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 on the spring 2019 poetry reading series will be added to this page and to the CGS calendar. Please direct any questions to Meg Tyler,, 617-358-4199.

February 25: David Ferry and George Kalogeris. David Ferry is an acclaimed and award-winning poet and translator. His collection Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations (2012), won the National Book Award for Poetry. George Kalogeris is the author of Dialogos: Paired Poems in Translation (Antilever, 2012) and of a book of poems, Camus: Carnets (Pressed Wafer, 2006). This event will take place on February 25 at 6pm in 871 Commonwealth Avenue at the Katzenberg Center (3rd floor).

March 19: A Seminar on “War, Love, Poetry” with Edna Longley. Edna Longley was born in Dublin in 1940 and educated at Trinity College, Dublin. She taught for many years in the School of English at Queen’s University, Belfast, where she is now Professor Emerita. A leading critic of modern poetry, she has written on W.B. Yeats, Louis MacNeice, Edward Thomas and the Great War poets. Her criticism of Northern Irish poetry is contained in Poetry in the Wars (1986), The Living Stream(1994) and Poetry and Posterity (2000). Her other publications include Louis MacNeice: A Study (1989), and she has edited The Bloodaxe Book of Twentieth-Century Poetry from Britain and Ireland (2000). Professor Longley is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and a Fellow of the British Academy, and is also a member of the Associated Staff of the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s University. The seminar will take place from 12:30 pm to 1:45 pm at Boston University College of Arts and Sciences, 725 Commonwealth Avenue, B27. Please email Meg Tyler at to pre-register. 

March 20th: A Tea with Michael Longley and David Ferry, with a toast to Homer and Virgil. A National Book Award winner and acclaimed poet and translator, David Ferry‘s most recent translation of Virgil’s Aeneid has been called “a marvel throughout.” Michael Longley is one of Northern Ireland’s foremost contemporary poets and the recipient of the Irish Times Literature Prize for Poetry, the Hawthornden Prize, and the T.S. Eliot Prize. This event will take place at 2:30 p.m at the Pardee School of Global Studies, 121 Bay State Road (1st floor).

March 21st: A Poetry Reading with Michael Longley. Michael Longley was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where he still lives. Longley has published eleven books of poetry. His Collected Poems was published in 2006. His most recent collection, Angel Hill, came out in 2017, as did Sidelines: Selected Prose 1962-2015. His previous collection The Stairwell (2014) won the Griffin International Prize. In 2001 Longley received the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, and he has won the Hawthornden Prize and the T.S. Eliot Prize. He is a Freeman of the City of Belfast. Michael Longley was appointed a CBE in 2010, and from 2007 to 2010 he was Ireland Professor of Poetry. In 2017 he received the PEN Pinter Prize, and in 2018 the inaugural Yakamochi Medal: an international poetry prize awarded by Toyama Prefecture Japan. Longley will read his poetry at the Boston Public Library Rabb Lecture Hall at 6:00 pm.