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On August 27, 2016, The Writer's Center will be teaming up with Barrelhouse for The DC Literary Pub Crawl. A collaborative effort between the two organizations, The DC Literary Pub Crawl was conceived as a way to bring contemporary and engaging literary voices directly into the community, to showcase and celebrate local literary artistry. The DC Literary Pub Crawl, which will take place at Walters Sports Bar, The Twisted Horn and Upshur Street Books, will feature nine talented literary voices and bring literature directly to the people, fostering a sense of artistic excellence and community.

Join us from 4:00-7:00 to enjoy drink specials and a fun summer afternoon of literature and community. Tickets are $10.00 in advance and $15.00 on the day-of the event and will include admission to all three readings as well as drink specials at each venue.

  • 4:00-5:00 – Walters Sports Bar
  • Readers: Thea Brown, Rion Amilcar Scott, Oliver Bendorf
  • 5:00-6:00 – The Twisted Horn
  • Readers: Regie Cabico, Amber Sparks, Nate Brown
  • 6:00-7:00 – Upshur Street Books
  • Readers: Ross White, Tolonda Henderson, Kyle Dargan

Books from all readers will be available for purchase at Upshur Street Books after the reading. After the event is over, head over to Petworth Citizen (located next door to Upshur Street Books) for an after party and celebration of the wonderful DC Literary community.

Questions about the event? Contact Kristen Zory King at 301-654-8664 x205 or by emailing Kristen.zory.king@writer.org. See you there!

Reader Bios:

Oliver Bendorf was born in Iowa in 1987. He is a poet, cartoonist, librarian, and educator. He holds an MFA in Poetry and an MA in Library and Information Studies, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Iowa. The author of a book of poems, The Spectral Wilderness (Kent State University Press 2015), he has published writing and comics in Alaska Quarterly Review, Best New Poets, Blackbird, Indiana Review, Ninth Letter, The Rumpus, Transgender Studies Quarterly, Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, and elsewhere. He has presented and taught internationally on topics including visual composition (cartooning, color, infographics, and zines), creative writing, animation, and queer digitality. He organized the first annual Big Draw Madison, a three-day drawing festival through Madison Public Library. He lives in Washington, DC, where he works at the Digital Library Federation and, with Temim Fruchter, organizes the Mount Pleasant Poetry Project. For more information, visit his website.

Nate Brown's stories have appeared in the Iowa Review, Mississippi Review, Five Chapters, Carolina Quarterly, and elsewhere. He has received fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the Vermont Studio Center, the Ucross Foundation, and is a 2016 Maryland State Arts Fellow in Fiction. He's the managing editor of American Short Fiction magazine, and he teaches writing at Stevenson University and at George Washington University.

Originally from the Hudson Valley in New York, Thea Brown is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop who now lives in Baltimore, MD. Recent or forthcoming publications include work in Barrow Street, CutBank,TriQuarterly, American Letters & Commentary, Best New Poets 2011(edited by D. A. Powell), H_NGM_N, LVNG, and Forklift, Ohio; as well as a chapbook called We Are Fantastic from Petri Press.

Regie Cabico’s work appears in over 30 anthologies including The Spoken Word Revolution (Sourcebooks, 2003), Chorus & The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry (Thunder’s Mouth Press, 1999), and Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café (Henry Holt and Company, 1994). He is the co-editor of Flicker & Spark: A Contemporary Anthology of Queer Poetry and Spoken Word (Lowbrow Press, 2013), nominated for a 2014 Lambda Literary Award. He is the Youth Program Coordinator for Split this Rock Poetry Festival.

Kyle Dargan was born in Newark, New Jersey. He earned his BA from the University of Virginia and MFA from Indiana University, where he was a Yusef Komunyakaa fellow and poetry editor of the Indiana Review.He is the author of four collections of poetry: The Listening (2004), which won the Cave Canem Prize, Bouquet of Hungers (2007), awarded the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in poetry, Logorrhea Dementia (2010), and Honest Engine (2015). His poems and non-fiction have appeared in newspapers such as the Newark Star-Ledger, and journals such as Callaloo, Denver Quarterly, and Ploughshares, among others. Former managing editor of Callaloo, Dargan is also the founding editor of the magazine Post no Ills. He is the Director of Creative Writing at American University and lives in Washington DC.

Tolonda Henderson was a finalist for the Beltway Poetry Slam's 2013 National Poetry Slam team. She has featured at Spit Dat, Bloombars, and Busboys and Poets. In addition to being a poet, Tolonda is a librarian who enjoys crochet, handbells and flying trapeze.

Rion Amilcar Scott’s work has been published in numerous places such as The Kenyon Review, Crab Orchard Review, PANK, The Rumpus, Fiction International, The Washington City Paper, The Toast, Akashic Books, Melville House and Confrontation, among others. A story of his earned a place on the Wigleaf Top 50 (very short) Fictions of 2013 list, and one of his essays was listed as a notable essay in Best American Essays 2015. He was raised in Silver Spring, Maryland and earned an MFA from George Mason University where he won both the Mary Roberts Rinehart award and a Completion Fellowship. He is a Kimbilio fellow. Find him on twitter: @ReeAmilcarScott. His short story collections, Insurrections (University Press of Kentucky) will be published in August 2016 and Wolf Tickets is forthcoming from Tiny Hardcore Press. Presently, he teaches English at Bowie State University.

Amber Sparks is the author of a previous collection, May We Shed These Human Bodies, and her fiction has appeared in American Short Fiction, The Collagist, and elsewhere. She lives in Washington, DC. You can find her on twitter @ambernoelle or learn more on her website.

Ross White is the author of How We Came Upon the Colony (Unicorn Press, 2014), and his poems have appeared in Best New Poets 2012, New England Review, Poetry Daily, and The Southern Review, among others. With Matthew Olzmann, he edited Another & Another: An Anthology from the Grind Daily Writing Series (Bull City Press, 2012). He teaches creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. You can find him on twitter @rosswhite or learn more on his website here.

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