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DC Busboys & Poets Celebrates- Reading on Jan. 18th-Release of Poetic Voices Without Borders 2 &

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Arlington, VA (January 10, 2009)—Gival Press is pleased to announce the release of Poetic Voices Without Borders 2, an international anthology including over 150 poets, including Philip Levine, Rita Dove, Dana Gioia, Joy Harjo, Naomi Shihab Nye as well as many local Washington, DC poets. The anthology is edited by Robert L. Giron.

On Sunday, January 18, 2009, from 3:30 to 5:30 PM Busboys and Poets will host a special reading with the following poets: Karen Alenier, Christopher Conlon, Patricia Gray, Sydney March, Yvette Neisser Moreno, and Joseph Ross. The poets will read from the anthology and their current work in a joint celebration for President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration. The poets’ bios follow.

The voices found within these pages are passionate and enlightening while echoing a desire in their own way to transform, to change, to transcend borders, be they personal, cultural or national, in a poetic manner as if to say that within literature there isn’t a border for the human spirit, for it is that energy that keeps us going.

Melissa A. Tuckey, co-director of Split This Rock Poetry Festival, will open the event at the 1390 V St., NW, Washington, DC location. For further information, please call 202. 387.7638.

Special Joint Event in Celebration of the Release of Poetic Voices Without Borders 2 and President-elect Barack Obama’s Inauguration Sunday, January 18, 2009 from 3:30 to 5:30 PM Busboy and Poets ~ 1390 V St., NW, Washington, DC ~ 202.387.7638 A Special Reading with the Following Poets

Karren LaLonde Alenier is the author of five collections of poetry, including Looking for Divine Transportation, winner of the 2002 Towson University Prize for Literature. Gertrude Stein Invents a Jump Early On, her opera with composer William Banfield and Encompass New Opera Theatre artistic director Nancy Rhodes premiered in New York City in June 2005. Her latest book is The Steiny Road to Operadom: The Making of American Operas. Website:

Christopher Conlon is the author of three books of poems Gilbert and Garbo in Love, The Weeping Time, and Mary Falls: Requiem for Mrs. Surratt as well as a novel, Midnight on Mourn Street. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Patricia Gray’s book Rupture was chosen by the Montserrat Review as one of the best books of poetry for 2005. In 2006, she received an Artist’s Fellowship from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and in June 2007 she was a guest poet at the South Carolina Spoleto Festival. Gray coordinates the Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress, where she has directed the Poetry at Noon reading series for 14 years.

Sydney March, a Jamaican poet, essayist, musician, and journalist, resides in Washington, DC. A former member of the WritersCorps 1996-1998, he is a recipient of grants from The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and Poets and Writers (2007), as well as Jenny Moore and Lannan Fellowships. He has recently served as a panelist for the DC Commission’s Artist Fellowship Grants in Literature. Publications include Dark Warriors of the Spanish Main (Smithsonian New World, Smithsonian Institution, 1992), The Maroons of Jamaica (Encounters, University of New Mexico Press, 1994) and a collection of poetry, Stealing Mangoes (Mica Press, 1997).

Yvette Neisser Moreno is a poet and translator whose work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. Her translation of Luis Alberto Ambroggio\’s Difficult Beauty: Selected Poems is forthcoming from Cross-Cultural Communications in 2009. She teaches poetry in public schools in both Arlington County, Virginia, and Washington, DC, as part of the Folger Poetry Program.

Joseph Ross is a poet in the Washington, DC area. His poetry has appeared in many literary journals and anthologies including Poetic Voices Without Borders, Sojourners, Solo Cafe, DC Poets Against the War, and Beltway Poetry Quarterly. He co-edited a collection of poetry responding to Fernando Botero\’s Abu Ghraib paintings, published by American University.

Robert L. Giron, founder of Gival Press, has written five collections of poetry and is the editor of the Poetic Voices Without Borders series and the online journal He teaches English and creative writing at Montgomery College-Takoma Park/Silver Spring, Maryland, where he also serves as a poetry editor for Potomac Review. ###

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