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A New DC Poetry Venue "Panpipes: Arts at the Taverna" to Open on Oct. 16th



Taverna the Greek Islands, in collaboration with hosts Ellen Cole and Judy Neri, presents the inaugural program in a new series of word arts and music on Thursday, October 16th, 2008 at 7-9 pm. The October program, “Town and Country,” will feature poets Merrill Leffler and Judith McCombs with mezzo-soprano Laura Cole. All Panpipes programs are free.

Taverna the Greek Islands is located at 305 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Washington, DC, 20003 near the Capitol East Metro Station. The telephone number is (202) 547-8360.

MERRILL LEFFLER has published two collections of poetry, Partly Pandemonium, Partly Love and Take Hold; Mark the Music; a third collection is forthcoming in 2009. Leffler has taught literature at the University of Maryland and U.S. Naval Academy and was a senior science writer at the University of Maryland Sea Grant Program. He is the founder-publisher of Dryad Press.

JUDITH MCCOMBS is the author of The Habit of Fire: Poems Selected & New and four other books. Her work appears in Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Calyx, Innisfree Poetry Journal, The Library of Congress’ Poet and the Poem, Measure, Nimrod, Passager, Poetry, and Potomac Review. She teaches at the Writer\’s Center in Bethesda, MD and arranges a Poetry Series at Kensington Row Bookshop.

LAURA COLE is the founder and lead singer of the Celtic a cappella quartet, Take Two. She has also performed traditional Irish and Scottish music at venues in the Washington metro area with The Kiltics. She recently appeared in “Into the Woods” and has just completed performing Peep Bo in “The Mikado.” Laura is studying musical theatre and vocal performance at Shepherd University.

Attending poets, prose writers, and other word artists, as well as musicians, are invited to participate in an open mic that will conclude the Pan Pipes program. A sign-up sheet will be available at 6:45 p.m.

For more information call: Ellen Cole at 301-588-5425 or Judy Neri at 301-588-6968.

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