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Aug 20 2017

Sunday Kind of Love

Sunday Kind of Love offers a monthly stage for emerging and established poets from the Washington, D.C. area and around the nation, including featured performers and an open mic. Taking place at Busboys and Poets on 14th and V NW, tickets are $5 for this upcoming performance, featuring Alan King and Zahara Heckscher. More information can be found on the event’s Facebook page.

 

Admission fee: $5.00
5:00pm
Busboys and Poets
2021 14th Street NW
20009 Washington, District Of Columbia
Aug 20 2017

Women of Verse (Denver)

Khadijah Queen is the author of five books, including I’m So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On (YesYes Books 2017), and a verse play, Non-Sequitur, which won the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Performance Writers. Fiona Templeton’s The Relationship theater company staged a full production in December 2015 at Theaterlab NYC. Individual poems and prose appear in Fence, Tin House, ​Gulf Coast, ​DIAGRAM, Fire & Ink: A Social Action Anthology, and widely elsewhere. ​She is core faculty for the Mile-High MFA program at Regis University.​
 
Sommer Browning writes poems, draws drawings, and tells jokes in Denver. She’s the other of, most recently, the poetry chapbook, WANT TO HEAR ABOUT THIS DREAM I HAD (Reality Beach, 2016) and Everything But Sex (Low Frequency Press, 2017), a collection of comics. She’s a librarian. 
 
Ahja Fox currently resides in  Aurora with her husband and her baby cousin whom she considers her own. She graduated this past Spring from Arapahoe Community College with an A.A with Creative Writing Emphasis. While attending ACC, she acted as Writer’s Studio Student Club President for four semesters and also received the 2016 Writer’s Studio Scholarship. Right before graduating, she received her first publication in the Arapahoe Pinnacle and then gained publication right after in the 2017 Progenitor Art & Literary Journal. Now that she has graduated, she is a co-partner/co-host for Art of Storytelling and is working on a collaboration with her artist husband. Ahja’s long-term goals are to publish in various writing sources, finish producing at least one book draft, and to open a dance studio that caters to children and the disabled.
6:00pm
BookBar
4280 Tennyson St
80212 Denver, Colorado
Aug 21 2017

NY Writers Coalition Drop-In Workshop

Are you working on a memoir, poem, or story and looking for some friendly feedback? Maybe you just want to put pen to paper and see what happens. Join NY Writers Coalition for a free community workshop! This writing group is open to writers of all genres — poetry, fiction, memoir, and anything else — and even to those who think they've never written before! Writing supplies will be provided, so just bring yourself. All levels of experience are welcome. No advanced sign-up is necessary.
 
3:00pm
Central Library, Room 214
10 Grand Army Plaza
11238 Brooklyn, New York
Aug 21 2017

Dudley Poetry Club Summer Workshop

Writers Without Margins hosts a poetry workshop at the Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library on the third Monday of each month during the summer. In each meeting, poets bring new work to share and receive feedback. Feedback centers on the aspects of the poem that are working, places where the poem is unclear, and suggestions for revision. All levels are welcome. You do not need to bring a poem to participate. The workshop is facilitated by Pamela Taylor, a Cave Canem fellow and graduate of Vermont College of Fine Arts low-residency MFA in Writing program.
 
Contact: info@bpl.org
6:00pm
Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library
65 Warren Street
02119 Roxbury, Massachusetts
Aug 21 2017

Poetry Atlanta presents Franklin Abbott

Poetry Atlanta presents another evening of poetry, featuring poet Franklin Abbott.

7:15pm
Georgia Center for the Book
215 Sycamore St
30030 Decatur, Georgia
Aug 22 2017

Poetry Workshop

Study poetry and get feedback on your own. 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, 6:30pm to 8pm, at the NAMI-NYC Metro office.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City (NAMI-NYC Metro) is a grassroots organization that provides support, education, and advocacy for families and individuals of all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds who live with mental illness.

6:30pm
NAMI-NYC Metro
505 Eighth Avenue, Suite 1103
10018-4541 New York, New York
Aug 23 2017

Poets & Writers' Los Angeles Literary Roundtable Meeting

Please join us for the next Poets & Writers’ Los Angeles Literary Roundtable Meeting hosted by Art Share L.A.
 
This informal meeting is a great opportunity to connect with fellow presenters, presses, teachers, and writers. Roundtable Meetings bring together people from all areas of the literary community to share ideas, news, and resources. It's also a chance to learn more about P&W and how our Readings & Workshops program might support your literary events. We are pleased to have Joe Smoke, Grants Administration Division Director at the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) as our guest speaker. Joe will speak about the grant programs offered by the DCA and answer questions from the group. Please RSVP to jfitzgerald@pw.org to reserve your seat.
 
This meeting is made possible by support from the California Arts Council, a state agency.
10:30am
Art Share L.A.
801 East 4th Place
90013 Los Angeles, California
Aug 23 2017

Mathilde Blind: Radical Victorian Feminist

Join Charis in welcoming Agnes Scott College Professor of English, James Diedrick, as he shares his groundbreaking critical biography of the German-born British poet Mathilde Blind (1841–1896)—a freethinking radical feminist. Born to politically radical parents, by the time she was thirty, Blind had become a pioneering female aesthete in a mostly male community of writers, painters, and critics, including Algernon Charles Swinburne, William Morris, Ford Madox Brown, William Michael Rossetti, and Richard Garnett. By the 1880s she was widely recognized for a body of writing that engaged contemporary issues (such as the Woman Question, the forced eviction of Scottish tenant farmers in the Highland Clearances, and Darwin’s evolutionary theory), and she subsequently emerged as a prominent voice and indeed a leader among New Woman writers at the end of the century, including Mona Caird, Rosamund Marriott Watson, and Katharine Tynan. She also developed important associations with leading male decadent writers of the fin de siècle, most notably Oscar Wilde and Arthur Symons. Despite her extensive contributions to Victorian debates on aesthetics, religion, nationhood, imperialism, gender, and sexuality, however, Blind has yet to receive the prominence she deserves in studies of the period. As the first full-length biography of this trailblazing woman of letters, With Mathilde Blind: Late-Victorian Culture and the Woman of Letters,  underscores the importance of her poetry and her critical writings (her work on Shelley, biographies of George Eliot and Madame Roland, and her translations of Feuerbach and Bashkirtseff) for the literature and culture of the fin de siècle. 
 
This is a Charis Circle Founding the Future of Feminism Event. The suggested donation is $5.

 

Admission fee: $5.00
7:30pm
Charis Books and More
1189 Euclid Avenue NE
30307 Atlanta, Georgia
Aug 24 2017

Poetry Flash presents Melba Joyce Boyd, M.L. Liebler, and Brian Jabas Smith

Poet, editor, and professor Melba Joyce Boyd’s book, Wrestling with the Muse: Dudley Randall and the Broadside Press, is a tribute to Dudley Randall (1914-2000) with whom she worked as an editor at Broadside Press and whose authorized biographer she became. Randall was poet laureate of Detroit, a civil rights activist, and a force in the Black Arts Movement. Two of his poems, one for the four little girls killed in the Alabama church bombing in Birmingham, one for the assassination of President Kennedy, were set to music by folk singer Jerry Moore in 1965. Randall published them as broadsides, so the press, publishing chapbooks that opened out the work of African American writers into the canon of American literature, was born. Boyd’s book, connecting politics and art with the wider struggles of black America in that era, is also a dialogue between poets and includes extensive interviews. She, herself, has published six books of poetry, edited an anthology of Detroit poetry, written scholarly books, and produced and directed a documentary film on Randall and the press.
 
M.L. Liebler is a celebrated poet, literary arts activist, and professor. Most recent of his many books of poetryis I Want to Be Once; others include The Moon a Box and Written in Rain: New and Selected Poems, 1985-2000. He’s edited many books, ranging across labor politics, music, and poetry, and his brand new one is Heaven Was Detroit: From Jazz to Hip-Hop and Beyond, with a wide range of contributors, including Greil Marcus and Al Young.
 
Brian Jabas Smith’s debut book of fiction is Spent Saints & Other Stories. Jim Daniels says, “In these fine stories, Brian Smith’s direct, natural, story-telling voice rocks with the authority and grit of someone who’s been there and come back to tell the tale.” Smith is an award-winning journalist, first as a staff writer and columnist for the Phoenix New Times and then as an editor for the Detroit Metro Times. His earlier career was as a songwriter who fronted rock’n’roll bands. He’s written for many performers, including Alice Cooper.
7:30pm
Moe's Books
2476 Telegraph Ave
94704 Berkeley, California
Aug 24 2017

An Evening with the Women of Color Writers' Workshop

Featuring WOC writers including Celeste Baker, Shubha Bala, Carmen Bardeguez-Brown, Kim Brandon, Annette Leach, Rosita Libre, OyaBisi, Jessica Paloma, Rachelle Parker, Kailee Pederson, Raquel Penzo, Cynthia Roby, Luvon Roberson, Tracie Spellman, and Susan Yung.
 
In 1999, writer and activist Bisi Ideraabdullah created the Women of Color Writers (WOC) Workshop in a storefront on Fifth Avenue in South Brooklyn. The WOC Writers Community is now a global collective of women writers, and their forthcoming anthology Boundaries & Borders will feature writing from women across the globe. WOC Writers promotes the rights of women of color to be seen and heard through their literary voices, and helps women build their writing skills and confidence, as well as providing opportunities for publication and performance of their work. This evening WOC Writers participants share their recent work, followed by a festive wine reception. Check back at our website for updates on the full lineup!
7:30pm
Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton Street
11217 Brooklyn, New York

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