Boston Poetry Marathon 2019 - Bridget Eileen Reading on Saturday Night (and Organizer of Event!)

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Boston Poetry Marathon 2019: Now in Copley Square

The Boston Poetry Marathon is THIS WEEKEND! From Friday, August 16 to Sunday, August 18, over 125 poets from near and far will gather together to read 8 minutes each. The event runs from 6pm-10:30pm on Friday, 12pm-10:30pm on Saturday, and 12pm-6:30pm on Sunday.

the community church of boston

New Location in Copley Square

We're so excited about our new location at the Community Church of Boston. When we realized we would be near the actual Boston Marathon finish line, we realized we had to do something in honor of the beloved Boston distance running event...Can you see it? All credit to Zachary Bos of Pen and Anvil Press for creating this year's logo.

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Over 125 Poets Reading Poems

The schedule of readers is online at It's pretty much the final schedule, give or take a few minor last minute adjustments. We have poets coming from near and far (as far as Israel!), of all ages, types, and aesthetics joining together for poetic reverie.

Bridget Eileen reading her poems at the Boston Poetry Marathon 2018

Bridget Eileen Is Reading on Saturday Night of the Boston Poetry Marathon

Oh, hi. I've been so busy promoting the event itself, I forgot to mention that I am reading there as well! I will be on around 9pm on Saturday night. Come hear my 8 minutes of fame! Haha. Arrive early and stay late for all kinds of other good poems, too!

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You Should Come, Too

This event is free and open to the public. Bring your friends! Join us for poetry, reverie, and a celebration of art. Donations are welcome and appreciated. See you on Friday!!!

Boston Poetry Marathon 2019 Event Details

What:        Boston Poetry Marathon
Where:      Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston St, Boston
When:       Friday, August 16th: 6:00 – 10:30 PM
Saturday, August 17th: 12:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Sunday, August 18th: 12:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Social Media: Facebook & Instagram: @bostonpoetrymarathon; Twitter: @bospoetrymara
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The Boston Poetry Marathon 2019 Schedule Is Now Available

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The Boston Poetry Marathon 2019 Tentative Schedule

 The Boston Poetry Marathon 2019 - Tentative Schedule

The tenative schedule for the Boston Poetry Marathon 2019 is now available online. I am going on at 9pm on Saturday night.

The exact order of the schedule is subject to change, though, before the event. This year's poetry marathon will be at a new location in Copley Square, at the Community Church of Boston. The dates are Friday, August 16, from 6 to 10:30, Saturday, August 17 from 12pm to 10:30pm (with a dinner break at 5:30), and Sunday, 12 to 6:30pm.

You can view the Facebook event page here:
boston poetry marathon spreadsheet for building schedule

Welcome to the Matrix

Above is a screenshot of the spreadsheet I use to help build the marathon schedule. I call it "The Matrix." I go down this rabbit hole with my weighted number system for specific time slots throughout the festival, turning the poet's response into sortable data. Then I start plugging things in. However, this can only go so far, as there's too much nuance and non-log-able information in schedule requests, so about half way through, I have to then print an empty sheet with the time slots and exact spots within them, and then just use a pencil and start plugging names in until I build up a whole schedule. It's part science, part art, part magic. 

How to Organize a...

After this extremely busy summer is over, I'm going to gather up my notes both from organizing the Boston Poetry Marathon (for the 3rd year in a row) with the other superstar organizer, Suzanne Mercury, and for organizing the Lights for Liberty Protest--with the other superstar organizers David Veliz and Rodrigo Pimentel, as a sort-of "How To" guide for anyone else interested in putting on an arts festival or a protest. I'll post them to I learned a lot doing these things! And I really love doing them, too!

I Love Fundraising for a Good Cause

I don't like asking for money for myself, but boy do I love raising money for a good cause! This year, to cover the cost of the new location, which is more accessible for those with mobiilty issues, we put together a Go Fund Me page. We have raised our goal! But we will still be taking donations, so that we can get to work securing next year's marathon!

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Poem Published in Nitrogen House Issue 3

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Bridget Eileen's Poem "Memory from Moonlight" Published in Issue 3 of Nitrogen House

Ever have an item on your To Do list for months that you keep saying to yourself you will definitely get to next time you review your To Do list and then something else more immenient always arises? That's the case with my sharing my latest publishing news here on!

Anyway, to not bury the lede any further, I have a poem published in Issue 3 of the lit mag "Nitrogen House." You can view the full issue at:

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The excellent art that accompanies my poem at Nitrogen House

About My Poem 'Memory from Moonlight'

I wrote this poem during the year a wrote a poem a day, from April 2010 to April 2011. To keep the challenge "fresh" I would take up various other caveats. This time around it was to write a poem with the word "moon" in it for a month. 

I mean, I'm a Cancer. We are indelibly tethered to the Moon, so of course I must write poems about it.

I was dating someone who seemed nice at the time (kinda boring and not as conscientious and nice  as he seemed it later turned out, alas--that's always the way!) and we'd made out a bunch. I also used my favorite John Wieners poetry word: pajamas. But I used the British spelling, because it's more fun to say, "pyjamas," than the American spelling.

And there you have it. That's how this poem was born. I like it's sing-song rhythm and then how it sort of spins out of its order towards the end, like emotions do. 

Poetry Reading Featuring Bridget Eileen, Sat Oct 27 in Albany, NY

Bridget Eileen Reading Sat, Oct 27, 2018 in Albany, NY

Poetry Reading Featuring Bridget Eileen, Liz Bowen, and Chase Berggrun - Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 4:30pm in Albany, New York, at the Hudson River Coffee House

Since it's game 4 of the World Series, and it's Saturday before Halloween/Samhain, I absolutely have a costume picked out and it absolutely is related to the Red Sox and I am aboslutely wearing it for my reading. Just sayin'...

The only sad thing is I'll be in New York to watch the Red Sox in the World Series. Seems...wrong...somehow... Nonetheless, I'm very excited to be a featured reader for the St Rocco's Reading Series in Albany, NY. I have never been to Albany, in fact. So I'll be heading there for my poetry reading, and then going somewhere to watch the Red Sox.

And, as I mentioned, since it's happening on the weekend before Halloween, I do plan to dress in costume. Exactly what is a mystery. But stay tuned to my Instagram for pics!

I absolutely love reading my poems at a poetry reading. It's seriously one of my favorite things to do. I love performing for a crowd. I love poetry. I love sharing my work in person with other poets and poetry lovers. Some people are shy about reading their work. Not me. Not even a bit. So, if you like seeing enthusiastic poets read their work enthusiastically, and you live in the Albany area, please come out to my reading on Saturday.

Details for Bridget Eileen's Poetry Reading in Albany, NY

Saturday at 4:30 PM, Oct 27, 2018
Liz Bowen, Chase Berggrun and Bridget Eileen at HRCH
Hosted by St Rocco's Reading Series
Hudson River Coffee House
227 Quail St, Albany, New York 12203

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Welcome to Boog City 12 Arts Festival - Bridget Eileen Reading on Saturday Afternoon

Unnameable Books in Brooklyn New York
Unnameable Books, Brooklyn, NY

Bridget Eileen Reading Sept 22, Saturday Afternoon, for the "Welcome to Boog City 12 Arts Festival"

From Sat., Sept. 22 through Tues. Sept. 25, the 12th annual Welcome to Boog City Arts Festival: Poetry, Music, Theater, and Film will take place. It will feature 47 poets, 12 musical acts, 8 poets theater plays, 25 actors, 1 d.a. levy lives visiting press, and 60 minutes of film screenings over the four days.

The full schedule is available at:

I will be participating in the festival on Saturday afternoon as one of the featured readers during the 1:30 to 3:00pm section. Come on by to Unnameable Books in Brooklyn to check out the festival on Saturday, September 22, 2018 to see me!

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