Saturday, November 03, 2007


The Origin of the Milky Way by Barbara Louise Ungar Is Released

“The Origin of the Milky Way” Jacopo TINTORETTO
© The National Gallery, London.

Gival Press is pleased to announce the release of The Origin of the Milky Way by Barbara Louise Ungar Winner of the Gival Press Poetry Award.

The collection has received advance praise from the following:

“Barbara Louise Ungar's The Origin of the Milky Way is a fearless, unflinching collection about birth and motherhood, the transformation of bodies. Ungar's poems are honestly brutal, candidly tender. Their primal immediacy and intense intimacy are realized through her dazzling sense of craft. Ungar delivers a wonderful, sensuous, visceral poetry.”–Denise Duhamel

“Ungar's mesoblastic poetry refreshes the tattered Modern Soul!”
—Sparrow, author of Yes, You ARE a Revolutionary!

“... By turns witty and euphoric, panic-stricken and exalted, Ungar does comedy and rage, tenderness and meditation in poems consistently inventive and intelligent.”
—Peg Boyers

“Barbara Ungar’s new book is a departure: her earlier work was all about the joy, the sudden access of energy she pulled from ‘the used, the worn, the broken in.’ This book is about giving birth out of one’s own body to another body. She confronts the exhilarations and terrors (as well as, she fears, sweet delusions) of birth frontally, even ruthlessly. The unit here is mother and son. As soon as she is pregnant, for the speaker the father ceases to exist. This is a compelling mirror.”
—Frank Bidart

“… Ungar has touched on something vital to all of us—‘in the last, we grow and do not know / how or who is holding us, yet we are held.’”—Donna J. Gelagotis Lee, judge of the 2006 Gival Press Poetry Award and author of On the Altar of Greece

Barbara Louise Ungar is the author of Thrift, which was a finalist for the May Swenson Poetry Award and the Tupelo Prize. Her poems have appeared in Salmagundi, The Minnesota Review, The Cream City Review, The Literary Review, and other publications. She is also the author of Haiku in English and the chapbooks Sequel and Neoclassical Barbra. An associate professor of English at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, she lives in Saratoga Springs with her son Izaak.

Gival Press books are distributed by BookMasters, Inc. (800.247.6553) and are available via Ingram (800.937.8000) and on Internet sites.

Thursday, November 01, 2007


Takoma Park Arts and Humanities Commission Announces Its Reading Series

celebrating the creative spirit of our community

The Takoma Park Arts and Humanities Commission and
Poet Laureate Emeritus Don Berger are proud to present

third thursday
poetry reading series

7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Takoma Park Community Center
7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, Maryland

November 15 Jade Foster and Barbara White

December 13 Laura Brown and Miles David Moore

January 17 Melissa Tuckey and Joe Hall

February 21 Open reading

March 13 Teri Ellen Cross and Patricia Murphy

April 17 Katy Richey, Kathy Williams and Hayes Davis

May 15 To Be Announced

June 19 Open reading

For more information contact the Arts and Humanities Commission
at 301-891-7224 or by email at


Busboys & Poets Holds Reading on Nov. 18th

Sunday Kind of Love

A Busboys & Poetry Event

Third Sundays of the Month, 4 pm

Busboys & Poets

14th & V Streets, NW, Washington , DC

Hosted by Sarah Browning, Coordinator of D.C. Poets Against the War

& Regie Cabico, Artistic Director of Sol & Soul

Open Mic at each event!

Sunday, November 18, 2007, 4 pm

Celebrating the new Cave Canem Anthology, Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South

With Editor Nikky Finney and Contributors Matilda Cox, Reuben Jackson, and Meta DuEwa Jones

Nikky Finney is a professor of creative writing at the University of Kentucky and the author of three collections of poetry: On Wings Made of Gauze; Rice, which won a PEN America Open Book Award; and The World Is Round. She is also the author of Heartwood, a collection of short stories.

Cave Canem is a national nonprofit organization committed to the discovery and cultivation of new voices in African American poetry. From its beginning in 1996, Cave Canem has offered a safe haven for black poets-whether schooled in MFA programs or poetry slams-to come together to work on their craft and engage others in critical debate

NEXT: Sunday, December 16, 4 pm

DC Poets Against the War Heather Davis & Mike Maggio!

For more info:,



News from Beltway --November Events/Readings


POETRY NEWS: November 2007
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.

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.

"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.

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
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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