Our annual Saturday evening celebration of poetry might be BYOB (again) this year, but it still promises to be the literary gathering of the weekend, as we bring together a talented group of poets to share their latest work in a casual, free-flowing setting. Poets Sam Cha (The Yellow Book), Anthony Febo (Becoming an Island), Rebecca Morgan Frank (Oh You Robot Saints!), Danielle Legros Georges (Letters from Congo), and Bianca Stone (The Möbius Strip Club of Grief, What Is Otherwise Infinite) will read from their latest collections. Join us and the co-sponsors of this event, Mass Poetry, to raise a glass or two with other poetry lovers at what’s become a BBF Saturday tradition, this time emceed by Mass Poetry’s new program director, Danielle Jones.
Poems & Pints
Sam Cha is from Korea. He earned an MFA at UMass Boston. A 2017 recipient of the St. Boltoph’s Club Emerging Artists Prize, his work has appeared in apt, Assay, Best New Poets 2016, Boston Review, DIAGRAM, Memorious, and Missouri Review. His chapbook, American Carnage, was published by Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs in 2018. His full-length collection of cross-genre work, The Yellow Book, was published by [PANK] Books in 2020. Sam lives and writes in Cambridge, MA.
Anthony Febo is a Puerto Rican poet, artist, and new dad living in Malden, MA. Febo has been performing and teaching poetry and theatre for over a decade in the greater Boston area. He was featured as part of WBUR's The ARTery 25 as an artist to watch. In the classroom, Febo treats each workshop as its own celebration. He draws on his experiences from his time in theatre spaces, museums, nonprofits, and art centers. On the stage, he has toured the country individually and as half of Adobo-Fish-Sauce: a cooking and poetry collaboration. His work examines what it means to actively choose joy in the face of what is trying to break you. Weaving performance into his writing, he examines issues such as toxic masculinity, family, culture, identity, and the role representation plays in a person’s development. His first full length book of poetry, Becoming an Island, can be purchased at Game Over Books.
Rebecca Morgan Frank’s newest collection is Oh You Robot Saints!, a New York Times New and Noteworthy book. She is also the author of Sometimes We’re All Living in a Foreign Country, The Spokes of Venus, and Little Murders Everywhere, a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Her poems have appeared in such places as the New Yorker, American Poetry Review, Poetry Ireland, and the Kenyon Review, and her collaborations with composers have been performed widely. She is the current writer-in-residence at the Hemingway Birthplace in Oak Park, and she teaches at Northwestern University.
Danielle Legros Georges is a writer, academic, and author of several books of poetry, including The Dear Remote Nearness of You, winner of the New England Poetry Club’s Sheila Margaret Motten book prize. Her awards include fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Black Metropolis Research Consortium. She was appointed the second Poet Laureate of the city of Boston, serving in the role from 2015 to 2019. She directs the Lesley MFA Program in Creative Writing. Her most recent work is a book of translations, Island Heart: The Poems of Ida Faubert.
Bianca Stone is a poet and visual artist. Her books include Someone Else’s Wedding Vows (Tin House & Octopus Books, 2014) and The Möbius Strip Club of Grief (Tin House, 2018). Her poems have appeared in the New Yorker, Brooklyn Rail, and Poetry Magazine. She lives in Vermont where she is cofounder, creative director, and teacher at The Ruth Stone House, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting poetry and letterpress book arts. Her newest collection, What is Otherwise Infinite, will be out in January, 2022.
Danielle Jones is program director for Mass Poetry. Her work has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Best New Poets, Memorious, Southern Poetry Review, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award and a St. Botolph Club Foundation’s Emerging Artist award.