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News from Beltway

Here below you will find news from Kim Roberts who edits Beltway, the online journal.

Highlights from POETRY NEWS: June 2007 for full listings, please see:

COMPETITIONS, GRANTS and CALLS FOR ENTRY The Cultural Development Corporation is now taking applications for artist housing in a former warehouse in the Woodridge neighborhood of NE DC. Forty affordable live/work housing units will be available to artists and their families with a move-in date of 2009. Applications accepted on a first-come first-served basis beginning June 4. For eligibility requirements and an application, see:

Towson Prize for Literature. Prize of $1,000 given annually to a MD resident (of at least 3 years) for books of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction published in the last 3 years or scheduled for publication in 2007. Publishers, institutions, or individuals may submit 5 copies of a book or ms. No entry fee. Deadline: June 15. Required application and complete guidelines at:

Not Just Air seeks submissions for two upcoming issues. Issue 7: \”Earth, Fire, and Water\” (deadline June 15) and Issue 8: \”Pregnant\” (deadline Sept. 30). Authors are encouraged to interpret the themes 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:

Gival Press Annual Oscar Wilde Award. Best previously unpublished original poem written in English (any length) which relates GLBT life by a poet age 18 or older. Blind reading format: no identification on poem, cover letter with name, address, phone, email, and title. Include SASE. Winner receives $100 and publication on the press\’s web site. Judged by previous year\’s winner. $5 reading fee. Deadline: June 27 (postmarked). Mail to: Robert L. Giron, Oscar Wilde Award, Gival Press, PO Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203.

The Nora School Reading Series seeks submissions for its upcoming 8th season. Submit 5 typed pages of poetry with cover letter and SASE. Deadline: July 15. Christopher Conlon, Nora School Reading Series, 955 Sligo Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910.

If Poetry Journal, a new print journal edited by Donald Illich, seeks submissions. Send 1-5 poems, any style, previously unpublished. The editor has a particular interest in \”humorous and surrealistic poetry, but with some heart and weight to it.\” Send by email only, no attachments. Deadline: July 31. Mail to:

The Amistad, the on-line literary journal of Howard University, seeks submissions for the Fall 2007 issue on the theme Ars Poetica (broadly interpreted to include the craft of creating any art form, not just poetry. Send work that \”responds to the impulses of the artist, or how the audience responds to art\”). Open to poetry (2-3 poems, 40 lines or less), short fiction (up to 2,000 words), essays (up to 2,000 words), interviews and book reviews (up to 1,500 words), and visual art (in PNG, GIF, or JPG format). Send work in Word, Text, or Rich Text attachment with your full name, title, and genre as the file name. Include a short bio (75 words or less), and full contact info, in the body of the email. The subject line of the email should have your full name and genre. Deadline: Sept. 1, 2007. Mail to: Full guidelines and past issues at:

WORKSHOPS, EXHIBITIONS, AND SPECIAL EVENTS Friends Wilderness Center, Birding and Nature Journaling, June 2. The center is on the Rolling Ridge land preserve 20 minutes outside Harpers Ferry or Charles Town, WV, and approximately one hour west of the Beltway in Northern Virginia. \”Rise with the birds and join fellow nature enthusiasts for an all-day event.\” Led by writer and biologist Sarah Snyder. Bring journal and writing implements; all ages welcome. $5 donation requested; $7 additional for lunch. Limited to 25 participants. Gather at Niles Cabin (the main building) at 8am for birding and 11am for journaling. Lunch at 12:30 pm. For more information and to register, call Sheila Bach at (304) 728-4820 or email

\”Writing the Body: A Poetry Workshop,\” led by Anne Becker. For those who have experience with life threatening illnesses or chronic conditions, as patients, care-givers or family members. Meets Saturdays and Sundays for 5 sessions. 6/2 and 6/16 from 1-4 pm, 7/1, 7/15, 7/29 from 3-6pm. Limited to 12 participants. $200 fee. Additional information and on-line registration at or call (301) 270-8037.

\”Inspired Results\” exhibition, Takoma Park Community Center, Atrium Gallery, June 2 to June 30. Reception: Friday, June 8, 7-9 pm. Free. (Reception includes music, performance, and refreshments.) Poetry and visual art on display. Participating poets include: Anne Becker, Brian Gilmore, Kathleen O\’Toole, Merrill Leffler, Chris Llewellyn, and Ann Slayton. Takoma Park Arts & Humanities Commission, 7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park, MD. (301) 891-7224.

The Writers Center Summer 2007 classes in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, stage and screen, and youth writing. Fees charged. Instructors include: Anne Becker, Kenneth Carroll, Nan Fry, Daniel Gutstein, Reuben Jackson, C.M. Mayo, Yvette Neisser, Richard Peabody, Stanley Plumly, and Elizabeth Poliner.

\”Living on Words: Get Inspired, Get Writing, Get Published,\” 2007 Washington Independent Writers Conference, Saturday, June 9. Fees charged. Featured writers include: C.M. Mayo, Leslie Pietrzyk, Peter Bowerman, and Francine Prose. Sessions on agents, research, the web, issues of craft, travel writing, health writing, and more.

\”Mining the Past,\” Poetry workshop with Patricia Smith. Saturday, June 16, 3-6 pm. \”Write new work beginning with a map. The workshop is designed to help poets revisit moments we\’ve paved over, small moments in our past that we\’ve never imagined writing about.\” Bring notebook; limited to 12. Hosted by DC Poets Against the War and Busboys and Poets. Busboys and Poets, 14th & V Streets NW, DC. $25 fee. Register by sending an email to Sarah Browning:

\”Critique Your Complete Novel, Not Just a Couple of Chapters,\” a workshop led by Richard Peabody. Meets every 2 weeks on Wednesday nights from 7:30 to 10:00 pm from June 27 through September 11 (7 sesssions, ending on a Tuesday night) in Arlington, VA. Limited to 5 students. $500 fee ($125 nonrefundable). Students must commit to all 7 sessions. Send a chapter and synopsis of a completed novel (from a ms. in the 250-350 page range). Send queries to:

Hurston/Wright Foundation\’s Writer\’s Week, American University, Washington, DC, July 15-21. Panels and workshops in poetry in fiction for Black writers. Faculty includes Kwame Alexander, A. Van Jordan, Chris Abani, and Mat Johnson. Fees charged; financial aid available.

West Virginia Writer\’s Workshop, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, July 19-22. Workshops in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, individual conferences, lectures on craft, and publishing panels. Fees charged.

The Gathering, Keystone College, La Plume, PA, July 26-29. Book discussions, lectures, and workshops. Speakers include Carlos Eire, Katherine Paterson, Molly Peacock, and Francine Prose. Fees charged.

AREA READINGS and PERFORMANCES June 5 Miller Cabin Series: Deborah Ager and Tung-Hui Hu Tuesday, 7:30 pm Free. Joaquin Miller Cabin, Picnic Area 6, Rock Creek Parkway, Beach Drive and Military Road Overpass, DC.

June 8 Kim Roberts, author of The Kimnama Thursday, 6:30 pm Free. Candida\’s World of Books, 1541 14th St. NW, DC. (202) 667-4811.

June 8 Book Party for Terence Winch\’s Boy Drinkers, with live Irish music and guest readers Thursday, 7:30 pm Free. The Warehouse, 1017 7th St. NW, Convention Center neighborhood, DC. (202) 783-3933..

June 10 Vrzhu Press reading: Kim Roberts and Hiram Larew Sunday, 2:00 pm Free. The Writer\’s Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda, MD (301) 654-8664.

June 10 Iota Poetry Series: Nathalie F. Anderson and Maria Terrone Sunday, 6:00 pm Free. Iota Cafe and Club, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Clarendon neighborhood, Arlington, VA. (703) 522-8340 or (703) 256-9275.

June 12 Miller Cabin Series: Nigel Assam and Laura Goldberg Tuesday, 7:30 pm Free. Joaquin Miller Cabin, Picnic Area 6, Rock Creek Parkway, Beach Drive and Military Road Overpass, DC.

June 13 Brookland Reading Series: 4th Annual Dog Days Reading, poetry celebrating canis lupus familiaris Wednesday, 7:00 pm Free. Brookland Visitor\’s Center, 3420 9th St. NE, DC. (202) 526-1632.

June 17 Sunday Kind of Love: Patricia Smith. Followed by open mic. Hosted by Sarah Browning and Regie Cabico. Sunday, 4:00 pm Free, but donations accepted. Busboys & Poets, 14th and V Streets NW, U Street neighborhood, DC. (202) 387-POET.

June 19 Miller Cabin Series: Heather Blain and Shep Ranbom Tuesday, 7:30 pm Free. Joaquin Miller Cabin, Picnic Area 6, Rock Creek Parkway, Beach Drive and Military Road Overpass, DC.

June 20 Poesis Series: Mel Belin and Patric Pepper. Music provided by Shep Williams and James \”Curly\” Robinson. Followed by open mic. Hosted by Cliff Bernier. Wednesday, 7:00 pm Free. Pentagon City Borders Books, 1201 S. Hayes St., Arlington, VA (703) 418-0166.

June 25 Burlesque Poetry Hour: Gwendolyn Mintz, Shanna Compton, and William Allegrezza Monday, 8:00 pm Free. Bar Rouge, Hotel Rouge, 1315 16th St. NW, DC. (202) 232-8000.

June 26 Miller Cabin Series: Young Poets Program Tuesday, 7:30 pm Free. Joaquin Miller Cabin, Picnic Area 6, Rock Creek Parkway, Beach Drive and Military Road Overpass, DC.

June 27 Natalie Lobe and James Hopkins. Followed by open reading. Wednesday, 7:00 pm Free. Kensington Row Books, 3786 Howard Ave., Kensington, MD. (301) 949-9416.

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