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News from Beltway –November Events/Readings


POETRY NEWS: November 2007 NEW RELEASES Karren L. Alenier, The Steiny Road to Operadom: The Making of American Operas (essays and libretto; Unlimited Publishing)

Bernard Jankowski, in collaboration with painter Ed Ramsberg, Luminous Mud (KarlysKline Press)

Reb Livingston, Your Ten Favorite Words (Coconut Books)

Reed Whittemore, Against the Grain: The Literary Life of a Poet (memoir, Dryad Press)

Cut Loose the Body: An Anthology of Poems on Torture and Fernando Botero\’s Abu Ghraib Paintings, ed. Rose Berger and Joseph Ross (chapbook, American University Museum and DC Poets Against the War). Contributors include Myra Sklarew, Kyle Dargan, E. Ethelbert Miller, Consuelo Hernandez, Tala A. Rameh.

Family Pictures: Poems and Photographs Celebrating Our Loved Ones, ed. Kwame Alexander (Capital BookFest Books). Contributors include: Sylvia Dianne Beverly, Kyndall Brown, Lucille Clifton, Maritza Rivera Cohen, Christopher Conlon, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Jennifer Gresham, Carolyn Joyner, Jacqueline Jules, Dan Logan, Tony Medina, E. Ethelbert Miller, Deanna Nikaido, Katy Richey, Kim Roberts, Carly Sachs, Davi Walders, and Mary-Sherman Willis.

COMPETITIONS, GRANTS and CALLS FOR ENTRY Lines & Stars seeks poetry and short fiction for its upcoming issue with the theme \”Light.\” Deadline: November 15.

2007 National Poetry Review Book Prize. $1,000 and publication. Submit 45-80 pages with $25 fee, bio, acknowledgments. Notification by email. Deadline: November 30. Guidelines:

Greg Gummer Poetry Award Contest from Phoebe. Winner gets $1,000 plus publication. Judge: Peter Gizzi. Submit up to 4 poems (blind format: include cover letter with your name, address, titles, and brief bio). Reading fee: $15. Deadline: Dec. 1. Greg Gummer Poetry Contest, Phoebe, MSN 2D6, George Mason University, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax, VA 22030.

Phoebe Winter Fiction Contest. Winner gets $1,000 plus publication. All entries considered for publication. Judge: Peter Orner. Submit one story, up to 7500 words. No novels excerpts or nonfiction. Include cover letter with name, address, title (no identifying info on mss.). Reading fee: $15. Deadline: Dec. 1. Phoebe, MSN 2D6, George Mason University, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax, VA 22030.

Maureen Egan Writers Exchange Award from Poets & Writers. Open to resident poets and fiction writers who have published no more than one full-length book in the genre in which they are applying and have resided in Washington DC for at least 2 years. Winners receive $500, a trip to NYC to meet with editors, agents, publishers, and other writers, and a one-month residency at Jentel Artist Residency Program in Wyoming. Send 5 copies of 10 pages of poetry or 25 pages of fiction with required entry form by Dec. 1.

Baltimore Review 2007 short fiction competition. Prizes: $500/$250/$100. Send one story and $20 fee (or $25 to include subscription). Deadline: Dec. 1. TBR, PO Box 36418, Towson, MD 21286.

Waywiser Press, 3rd Annual Anthony Hecht Prize. Book publication and $3,000. Open to first or second books only. Mss. of 50-100 pages.$25 fee. Deadline: Dec. 1. Waywiser Press, PO Box 6205, Baltimore, MD 21206.

The Atlantic Monthly 2007 Student Writing Contest for poetry, fiction, and personal or journalistic essays. Prizes: $1,000/$500/$250 plus one-year subscriptions for seven runners-up in each category. Entrants must be full-time undergrad or grad students currently enrolled in an accredited degree-granting US institution. Submissions must be original and unpublished; 3 poems or 7,500 words of prose. Type submissions (one side only), double-spaced, with cover sheet with title(s), category, word count, name, address, phone, email, and academic institution. Only titles on mss. Provide SAS postcard for acknowlegement of receipt. Winners announced in May 2008 issue; winners notified in March. Postmark deadline: Dec. 1. Student Writing Contest, The Atlantic Monthly, The Watergate, 600 New Hampshire Ave. NW, DC 20037.

Gival Press Poetry Award. Open to all national and international poets writing in English (no translations). Mss. of 45 typed pages or longer eligible. Winner receives book publication and $1,000, plus standard book contract. $20 entry fee; deadline Dec.15. Gival Press, PO Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203.

Pretend Genius press announces a call for short fiction for the 2008 Willesden Herald International Short Story Prize, adjudicated by Zadie Smith. Open to all, free to enter. Pretend Genius will publish an anthology of 10 winning stories, New Short Stories 2, in 2008. Deadline: Dec. 24. Required entry form and full guidelines:

Reginald S. Tickner Writing Fellowship in any genre: fiction, poetry, playwrighting, or creative non-fiction. Gilman School, an independent boys\’ school with coordinated classes with our sister schools, Bryn Mawr School & Roland Park Country School, will continue to sponsor a writer-in-residence position for the \’08-\’09 academic year. Responsibilities include teaching one class in creative writing, directing a speakers\’ series, advising the literary magazine, & working one-to-one with students on their writing. Salary: $30,000, plus full benefits package. To apply: send c.v., cover letter, three confidential letters of recommendation or dossier, & a sample of published writing to: Dr. Meg Tipper, Director, Writing Center, Gilman School, 5407 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21210. Firm deadline for receipt of all materials is January 8.

WORKSHOPS, EXHIBITIONS, AND SPECIAL EVENTS \”The Word Begins,\” spoken word theater by Steve Connell and Sekou (tha misfit), Oct. 2 – Dec. 2, Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, VA. \”Drama meets sketch comedy meets hip hop.\” Admission fee.

\”Of Love and War,\” Nov. 11-17, featuring the poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca and Walt Whitman, presented with music and dance. GALA Hispanic Theater. Admission $29. Box Office: (202) 315-1325.

AREA READINGS and PERFORMANCES November 4 Bogg publication reading, with editor John Elsberg and authors TBA Sunday, 2:00 pm Free. The Writers Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda, MD (301) 654-8664.

November 5 Cafe Muse: Sarah Browning and Richard McCann, plus 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.

November 5 John Ashbery Monday, 7:30 pm $12 Admission. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SW, DC. (202) 544-7077.

November 5 Bilingual staged reading of \”May,\” a poem by Karel Hynek Macha, translated from the Czech by Marcela Sulak. Staged and directed by Deborah Payne Fisk and David Conison, performed by David Keplinger, Nick Jonczak, Zak Landrum, Mary Shaw and Amy Tolbert. Sponsored by the Czech Embassy and American University\’s Dept. of Literature. Monday, 7:30 pm Free. American University, Batelle Tompkins Atrium, DC. (202) 885-2973.

November 7 Carl Phillips and Helon Habila Wednesday, 7:00 pm Free. University of Maryland, McKeldin Library, Special Events Room #6137, College Park, MD. (301) 405-3809.

November 7 Intersections series: featured poets Kim Roberts and Hiram Larew, 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.

November 8 MacDowell Colony 100th anniversary reading, featuring Stephen Dunn, Peter Klappert, and Kathy Mangan Thursday, 6:45 pm Free. Library of Congress, Madison Building, Montpelier Room, 6th floor, 101 Independence Ave. SE, DC. (202) 707-5394.

November 8 Nora Series: Celebration of The Word Works, Inc., featuring Miles David Moore, Rosemary Winslow, Brandon D. Johnson and Christopher Conlon Thursday, 7:30 pm Free, although donations accepted. Nora School, 955 Sligo Ave., Silver Spring, MD. (301) 495-6672.

November 9 Nine on the Ninth Series: featured reader TBA, followed by open mic. Hosted by Derrick Weston Brown. Tuesday, 9:00 pm $3 Admission. Busboys and Poets, 14th & V Streets NW, DC. (202) 387-POET.

November 10 DC Poets Against the War present a poetry reading by Sinan Antoon, D. Nurske, Myra Sklarew, E. Ethelbert Miller, Consuelo Hernandez, and Kyle Dargan, reading from the new anthology Cut Loose the Body, in conjunction with an opening reception for an exhibition of the Abu Ghraib paintings of Fernando Botero Saturday, 6:00 pm Free. American University, Katzen Arts Center, Ward Circle (intersection of Massachusetts and Nebraska Avenues NW), DC. (202) 885-1300.

November 10 Washington Musica Viva, featuring Maritza Rivera Cohen,and Joy Jones, plus live music by Carl Banner, and visual arts by Marilyn Banner, guest hosted by Mike Hummel. Saturday, 7:30 pm $5 Admission. 4233C Howard Ave., Kensington, MD. (301) 493-5729.

November 11 The Memorial Day Writers Project: open mic in tribute to veterans. Participants are asked to bring 3 to 5 poems, a short prose piece, or one song to share. Hosted by Dick Epstein. Sunday, 11:30 am to 5:30 pm Free. Tent on the Mall off Constitution Avenue (near 21st Street), near the Vietnam Veterans\’ Memorial, DC. Information:

November 11 Poet Lore birthday publication reading, with Robin Becker and Michael Lally Sunday, 2:00 pm Free. The Writers Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda, MD (301) 654-8664.

November 11 Iota Poetry Series: reading from the anthology A Chaos of Angels with Dean Blehert, Pam Blehert, Lois Jones, and others. Sunday, 6:00 pm Free. Iota Cafe and Club, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Clarendon neighborhood, Arlington, VA. (703) 522-8340 or (703) 256-9275.

November 12 Beltway Poetry Quarterly presents a reading from the \”Evolving City\” issue, with co-editors Kim Roberts and Teri Ellen Cross, featuring Mark Fitzgerald, Jessica Haney, Jose Padua, Katy Richey, and Katherine Young Monday, 8:00 pm Free. Busboys and Poets, 4251 S. Campbell Ave., Shirlington neighborhood, DC. (202) 387-POET.

November 14 Brookland Reading Series Wednesday, 7:00 pm Free. Brookland Visitor\’s Center, 3420 9th St. NE, DC. (202) 526-1632.

November 15 Verse, Vibes and Bites: featured readers, followed by open mic Thursday, 7:00 pm Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW, Metro Center neighborhood, DC. (202) 246-0111.

November 15 Cheryl\’s Gone Reading Series: Maud Casey, Merrill Feitel, and Hank Lewis, reading fiction. Hosted by Joe Hall. Thursday, 8:00 pm Free. Big Bear Cafe, 1st and R Streets NW, DC. (202) 470-5543.

November 18 Dryad Press 40th birthday celebration, with a reading from Reed Whittemore\’s new memoir, Against the Grain: The Literary Life of a Poet Sunday, 2:00 pm Free. The Writers Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda, MD (301) 654-8664.

November 18 Sunday Kind of Love, anthology reading from The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, followed by open mic. Sunday, 4:00 pm Free. Busboys & Poets, 14th and V Streets NW, U Street neighborhood, DC. (202) 387-POET.

November 21 Poesis Series: Parris Garnier and Forestine Bynum. Music by Shep Williams and Curly Robinson. Hosted by Cliff Bernier. Wednesday, 7:00 pm Free. Pentagon City Borders Books, 1201 S. Hayes St., Arlington, VA (703) 418-0166.

November 21 Intersections series: readings, 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.

November 21 Mothertongue Wednesday, 9:00 pm $5 Admission. The Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW, DC. (202) 726-1821.

November 24 Reading of works by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow by his descendant Layne Longfellow, accompanied by live piano and voice. Presented with the silent film \”Evangeline\” (1929) with live piano. Saturday, 3:30 pm Free. National Gallery of Art, East Building auditorium, 4th Street and Constitution Ave. NW, DC. (202) 842-6799.

November 26 Burlesque Poetry Hour: Laurel Snyder, Rod Smith, and Mel Nichols Monday, 8:00 pm Free. Bar Rouge, Hotel Rouge, 1315 16th St. NW, DC. (202) 232-8000.

November 27 Reading from the anthology Family Pictures, featuring Katy Richey, Jacqueline Jules, Deanna Nikaido, and Mary-Sherman Willis. Guest hosted by Kim Roberts. Tuesday, 7:30 pm Free. Grace Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW, lower Georgetown neighborhood, DC. (202) 333-7100.

November 28 A Space Inside: Mary Kay Zuravleff reads fiction Wednesday, 7:00 pm Free. Riverby Books, 417 E. Capitol St. SE, Eastern Market neighborhood, DC. (202) 543-4342.

November 28 Kensington Reading Series: Rich Amada and Christopher Conlon Wednesday, 7:00 pm Free. Kensington Row Books, 3786 Howard Ave., Kensington, MD. (301) 949-9416.

November 28 DC Slam Wednesday, 7:30 pm Free. Modern Times Coffeehouse, Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, DC. (202) 364-1919.

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