Readings and Events

We are very excited to host an entire week of Readings and Events during and just before the Joiner Writers' Workshop week. Please invite friends, allies, supporters, and fellow writers. Readings are open to all Writers Workshop participants and the general public. 

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Saturday, June 23 

Greater Boston Writers Resist 2018 (FB event link here)

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Boston Public Library
700 Boylston St 
Boston, Massachusetts 02116
(MBTA to Copley Sq Green Line stop)

Last January, writers and readers gathered worldwide at Writers Resist events to voice their solidarity against the divisive tactics employed by the current administration and its supporters. Since then, our First Amendment rights have faced ongoing attacks. Journalists have been told what to write by the Press Secretary, and authors have been threatened online, and subsequently censored when they spoke out.

Yet many writers, in Boston and beyond, have committed years and pages to counteracting the work of those in power who would undermine equality, abolish diversity, and silence freedom of expression. Their writing enriches our communities, and their voices represent the breadth of our city. Above all, their work sharpens our resolve to protect our right to an inclusive and free press.

We’re proud to bring together the following authors and writers to read their work and talk about the importance of self-expression, writing about politicized issues, and how the political remains deeply personal.

This year’s Greater Boston Writers Resist event readers: Sam Cha, Jennifer De Leon, JoeAnn Hart, Krysten Hill, Simone John, Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, Timothy Patrick McCarthy, Kim McLarin, Alex Myers, Khury Petersen-Smith, and two student writers from Margarita Muñiz Academy, Edwin Padilla and Angie Ramos.

Books by the authors will be for sale at the BPL on the day of the reading, courtesy of Brookline Booksmith. The event will be hosted by Carissa Halston.

Greater Boston Writers Resist/Persist is co-sponsored by Aforementioned Productions, PEN America, Boston Public Library, Boston Cultural Council, Brookline Booksmith, The Critical Flame, AGNI, Arrowsmith Press, Black Ocean, Boston Book Festival, Boston Poet Laureate Program, The Common, CONSEQUENCE, Harvard Review, Louder than a Bomb, MassLEAP, The Massachusetts Review, MassMouth, The Mayor's Office for Immigrant Advancement, New England Foundation for the Arts, Ploughshares, The Poets’ Theatre, Post Road, Salamander, StoriesLive, The Writers’ Room of Boston, and The William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences.

Writers Resist is a national network of writers driven to #WriteOurDemocracy by defending the ideals of a free, just, and compassionate democratic society. #WritersResist

This event is free and open to the public.

Sunday, June 24 


7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Avenue
Somerville, Massachusetts

Her Story Is supports artistic conversations, exchanges, and creation among female U.S. and Iraqi artists. This project continues work begun in The Basra-Boston Project, which presented exhibits and performances in 2016.


- Staged reading of a play with music co-written by Amy Merrill and Elham Nasser Al-Zabeedy, featuring singer Nano Raies and oud player ThaerBader
- Poetry by Hana' Ahmed Mohammed and Jennnifer Jean
- Video by Lillie Paquette
- Art by Thaira Al Mayahi, Elham Nasser Al-Zabeedy, and Maryam Mohsen
- Commentary on Her Story Is by Anne Loyer, Amy Merrill, and Jennifer Jean

Read more about the Her Story Is project at their website


Monday, June 25 

Joiner Writers' Workshop Faculty Reading  (FB event link here)

6:00 p.m.

Martha Collins, Sean Davis, Martín Espada, Adam Stumacher, Dang Nguyet Anh

Suffolk University Poetry Center
73 Tremont Street, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02108
(MBTA to Park St. Entrance on Beacon St. side)

A reading of Joiner Institute Writers' Workshop faculty. 

Free and Open to the Public


Tuesday, June 26

Black Words Matter: Black Incandescence  (FB event link here)

6:00 p.m.

Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02138
(Short walk from Harvard Square Red Line T Stop. Reading is downstairs in the Auditorium)

The William Joiner Institute presents BLACK WORDS MATTER: BLACK INCANDESCENCE a reading of glowing black work with Askia Toure, Danielle Legros Georges, U-meleni Mhlaba-Adebo, and Joiner Institute alums. Featuring work from Black veterans, Boston Cultural Council Black Words Matter scholarship students and other readers.

Free and Open to the Public

Wednesday, June 27


Legislative Theatre: #SavetheJoiner

2:00 p.m.  University Hall, 2nd Floor, Room 2300

This special presentation of Augusto Boal's 'Theatre of the Oppressed' will use the Save the Joiner campaign as a focus for a legislative theatre performance with actors made up of Joiner Workshop participants, directed by Amir al-Azraki, and featuring local decision makers, audience participation. The Joiner's core mission will be explored and interrogated: what is the need for an Institute whose focus is to research, advocate, and explore the long terms effects of war and conflict? What is the value of bringing military combatants, civilians, conscientious objectors, and veterans together through discussion and creative arts? How can a mission like the Joiner be supported long term? What is the role of a public urban university in supporting the Joiner mission? What's the community's role? How can the Joiner Institute survive and thrive and meet the needs of our many stakeholders? These and other questions will be explored in this exciting, one of a kind, immersive theatre performance.


Warrior Writers Poetry Reading

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Longfellow House
105 Brattle St. 
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138
(Short walk from Harvard Square Red Line T stop)

Join us for a reading of original poetry written by military veterans and service members. Warrior Writers Boston is a community of military veterans, service members, artists, allies, civilians, and healers dedicated to creativity and wellness. They use writing, painting, photography, and a host of other mediums to reflect on their experiences and to articulate/express them creatively. Since April, we have hosted biweekly writing workshops on site. The series culminates in this public reading of members' works.  Please be advised that some content may be adult in nature. Program may not be suitable for children. 


Thursday, June 28


Inheriting the War: Discussion and Reading   

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.    

Suffolk University Poetry Center
73 Tremont Street, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02108
(MBTA to Park St. Entrance on Beacon St. side)

A discussion and reading from Laren McClung's important new anthology Inheriting the War: Poetry and Prose by Descendants of Vietnam Veterans and Refugees. Featuring readings from the collections by the authors and a discussion. Hosted by Laren McClung with Readers TBA


Joiner Faculty Reading    

7:00 p.m.   

Fred Marchant, Laren McClung, Nguyen Phan Que Mai, Nguyen Bao, Bruce Weigl  (FB event link here)

Suffolk University Poetry Center
73 Tremont Street, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02108
(MBTA to Park St. Entrance on Beacon St. side)

A reading of Joiner Institute Writers' Workshop faculty. 

Free and Open to the Public