Our annual Saturday evening celebration of poetry might by BYOB 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, capably emceed by poet Krysten Hill (How Her Spirit Got Out), who will share some of her own work as well. Poets George Abraham (Birthright), Diannely Antigua (Ugly Music), Kay Ulanday Barrett (More Than Organs), and Franny Choi (Soft Science) will read from their latest collections and answer your questions as well. 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.
Poems & Pints
George Abraham is a writer and poet. His work has been featured in the American Poetry Review, the Paris Review, Lithub, and many other publications. Abraham has received grants and fellowships from numerous foundations including the Boston Foundation, Kundiman, and the Poetry Incubator. He has also received the 2018 Cosmonauts Avenue Poetry Prize, and the “Best Poet” title from the 2017 College Union Poetry Slam International. His debut 2020 collection, Birthright, brings together themes of Palestinian displacement, gender identity, body, and memory. Author Dr. Sa’ed Atshan says, “Never has poetry pierced through my heart, and touched my soul, as while reading Birthright for the first time.”
Diannely Antigua is a Dominican American poet and educator, born and raised in Massachusetts. Her debut poetry collection, Ugly Music, was the winner of the 2020 Whiting Award and the Pamet River Prize, as well as a 2020 Massachusetts Book Awards “Must Reads” pick. A graduate of the MFA program at NYU, she was awarded a Global Research Initiative Fellowship to Florence, Italy. She is the recipient of additional fellowships from CantoMundo, Community of Writers, and the Fine Arts Work Center Summer Program. Her poems can be found in Washington Square Review, Bennington Review, the Adroit Journal, Cosmonauts Avenue, Sixth Finch, and elsewhere.
Kay Ulanaday Barrett is a poet, performer, educator, food blogger, cultural worker, and trandgender, gendernonconforming, and disability activist. Their work has been published in Vogue Magazine, Them., Colorlines, Bitch Magazine, and many other publications. Barrett has received many honors including Crossroads Foundation Individual Activist Award, the Windy City Times “30 Under 30” and PRIDE Poetry 1st Awards, and they were twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Their artistic work focuses on navigating systems of oppression throughout the United States. They have published two poetry collections, including their latest, More Than Organs, which has received wide praise. Writer Eli Clare says, “These poems are songs—aching, beautiful, necessary songs that transport and transform.”
Franny Choi is a poet, Kunidman Fellow, and two-time winner of the Rust-Belt Poetry Slam. Her poetry promotes social activism and focuses on her experiences as a Korean American woman living in a white-dominated society. She’s also a co-host of the podcast VS. Choi has published 3 poetry collections, including Death by Sex Machine, Floating Brilliant Gone, and her latest, Soft Science. Soft Science has received wide praise and several honors. It is a Paris Review Staff Pick, a Book Riot Must-Read Poetry Collection, and a Rumpus Book Club Pick. Publishers Weekly calls it “an exhilarating matrix of poetry, science, and technology.”
Krysten Hill is an educator, writer, and performer who has showcased her poetry on stage at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, Blacksmith House, Cantab Lounge, Merrimack College, U35 Reading Series, and many others. She received her MFA in poetry from UMass Boston, where she currently teaches. Her work can be found or is forthcoming in Word Riot, the Baltimore Review, B O D Y, Muzzle, PANK, Winter Tangerine Review, apt, Amethyst Arsenic, Damfino, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the 2016 St Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award. The award-winning How Her Spirit Got Out is her first poetry collection.