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Spring 2018 DC Poet Project

Day Eight

Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 2:00 PM - Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 4:00 PM (EST)

Spring 2018 DC Poet Project

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Final Event Ticket - May 5th, 2pm Anacostia Library
At the Anacostia Branch Library, May 5th 2:00-4:00pm. At the end the audience live votes to select a winner, who receives a book contract including $500 dollar cash award.
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The DC Poet Project is a reading series with connected open mic competition. In the opening events of the series, top local poets selected five finalists, who will compete in the final event for YOUR vote to be selected winner of the 2018 DC Poet Project.

Congratulations to the finalists: John Johnson, Aiyi'nah Ford, Shaquetta Nelson, Jeffrey Banks, and Monica Leak!

Date and Time: Saturday May 5, 2:00-4:00 pm

Location: the Anacostia Branch Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd SE, Washington, DC 20020

The finalists were selected at open mic events by featuring poets Abdul Ali, Ethelbert Miller, Alan King, Regie Cabico, Jonathan Katz, Susan Meehan, Rose Strode, and Michael Cameron. Gregory Luce is the Reading Series Director. Read below for more information about earlier events in the series.

At the culminating event, each finalist will read their poetry for fifteen minutes, and the audience will then live vote to select the winner.

The DC Poet Project was created by the non-profit Day Eight – www.DayEight.org - through funding from the DC Arts Commission, and partnership with the DC Public Library, Upshur Street Books, American Poetry Museum, and Brink Media.

This event will sell out – if you want to attend we recommend reserving your free tickets for this event.

To read more about the selected finalists, click here to view a blog post with their bios on the Day Eight website. 

  *** SPRING 2018 PAST EVENTS SUMMARY  ***

A. Saturday February 17 at the Anacostia Library, 2:00–3:30 pm Featuring poets Susan Meehan, Rose Strode, and Michael Cameron (finalists from the competition last year.)

B. Saturday March 3 at the Anacostia Library, 2:00–3:30 pm Free poetry workshop for adults and seniors with Regie Cabico

C. Saturday March 17 at the R.I.S.E. Center, 2:30–5:00 pm A SPECIAL EVENT IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE ANACOSTIA COORDINATING COUNCIL: Community or Chaos - a Poetry Reading and Open Mic featuring poets Regie Cabico and Anne Becker  [ *Note: this event time and location are different from other events.* ] 

D. Saturday March 31 - Special Event with WE ACT RADIO 1918 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE, 2:00-3:30 pm Featuring poets Abdul Ali and Jonathan Katz.

E. Saturday April 14 at the Anacostia Library, 2:00-3:30 pm Featuring poets Ethelbert Miller and Alan King

 

   *** SPRING 2018 PAST EVENTS DETAIL, INCLUDING FEATURING POET BIOS ***

Event A Details:  Poetry Reading and Open Mic Competition with Susan Meehan, Rose Strode, and Michael Cameron

Date and Time: Saturday February 17, 2:00–3:30 pm 

Location: the Anacostia Branch Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd SE, Washington, DC 20020

Are you a poet? Come read at the open mic Saturday February 17th for a chance at a hundred dollar cash prize, and selection as a finalist in the DC Poet Project! Listen to poets Susan Meehan, Michael Cameron, and Rose Strode read their work, and stay to read your own poetry, and listen to other local poets read theirs.

At the end, Ms. Meehan, Ms. Strode, and Mr. Cameron will select one open mic reader “the winner”, and award a one hundred dollar cash prize! The winner will be invited to compete in the final “DC Poet Project” event, May 5th, for a chance to have their book published, and receive a $500 dollar cash prize.

ABOUT POETS SUSAN MEEHAN, ROSE STRODE, and MICHAEL CAMERON

Susan Meehan was the winner of the 2017 DC Poet Project. She grew up on Long Island’s North Shore during World War II, and after graduating from Wellesley College and completing graduate school in Politics at Boston University, she worked for the Governor of Massachusetts until moving to Washington, D.C. For more than fourty years, Susan and her husband have lived in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. After the riots when Martin Luther King was killed, Susan was elected to the new Police Community Relations board, chaired by Marion Barry, and subsequently served as his director of constituent services for Ward 2. Mayor Barry later appointed her to serve as DC’s first citywide Patient Advocate for persons in drug or alcohol treatment. Susan also served 12 years as an elected-at-large member of the DC Democratic State Committee, and 12 years as the first Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in her Dupont Circle neighborhood. She represents a Quaker point of view on the DC Council of Churches, and is its Vice President.

Michael Cameron was a finalist in the 2017 running of the DC Poet Project. He was born in Ft. Worth, Texas, has been writing in his head for years, but only recently began writing in a notebook. He is a chef, currently obtaining a Commercial Drivers License, and loves artistic expression.

Rose Strode was a finalist in the 2017 running of the DC Poet Project. She received the Undiscovered Voices Fellowship from The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland in 2014, and in 2017 received a scholarship from the Key West Literary Society and was selected to participate in the Jenny McKean Moore Workshop at George Washington University. Rose’s poems have appeared in Poet Lore, Sequestrum, and Bourgeon. Her essays have been published by The Gettysburg Review, Little Patuxent Review, Delmarva Review, and Viator. When not writing or teaching Rose gardens at a Buddhist Temple, and explores the woods with her dog. She is a Master Gardener, and horticulturist in training.

Event B Details:  Poetry Workshop with Regie Cabico

Date and time: Saturday March 3 Time: 2:00–3:30 pm

Location: the Anacostia Branch Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd SE, Washington, DC 20020

Description: This poetry workshop will focus on the power of autobiography. While open to individuals of all ages, it is designed for adults, and seniors. In her poem, “Power”, Audre Lorde wrote,

"I am lost without imagery or magic

trying to make power

out of hatred and destruction."

In this workshop we will share personal stories, and create a timeline of our “up against the wall” moments, and victories. We will find imagery, using the things that bring us joy. All levels are welcome and this workshop is a safe and nurturing environment equally for the novice writer and the advanced poet. To ensure time for interaction and feedback, a total of 12 will be allowed in this free workshop.

ABOUT POET REGIE CABICO

Regie Cabico is a spoken word pioneer, having won The Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam and later taking top prizes in three National Poetry Slams. Television credits include 2 seasons of HBO's Def Poetry Jam, NPR's Snap Judgement & MTV's Free Your Mind. His work appears in over 30 anthologies including Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café, Spoken Word Revolution & The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. The Kenyon Review called Regie Cabico the "Lady Gaga of Poetry" and he has been listed in BUST magazine's 100 Men We Love. 

Event C Details: a special event in partnership with the Anacostia Coordinating Council

Community or Chaos: A Poetry Reading and Open Mic

Date: Saturday March 17
Time: 2:30 – 5:00 pm
Location: The R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center, 2730 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE, Washington, DC 20032

The Anacostia Coordinating Council is pleased to partner with Day Eight to offer a poetry event, featuring Regie Cabico and Anne Becker, to reflect on the memories of 1968.

In his 1967 book, Martin Luther King, Jr. asked us to consider, Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? King’s question, and the fiftieth anniversary of his assassination, are all too relevant today, and we invite you to offer your own poetic reflections, and to enjoy those of others, at this event.

Hosted by the Anacostia Coordinating Council, poets Cabico and Becker will read selections from their poetry, followed by an open mic at which community members are asked to share their poetry related to Dr. King’s question: Community or Chaos?

This event is a “DC Poet Project” event, and one open mic reader will be selected the winner by the ACC, Regie Cabico, and Anne Becker, and will be awarded a $100 dollar cash prize, and invitation to compete in the final DC Poet Project event – May 5th, at the Anacostia Library – for a $500 dollar prize and book contract.

ABOUT POETS REGIE CABICO AND ANNE BECKER

Regie Cabico is a spoken word pioneer, having won The Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam and later taking top prizes in three National Poetry Slams. Television credits include 2 seasons of HBO's Def Poetry Jam, NPR's Snap Judgement & MTV's Free Your Mind. His work appears in over 30 anthologies including Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café, Spoken Word Revolution & The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. The Kenyon Review called Regie Cabico the "Lady Gaga of Poetry" and he has been listed in BUST magazine's 100 Men We Love. 

Anne Becker is a poet, teacher and paper artist.  Her latest collection of poetry, Human Animal, is forthcoming from Pond Road Press in 2018.  Her other books include The Transmutation Notebooks: Poems in the Voices of Charles and Emma Darwin, and The Good Body.  For the past ten years she has been developing projects to promote collaborations between poets, visual artists, dancers and musicians, as Poet Laureate of Takoma Park, MD and as Poet-in-Residence at Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center in Hyattsville, MD.  She teaches at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, and from her home in Takoma Park she leads a workshop, Writing the Body, for those who have experienced life-threatening or chronic illness as patient, caregiver or family member. 

Event D Details:  Poetry Reading and Open Mic Competition with Abdul Ali and Jonathan Katz

Date and Time: Saturday March 31, 2:00–3:30 pm 

Location: WE ACT RADIO, 1918 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE Washington, DC 20020

Are you a poet? Come read at the open mic Saturday March 31st for a chance at a hundred dollar cash prize, and selection as a finalist in the DC Poet Project! Listen to poets Abdul Ali and Jonathan Katz read their work, and stay to read your own poetry, and listen to other local poets read theirs.

At the end, Mr. Ali and Mr. Katz will select one open mic reader “the winner”, and award a one hundred dollar cash prize! The winner will be invited to compete in the final “DC Poet Project” event, May 5th, and a chance to have their book published, and receive a $500 dollar cash prize.

ABOUT POETS ABDUL ALI AND JONATHAN KATZ

Abdul Ali is the author of Trouble Sleeping, winner of 2014 New Issues Poetry Prize selected by poet Fanny Howe. He earned his M.F.A. in Creative Writing at American University. His poetry, essays, and interviews have appeared in Gargoyle, Gathering of Tribes, National Public Radio, The Washington Post magazine, New Contrast (South Africa), Academy of American Poets (poets.org), Poetry Foundation, Poet Lore and the anthology, Full Moon on K Street, among other publications. He has received grants, awards, and fellowships from The DC Commission of the Arts and Humanities, American University, College Language Association, and the Mt. Vernon Poetry Festival at George Washington University. He has taught writing at Towson University, Goucher College, Johns Hopkins University, and currently teaches at Howard University. 

Jonathan Katz, Ph.D., has directed the state arts agency in Kansas, the children’s museum in Denver, and the graduate arts management program at the U. of IL.-Springfield. As CEO of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA), he guided an association whose members invest over $400 million of public funds annually in artistic and cultural activities, he co-founded the nation's Arts Education Partnership, and he helped create Poetry Out Loud. Jonathan consults extensively on strategic planning, organizational development, cultural policy and leadership development.  He currently serves as strategic advisor to The Innovation Collaborative and as a board member of American Poetry Review.  His chapbook, Love Undefined, is available from C&R Press, who will also publish his next collection, Objects in Motion, in 2018.

Event E Details: Poetry Reading and Open Mic Competition with E. Ethelbert Miller and Alan King

Date and Time: Saturday April 14, 2:00-3:30 pm

Location: the Anacostia Branch Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd SE, Washington, DC 20020

Are you a poet? Come read at the open mic Saturday April 14th for a chance at a hundred dollar cash prize, and selection as a finalist in the DC Poet Project.

Listen to poets E. Ethelbert Miller and Alan King read their work, and stay to read your own poetry, or listen to other local poets read theirs. At the end, Mr. Miller and Mr. King will select one open mic reader “the winner”, and award a one hundred dollar cash prize!

The winner will be invited to compete in the final event, May 5th, for a chance to have their book published, and receive a $500 dollar cash prize.

ABOUT POETS E. ETHELBERT MILLER and ALAN KING

E. Ethelbert Miller is a writer and literary activist. He is the author of several collections of poetry and two memoirs. For fourteen years he has been the editor of Poet Lore, the oldest poetry magazine published in the United States. In 1996, Emory and Henry College awarded Miller an honorary degree of Doctor of Literature. Miller is often heard on National Public Radio. He is host of the weekly morning radio show On the Margin which airs on WPFW-FM 89.3. Miller is also host and producer of The Scholars on UDC-TV. On April 19, 2015, Miller was inducted into the Washington DC Hall of Fame. The Collected Poems of E. Ethelbert Miller, published in 2016 by Willow Books, is a comprehensive collection that represents over 40 years of his career as a poet. Miller’s most recent book is If God Invented Baseball, published by City Point Press.

Alan King is a Caribbean American, whose parents emigrated from Trinidad and Tobago to the U.S. in the 1970s. He is the author of Point Blank (Silver Birch Press, 2016) and Drift (Willow Books, 2012). A Cave Canem graduate fellow, he holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the Stonecoast Program at the University of Southern Maine. He’s a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee and was nominated three times for a Best of the Net selection. He’s a husband, father, and communications professional who lives with his family in Bowie, Maryland, and blogs about art and social issues at alanwking.com.


Have questions about Spring 2018 DC Poet Project? Contact Day Eight

When & Where

DC Public Library Anacostia Branch


Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 2:00 PM - Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 4:00 PM (EST)


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