The Power of Poetry
No, this won’t be your typical poetry event.
See full Schedule of Readings below
Special Guest Readers
E. Ethelbert Miller (1:10 to 1:30)
E. Ethelbert Miller is a writer and literary activist. He is the author of several collections of poetry and two memoirs and the editor of Poet Lore. In April 2015, Miller was inducted into the Washington, DC Hall of Fame. In 2016, he received the AWP George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature and the DC Mayor’s Arts Award for Distinguished Honor..……[More]
Linda Joy Burke (1:40 to 2:00)
“I believe that through deep, personal exploration and integration of the arts into our lives, in whatever form – “art” presents itself to us, we are able to enhance our growth and inform our knowing about the world and ourselves more completely. …[More]
With a special reading by Nancy Naomi Carlson (12:40 to 1:00):
2017 Day of the Book Poet Laureate
Musical interludes and accompaniment by Michael Davis (11:00 to 11:15 and in between readers)
Michael Davis is a classical guitarist, poet, and editor. He resides in Falls Church, Va. He has played locally for poetry readings at the Cafe Muse in Friendship Heights and Mariposa in College Park. He had the pleasure of playing guitar for Poet Laureate Kay Ryan’s farewell party at the Library of Congress in 2010.As a poet he has been teaching workshops in the Washington area for more than 12 years.
Summer Poetry Workshop Poets (11:15 to 11:30):
Eve Burton, Susan White, and others
For a decade, Eve Burton and Susan White, separately and together, led poetry groups for children and teens. In 2013, they decided to host a poetry group for some of their women friends, and the Summer Poetry Workshop was born. What started as six weeks of sharing poetry became poetry twice each month, year round. This year, we are happy to have poets from our group sharing their work.
Special appearance by The Twinbrook Tellers (11:35 to 12:00)
Washington Writers Publishing House (12:05 to 12:30):
The Federal Poets (2:05 to 2:30):
Kensington Row Poetry Series (2:35 to 3:00):
Poets from DC-ALT (3:05 to 3:30)
(DC branch of the Literary Translators Association):
Danuta E. Kosk-Kosicka, Roman Kostovski. Katherine E. Young. and Christina Daub
DC-ALT is a network for literary translators in the Washington, D.C., area. Our group is open to anyone with an interest in literary translation to/from any language. Our mission is to foster a community of literary translators and to promote the art of literary translation in the greater Washington, DC, area. Website
Open Mic Reading (3:35 to 4:00)
Help us celebrate the Power of Poetry by sharing the very best of your own wonderful work. All poets who are not otherwise presenting in the Festival are invited to sign up to read for 2 minutes on a first-come, first-served basis. (There will be a friendly, but firm timekeeper.) Material must be family friendly. Sign up will take place in the Power of Poetry events area 30 minutes before the open reading begins at 3:30.
Masters of Ceremony
Larew’s poems have appeared most recently in vox poetica, Every Day Poems, Amsterdam Quarterly, Viator, Shot Glass, Seminary Ridge Review and Honest Ulsterman. He lives in Upper Marlboro, MD.
Nancy Naomi Carlson
Nancy Naomi Carlson has received grants from the NEA, Maryland State Arts Council, and the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County for her translations and non-translated work. She is the author of seven titles, and her translation of The Nomads, My Brothers, Go Out to Drink from the Dipper by Abdourahman Waberi (from Djibouti) was shortlisted for the “Best Translated Book Award” last year. Her work has appeared in APR, The Georgia Review, Poetry, and Prairie Schooner. …[More]
Power of Poetry Reading Schedule
11:00-11:15 Music by Michael Davis
11:15-11:30 Summer Poetry Workshop Poets
11:35-12:00 Twinbrook Tellers – Storytellers
12:05-12:30 Washington Writers Publishing House Poets
12:40-1:00 Nancy Naomi Carlson
1:10-1:30 Ethelbert Miller
1:40-2:00 Linda Joy Burke
2:05-2:30 Federal Poets
2:35-3:00 Kensington Row Series Poets
3:05-3:30 DC-ALT Translator/Poets
3:35-4:00 Open Mic