These established series offer summer readings. Those noted welcome submissions from local poets. Check your nearby Borders Books & Music, Barnes & Noble, Starbucks or other coffeehouses for additional readings or open-mike nights. The Beltway Web site (, click on "Beltway") has extensive information on irregularly scheduled readings and university series resuming in the fall.

BROOKLAND -- Brookland Visitors Center, 3420 Ninth St. NE. 202-526-1632. Themed readings at 7 on the first Wednesday of every month. July 7: dogs; Aug. 4: cool; Sept. 1: historic Brookland residents. To read, submit by July 31 three of your own poems and one that influenced you by e-mail to or mail to M. Gushue, director, 3323 14th St. NE, Washington, D.C. 20017.

CAFE MUSE -- Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. 301-656-2797. Readings the third Thursday of each month at 7 feature invited poets followed by open mike. July 15: celebration of "Cabin Fever" anthology with W. Perry Epes, Anne Harding Woodworth and Brian Gilmore; Aug. 19: Rick Cannon and Sean Enright.

DC SLAM -- Teaism, 400 Eighth St. NW. 202-638-6010. Every Sunday except major holidays; sign-up at 6:30, slam readings hosted by DC/Baltimore Slam Master Delrica Andrews from 7 to 10. $5 cover charge. Check Web site for frequent updates, including details on performance by DC/Baltimore Slam Team on July 30, as that date approaches. Members of the team often appear here throughout the year.

DREAMERS -- Frederick Coffee Co., 100 N. East St., Frederick. 410-875-2411 or 301-698-0039. Weekly series features invited poet followed by open mike Wednesdays at 7:30. June 23: Linda Lerner; June 30: Alan Bogage; July 7: celebration of Charles Bukowski's work; July 14: Dianne Beverly-Patte; July 21: David Salner; July 28: Susan Rimby; Aug. 4: celebration of Sylvia Plath's work; Aug. 11: surprise poet; Aug. 18: Susan Beverly; Aug. 25: xtian (pronounced "Christian"). To be considered as invited poet, e-mail three poems to directors Susan Beverly,, or Daniel Armstrong,

FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY -- 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077 or 202-675-0374 (information)., click on "Performances and Programs." This prestigious series brings well-known poets to Washington and, with Georgetown University, often offers seminars. The series resumes in September.

GRACE CHURCH -- 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-333-7100. Readings on third Tuesday of every month at 7:30, followed by dessert and coffee. July 20: Sarah Browning; Aug. 17: Naomi Ayala and Reuben Jackson. Submission guidelines: E-mail three to five poems and brief biography to David Bujard,

IOTA CLUB & CAFE -- 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-256-9275 (series director), 703-522-8340 (cafe). Since 1994, the club holds readings at 6 on the second Sunday of every month. July 11: Rick Cannon, Billy Cannon and Lori Shpunt; Aug. 8: open mike.

JOAQUIN MILLER CABIN -- Rock Creek Park, picnic area 6, Beach Drive at Military Road overpass in Northwest Washington. 301-587-4954. Since 1976, this summer series has hosted outdoor readings on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. June 22: Celebration of "Cabin Fever," with Michael Davis, Patricia Garfinkel and Howard Gofreed; June 29: Jeanne Allen and Jo Jimenez, winners of the Young Poets Competition, with Joanna Catherine Scott; July 6: Jennifer Gresham and Ron Mohring; July 13: Jonathan Barton and David Simpson; July 20: Eric Vesper and Ernie Wormwood; July 27: James Hopkins and Judy Neri. Reception follows each reading at Parthenon Restaurant, 5510 Connecticut Ave. NW, which is also rain location. Check Web site for submission guidelines for reading and for the Young Poets Competition, drawn from area high schools; deadlines are usually in March.

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS -- Madison Building, Independence Avenue and First Street SE. Two public reading programs. Poetry and Literature series, 202-707-5394, is organized by poet laureate and resumes in October. "Poetry at Noon," 202-707-1308, is currently soliciting local poets to read during monthly series, resuming in September. Submission guidelines are on the Web site; deadline is July 3. Library of Congress and first lady Laura Bush host the annual National Book Festival, with readings and literary programs, held this year on Oct. 9.

NORA SCHOOL -- 955 Sligo Ave., Silver Spring. 301-495-6672. Now in its fifth year, the school hosts readings at 7:30 on the second Thursday of each month from September to April. To read next season, submit by July 31 five poems and a cover letter detailing poetry experience to Chris Conlon, Nora School, 955 Sligo Ave., Silver Spring, Md. 20910.

MOUNT PLEASANT NEIGHBORHOOD PUBLIC LIBRARY -- 3160 16th St. NW 202-671-0200. Punto Vivo series welcomes submissions this summer for next season. Send three to five poems to Naomi Ayala, series director, Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20010.

TAKOMA PARK LIBRARY -- Fifth and Cedar streets NW. 202-576-7252. July 13 at 7 p.m.: teen slam. Reading series accepts submissions in late August; call then for more details.


ACADEMY OF AMERICAN POETS -- 588 Broadway, Suite 604, New York. 212-274-0343. The largest organization in the country devoted solely to poetry. Includes information on National Poetry Month in April, established in 1996.

"ALL THE STORIES ARE TRUE" -- Anacostia Museum, 1901 Fort Place SE. 202-287-3306. Open daily from 10 to 5 except Christmas Day. Running through Dec. 31, this exhibit, guest-curated by poet E. Ethelbert Miller, features nine African American authors, including locals Kenneth Carroll, Eloise Greenfield and Dolores Kendrick, the District's poet laureate. Included are books, drafts, videotaped interviews, awards -- all giving a sense of the writers' working life. Special programs include one-woman theatrical show on Harriet Tubman's life June 26 at 1; open-mike slams hosted by Carroll at 7:30 July 9, 16, 23 and 30; and writing and illustrating workshop for children July 1 from 10:30 to noon. Check Web site for additional children's programs.

BELTWAY -- (click on "Beltway"). This online poetry journal edited by Kim Roberts features poems by locals. "Poetry News" and "Links" sections include information on local readings, classes, books by area poets and lists of regional and national grants, prizes and conferences. Submissions by invitation only, with new poets featured every three months. The summer issue, launching July 1, includes Cornelius Eady, Sarah Browning, Gary Stein and Teri Ellen Cross.

CHAPTERS, A LITERARY BOOKSTORE -- 445 11th St. NW. 202-737-5553. About one-third of stock devoted to poetry and literary criticism. July 16 at 7: Natasha Saje. The Variable Foot Poetry Salon at 5 p.m. discusses John Berryman July 25 and Anne Carson's translations of Sappho Aug. 22. Check the Web site in September for details of annual D.C. International Poetry Festival in November.

DC WRITERSCORPS -- 2437 15th St. NW, third floor. 202-332-2848. Under this program, poet-teachers lead weekly workshops at D.C. public middle schools. DC WritersCorps organizes the Youth Poetry Slam League, which gives kids at each of the DC WritersCorps schools a chance throughout the year to participate in slams (friendly poetry performance competitions) at Borders Books & Music stores and other venues. The program oversees the teen-run radio program "2kNation," Sunday evenings from 7 to 8 on WPFW (89.3 FM).

FAVORITE POEM PROJECT -- Features videos of readings, poems and poetry lesson plans, which grew out of the national project initiated by Robert Pinsky during his term as poet laureate from 1997 to 2000.

GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY EXTENDED STUDIES ENROLLMENT -- 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 703-993-2400. The university offers an undergraduate sequence of three courses in poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction to those with at least 24 semester hours of college-level work and a grade-point average of 2.4 or better. Graduate classes also available.

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY CONTINUING EDUCATION -- 1437 37th St. NW, Poulton Hall, second floor. 202-687-5942. Poetry and creative-writing classes offered in summer, fall and spring sessions. Summer sessions started last week so there may still be openings.

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. MEMORIAL LIBRARY -- Literature Division, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-1281. July 13 at 7: Poets Bernadette Geyer and Mel Belin and fiction writer Peter Brown read from work recently published in Minimus, a literary journal. Library hosts citywide festival for National Poetry Month in April.

"MUSE 'TIL MIDNIGHT" -- Poetry radio show at 11 p.m. Sundays on WLG Radio (1360 AM).

NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS -- Nancy Hanks Center, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-682-5400. Several poetry and writing programs. "Shakespeare in American Communities" brings professional theater productions of Shakespeare's plays to 100 small communities across the country and 16 military bases and makes available educational materials on the Bard for classroom use (teachers can register at the Web site). "Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience" gives U.S. military personnel and their families the opportunity to write about their wartime experiences and participate in workshops led by prominent writers. With Mexico and various embassies, NEA is working on a bilingual poetry anthology and reading series. NEA organizes the poetry pavilion at the annual National Book Festival, hosted by the Library of Congress and held this year on Oct. 9.

PROVISIONS LIBRARY -- 1611 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-232-0304. Open Tuesday through Friday from 11 to 9, weekends from 11 to 4. The extensive art and story collection focuses on work by indigenous people around the world. Frequently held literary programs and exhibits feature artists and writers drawn from the collection and explore social change. Check Web site to stay updated on readings.

WRITER'S CENTER -- 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda. 301-654-8664. Numerous poetry and creative-writing workshops for all ages offered during summer, fall, winter and spring sessions at locations in Bethesda, Arlington, Leesburg and Queen Anne's County, Md. June 27: open-mike poetry and prose reading, with sign-up at 6:30 and readings at 7. Week-long seminars for middle-schoolers and teenagers during the summer. Many of the various summer sessions just started so there may still be time to register. Check Web site for listing of classes and status (whether filled or open). Readings often feature poetry. Poet Lore, the country's oldest ongoing literary journal, publishes semiannually out of the Writer's Center. Check for submission guidelines and subscription information.

WORD WORKS -- P.O. Box 42164, Washington, D.C. 20015. Contact by e-mail at This nonprofit literary organization and small press publishes poetry (53 volumes since 1974) and awards the national Washington Prize ($1,500 and publication) annually to a submitted manuscript of poems. Submission guidelines available on Web site, with deadline of early March. Word Works also oversees the Cafe Muse and Miller Cabin reading series. It published and makes available "Cabin Fever" ($20), an anthology of poetry at the cabin from 1984 to 2001. On July 10 from 10 to 3, president Karren Alenier teaches a "Poetry on Stage" workshop for ages 16 and up at the BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. $60. For details or to register, contact 240-912-1053 or