breakwater reading series

Breakwater Reading Series is Boston’s inter-MFA program showcase, featuring student writers from Boston University, Emerson College, Lesley University, and the University of Massachusetts-Boston performing the best in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.


Six to eight fresh voices read in each installment of this popular series, presented by Breakwater Review and UMass Boston. The monthly event is hosted by Cambridge Center for Adult Education (located at 56 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA), and is always free and open to the public.


However, due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak, Breakwater Reading Series has moved online for the foreseeable future. We will continue to work with the Cambridge Center for Adult Education to resume in-person readings when it is safe to do so.


In the meantime, we are creating a safe alternative to in-person readings by hosting the reading series over Zoom, which we hope will provide folks in the Boston MFA and the larger literary community an opportunity to participate and engage in the series. Thank you for your understanding as we continue to celebrate Boston's MFA community during this time of safe and healthy social gathering.

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Breakwater Reading Series dates for the 2021-22 cycle: