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Bagel Bards: Weekly Open Conversation with Writers
Now in its ninth year, Breaking Bagels with the Bards, better known by its nickname, Bagel Bards, meets every Saturday from 9 AM to noon at the Au Bon Pain in DAVIS SQUARE. This is not a workshop, but rather a community of poetry- and prose-writers. Out of all the poets, novelists, short story writers, playwrights, journalists, memoirists, etc, in the room, there is often as not going to be eight conversations going at once! On average, more than two dozen people attend any given Saturday, out of about fifty regular attendees, and about seventy additional occasional participants. They meet for networking, conviviality, camaraderie, and schmoozing. The Bagel Bards community was started and continues to be shepherded by Doug Holder and Harris Gardner, and is associated both with the Tapestry of Voices reading series and the Ibbetson Street Press and its publications. There is no cost to attend other than buying at least a cup of tea or coffee to keep the manager happy. All are welcome. * * * For more information, contact Harris at [masked] or Doug at [masked]. You can also visit and

Au Bon Pain

18 Holland Street · Somerville, MA

What we're about

“Writing is a conversation with reading; a dialogue with thinking.” We are a group of writers -- poets, prose authors, playwrights, and so on -- who share ideas, discuss possibilities, and support each other in the work of creative development.

As a member of The Boston Writers' Workshop, you have access to an expansive network of fellow writers. Meet up with them for group critique and literary discussion at a weekly workshop; catch up with them at one of the many readings or literary events advertised on the group calendar; or make use of the discussion forum and mailing list to keep the conversation going online.

Other benefits of group membership include discounted registration fees for Summer Seminars; a refund discount for purchases made at Grolier Poetry Bookshop; and exclusive access to manuscript consultation and evaluation services.

This Meetup group is run by the Boston Poetry Union and affiliated with its publishing project, Pen & Anvil Press ( To learn more about opportunities with the Union or the Press, email the organizers (

(This group was formerly known as the Boston Poetry Workshop, and prior to that, Charles River Writers.)

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