Wednesday, June 14, 2006


When It Rains, It Pours

Three poetry events with poets associated with DC Poets Against the War in the next four days. Hope you can come out to one of them - or, what the heck, all three! (Note that Barbara Orton has joined the roster for Sunday Kind of Love and Fred Joiner has joined Friday's YOUTEW reading.)


Sol & Soul's 3rd Thursday at Starbucks, Chinatown
Join Sarah Browning, Regie Cabico, Yael Flusberg and Divided City for a free poetry happy hour, Starbucks (7th & H Streets, across from the Gallery Place Metro), Thursday, June 15th @ 6:30 pm

Sarah Browning is a widely published poet and coeditor of D.C. Poets Against the War: An Anthology and coordinator of the group of the same name.

Regie Cabico, your evening's host and Sol & Soul’s Artistic Director, is a poet, playwright and educator, the founding member of the Asian Arts Collective, and the an Artist in Residence at New York’s University Tisch School of the Arts.

Yael Flusberg is a writer, yoga teacher, and nonprofit coach/consultant. She is a co-founder of Sol & Soul and lives in the Ella Jo Baker Intentional Community Coop for Activists.
Divided City is Sol & Soul’s quarterly literary and visual arts magazine. Divided City’s poetry, photography and artwork form an inter-generational community-focused conversation between socially conscious individuals.

For more information:, 202/745-2630,


Friday, June 16
6:00 pm
DC Poets Against the War and Beltway Poetry Quarterly present a poetry reading, featuring Esther Iverem, Sarah Browning, Fred Joiner, Adam Chiles, and Suzanna Banwell.
Presented in conjunction with the exhibit "The Faces of War: A Peace Memorial" by the members of Youth Objectors United to End War.
Free. Takoma Park Community Center Gallery, 7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park, MD. (301) 439-7574.

An art exhibit created by a group of artist-peacemakers between the ages of 15 and 22 entitled Faces of War: A Peace Memorial will open on Friday, June 16th at 6 pm at the Takoma Park Community Center Gallery located at 7500 Maple Avenue. The youth will be on hand at the exhibit opening as well as poets from DC Poets Against the War and the Beltway Poetry Quarterly. For more information call: 301-439-7574 or email

The creators of the memorial are from Central California and call themselves Young Objectors United To End War (YOUTEW). The Faces of War: A Peace Memorial was first displayed in San Luis Obispo's Mission Plaza on the 4th of July, 04. The piece is a large grid wire instillation, hung with handmade 'dog tags' holding the faces of US soldiers who have died in the present war in Iraq. The youth spent more than 300 hours working on the project.


Sunday, June 18, 2006, 4 PM
Sunday Kind of Love: Poetry & Pride
A reading to celebrate Gay Pride Month, featuring poets Barbara Orton, Venus Thrash, Dan Vera, and Tim'm West. Presented by Kathi Wolfe.

Followed by an open mic: readings by LGBT poets will be encouraged.

Sunday Kind of Love is a Busboys & Poetry Event, third Sunday of every month. Hosted by Sarah Browning, Coordinator of D.C. Poets Against the War. Busboys & Poets, 14th & V, NW, Washington, DC. U Street/Cardozo on the Green line. For more information:, 202-387-POET or, 202-577-6596.

The Poets:

Barbara Orton's poems appear in two anthologies, The New Young American Poets and New Voices, and are forthcoming in a third, Under the Rock Umbrella. Her work also appears in a Web chapbook published by The Literary Review and in journals including Ploughshares, 32 Poems, and The Innisfree Poetry Journal.

Venus Thrash received a BA in Literature and an MFA in Creative Writing from American University. She received the Myra Sklarew Award in Fiction. She is a Cave Canem, Lannan, and Soul Mountain Fellow. Her short story “Cast Away Stones” is to be published in the forthcoming anthology Enhanced Gravity. Her poetry has appeared in Gargoyle and Catalyst, and in the recently released poetry anthology Gathering Ground. She is currently at work on a short story collection, The Soul of a Man, and a novel, Hole.

Dan Vera was born in South Texas and lived in Colorado, Washington State and Chicago before moving to the District of Columbia. The Tejano Cubano Radical Faerie poet is Managing Editor and Designer of White Crane (, founder of Brookland Area Writers & Artists (, (, and a member of the Triangle Artists Group. His poetry has been featured in Beltway, Shaping Sanctuary: Proclaiming God's Grace in an Inclusive Church, DC Poets Against The War: An Anthology, the Washington Spark, Red Wheelbarrow, and Raddish.

Tim'm T. West is an author/publisher, poet, emcee, and activist who in 1999 co-founded Deep Dickollective, the black queer rap outfit known for their lyrical middle fingers to Hip Hop enthusiasts who would prefer to pretend that there are no queers in the cipher. In 2003 he released a critically acclaimed poetic memoir Red Dirt Revival, in 2005 a chapbook BARE, and is preparing for the forthcoming Red Dirt Publishing release of Flirting. Musically, he released his solo debut, Songs from Red Dirt on Cellular Records, and as he transitions from D.C. to Chicago (his new home), the release of Blakkboy Blue(s) its highly anticipated follow up. Tim'm currently teaches English at Cesar Chavez Public Charter High School for Public Policy here in the District of Columbia.

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