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

date
Aug 16 2017
Split This Rock hosts FREE Writing Workshops

Split This Rock hosts FREE bi-monthly writing workshops for experienced and aspiring poets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month. All ages are welcome; no need to RSVP. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more information.

6:30pm
1301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 600
20036 Washington, District Of Columbia
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.

 

5:00pm
2021 14th Street NW
20009 Washington, District Of Columbia
Aug 13 2017
Youth Open Mic

Held monthly on the 2nd Sunday of every month at 5pm - Busboys and Poets, 4251 S. Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206.  Youth-focused and youth-led, Youth Open Mic is a monthly series that features student poets, singers, musicians, and actors from the DC/Maryland/Virginia area. Middle school and high school students are encouraged to come share their art in our supportive, progressive, artistic atmosphere. Youth Open Mic is presented by Busboys and Poets in partnership with DC Youth Slam Team and Split This Rock.  Hosted by Split This Rock.  Sponsored by Split This Rock and Busboys and Poets. Visit Busboys and Poets website for more info and tickets.

5:00pm
4251 S. Campbell Avenue
22206 Arlington, District Of Columbia

recent & featured listings

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Poetry-Friendly Bookstore Busboys and Poets 5th & K District of Columbia
Poetry-Friendly Bookstore Busboys and Poets 14th & V District of Columbia
Poetry-Friendly Bookstore Bridge Street Books District of Columbia
Poetry-Friendly Bookstore Books for America District of Columbia
Small Press Aerial/Edge District of Columbia
Writing Program D.C. Creative Writing Workshop District of Columbia
Poetry-Friendly Bookstore Politics and Prose District of Columbia
Poetry-Friendly Bookstore Riverby Books District of Columbia

poems

poem
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
poem
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
poem
Ah, not this marble, dead and cold:  
Far from its base and shaft expanding—the round zones circling, 
         comprehending, 
 
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