Please join me for an upcoming reading!

  • Thursday, September 28, 7:30 pm, Cervena Barva Press Studio at The Arts for the Armory, Basement, Room B8, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville, with Susan Donnelly
  • Wednesday, October 4, 7:00 pm, Suffolk University Poetry Center, 73 Tremont St., Sawyer Library, 3rd Floor, with Susan Donnelly and Holly Guran

Details and directions below:


At The Arts for the Armory
Basement, Room B8
191 Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA


Featuring: Susan Donnelly | Wendy Drexler

Susan Donnelly’s most recent collection is the chapbook The Path of Thunder, a compilation of her poems on the subject of race in America, published by Cervená Barva Press. Her books are Capture the Flag, Eve Names the Animals, and Transit, as well as four other chapbooks. Her poetry, soon to appear in Poetry East, has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Ireland Review, and many other journals, textbooks and anthologies. It has been featured multiple times on Writers Almanac and on Poetry Daily and appears on several websites and blogs. She lives, writes and teaches poetry in classes and consultations in Arlington, Massachusetts.

Wendy Drexler’s third poetry collection, Before There Was Before, was published in March by Iris Press. She is also the author of Western Motel (Turning Point, 2012), and a chapbook, Drive-ins, Gas Stations, the Bright Motels (Pudding House, 2007). Her poems have appeared in Barrow Street, Ibbetson Street, Nimrod, Off the Coast, Prairie Schooner, Salamander, The Mid-American Review, The Hudson Review, The Worcester Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and other journals. Her work has been featured on Verse DailyWBUR’s Cognoscenti, and in numerous anthologies. A three-time Pushcart-Prize nominee, she is currently in training to be certified as a poet-in-residence in the Boston Public Schools. She lives in Belmont, Massachusetts, with her husband. Her website is

Admission is $3.00. Refreshments served.

The Center for the Arts is located between Davis Square and Union Square. Parking is located behind the armory at the rear of the building. Arts at the Armory is approximately a 15 minute walk from Davis Square which is on the MTBA Red Line. You can also find us by using either the MBTA RT 88 and RT 90 bus that can be caught either at Lechmere (Green Line) or Davis Square (Red Line). Get off at the Highland Avenue and Lowell Street stop. You can also get to us from Sullivan Square (Orange Line) by using the MBTA RT 90 bus. Get off at the Highland Avenue and Benton Road stop.

Inside the Armory:
Go inside main doors and walk straight ahead about 30 feet, look for the door on the right to the stairs down to the basement. (There is an elevator just after the stairs.) Once in the basement walk through the basement lobby straight ahead about 20 feet, first door on the right is the Cervená Barva Press Studio.


Please join us for a poetry reading featuring
Susan Donnelly, Wendy Drexler, and Holly Guran
reading new and recent work


Wednesday, October 4, 7 p.m.

Suffolk University Poetry Center/73 Tremont Street/Mildred F. Sawyer Library, 3rdfloor


The Mildred F. Sawyer Library is located near the Park Street T stop and the Boston Common Parking Garage.

(library entrance around corner on Tremont Place)


The reading is free and open to the public.

Susan Donnelly’s newest publication is The Path of Thunder, a chapbook of poems about race in America (Červená Barva Press).  The author of Morse Prize winner Eve Names the Animals, she has published two books with Iris Press, Transit and Capture the Flag, and four other chapbooks.  Susan’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Ireland Review and many other journals, as well as in anthologies, textbooks, and on websites.  She teaches poetry in classes and individual consultations from her home in Arlington, Massachusetts.

Wendy Drexler’s third poetry collection, Before There Was Before, was published by Iris Press in March 2017. Her poems have appeared in Barrow Street, Ibbetson Street, Nimrod, Prairie Schooner, Salamander, Solstice, The Mid-American Review, The Hudson Review, The Worcester Review, and the Valparaiso Poetry Review, among others. A three-time Pushcart-Prize nominee, she’s currently in training to be certified as a poet-in-residence in the Boston public schools.

Holly Guran, author of River of Bones and the chapbooks River Tracks and Mothers’ Trails, earned a Massachusetts Cultural Council award, and is a member of Jamaica Pond Poets. Her work has appeared in journals including Poet LorePoetry EastHawai’i Pacific ReviewBorderlands, Worcester Review, and Salamander.  Holly resides in Boston with her husband, Phil, and their dog, Ginger.