The Poetry Reading Series

Poetry Reading Series

Co-sponsored by the Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning, College of General Studies, and the BU Center for the Humanities (BUCH), the Poetry Reading Series strives to make poetry a fundamental part of university and community life. By presenting the work of both renowned and emerging poets, the series attempts to broaden our vision of poetry’s concerns and effects. In the past, the series has featured readings by Jorie Graham, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Geoffrey Hill, Vona Groarke, Gjertrud Schnackenberg, Marilyn Hacker, David Ferry, and Linda Gregg, among others.

All readings are free and open to the public. Details can be found below and on the CGS calendar. Please direct any questions to Meg Tyler,, 617-358-4199.

Kaz Hawkins Performance
March 31, 7:30pm, Bill’s Bar– 5 Landsdowne Street, Boston, MA 02215

Multi award winning Kaz Hawkins is Northern Ireland’s very own blues and soul darling. Her high energy, original shows–with her 1950s style swing-dress-meets-Dr Martens look and ability to closely connect with her public–contribute to make Kaz one of today’s most popular blues artists in the UK and Ireland.  This event is sponsored by the BU Arts Initiative, the BU Dean of Students’ Office, Department of Music and Ethnomusicology, the BU Institute  for Philosophy and Religion, and the BU Institute for the Study of Irish Culture.

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin
April 6, 6:00pm, 871 Commonwealth Avenue, Katzenberg Center
Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin is Ireland Professor of Poetry and teaches at Trinity College in Dublin. She has published 11 volumes of poetry, including most recently “The Boys of Bluehill,” which was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection. According to the Poetry Foundation, “Ni Chuilleanain uses transformative, sweeping metaphor to invert the structures of interior, natural, and spiritual realms.” Her 1966 collection, “Acts and Monuments” (1966), won the Patrick Kavanagh Award. “The Magdalene Sermon” (1989), was selected as one of the three best poetry volumes of the year by the Irish Times/Aer Lingus Poetry Book Prize Committee.