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Jun 03 2019

Cafe Muse: Lisa Lewis & Margaret Mackinnon

Poets Lisa Lewis and Margaret Mackinnon will read from their work, and an open mic will follow. The evening starts with classical guitar by Michael C. Davis and includes refreshments, followed by the featured readers at 7:30 pm. The Writer’s Center is about a 10-minute walk from Metro Rail’s Bethesda stop on the Red Line. It is handicap accessible. There is ample, meter-fed or pay-by-app parking on a lot across the street.
 
Cafe Muse is a longstanding, monthly reading series in downtown Bethesda, MD, featuring widely recognized poets. It is sponsored by The Word Works (www.wordworksbooks.org) and hosted by The Writer's Center (www.writer.org). The Word Works is a non-profit literary organization publishing contemporary poetry, including translations, and sponsoring programs and contests for more than 40 years. The Writer’s Center has been hosting and providing literary porgrams and workshops in the Washington DC area since 1976.
 
7:00pm to 9:00pm
The Writer's Center Bethesda
4508 Walsh St
20815 Bethesda, Maryland
May 30 2019

Hands on Stanzas

Join the Chicago Poetry Center to celebrate a year of student poetry. The event, in which participants from elementary and middle school grades read original poems on stage, features teachers and students from each poet-in-residence classroom. The CPC's Hands on Stanzas program places Chicago poets/teaching artists in Chicago public school classrooms to spend a full year reading, writing, discussing, and performing poetry with students.
 
Readers include Rosanna Warren, Angela Jackson, Calvin Forbes, Christina Pugh, Chris Green, Tony Trigilio, Simone Meunch, Erika T. Wurth, Valerie Wallace, Helen Spica, Sebastian Bitticks, and Phillip James Cozzi.
 
7:00pm
Poetry Foundation
61 W Superior St
60654 Chicago, Illinois
May 23 2019

The Eloquent Poem Book Launch

From the New York Times best-selling anthologist Elise Paschen comes The Eloquent Poem, a groundbreaking collection of new poems by 128 contemporary poets. Join us for the launch of this extraordinary volume. It is organized into sections according to poetic approach—some formal, some occasional, and includes contributor stories about the inspiration behind each poem.
 
Readers include Rosanna Warren, Angela Jackson, Calvin Forbes, Christina Pugh, Chris Green, Tony Trigilio, Simone Meunch, Erika T. Wurth, Valerie Wallace, Helen Spica, Sebastian Bitticks, and Phillip James Cozzi.
 
7:00pm
Poetry Foundation
61 W Superior St
60654 Chicago, Illinois
May 21 2019

Open Door Series: Leila A. Wilson & Rachel Jamison Webster

The Open Door series presents work from Chicago’s new and emerging poets and highlights the area’s outstanding writing programs. Each hour-long event features readings by two Chicagoland writing program instructors and two of their current or recent students. This month’s reading features Leila A. Wilson and her student, and Rachel Jamison Webster and student Ella Lombard.

7:00pm
Poetry Foundation
61 W Superior St
60654 Chicago, Illinois
May 18 2019

Poetry off the Shelf: Strike A Match: Mahogany L. Browne

Join Mahogany L. Browne, author of Black Girl Magic and artistic director of Urban Word NYC, and a roster of artists and community organizers for workshops, discussions, and a reading in resistance of the machine of incarceration in the United States prison system. The day includes exhibitors Young Chicago Authors, the Prison + Neighborhood Art Project, Haymarket Books, and the Arts for Social Justice Fund. Readers include Eve L. Ewing, Terrance Hayes, Aja Monet, Jive Poetic, and Patricia Smith.
 
6:00pm
Poetry Foundation
61 W Superior St
60654 Chicago, Illinois

poems

poem

The American middle class is screwed again but they don’t know it.
Politics is a gleaming nowhere. Žižek fantasizes about Capitalism’s
inevitable end. Reviewers want these poems to be more hopeful.

poem
Rain interchangeable with
the walls it falls against
alphabetless like a neon
ring above an extincted
window showcasing something
formerly fabulous now
kinda poignantly disappeared.
I guess that means we're back
in Seaside (since we must
begin somewhere) and it's
probably summer but
can't be as long ago
as the
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