Please join poets Ann Bracken, Cherryl T. Cooley, Vivek Narayanan, Matthew Ratz, Sarah Ann Winn, and myself for a Poetry Reading and Open Mic at Chesapeake Framing and Art Gallery in Downtown Crown in Gaithersburg, MD–September, 3-5 pm.
I am super excited to be part of the lineup for the next Inner Loop reading at the Colony Club in Washington, DC on August 15th along with Meg Eden Kuyatt, Timothy DeLizza, and Anthony Dobranski reading fiction, Andrew Tran, Toni Tileva, and Michelle Junot reading non-fiction, and Rosa Pyo, Nicole Tong and yours truly reading poetry.
The reading is from 7:30-10 pm and the Colony Club is located at 3118 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010, come join us!
Many thanks to Serena Agusto-Cox for her followup article about sharing her poetry at the first Gaithersburg Poetry Reading in June. It’s a gutsy piece and I’m sure a lot of poets (and anyone who presents their work to an audience) can relate to what she says.
And very belatedly, many thanks to Culture Spot and The Town Courier for their wonderful feature pieces about our inaugural reading. Thanks as well to Beltway Poetry, The Writer’s Center, the Washington Post, and other publications that kindly listed the reading on their community calendars.
Our poetry reading on June 11th at The Gallery at Chesapeake Framing was a huge success. Many thanks to Mary Jo Moon and Rachel Payne at Chesapeake for offering us such a fabulous venue, and to all the poets, Gregory Luce, Leeya Mehta, Serena Agusto-Cox, Donald Illich, and Katherine E. Young and Marysol Hohl, as well as everyone who read at the open mic.
If you were not able to attend the reading, you can now enjoy it via video, courtesy of Serena’s husband Cris who had a camera rolling. I had the pleasure to introduce all of the other readers, so I kept my own reading short, you can find it at the 10 minute mark on the third video.
We anticipate doing another reading in the fall, if you are interested in being a featured reader, please contact me.
Many thanks to One Sentence Poems for publishing my poem, Penn Station. I’d excerpt it here but it’s a bit short for that. Let’s just say that I managed to discuss trains, quinoa, and piss in one sentence.
We had a great time at the Gaithersburg Book Festival this year! So proud of the teens from the Gaithersburg Teen Writing Club, which I co-mentor, for their flawless introduction of authors Meg Medina and Christine Kendall.
The creative writing workshop that I led with Robin Stevens Payes and Neal P. Gillen, who also mentor MWA teen writing clubs, was fantastic. We had good attendance and the kids responded with great enthusiasm to the prompts that we gave them. Many thanks to Pam Schipper from the Town Courier for featuring our workshop in her coverage of GBF!
Many thanks to Ground Fresh Thursday for including two of my poems, A Contemplation of Succulence in Sonora, and End/Beginning, in the latest issue of their print journal.
Many thanks to Indolent Books for publishing my poem, Beautiful Children as part of their What Rough Beasts series. The poem was written in response to our fearless leader’s statement that he bombed Syria because of the alleged chemical weapons attacks on “beautiful children”. If saving beautiful children is our litmus test for bombing attacks, we might want to start at home. Read the poem.
I am delighted to be offering a Creative Writing For Teens workshop at the 2017 Gaithersburg (MD) Book Festival: May 20 from 4:00-5:00 at the Children’s Village Workshop Tent:
Using participatory writing prompts, teen writers will have an opportunity to experience and learn more about how workshopping techniques can assist them in their creative writing. They will have a chance to share their work and get feedback as time allows. They will receive information about MWA’s teen writing clubs which are offered without cost at libraries throughout the state as well as other resources to further their writing.
The workshop is free and open to all teens and a great chance to find out more about the ongoing MWA teen writing clubs and the experience of being a writer.