National Poetry Month

A Weekly Roundup to Mark the Celebration

Sunday, April 13, 2008


7 P.M. Poets Sarah Arvio ( Sono: Cantos), Joseph Harrison ( Identity Theft), Mary Jo Salter ( A Phone Call to the Future: New and Selected Poems), Mark Strand ( Man and Camel) and Greg Williamson ( A Most Marvelous Piece of Luck) read from their work at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. The monthly POESIS series features readings by poets Patricia Gray, Rosemary Winslow and Christina Wos-Donnelly, along with music by Shep Williams and friends, at Borders Books-Pentagon Centre, 1201 S. Hayes St., Arlington, Va., 703-418-0166.

7:30 P.M. The American Poetry Museum hosts an open mic poetry series, "Intersections," the first and third Wednesday of the month at the Honfleur Gallery, 1241 Good Hope Rd. SE. Visit or call 202-889-5000, ext. 141 for details.


Noon. The "Poetry at Noon" series at the Library of Congress hosts Poem in Your Pocket Day, the chance for those attending to read a selection of verse if they can show a published poem (not your own) at the door of the Pickford Theater, James Madison Bldg., 101 Independence Ave. SE. This event is part of the Academy of American Poets' National Poetry Month celebration. Call 202-707-5394 for details.

7 P.M. Olsson's Books in Old Town (106 S. Union St., Alexandria, Va.) hosts another open mic reading in honor of National Poetry Month. Call 703-684-0077 for details.

7:30 P.M. The series "Art with a Twist," combining artful dialogue and social mixing (cocktail reception) for young professionals, presents a reading by D.C. Poets Against the War contributors Kyle Dargan, Susan Tichy and Melissa Tuckey at the Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE), 12001 Market St. in Reston Town Center, Reston, Va. This event is in conjunction with the politically-charged exhibit, "Conflict," currently on view until May 3. Admission is $20 for the general public, $15 for GRACE members; for complete details and to register, call 703-471-9242 or e-mail

8 P.M. Award-winning poet Jane Shore, author of the new collection A Yes-or-No Answer, reads from her work as part of the Jenny McKean Moore Reading Series at George Washington University, Marvin Center amphitheater, 800 21st St. NW, 202-994-6180.


8:30 P.M. As part of the Bethesda Literary Festival, the Writer's Center is hosting a reading with poets E. Ethelbert Miller (How We Sleep on the Nights We Don't Make Love), Stanley Plumly ( Old Heart: Poems and the forthcoming Posthumous Keats) and Myra Sklarew ( Lithuania: New and Selected Poems). Visit for details.


1 P.M. Veneta Masson reads from and signs her new book of poetry, Clinician's Guide to the Soul, at the Potter's House, 1658 Columbia Rd. NW. Rachel Dickerson, whose art appears in the book, will also attend. Call 202-232-5483.

2 P.M. The Greenbelt Writers Group marks National Poetry Month with a reading by its members, an open mic forum and a bit of music and song at the Greenbelt Branch Public Library, 11 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt, Md., 301-345-5800.

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