Poets & Pints: September 12


Logo for Poets and PintsJoin Porter Square Books at Aeronaut brewery for a celebration of local poetry.

The greater Somerville and Cambridge area is lucky to have such a vibrant poetry community. So, once a month we will gather at the community space at Aeronaut on the Duck Village stage, to celebrate that community with readings by three local poets.

The event will feature a social hour from 6-7 in which you can grab a beer and converse with the poets, hosts, and other poetry fans. The formal reading will be from 7-8 and will feature three local poets reading from their latest works.

The poets reading on September 12 are


Tamiko Beyer is the author of the poetry collection We Come Elemental, the chapbook bough breaks, and co-author of the chapbook Dovetail. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, Georgia Review, Denver Quarterly, and elsewhere. She has received grants and fellowships from Kundiman and the Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund among others. A social justice communications writer and strategist, she spends her days writing truth to power. She live in Dorchester, MA and online at tamikobeyer.com.


Kirun Kapur's first book, Visiting Indira Gandhi's Palmist, was awarded the 2013 Antivenom Poetry Award and was a finalist for the Mass Book Prize, the Julie Suk Award and several other prizes. It was published in 2015 by Elixir Press. her work has appeared in AGNI, Poetry International, FIELD, Prarie Schooner and many other journals and news outlets. She has taught creative writing at Boston University, Brandeis University, and has been granted fellowships from The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Vermont Studio Center and McDowell Colony. Additional honors include the Arts & Letters Rumi Prize in Poetry, the Nazim Hikmet Prize and a Glenna Luschei award. In 2015, NBCNews named her to their list of Asian-American Poets to Watch. Kirun currently teaches at Amherst College. She serves as the Poetry Editor for The Drum Literary Magazine, which publishes short fiction, poetry, essays, novel excerpts, and interviews exclusively in audio form. Learn more at www.drumlitmag.com.

ALAS, DUE TO ILLNESS LILLIAN-YVONNE WILL NOT BE APPEARING Lillian-Yvonne Betram is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, where she teaches in the UMass Boston MFA in Creative Writing Program. She has previously taught at St. Lawrence University, Ithaca College, and Williams College. She was recently named the new director of the Chautauqua Institution Writers’ Festival.  She is the author of the poetry collections Personal Science; a slice from the cake made of air; and But a Storm is Blowing From Paradise, chosen by Claudia Rankine as the winner of the 2010 Benjamin Saltman Award. Bertram’s other publications include the chapbook cutthroat glamours, winner of the Phantom Books chapbook award; the artist book Grand Dessein, a mixed media artifact that meditates on the work and writing of the artist Paul Klee and was recently acquired by the Special Collections library at St. Lawrence University; and Tierra Fisurada, a Spanish poetry chapbook published in Argentina. She collaborated with the artist Laylah Ali for the exhibition booklet of her 2017 art show The Acephalous Series.

Event date: 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

Aeronaut Brewing
14 Tyler ST
Somerville, MA 02143