District of Columbia

Appointed Poet Laureate of the District of Columbia on May 14, 1999, Dolores Kendrick follows Sterling A. Brown as the second poet honored with the title.

upcoming events

Sep 02 2017
2017 National Book Festival
This year’s festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 2, from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 9 a.m.), at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
Kwame Alexander, poet, educator and recipient of the 2015 Newbery Medal for “most distinguished contribution to American literature for children,” speaking with co-author Mary Rand Hess about their new book “Solo,” a young-adult novel written in verse.
Fiction and Poetry: Megan Abbott, Elliot Ackerman, Chris Bohjalian, Dan Chaon, Ernest Gaines, Julia Glass, Juan Felipe Herrera, Peter Ho Davies, Katie Kitamura, Lisa Ko, Hari Kunzru, Ha Jin, Alice McDermott, Karin Slaughter, Elizabeth Strout, Colm Toíbín, Scott Turow, Jesmyn Ward, Don Winslow, Juan Gabriel Vásquez
801 Mt Vernon Pl NW
20001 Washington, District Of Columbia

recent & featured listings

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Festival Parkmont Poetry Festival District of Columbia
Reading Series Folger Poetry Series District of Columbia
Reading Series Lannan Literary Programs District of Columbia
Reading Series Bridge Street Books Reading Series District of Columbia
Writing Program American University District of Columbia
Writing Program D.C. Creative Writing Workshop District of Columbia
Landmark Washington Museum of Russian Poetry and Music District of Columbia
Landmark The American Writers Museum District of Columbia
Small Press Washington Writers' Publishing House District of Columbia
Small Press Aerial/Edge District of Columbia


Ah, not this marble, dead and cold:  
Far from its base and shaft expanding—the round zones circling, 
Thou, Washington, art all the world's, the continents' entire— 
         not yours alone, America, 
Europe's as well, in every part, castle of lord or laborer's cot,  
Or frozen
Your door is shut against my tightened face,
And I am sharp as steel with discontent;
But I possess the courage and the grace
To bear my anger proudly and unbent.
The pavement slabs burn loose beneath my feet,
And passion rends my vitals as I pass,
A chafing savage, down the decent street;
Where boldly shines
It was the summer of Chandra Levy, disappearing
       from Washington D.C., her lover a Congressman, evasive
              and blow-dried from Modesto, the TV wondering

in every room in America to an image of her tight jeans and piles
       of curls frozen in a studio pose. It was the summer the only