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Looking for the next big thing in D.C. poetry? Washington's original slam champion Silvana Straw would like to direct your attention to . . . Henry Mills. You can catch the University of Maryland senior, whose spoken-word art explores his background as a Salvadoran American Jew, on April 27 at 9 p.m. at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638 or http://www.busboysandpoets.com.

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Mills also performs with an experimental hip-hop group, Bullfight Academy. Information about upcoming Bullfight Academy shows is available at http://www.myspace.com/henrymills. For more poetry events, read on.

Other Places You Can Step Up to the Mike

Guerrilla Poetry Insurgency Socially conscious poetry is the subject of choice at this Adams Morgan open mike, which has room for 15 to 18 poets each month. Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. and continuing the second Monday of each month. Bossa This Tuesday-night staple features poetry -- heavy on spoken word -- and chances to see budding talents sing and rap to beats provided by Mambo Sauce. Show starts at 9 p.m. Tuesdays at Liv at Bohemian Caverns, 2003 11th St. NW. 202-299-0800. http://www.bohemiancaverns.com. Free before 8 p.m.; $5 after.

Where to Catch a Reading

The @ttic This monthly event puts an emphasis on nationally known spoken-word artists and a happy-hour vibe (with a small open-mike list). Friday's event celebrates Women's History Month, so the bill is packed with ladies, including host Rebecca Dupas and featured poet Georgia Me. The @ttic is held the first Friday of each month at Station 9, 1438 U St. NW. $10 before 8 p.m. if you are on the guest list (RSVP to http://info@benyb-ent.com); $15 after 8 p.m. http://www.benyb-ent.com.

The Open Door Reading Series This casual Sunday afternoon reading typically pairs a poet and an author whose work has a unifying theme; the next event is Sunday at 2 p.m., with Nancy Naomi Carlson and Dora Malech reading from their own and others' work. There will be an open mike April 11. The Writer's Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda. 301-654-8664. http://www.writer.org. Free.

NEA Poetry Out Loud Finals The national student competition has children reciting poetry in the spoken-word/slam style; the D.C. finals, hosted by hot local rapper Tabi Bonney and featuring The Poem-Cees and Elizabeth Acevedo, are Monday at 5:30 p.m. GALA Hispanic Theatre, 1333 14th St. NW. Free but RSVP required by Friday to ebony.blanks@dc.gov.

Poetry in the Morning Bring whatever you'd like to read for this eye-opening event. As host Dejean says, "Whatever you have to say, before work and school, on a Monday, is poetry." Beginning March 15, Mondays from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. (Yes, that's a.m.) Bloombars. 3222 11th St NW. 202-285-0448. http://www.bloombars.com. Free.

Folger Poetry The Folger's occasional series brings in the creme de la creme of the so-called "page poets." On May 3 at 7:30 p.m., W.S. Merwin will read from his collection "The Shadow of Sirius," his 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of poetry. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. http://www.folger.edu. $12.

Library of Congress Regularly scheduled poetry events include lunch-hour as well as evening readings. Big events this season include Shakespeare's Birthday Reading on April 20 at noon and the May 20 visit by Poet Laureate Kay Ryan. 10 First St. SE. 202-707-5000. http://www.loc.gov/poetry. Free.

In Your Ear The D.C. Arts Center's reading series specializes in experimental poetry and brings in featured poets the third Sunday of the month. 3 p.m. D.C. Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833. http://www.dcartscenter.org. $5; DCAC members, free.

Additional Resources

-- Beltway Poetry Quarterly http://www.beltwaypoetry.com.

-- D.C. Poetry http://www.dcpoetry.com.

-- Locuspoint http://www.locuspoint.org.

-- Poet Lore http://www.poetlore.com.

-- Poetry Daily http://www.poems.com.


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