Monday, July 27, 2009


Brookland Poetry Series 2009 Line Up

From the redoubtable Michael Gushue, the remaining 2009 readings in this terrific DC series, below.

Dear poetry, literature and Brookland aficionados:

Here’s an omnibus note on readings coming up at the Brookland Poetry Series for the remainder of 2009.

Brookland Poetry Series # 66 - August 12, 2009 @ 7:00 PM
Our annual Iced Tea Social Poetry Reading.

Poems designed to cool you off and a variety of special iced drinks to quaff. An illustrative list: Lemon Ginger Tea, Rosemary Lemonade, Cherry Balsamic Iced Tea, Nectarine Basil Lemonade, Cucumber Mint Lemonade, Lemon Fennel Iced Tea, Watermelon Lemonade, Raspberry Limeade.

Brookland Poetry Series # 67 - September 9, 2009 @ 7:00 PM
Our annual Sterling A. Brown Brookland Invitational Poetry Reading.

Celebrating the legacy and poetry of Brookland’s own Sterling Brown—D.C.’s first poet laureate. Readings of Sterling Brown’s poetry, poetry honoring Brown and his legacy, and poetry by others taught or influenced by Brown. Come hear Sterling Brown’s vibrant, scintillating and deeply moving verse.

Brookland Poetry Series # 68 - October 14, 2009 @ 7:00 PM
It Came From Beneath Brookland.

The monster of all poetry readings. Celebrating monsters, the monstrous, Godzilla, Gojira, and other teratogenic-, teratophobic- and teratophilic-related matters.

Brookland Poetry Series # 69 - November 11, 2009 @ 7:00 PM
Lament for the Makers.

A celebration of departed poets. Poems by some of the poets who have died in the last two years will be read, along with brief bios or appreciations, or both. Poems by Tom Disch, Grace Paley, Aimé Césaire, Mahmoud Darwish, Hayden Carruth, W. D. Snodgrass, John Updike, Deborah Digges, Craig Arnold, Kamala Das and others.

Brookland Poetry Series # 70 - December 9, 2009 @ 7:00 PM
St. Lucie’s Day reading.

A celebration of light during the year’s midnight. Poems in honor of the winter solstice, the winter season, and the wintry subjects. Poems by Kenneth Rexroth, Jonh Donne, Kathleen Raine and others.

Join us for these readings at the Brookland Visitors Center, 3420 9th Street, NE. The BVC is 1/2 block from Brookland/CUA Red Line Metro across Monroe Street, and right across 9th Street from Colonel Brooks' Tavern. This reading is free and open to all. For further information call (202) 526-1632 or email

AND…please check out our website at for addition information, fabulous-looking posters for the readings, and other Brookland Area Writers and Artists* related matters.

Sunday, July 19, 2009


Summer Issue of Beltway on It's Your Mug

Great new issue of Beltway, with photos by the incomparable Thomas Sayers Ellis!

Beltway Poetry Quarterly

A terrific new issue of Beltway Poetry Quarterly is now posted online! The IT’S YOUR MUG ANNIVERSARY ISSUE celebrates the first spoken word venue in Washington, DC, founded 15 years ago by Toni Asante Lightfoot. This special issue, guest edited by Toni Asante Lightfoot, with an introduction by Holly Bass, and photographs by Thomas Sayers Ellis, features 18 contributors, all active in the Mug Series:

Eric Antonio * Holly Bass * Toni Blackman * Jane Alberdeston Coralin * Joel Dias-Porter * Twain Dooley * Thomas Sayers Ellis * Brian Gilmore * Monica A. Hand * Reuben Jackson * Brandon D. Johnson * A. Van Jordan * Carolyn Joyner * Dehejia Maat * Ernesto Mercer * Lisa Pegram * Venus Thrash * Patrick Washington

As Holly Bass writes in the introduction: “Running from February 1, 1994 to August 20th 1996, the It's Your Mug's Tuesday night poetry reading was a community event had a lasting impact on Washington’s poetry scene. So many prize-winning books, plays, reading series, recordings and writing careers can trace their beginnings back to that humble little café. So much of DC spoken word community owes a debt to this reading series.” Holly tracks this rich history, including the artist collectives and reading series that were an outgrowth of this pioneering venue.

The issue includes 46 new poems. Read and be inspired!

Beltway Poetry Quarterly

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