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Local DC Area Readings / Events

Here below is a listing of news provided by Kim Roberts regarding local literary news:

Beltway Poetry Quarterly\’s September Poetry News is now online!

This month\’s listings are particularly rich, with lots of new publications, calls for entries, workshops, and readings for almost every single day of the month!


POETRY NEWS: September 2007 NEW RELEASES Christopher Conlon, Mary Falls: Requiem for Mrs. Surratt (The Word Works, Inc.)

Gerry LaFemina, The Book of Clown Baby and Figures from the Big Time Circus Book (prose poems, Mayapple Press)

Cheryl Snell, Samsara (chapbook, Pudding House Press)

Broadkill Review, Vol. 1, No. 4. Features an interview with Linda Pastan, and poems by Gerry LaFemina, Erin Murphy, Ernie Wormwood, others. Special section on poets from New South Wales, Australia. Info:

Poems Against War, Vol. 6. The \”Music & Heroes\” issue features work by Grace Cavalieri, Kate Powell Shine, and Gregg Mosson. (Wasteland Press)

Urban Code, Issue 2. Features interviews with Truth Thomas and Peter Klappert, and poems by Mel Nichols, Karren Alenier, and Kwame Alexander. Info and free subscriptions:

COMPETITIONS, GRANTS and CALLS FOR ENTRY The Zora Neale Hurton/ Richard Wright Foundation ( seeks applications for Fall/Spring Internship program. Ideal candidates should have an interest in literature, particularly the promotion, advancement, and dissemination of literature from people of African descent. Candidates should have particular strengths/experience in writing and office administration. Interested in students from the following disciplines: Arts Administration, Fundraising, Public Relations, Graphics Design, Editing, Publishing, etc. College credit available. If you cannot receive college credit and are still interested, please send all inquiries and resumes with a cover letter to: No deadline given.

The Takoma Park Arts and Humanities Commission seeks poets for the upcoming Fall reading series. Open to residents of Takoma Park and the surrounding area. Send 3-5 poems. Deadline: Sept. 4. Mail to:

DCJCC Literary Festival Writing Contest. Theme: \”Away from Home.\” Open to residents of the DC metro area. Submit a short essay or story that best captures the experience of being away from home by Sept. 10. Winners honored on opening night (Oct. 6) of the annual Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival.

DC Commission on the Arts, Hip Hop Community Arts Initiative. Funds for programs that encourage the growth of quality Hip Hop activities throughout DC. Deadline: Sept. 12.

Passager invites writing by authors over 50 for two upcoming issues of the journal. Seeking poems, short fiction, and memoirs for an open issue. Include cover letter with brief bio and SASE; no previously published; simultaneous submissions OK. Deadline: Sept. 1. Also seeks submissions to honor Dr. King\’s Memory, part of a season-long commemoration in Baltimore of the 40th anniversary of MLK\’s death, the civil rights movement, and the 1968 Baltimore riots. Send poems, fiction, memoir, photos. Deadline: Sept. 15. Passager, University of Baltimore, 1420 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201. For more information on the University of Baltimore\’s \’68 Riots and Rebirth Collection, see:

Hidden River Arts Residency Program. Offers 2 weeks residencies in the fall and spring at a beachfront condo in Bethany Beach, DE to writers or poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Submit up to 10 pages of poetry or 25 pages of prose with brief bio, resume, $15 application fee. Deadline: Sept. 15.

DC Commission on the Arts, Young Artists Program. Offers funds to emerging artists between the ages of 18 and 30. Offers individual grants and community service grants, up to $3,500. Deadline: Sept. 19.

Just Like a Girl, an anthology from GirlChild Press, seeks submisssions from women and girls. \”A travelogue for the bumpy, powerful, action-packed world of girlhood.\” Any subject matter; submit up to 3 pieces. Work especially welcomed from new and emerging writers. Essays and fiction to 3,000 words. Poems of any length. Also seeks science fiction. Deadline: Sept. 30. Submit to with \”Just Like a Girl\” in the subject line and a Word attachment titled with the author\’s name. Or mail to: Michelle Sewell, GirlChild Press, PO Box 93, Hyattsville, MD 20781.

Not Just Air seeks submissions for upcoming issue. Issue 8: \”Pregnant\” (deadline Sept. 30). Authors are encouraged to interpret the theme creatively. Seeks verse, fiction, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, reviews, short plays, multimedia works, translations. Previously published material that is not available elsewhere on the web is welcome. Simultaneous OK. Send submissions to Attach only Word or Rich Text files. Full guidelines at:

DCCAH grants: Elders Learning Through the Arts. Offers grants up to $5,000 to individuals and organizations serving DC residents aged 60 and older in arts programs in the areas of crafts, dance, literature, media, music, performance arts, theater, and visual arts. Deadline: Sept.. 26.

DCCAH grants: Small Projects Program. Grants to organizations and individual artists for small scale porjects with budgets under $3,000. Deadline: Oct. 10.

Barrelhouse seeks submissions for its second annual Pop Culture Essay Contest, for creative nonfiction with a pop culture slant. Winner receives $150 and publication in print issue 6. One runner-up will be published in the online edition. Fee: $7 per entry. Deadline: Oct. 31. Submit work on the online submissions manager at

WORKSHOPS, EXHIBITIONS, AND SPECIAL EVENTS Fall Workshops at the Writers\’ Center, Bethesda, MD.Fees charged. Instructors include Kenneth Carroll, Nan Fry, Anne Becker, Yvette Neisser, Judith McCombs, Rod Jellema, Stanley Plumly, Nancy Naomi Carlson, others.

Fall workshops at Pyramid Atlantic in letterpress and book arts. Offerings include workshops in broadsides, creating your own journals, pop-up books, and digital media. Fees charged. Info:

Jenny McKean Moore Free Community Writing Workshop at TheGeorge Washington University, led by Ryan Van Cleave. Thursdays 7-9 pm from Sept. 13 to Dec. 6. No academic qualifications needed to apply; not open to students at Consortium schools or those who have already participated in a prior Jenny McKean Moore Workshop. Designed for beginning or intermediate writers. The class will read poetry by established writers and provide roundtable critiques of work by class members. No fees. Limited to 10 students. To apply, send a brief biographical statement, statement of interest, including writing history and motivations for taking the course, 8-12 pages of original poetry and a SASE for return of your work by September 3. Mail to: Poetry Workshop, Dept. of English, GW University, 8-1 22nd St. NW, Suite 760, Washington, DC 20052.

\”Loving the Earth\” Drum Circle, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 7:30 pm. Led by Stream Tomas Ohrstrom. Drum with the group, and listen to poetry and Native American flute \”to deepen your connection to our planet.\” No drumming experience necessary; percussion instruments provided. $15 donation. Be You Bi Yu Wellness Center and Spa, Wyngate Medical Park, 5602 Shields Dr., Bethesda. (301) 493-4911.

Arts on Foot, Saturday, Sept. 15, 11am to 5pm. Downtown DC\’s celebration of the arts in the Penn Quarter neighborhood. 15th anniversary year. Events include a juried fine arts market, performance stage, cooking demonstrations, and readings. 25 neighborhood locations. Free Admission.

Workshop with Susan Tichy, Sunday Sept. 16 from noon to 3:00 pm. $25 fee. Sponsored by Busboys and Poets and DC Poets Against the War. Register by sending an email to Sarah Browning at Workshop held at Busboys, 14th & V Streets NW, DC.

Fall Intensive Screenwriting Workshop, led by Claudia Myers, Sept. 18 – Oct. 23, Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. Designed for new and intermediate screenwriters. Class will review screenwriting fundamentals such as character and plot development, the three-act structure, visual scene writing, and effective dialogue. By the end, students should have produced or revised 60 pages of script, plus an outline for the rest of the movie. Limited to 8; $300 fee. Meets near Dupont Circle. Call (917) 921-2940 or email:

Urban Campfire Talk on Walt Whitman, Sept. 19 at 7:30 pm, in front of the Sylvan Theater at 15th St. and Independence Ave. SW. Sponsored by rhe National Park Service, National Capital Region. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket and spend an hour on the Washington Monument grounds for \”Civil War Washington Through the Eyes of a Poet.\” \”Using Whitman\’s own words we will retrace his footsteps through the Washignton he knew and uncover the traces he left behind.\” Free admission.

Fall for the Book Festival, Sept. 23-28, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. Free Admission. Readings, panels, storytelling. Participants include Mark McMorris, Mark Doty, Mark Strand, Claudia Rankine.

Baltimore Book Festival, September 28 -30. Readings, book signings, live music, display tables, family events. Mount Vernon Place, 600 block of North Charles St., Baltimore. Free Admission. Features include: Nikki Giovanni, Hiram Larew, Deanna Nikaido, Kim Roberts, and a special memorial reading for Barbara Simon.

7th Annual National Book Festival, Sept. 29, the National Mall between 7th and 14th Streets, Washington DC. 10am to 5pm. Free Admission. Readings, panels, family events. Participants include: N. Scott Momaday, Charles Simic, Kevin Prufer, Anne Stevenson, Arnold Rampersad.

3rd Annual Sotto Voce Poetry Festival, October 5-7, Shepherdstown, WV. Featured poets: Michael Collier, Steve Orlen, Richard Garcia, Amy Holman. Free Admission. Workshops, tutorials, readings, children\’s workshop. Early registration recommended. (888) 812-1885 or

3rd Annual Capital Book Fest, Saturday, Oct. 6. The Blvd @ Cap Center, inside and behind Borders Books, Largo, MD. Readings, performances, book fair. Free Admission.

30th Anniversary Celebration of Callaloo, Oct. 24-27, Hosted by the Center for Africana Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. Free admission to most events. Panels on \”Black Studies, the Academy and Contemporary Black Communities,\” \”Caribbean Writers in the US,\” \”Poetry and Legacy of the Black Arts Movement,\” parties, and poetry and fiction readings by Tayari Jones, Paule Marshall, Lucille Clifton, Natasha Trethewey, Yusef Komunyakaa, A. Van Jordan, Major Jackson, Terrance Hayes, John Edgar Wideman.

AREA READINGS and PERFORMANCES September 5 Intersections series: readings by Derrick Weston-Brown, Alan King, and youth poets from FAN (Fihankra Akoma Ntoaso) and DC Writers Corps, plus discussion, live music, and open mic. Hosted by Fred Joiner. Wednesday, 7:30 pm $2 suggested donation. Honfleur Gallery, 1241 Good Hope Rd. SE, DC. (202) 889-5000 x141.

September 9 Iota Poetry Series: 13th anniversary reading, with readings by featured authors from the past year. Sunday, 6:00 pm Free. Iota Cafe and Club, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Clarendon neighborhood, Arlington, VA. (703) 522-8340 or (703) 256-9275.

September 9 Nine on the Ninth Series: Tim\’m West, followed by open mic. Friday, 9:00 pm $3 Admission. Busboys and Poets, 14th & V Streets NW, DC. (202) 387-POET.

September 12 Brookland Reading Series: 4th Annual Sterling Brown Invitational Reading Wednesday, 7:00 pm Free. Brookland Visitor\’s Center, 3420 9th St. NE, DC. (202) 526-1632.

September 13 Abdul Ali, Christina Beasley, Katy Richey, and Bernadette Van-Field Sunday, 7:30 pm Free. Nora School, 955 Sligo Ave., Silver Spring, MD. (301) 495-6672.

September 15 \”Concert in the Woods\”: featuring live music and poetry by Hiram Larew, Lynn Hollyfield, Cliff Lynn, and Rocky Jones. Sponsored by the Alice Ferguson Foundation. Saturday, 8:00 pm $12 Admission. Hard Bargain Farm Amphitheater, 2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek, MD. (301) 292-5665.

September 16 Sunday Kind of Love, Susan Tichy, followed by open mic. Sunday, 4:00 pm Free. Busboys & Poets, 14th and V Streets NW, U Street neighborhood, DC. (202) 387-POET.

September 17 Cafe Muse: Judith Hemschemeyer reads from her translations of Anna Akhmatova. Classical guitar by Michael Davis and open mic. Monday, 7:00 pm Free. Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase, MD. (301) 581-9439.

September 19 Poesis Series: Ellen Cole and Kim Roberts Wednesday, 7:00 pm Free. Pentagon City Borders Books, 1201 S. Hayes St., Arlington, VA (703) 418-0166.

September 19 Intersections series: reading by Tony Medina, discussion, live music, and open mic. Hosted by Fred Joiner. Wednesday, 7:30 pm $2 suggested donation. Honfleur Gallery, 1241 Good Hope Rd. SE, DC. (202) 889-5000 x141.

September 19 Mothertongue Wednesday, 9:00 pm $5 Admission. The Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW, DC. (202) 726-1821.

September 20 Martín Espada Thursday, 6:30 pm Free. Busboys and Poets, 14th & V Streets NW, DC. (202) 387-POET.

September 20 Verse, Vibes and Bites: Mark Anderson and Angela Redmond, followed by open mic Thursday, 7:00 pm Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW, Metro Center neighborhood, DC. (202) 246-0111.

September 20 Carolyn Joyner, Mike Scalise, Rocky Jones, and Mike Maggio. Hosted by Joe Hall. Thursday, 8:00 pm Free, but donations accepted. Big Bear Cafe, 1st and R Streets NW, DC. (202) 470-5543.

September 24 Burlesque Poetry Hour: Jennifer L. Knox, Piotr Gwiazda, and Dean Smith Monday, 8:00 pm Free. Bar Rouge, Hotel Rouge, 1315 16th St. NW, DC. (202) 232-8000.

September 26 A Space Inside: Kate Blackwell reads short fiction Wednesday, 7:00 pm Free. Riverby Books, 417 E. Capitol St. SE, Eastern Market neighborhood, DC. (202) 543-4342.

September 26 Sarah Browning and Steven B. Rogers. Followed by open reading. Wednesday, 7:00 pm Free. Kensington Row Books, 3786 Howard Ave., Kensington, MD. (301) 949-9416.

September 26 DC Slam, featuring Axiom Wednesday, 7:30 pm Free. Modern Times Coffeehouse, Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, DC. (202) 364-1919.

September 29 Constance Quarterman Bridges, author of Lions Don\’t Eat Us Saturday, 2:00 pm Free. Karibu Books, The Mall at Prince Georges, 3500 East West Hwy., Hyattsville, MD (301) 559-1140.

September 30 Poetry in the Garden: Ellen Cole, Andrea Hoag, Eliza King, Claire McGoff, and Kathryn Williams Sunday, 3:30 pm $6 Admission. Tudor Place Historica House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW, Georgetown neighborhood, DC. (202) 965-0400 x110.

Information subject to change. Please call in advance to confirm events. To get your event listed, send complete information during the month prior to

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