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Welcome to the schedule for BBF 2016! Please note that with the exception of the following sessions (Life without Envy, The Art of Perspective, Writing with Risk, Sound Advice, and Lore), absolutely every session at the BBF is free, and no tickets or preregistration are required. Thanks, and enjoy your day!
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Saturday, October 15 • 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Poems and Pints

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Wind down your day at the BBF by kicking back with a frosty beverage or two and a poem or several. Join fellow poetry fans at Copley Square Hotel’s cozy and convivial XHALE Lounge to hear new work by four terrific poets: Liam Day, whose first collection, Afforded Permanence, was nominated for a Massachusetts Book Award; Jeffrey Harrison, whose most recent book is the Dorset Prize–winning Into Daylight; Jennifer Markell, whose debut collection Samsara was a finalist for the Next Generation Indie Book Award; and Rose Styron, whose fourth volume of poetry, Fierce Day, is her first in more than a decade. This laid-back evening of poetry is sponsored by Mass Poetry and hosted by Sara Siegel, Mass Poetry’s program director.

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Sara Siegel

Sara Siegel is a lifelong writer and crafter based in Somerville. After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis and working at women's health organizations in New York City, she moved to Burlington, Vermont, to earn a master’s degree in public administration at UVM. While there she worked at Vermont Children's Trust Foundation, a grantmaking organization working with prevention programs throughout the state. Siegel moved to... Read More →

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Liam Day

Liam Day has been a youth worker, teacher, coach, school administrator, public health professional, political campaign manager, and professional basketball player. His poems have appeared in Slow Trains, Apt, and Wilderness House Literary Review. His essays and op-eds have appeared in the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Annalemma, and The Good Men Project, where he has served as sports editor. His first poetry collection, Afforded Permanence, was... Read More →
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Jeffrey Harrison

Jeffrey Harrison is the author of five books of poetry, including The Singing Underneath, a National Poetry Series selection; Feeding the Fire, winner of the Sheila Motton Award from the New England Poetry Club; Incomplete Knowledge, runner-up for the Poets’ Prize in 2008; and, in 2014, Into Daylight, winner of the Dorset Prize from Tupelo Press and a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award in 2015. His honors include fellowships from the... Read More →
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Jennifer Markell

Jennifer Markell’s first poetry collection, Samsara, was named a “Must Read Book of Poetry” by the Massachusetts Book Awards and a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Markell won the Barbara Bradley award in 2016 for her poem “Blue Johnnies” from the New England Poetry Club. Her poem “Facing the Enemy” was a finalist for the 2016 Rita Dove Prize in Poetry sponsored by the Salem College... Read More →
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Rose Styron

Rose Styron is a poet, journalist, and human rights activist whose poetry has been published in four volumes: Summer to Summer, Thieves’ Afternoon, By Vineyard Light, and, most recently, Fierce Day. At the forefront of the field of international human rights, she has served on the board of NGOs including Amnesty International USA, Human Rights Watch, and the Reebok Human Rights Foundation. Her articles on foreign policy have appeared in... Read More →

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Saturday October 15, 2016 5:30pm - 7:00pm
XHALE 47 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA