Sunday, February 01, 2009


Beltway Poetry Quarterly's Local Calendar of Events

Here below is Kim Roberts' latest posting on Beltway Poetry Quarterly re Local Events:

Beltway Poetry Quarterly
The February Poetry News is now uploaded.
Lots of exciting news for February! Some highlights:

New Releases include:
Poetic Voices Without Borders 2, ed. Robert L. Giron. Poems in English, French, and Spanish. Contributors include: Karren L. Alenier, Luis Alberto Ambroggio, Naomi Ayala, Mel Belin, David Bergman, Jody Bolz, Grace Cavalieri, Christopher Conlon, Teri Ellen Cross, Patricia Garfinkel, Bernadette Geyer, Dana Gioia, Patricia Gray, Piotr Gwiazda, Suzan Shown Harjo, Peter Klappert, Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, Vladimir Levchev, Sydney March, C.M. Mayo, Judith McCombs, E. Ethelbert Miller, Miles David Moore, Yvette Neissser Moreno, Richard Peabody, Kim Roberts, Joseph Ross, M.A. Schaffner, Gregg Shapiro, J.D. Smith, Ernie Wormwood Gival Press)

Web exhibit: "Time Shadows: City Life," Three cultures meet in Washington, DC. Sponsored by the Goethe Institut, with partners Chinatown Community Cultural Center and Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. 18 poems in English, Mandarin, and German on urban themes, all translated into all languages. American poets included: Grace Cavalieri, Kim Roberts, Jean Toomer, W.S. Merwin, Davi Walders, and Traci O'Dea.

Calls for Entry include: Plan B Press chapbook competition, judged by Deborah Ager. Winner gets 50 copies of their book plus $225 award. Send manuscript with table of contents, list of previously published work (if any), SASE, and $15 reading fee. No mss. returned. Deadline: March 1. Plan B Press, PO Box 3242, Fairfax, VA 22038.

The Word Works Washington Prize. Publication and $1,500 given annually to a US or Canadian poet. Submit ms. of 48-64 pages with $25 entry fee by March 1.

Split This Rock 2009 Adult Poetry Contest. $1,000 awarded ($500 for 1st place, $250 each for 2nd and 3rd) for poems of provocation and witness, judged by Patricia Smith. Winning poems published on website, and winners get free registration to the 2010 conference in DC (where the 1st prize winner will be invited to read). "Submissions should be in the spirit of Split This Rock: socially engaged poems, poems that reach beyond the self to connect with the larger community or world; poems of provocation and witness. This theme can be interpreted broadly and may include but is not limited to work addressing politics, government, war, leadership; issues of identity (gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, disability, body image, immigration, cultural heritage, etc.); community, civic engagement, education, activism; and poems about history, Americana, cultural icons." Send up to 3 unpublished poems, no more than 6 pages total, in "blind" reading format with cover page, plus $25 reading fee. Simultaneous submissions OK. Postmark deadline: March 9.

Workshops and Special Events include:Sol y Soul presents a workshop, "Capturing Fire: Queer Revolutionary Poetics," led by Regie Cabico. Four Mondays: Feb 2, Feb 9, Feb 16, and Feb 23 from 7-9 pm. Fee: $80. "We will examine the poetry of queer activists from Audre Lorde to Essex Hemphill and those poets pushing the boundaries of the erotic. We will play with experimental forms of writing and use the poetry spoken word slam genre as a catalyst to create new work in a supportive environment. This workshop also addresses the elements of craft, form and performance and is open to all levels and sexual identities." Space limited; reserve by Feb 1. Flashpoint, 916 G Street NW, Gallery Place neighborhood, DC. (202) 315-1320.

Readings and Performances include:
February 1
Holly Bass presents "The Weary Blues" in honor of the 107th birthday of Langston Hughes. Holly performs with a six-piece jazz band to recreate the famous 1958 Hughes/Mingus collaboration
Sunday, 7:00 pm
$15 Admission. Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, historic U Street neighborhood, DC. (202) 387-POET.

February 12
Lincoln's 200th Birthday: National Wreath Laying Ceremony. Senator Dick Durbin presiding, with national anthem sung by Michael Feinstein and the US Marine Corps Band, and poetry by Nikki Giovanni
Thursday, 8:00 am
Free. Lincoln Memorial, DC.

[Added to Kim Roberts' list:
February 15
Poetic Voices Without Borders 2, edited by Robert L. Giron, Book Launch Reading
With poets: Karren L. Alenier, Patricia Gray, Kim Jensen, Sydney March, Yvette Neisser Moreno, and Joseph Ross
Busboys and Poets
V and 14th Streets, NW
Washington, DC

February 17
"Is that Lincoln in my Free Verse?": A discussion on Lincoln, Whitman, and contemporary poetry, by E. Ethelbert Miller. Sponsored by the Paul Peck Institute for American Culture and Civic Engagement
Tuesday, 11:00am
Free. Montgomery College, Cafritz Arts Center, Room 101 (Auditorium), Takoma Park, MD. (240) 567-1385.

February 25
Robert Burns at 250: Symposium. Panels on "Burns and His World," "Burns and Traditional Culture," "Poetry, Celebrity and the Public" (featuring Kay Ryan, Myra Sklarew, and Patricia Gray), and "The Contemporary Bard"
Wednesday, 9:30 am to 7:00 pm
Free. Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mumford Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE, 6h floor, DC. Registration required:

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