon to appear in the following venues: New Delta Review, Entropy, Delirious Hem, TheThePoetry, TENDE RLION, Similar:Peaks::, and others. Her critical reviews can be seen at American Microreviews and Interviews.


Jaime Zuckerman
July 2018

Jaime Zuckerman is the author of two chapbooks, Letters to Melville (Ghost Proposal, 2018) and Alone in this Together (Dancing Girl Press, 2016) as well as recent or forthcoming poems in Diode, Forklift: Ohio, Fairy Tale Review, Foundry, Thrush, Vinyl and other journals. She serves as the poetry editor of Redivider, the art director for Sixth Finch, and a senior reader for Ploughshares. She grew up in the woods but now lives and teaches in Boston, MA.

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Poet Shari Caplan reading at U35, March 2014

Poet Shari Caplan reading at U35, March 2014

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With hope that the program expands, we ask donors to consider a gift of either $250 or $500 to support the readings. 

$2,000 will support an entire year of this series.

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