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Beltway Poetry Quarterly\’s Local March Calendar of Events

Here below is the March listing of postings at Beltway Quarterly Review, an online journal, hosted by Kim Roberts:

POETRY NEWS: March 2009 Listings of readings and performances in the Poetry News only include events in the greater DC area (covering roughly the same area that the METRO public transit system covers), although we include a larger geographic region for listings of Competitions, Grants, Calls for Entries, Workshops, and Special Events (covering all of DC, MD, VA, WV, and DE). To get listed in the Poetry News, please send an email with full information (including a phone number) any time during the month prior for readings, and up to two months prior for Calls for Entries and Special Events. We try to be as complete and accurate as possible; listing here does not constitute an endorsement, nor can we be responsible for changes and additions made after the first of the month. Please check with sponsors to confirm the accuracy of listings. Send your news to

NEW RELEASES Luis Alberto Ambroggio, trans. by Yvette Neisser Moreno, Difficult Beauty: Selected Poems of Luis Alberto Ambroggio (Cross-Cultural Communications)

Karen Leona Anderson, Punish Honey (Carolina Wren Press)

Greg McBride, Back of the Envelope (chapbook, Copperdome Press)

Katherine E. Young, Van Gogh in Moscow (chapbook, Pudding House)

Inspired Results: Poets and Artists of Takoma Park, MD. Documents collaborations of 36 artists and poets. Contributors include: Anne Becker, Brian Gilmore, Merrill Leffler, Chris Llewellyn, Ann Slayton. (Lulu)

It\’s All Love: Black Writers on Soul Mates, Family and Friends, ed. Marita Golden. Contributors include: Reginald Dwayne Betts, E, Ethelbert Miller, Kwame Alexander, Abdul Ali, Brian Gilmore, Kenneth Carroll (anthology; Broadway Books)

COMPETITIONS, GRANTS and CALLS FOR ENTRY Split This Rock 2009 Adult Poetry Contest. $1,000 awarded ($500 for 1st place, $250 each for 2nd and 3rd) for poems of provocation and witness, judged by Patricia Smith. Winning poems published on website, and winners get free registration to the 2010 conference in DC (where the 1st prize winner will be invited to read). \”Submissions should be in the spirit of Split This Rock: socially engaged poems, poems that reach beyond the self to connect with the larger community or world; poems of provocation and witness. This theme can be interpreted broadly and may include but is not limited to work addressing politics, government, war, leadership; issues of identity (gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, disability, body image, immigration, cultural heritage, etc.); community, civic engagement, education, activism; and poems about history, Americana, cultural icons.\” Send up to 3 unpublished poems, no more than 6 pages total, in \”blind\” reading format with cover page, plus $25 reading fee. Simultaneous submissions OK. Postmark deadline: March 9.

Split This Rock 2nd annual \”The World and Me\” youth poetry contest. Open to students residing in or attending school in DC. Prizes for two categories: age 12 and under, and high school students aged 13 and above. Poems must address one or more of the following questions: What about your neighborhood/city/country/planet makes you happy/proud? What makes you sad? If you were in charge, what would you change? What issues do you care deeply about? What situations in the news or in your neighborhood make you angry? Or glad? Students may submit 1 to 3 poems with application form. Postmark deadline: March 13.

Apprentice House Chapbook Competition, sponsored by Loyola College in Baltimore. Open to poets previously unpublished in book form. Winner receives $250, publication, and 25 copies. Submit at least 30 pages, typed. $25 reading fee. Postmark deadline: March 13.

High school students from the greater Washington DC region invited to submit work for the Jacklyn Potter Young Poets Competition, administered by The Word Works. Two winners selected to read at the Joaquin Miller Cabin series and receive an honorarium. Students or teachers can submit a manuscript of 5 or 6 poems. Postmark date: March 15.

The Potomac Review fiction contest. First prize is $1,000 and publication. Two runners up will receive $250. Send one story, up to 15 pages, with $20 reading fee. No restrictions on subject. All stories must be unpublished and under 3,000 words. No SASE; no stories returned. \”Blind\” reading format. Winners notified in late Spring. Postmark deadline: March 15.

26th Annual Larry Neal Writers Competition in poetry, short fiction, essay, and dramatic writing, with separate awards for adults and youth. New this year: The Big Read Special Recognition Award for Creative Expression, for essays on the theme of courage. No fee to enter. Deadline: March 19.

Readers sought for the 2009 summer Joaquin Miller Cabin Poetry Series, sponsored by The Word Works. For consideration, submit 5 poems, brief biographical note, and SASE. Approximately 15 poets selected to read (in a split bill with one other poet) on a Tuesday evening in June or July in Rock Creek Park, and receive an honorarium. Postmark deadline March 31.

DC Commission on the Arts, Small Projects grants of up to $2,000. Deadline: April 8.

If Poetry Journal seeks poems on the theme of music for the third issue. No previously published poems. Email 1-5 poems in the body of an email (no attachments) with basic cover letter by April 25. Email to Don Illich at

WORKSHOPS, EXHIBITIONS, AND SPECIAL EVENTS Exhibit at Space 88, \”Image/Word: Fusion of Poetry and Art,\” through March 6. Seven pairs of poets and visual artists collaborating on a single work on the theme of \”creation\”: Sally Brucker & Ann Slayton, Bonnie Lee Holland & Anne Becker, James Landry & Greta Ehrig, Margot Neuhaus & Anne Dykers, Stephanie Sove Ney & Carol Beane, Howard Spector & Merrill Leffler, and Eric Wolinsky & Sydney March. 8211 Mayor Lane, Silver Spring, MD (301) 437-6652.

\”Critique Your Complete Novel, Not Just a Couple of Chapters,\” workshop led by Richard Peabody. Fee: $500. Limited to 5 students. Meets every two weeks, mostly Wednesday nights from 7:30 to 10:00 pm in Arlington. Dates: March 4 & 18, April 1, 15, & 29, and May 13 & 19 (seven sessions). Information and registration:

Virginia Festival of the Book, Charlottesville, VA, March 18-22. Authors include Rita Dove, Paul Muldoon, Lisa Russ Spaar, David Huddle, R.T. Smith, Victoria Chang, Ted Genoways, Jennifer Atkinson, Sarah Kennedy, Sandra Beasley, Dorianne Laux, Gregory Orr. Most events free.

24th Annual Mayor\’s Arts Awards, Monday, March 23, 6:00 pm. John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Concert Hall, Millennium Stage. Free Admission. Hosted by DC Mayor Adrian Fenty, sponsored by the DC Commission on the Arts.

3rd Annual \”Conversations and Connections\” conference, Saturday, April 11, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Johns Hopkins University in DC, Dupont Circle neighborhood. Panels, keynote by Amy Hempel, \”speed dating with the editors,\” book fair. Fee: $55. Sponsored by Johns Hopkins, Montgomery College, The Baltimore Review, Barrelhouse, and The Potomac Review.

Bethesda Literary Festival, Bethesda, MD, April 17-19. Readings by novelists, journalists and poets, poetry slam, comedy night, family events, adult and youth writing contests. All events free. Authors include Stanley Plumly, E. Ethelbert Miller, Myra Sklarew. Also includes the15th Annual Writer\’s Center Small Press Fair on April 18 from 1-5pm, with displays of journals and literary presses.

AREA READINGS and PERFORMANCES March 2 Cafe Muse: Joshua Poteat and Cedily Parks, plus classical guitar by Michael Davis and open mic. Hosted by Adele Steiner. Monday, 7:00 pm Free. Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase, MD. (301) 581-9439.

March 3 Women Artists/Women Healing Panel: \”Society\’s Hell: Surviving War, Strife, Crime and Oppression,\” featuring authors Elizabeth Bruce and Alivia Tagliaferri, translator Lila Guadamuz, tutors from DC Experience Corps, and photographer Heather Bradley Kubo. Moderator: Timothea Howard. Also includes an exhibit featuring Carly Sachs, Kathy Keler, and others Tuesday, 6:00 pm Free. Centro Nia, 1420 Columbia Rd. NW, DC. (202) 841-7182.

March 3 Lannan Series: Ciarán Carson Tuesday, Seminar at 5:30pm, reading at 8:00 pm Free. Georgetown University, Intercultural Center (Seminar in ICC 462, reading in Copley Formal Lounge), 37th and O Streets NW, Georgetown neighborhood, DC. (202) 687-6294.

March 4 Small Nations Poetry Reading: ambassadors of nine country read poetry from the countries they represent in English and their native languages, on the theme of the environment. Ambassadors from Austria, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Malta, Monaco, and Slovenia will participate Wednesday, 7:00 pm $18 Admission. National Geographic, Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M St. NW, Farragut Square neighborhood, DC. (202) 857-7700.

March 5 Jazz Harmonies: Brian Gilmore and Brandon Johnson read with a jazz trio led by Marshall Keys Thursday, 6:30 pm Donations accepted. The Phillips Collection, 21st at Q Street NW, Dupont Circle neighborhood, DC. (202) 387-2151

March 7 Film: \”Counting Headz: South Africa\’s Sistaz in Hip Hop,\” featuring MC Chi, DJ Sistamatic, and Smirk. Followed by an audience discussion and performance with DC female emcees RaTheMC, Carolyn Malachi, and Porche 9-11 Saturday, 2:00 pm Free. Historical Society of Washington, 801 K St. NW, DC. Reservations required: (202) 383-1828.

March 7 The African Continuum Theater Company presents: Abiodun Oyewole, one of the original Last Poets, performing with Kim Bey, Beny Blaq, and Jade Foster Saturday, 8:00 pm Admission $25, $50, and $100. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Mount Vernon Square neighborhood, DC. (202) 529-5763.

March 8 Suheir Hammad Sunday, 4:00 pm Free. Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th Street NW, historic U Street neighborhood, DC. (202) 387-POET.

March 8 Iota Series: E. Laura Goldberg and JoAnne Growney, followed by open mic. Hosted by Miles David Moore. Sunday, 6:00 pm Free. Iota Club and Cafe, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Clarendon neighborhood, Arlington, VA. (703) 256-9275.

March 9 Nine on the Ninth Series: Hosted by Derrick Weston Brown. Monday, 9:00 pm $3 Admission. Busboys and Poets, 14th & V Streets NW, DC. (202) 387-POET.

March 10 Poetry at Noon: \”Abraham Lincoln,\” featuring Daniel Mark Epstein Tuesday, Noon Free. Library of Congress, Jefferson Blg., Whittall Pavilion, 10 First St. SE, DC. (202) 707-5394.

March 10 Women Artists/Women Healing Panel: \”Undone: Finding Refuge and Cultural Survival from Displacement,\” featuring authors Evelyn Torton Beck, Julia Garcia, and Laura Brylawski-Miller. Moderator: Lisa Pegram. Also includes an exhibit featuring Kathy Keler, Ellie Walton, Timothea Howard, and others Tuesday, 6:00 pm Free. Centro Nia, 1420 Columbia Rd. NW, DC. (202) 841-7182.

March 10 \”Flirting with the Masters: Poets on Elizabeth Bishop,\” featuring Jehanne Dubrow and Michael Collier. Book signing and reception to follow. Hosted by Sandra Beasley. Tuesday, 7:00 pm Free. The Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW, DC. (703) 994-3166.

March 10 Speakeasy: Storytelling for Adults on the theme \”Black Cats and Four Leaf Clovers: Stories about good and bad luck\” Tuesday, 8:00 pm $10 Admission. Station 9, 1438 U St. NW, DC. (240) 888-9751.

March 11 Brookland Reading Series: \”Name That Theme.\” At the end of the reading members of the audience will get to submit their best guess for what this month’s theme was. Prizes will be awarded for accuracy and originality. Wednesday, 7:00 pm Free. Brookland Visitor\’s Center, 3420 9th St. NE, DC. (202) 526-1632.

March 11 Writers Here & Now Series: Juliana Spahr and Selah Saterstrom Wednesday, 7:00 pm Free. University of Maryland, McKeldin Library, Special Events Room 6137, College Park, MD. (301) 405-3820.

March 12 Third Thursday Series: Anne Becker and participants from her Writing a Village workshops Thursday, 7:30 pm Free. Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park, MD (31) 891-7224.

March 13 11th Hour Poetry Slam: 2 rounds, audience chooses winner, prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Friday, 11:00 pm $5 Admission. Busboys and Poets, 14th and V Streets NW, historic U Street neighborhood, DC. (202) 387-POET.

March 14 \”When the Word is Written\” Series: conversation with Patricia Elam, author of the novel Breathing Room, hosted by E. Ethelbert Miller Saturday, 2:00 pm Free. Historical Society of Washington, 801 K St. NW, DC. Reservations required: (202) 383-1828.

March 15 Sunday Kind of Love: featured readers, followed by open mic. Hosted by Melissa Tuckey and Katy Richey. Sunday, 4:00 pm Free, but donations collected. Busboys and Poets, Langston Room, 14th & V Streets NW, DC. (202) 387-POET.

March 16 \”Write it QUEER! A reading of new queer work\” featuring Eileen Myles, Nalo Hopkinson, and four writers randomly selected to share seven minutes of their own writing. Plus raffle of two books by each author, and reception and discussion to follow Monday, 7:00 pm Free. Georgetown University, McShain Lounge, 37th and O Streets NW, Georgetown neighborhood, DC. (202) 687-7435.

March 16 Claudia Emerson and Natasha Trethewey Monday, 7:30 pm $12 Admission. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE, Capitol Hill neighborhood, DC. (202) 544-7077.

March 17 Women Artists/Women Healing Panel: \”Intimate Betrayal: Voices of Survival,\” featuring authors Sistah Joy, Billye Okera, Deborah Harris O\’Brien, and Cheryl Miner. Moderator: Linden von Eichel. Also includes an exhibit featuring Kathy Keler, Carolina Mayorga, Irma Rivera, and others Tuesday, 6:00 pm Free. Centro Nia, 1420 Columbia Rd. NW, DC. (202) 841-7182.

March 18 Poesis Series: Mary-Sherman Willis and Jeneva Stone with live music. Hosted by Simki Ghebremichael Wednesday, 7:00 pm Free. Pentagon City Borders, 1201 South Hayes Street, Arlington, VA (703) 418-0166.

March 18 Michael Dirda, author of Classics for Pleasure Wednesday, 7:30 pm $10 Admission. JCC of Greater Washington, 3125 Montrose Rd., Rockville, MD. (301) 348-3769.

March 18 Poetry and Prose reading: Dunya Mikhail and Bruce Weigl Wednesday, 8:00 pm Free. American University, Butler Pavilion, 6th floor, Butler Board Room, DC. (202) 885-2973.

March 19 Intersections series: readings, discussion, and open mic. Hosted by Fred Joiner. Thursday, 8:00 pm Free, but donations accepted. Charles Sumner School, 1201 17th St. NW, DC. (202) 249-0253.

March 19 Cheryl\’s Gone Series: Hosted by Wade Fletcher. Thursday, 8:00 pm Free, but donations accepted. Big Bear Cafe, 1st and R Streets NW, DC. (202) 470-5543.

March 21 Reading from the anthology Post Traumatic Stress featuring Camillo “Mac” Bica, Thomas Brinson, Marc Levy, Walt Nygard, Jim Murphy, Jay Wenk, Dan Wilcox, and Dayl Wise. Followed by open mic. Book proceeds to Veterans for Peace. Hosted by Melissa Tuckey. Sponsored by Split This Rock Poetry Festival, DC Poets Against The War, and Busboys and Poets Saturday, 5:00 pm Free. Busboys and Poets, 14th & V Streets NW, historic U Street neighborhood, DC. (202) 387-POET.

March 22 Sabor Sundays: Brandon Johnson and Deanna Nikaido, plus visual art by Samuel Miranda and Ronald Chacon, and live music Sunday, 1:00 pm Free. Sabor Cafe, 6209 Georgia Ave. NW, DC (202) 829-3322.

March 24 Dan Vera, sponsored by GLOBE Tuesday, Noon Free. Library of Congress, Madison Blg., 101 Independence Ave. SE, DC.

March 24 Women Artists/Women Healing Panel: \”Psyche\’s Pain: The Struggle for Psychic Health and Healing,\” featuring Sarah Pleydell, Carolyn Joyner, Lisa Schamess, and Leslie N. Smith. Moderator: Cynthia Matsakis. Also includes an exhibit featuring Kathy Keler, Kimberly Gaines, Patricia Henske, and others Tuesday, 6:00 pm Free. Centro Nia, 1420 Columbia Rd. NW, DC. (202) 841-7182.

March 25 A Space Inside: Greg McBride and Ann Knox Wednesday, 7:00 pm Free. Riverby Books, 417 E. Capitol St. SE, Capitol Hill neighborhood, DC. (202) 543-4342.

March 25 Lia Purpura and Stephen Corey Wednesday, 7:00 pm Free. Kensington Row Bookshop, 3786 Howard Ave., Kensington, MD. (301) 949-9416.

March 25 Sparkle Series: Jona Coleson, followed by open mic. Hosted by Regie Cabico. Wednesday, 8:30 pm $3 Admission. Busboys and Poets, 5th & K Streets NW, DC. (202) 315-1320.

March 29 \”Salt Lines Tour,\” featuring Sonya Renee, Andrea Gibson, Tara Hardy and Denise Jolly Wednesday, 7:00 pm $10 Admission. Warehouse Theater, 1021 7th St. NW, DC. (202) 783-3933.

March 30 Lannan Symposium: Cry Havoc! Poetry of War and Remembrance, 1968-2008. \”Fifty Years of Truth\” panel, featuring Daniel Berrigan, Seymour Hersh, and Amy Goodman Thursday, 7:00 pm Free. Georgetown University, International Cultural Center, Copley Formal Lounge, 37th and O Streets NW, Georgetown neighborhood, DC. (202) 687-7435.

March 31 Lannan Symposium: Cry Havoc! Poetry of War and Remembrance, 1968-2008. Includes \”Terror and Image\” with U Sam Oeur, \”Sorrows of Baghdad\” with Brian Turner, Dunja Mikhail, and Saadi Youssef, and \”War and Remembrance\” with Yusef Komunyakaa, James Fenton, and Carolyn Forché Friday. Panels at 10am, 1:30pm, 4:00pm, and 7:30 pm Free. Complete schedule information at

March 31 Women Artists/Women Healing Panel: \”The Fragile Body: Restoring Health and Healing,\” featuring authors Jade Foster, Kat Parrish, Cheryl Somers Auburn, visual artist Sharon Burton, and dancers Andrea R. Thompson and Veronique Tran. Moderator: Eileen Wasaw. Also includes an exhibit featuring Kathy Keler, Gloria Quirarte, Rosabel Goodman-Everard, and others Tuesday, 6:00 pm Free. Centro Nia, 1420 Columbia Rd. NW, DC. (202) 841-7182.

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