Special Event


Poetry Reading: Chen Chen and Natalie Shapero

Longfellow House Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site



Dates & Times


Sunday, August 21, 2022


3:00 PM


1 hour

Type of Event



Chen Chen’s second book of poetry, Your Emergency Contact Has Experienced an Emergency, is out from BOA Editions this September. His first book, When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities (BOA Editions, 2017), was long-listed for the National Book Award and won the Thom Gunn Award. A 2022 United States Artists Fellow, he serves on the poetry faculty for the low-residency MFA programs at New England College and Stonecoast.

Natalie Shapero is the author, most recently, of the poetry collection POPULAR LONGING. Natalie’s writing has appeared in The NationThe New YorkerThe New York Review of BooksThe Paris ReviewThe New York Times Magazine, and elsewhere.

The Longfellow Summer Festival is a tradition nearly as old as the national historic site itself. Join us in celebrating our 50th anniversary in 2022! This annual festival brings music, poetry, and community to the East Lawn of the Longfellow House on Sunday afternoons through the summer. The 2022 Summer Festival will kick off on Sunday, June 5. All events are free and open to the public.

The series is co-sponsored by the Friends of Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters, the New England Poetry Club, and Berklee College of Music.

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