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CANCELLED: Here All Night: Poetry & Cocktails

Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Reception to follow
Registration is requested
Members $20 and Non-members $30


Here All Night: Poetry & Cocktails

with Jill McDonough

Join acclaimed poet Jill McDonough for a night of poetry and themed cocktails. Her latest collection is a fiercely unapologetic, transforming mundane moments into witty and provocative insights that closely examine the flaws in our quick-moving society. Using dark humor, the poems address the impermanence of life and how we should always find reasons to re-evaluate ourselves as empathetic beings over our selfish tendencies.

Jill McDonough is the author of Habeas Corpus (Salt, 2008), Oh, James! (Seven Kitchens, 2012), Where You Live (Salt, 2012), Reaper (Alice James, 2017), and Here All Night (Alice James, 2019). The recipient of three Pushcart prizes and fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center, the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, and Stanford’s Stegner program, she taught incarcerated college students through Boston University’s Prison Education Program for thirteen years.  Her work has appeared in Poetry, Slate, The Nation, The Threepenny Review, and Best American Poetry.  She teaches in the MFA program at UMass-Boston and offers College Reading and Writing at a Boston jail. Her website is

In this event series, "A Fine Excess," the Boston Athenæum will be celebrating poetry in style this Spring! Join us for music, readings, dance, and even cocktails as we bring to life the words of poets past and poets present in this ebullient program series.

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with author and journalist Martha Ackmann
​12-1 pm on ​March 26, 2020

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Most programs held in the Bayard Henry Long Room on the Athenaeum's first floor are amplified and assistive listening devices are available for patron use.

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