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The Writers House

Past Events

  • Dominic Green

    October 21, 2014: Dominic Green, nonfiction writer and historian, read his work and talked about his writing process.

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  • Joshua W. Buckholtz

    October 20, 2014: The McLaughlin Lecture Series, featuring experimental psychologist and neuroscientist Joshua W. Buckholtz.

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  • Andrew Senchak

    October 15, 2014: Andrew Senchak, member of the board of trustees of the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation, talked about 9/11 and the financial crisis.

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    Read an interview with Andrew Senchak conducted by Mary Fetchet. 


  • Nick Flynn

    October 7, 2014: Award-winning poet, playwright, and author of three memoirs, Nick Flynn, joins us in the Writers House to read and discuss his work.

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    Visit Nick’s website to find out more about his projects and upcoming events. 


  • Henry Petroski

    October 2, 2014: Henry Petroski, American engineer and prolific author, joined us to discuss his work.

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    Read a review of To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure in the New York Times. 


  • Jorie Graham

    September 17, 2014: Pulitzer Prize winning poet Jorie Graham read from her latest title, From the New World.

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    To find out more about Jorie Graham’s work, visit her website.


  • Naomi Wallace

    April 22-24, 2014: Naomi Wallace, our first Writer-in-Residence, spent three days meeting with students, conducting workshops, and visiting classes. 

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    Read more about Naomi Wallace in The Guardian.  


  • Gail Mazur

    April 15, 2014: Gail Mazur, the author of six poetry collections, including Figures in a Landscape, was here to read from her work.

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    You can read Gail Mazur’s poem “Baseball” here.


  • Andrea Cohen

    April 10, 2014: Andrea Cohen, the director of the Writers House, shared new poems with the community.

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    To find out more about Andrea, visit her website.


  • Robert Finch

    April 2, 2014: Nature writer Robert Finch read his work about Cape Cod, which he has written about for forty years.

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    Hear Robert Finch read an essay on WCAI.


  • Robert Pinsky & PoemJazz

    April 1, 2014: U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky teams up with musicians Laurence Hobgood and Stan Strickland for an evening of poetry and jazz.

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    Enjoy a little taste of PoemJazz.


  • Piper Kerman

    March 26, 2014: Piper Kerman, author of the memoir-turned-TV series Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, joins us for an informal Q&A.

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    Read more about Piper Kerman in “Prison Life, Real and Onscreen.”


  • Bob Hicok

    March 23, 2014: Bob Hicok, author of eight poetry collections, read from his newest book, Elegy Owed, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

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    Read about Bob Hicok and his work here


  • Robin Becker

    March 12, 2014: Robin Becker, author of seven poetry collections, joined us to read from her latest volume, Tiger Heron.

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  • Baba Brinkman

    March 11, 2014: Rap troubadour Baba Brinkman performed The Canterbury Tales Remixed, a virtuoso performance linking hip-hop lyrics with Geoffrey Chaucer’s timeless tales.

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  • Anna Schuleit Haber

    January 30, 2014: MacArthur Award winning artist Anna Schuleit Haber talked about her latest projects.

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  • Lou Bernieri & Louder Than a Bomb

    January 28, 2014: Lou Bernieri, from Phillips Academy’s Andover Bread Loaf, hosted a screening and discussion of Louder than a Bomb

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    Find out more about the documentary here.


  • Seven Stories of Service

    November 25, 2013: In the tradition of The Moth Radio Hour, seven students share their experiences from community service with local schools, farms, group homes, and more.

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    Participating students and the organizations with which they’ve partnered: Samantha Barbagallo (Bellisini Academy, Lawrence, MA); Rachel Litif (Math and Science Partnership Program at The Arlington School, Lawrence, MA);  Khalfani Champagnie (Ashland Farms Assisted Living, Andover, MA); Andrew Crampe (New Horizons for Youth, Andover, MA); Kristopher Kruszka (Ironstone Farms, Andover, MA); Micaela Trent (St. Martin’s Thrift Shop, Lawrence, MA); and Julia Lemieux (Emmaus House, Haverhill, MA)    


  • Coffeehouse

    November 21: students and faculty spent an evening in the Writers House sharing poems, stories, songs and other creative work.

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  • Lucas Mann

    November 15, 2013: Lucas Mann read from Class A: Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere, his out-of-the-ordinary story of following the Lumber-Kings, a baseball team in the Seattle Mariners’ farm system.

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  • Tribute to Seamus Heaney

    November 13, 2013: A fireside celebration of Seamus Heaney’s life and work.

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    Read “Digging,” the first poem where Heaney thought “[his] feelings had got into words.”  


  • Gail Caldwell

    October 2, 2013: Gail Caldwell read poignant passages from two of her memoirs, reminding us all why a Writers House is essential.

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  • Jamaal May

    September 23, 2013: We celebrated the grand opening of the Writers House with a dynamic reading by poet Jamaal May.

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