The Union Roundtable May Reading

The Union Roundtable Reading for this month will feature Mark Schorr, Chris Siteman, the American poet Sparrow, and Heather Treseler. This reading is hosted by our very own #April Mr. Hip Reader, Zachary Bos. Reach out to him at or visit for more information. 

Time: 6:30 PM // Location: Editorial Institute at Boston University, 143 Bay State Road

// Free admission; open to all (as seating permits). 
// Donations are welcome

About the event: In the roundtable-style reading format, 3-5 readers around a seminar table take turns reading from their recent work, over the course of an hour or so, in a room overlooking the Charles River. Refreshments will be available during and after the event for all those in attendance.

This reading series is sponsored by the nonprofit Boston Poetry Union in order to provide another opportunity for readers and writers in the Boston area to come together and grow in appreciation of our local literary community. The series places a special emphasis on bringing together new and established writers, and in facilitating relationships among different literary publications, programs, and institutions.

About the Readers

MARK SCHORR a poet, critic, and teacher. He is the director of the Robert Frost Foundation, and his collection of poetry, Conscious Explanations, was published in 2008 by The Pen & Anvil Press. 

CHRIS SITEMAN is a Boston-based writer who has traveled widely in the US and Europe, and worked extensively in the trades. He received his MFA from Emerson College, his JD from Suffolk University Law School, and has taught in Boston University’s Undergraduate Writing Program, Lesley University’s Humanities Department and Suffolk University’s English Department. His work is forthcoming, or has most recently appeared, in Salamander, Bearing Witness, The Worcester Review, Blood Lotus, Connotation Press and Poetry Ireland Review. 

SPARROW is a longtime poet, activist, and musician hailing from the Lower East Side of Manhattan and a member of the New York-based literary group the Unbearables. He has published several poetry collections with Soft Skull Press, as well as chapbooks in collaboration with the St. Mark's Poetry Project, and he has served as the editor for the literary journal Big Fish. He has been published in The New Yorker (after picketing their offices in 1995 while holding a sign reading, "My Poetry is as bad as yours)", The Quarterly, and The New York Times. He is also a gossip columnist for the Phoenicia Times, a contributing editor to Chronogram, and a substitute teacher.

HEATHER TRESELER's poems have appeared in Harvard Review, Iowa Review, Pleiades, Southern Poetry Review, Notre Dame Review, The Laurel Review, and other journals. She is an assistant professor of English at Worcester State University, and her work has received fellowship support from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Erasmus Institute. She is a contributing editor at Boulevard.