Friday, February 29, 2008


A Solemn Anniversary: Sam Hamill on these five years (and the last century) of madness

Poets Against War founder/director and Split This Rock featured poet Sam Hamill on the fifth anniversary of the war in Iraq and poets' activism:

Only in the United States have I been told that “poetry doesn’t matter any more,” that “poetry is useless.” Only in the United States have I been asked by journalists, “Why can’t you poets just leave the politics out of it?” What a remarkably, stunningly illiterate question. The answer to the latter: “Because we are citizens of this country and of the world, and we are all in this world together.” The answer to the former declaration: “Because poetry has the ability to open people’s eyes and hearts, to change lives one life at a time.”
Read his piece in the Winter PAW newsletter here:


What's HIS problem?

Comrade, friend, wild man, brilliant poet, partner in crime Regie Cabico makes the City Paper this week.

Jet lag, train lag, and bus lag. Cabico says that he logs up to 18 travel hours a week, including serious Chinatown bus time. “Now, if I smell pee, it smells like home,” Cabico says.

Read the "What's Your Problem?" feature here:

Wednesday, February 27, 2008


Split This Rock on tomorrow and next Thursday, 12:45 pm

We’re pleased to announce that Split This Rock will be featured on “Poet's Corner with Joe Gouveia” on WOMR/Provincetown and you can listen online! Just go to at the appointed hour and click on “Listen now” in the left margin. Here’s the schedule, beginning tomorrow:

Thursday, February 28, 12:45 pm – Interview with Festival Director Sarah Browning
Thursday, March 6, 12:45 pm – Interview with Assistant Director Melissa Tuckey

(April 3 and April 10 Joe will feature us reading our own poems, so come back after the festival, too.)

Joe’s a wonderful interviewer, so we know after you listen, you’ll be inspired to register! Remember, rates go up March 10, so register today:

See you next month in DC!

Friday, February 22, 2008


On thinking big

Looking for something on my desk (really, it's an excavation, requiring a major grant for archeological research from the federal government...) I came upon a quote I had saved from, of all places, Publisher's Weekly.

Herbert Kohl, a teacher and education writer, was interviewed about his new book, Painting Chinese, which describes his experience taking a Chinese landscape painting class as a 60-year-old surrounded by kindergarteners:

It's wonderful accepting that your goals will never be completed if they're big enough, and that it's worth making them so big that you leave some unfinished so that other people can pick them up after you.

Right on.

Thursday, February 21, 2008


Tanya Snyder in the Split This Rock Beltway Issue

As I continue to read in the Split This Rock Beltway issue, I am knocked over by the beauty and power of the poetry of so many of my colleagues in this work. Here's an excerpt from "Diplomat" by Tanya Snyder:

With the yellow beasts in your own dreams,
the firm mattress beneath you
and your head
all night spinning
on your softest pillow,
you may continue
with the enchanting horror
of this beautiful country
buried so many miles
beneath you...

Read the full poem here:

And check out the full Split This Rock issue, edited by Regie Cabico and Kim Roberts, at

Two upcoming readings by poets featured in the issue:

Sunday, March 9, 2008, 6:00 pm

Split This Rock Poetry Festival Reading, sponsored by Beltway Poetry Quarterly. Featured readers: Brian Gilmore, Melissa Tuckey, Heather Davis, and Steve Rogers. Followed by open mic.
Iota Bar and Restaurant, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Clarendon neighborhood, Arlington, VA. (703) 522-8340.
Series hosted by Miles David Moore - Free Admission.


Sunday, March 16, 2008, 4:00 pm

Sunday Kind of Love Reading Series: Split This Rock Festival Reading sponsored by Beltway Poetry Quarterly. Featured readers: Winona Addison, Teri Ellen Cross, Yael Flusberg, Tanya Snyder, Dan Vera, Rosemary Winslow, and Kathi Wolfe. Followed by open mic. Read poems of provocation and witness!

Busboys and Poets, 14th & V Streets, NW, DC. (202) 387-POET. U Street/Cardozo on the Green Line. Free Admission, although contributions are gratefully accepted. Guest hosts: Kim Roberts and Regie Cabico.

Monday, February 18, 2008


Three Local Presses Reviewed in the City Paper

If you missed this article, here's a link to the piece in the City Paper profiling three terrific local presses, including Vrzhu, whose editors, Michael Gushue and Dan Vera, are in the photo here:
Rock on, DC publishers!

Friday, February 15, 2008


Candida's World of Books Closing

In another loss to the independent bookstore world of DC, this weekend we're losing the marvelous international/travel bookstore, Candida's. Here's a message from the owner:

As you know, Candida's World of Books is closing.

THANK YOU for all of your messages, visits and the outpouring of feelings you shared. You have been (and are) a wonderful community.

THIS weekend, Feb. 15-17 is our last weekend open to the public.

We still have plenty of books on sale (storewide 20% off & special sale items) and encourage you to make one last foray into our shop, to help us clear out as much stock as possible. Think of these as early holiday gifts, come buy yourself something that could be your keepsake from Candida's!

Thank you for your support over the past 4 years. I will remember all of you fondly.


- Candida -

Candida's World of Books
1541 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
tel.(202) 667-4811
fax. (202) 667-4813
Tues-Sat 10-9, Sun 12-6, closed Mon

Thursday, February 14, 2008


Contest and Reading at Writer's Center

Bethesda Magazine Short Story Writing Contests, sponsored by The Writer’s Center. The contest is open to all residents of Montgomery County.

The winning author will receive $1,000 in addition to his/her story being published in Bethesda Magazine’s July/August issue. The second and third place authors will receive $500 and $250 respectively and their stories will be published on the Bethesda Magazine website.

Stories must be submitted by March 15. For more information and rules of the contest, and a writing contest for high school students, please visit:


The Writer’s Center will present a reading by photojournalist Jim LoScalzo author of Evidence of My Existence (Ohio University Press) and Scott Hightower, author of Part of the Bargain (Copper Canyon Press), on Sunday, February 24, at 2 p.m. at The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, Maryland 20815. The reading will be followed by a reception and book signing. Free admission.

Jim Lo Scalzo has been a staff photographer with U.S. News & World Report since 1994. His assignments have taken him to more than 60 countries, and he has won several awards in the Pictures of the Year International and White House News Photographers’ Association photo competitions.

“Set against a backdrop of the most stunning settings the world has to offer—from India to Antarctica—Evidence of My Existence is an intimate and intricate exploration of ambition and the difficult decisions artists are forced to make in search of a balance between work, the love of work, and love itself. Jim Lo Scalzo serves as a brilliant guide—by turns hilarious and heart-torn— and has created a masterful memoir, an exquisite debut!” —Julianna Baggott, author of Which Brings Me to You and Compulsions of Silkworms and Bees

Scott Hightower’s third book of poems, A Part of the Bargain (Copper Canyon) is winner of the Hayden Carruth Award for New and Emerging Poets. His writings have appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including Salmagundi, The Yale Review, and The Paris Review. He teaches at Fordham University and New York University and is a contributing editor to The Journal.

The Writer’s Center, a 501c3 nonprofit literary support organization now in its 31st year, offers workshops and readings year-round. Our website,, more fully describes our programs.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008


Ethelbert Miller's Poetry on DC Metro

Part of the Metro's Art in Transit program, Ethelbert's poetry is now at my neighborhood station, Petworth, above, and at Dupont, where it memorializes those who care for victims of the AIDS pandemic. See a brief story in the Post's Express online version here.

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