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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.


  • Joshua W. Buckholtz

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


  • 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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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. 

    credit: Jenny Graham

    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.

    NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25: Author Piper Kerman attends

    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.


    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.


  • 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.

    imageWatch Baba Brinkman’s video “Performance, Feedback Revision” 

  • Anna Schuleit Haber

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

    imageRead more about Anna here.

  • 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


    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.


    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.

    imageStudents Robert DiSorbo and Christopher Mosher perform a song together.

  • 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.


  • Tribute to Seamus Heaney

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


    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.


  • Jamaal May

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