Schedules & Festival Map


2019 Program Schedules 

(Festival map coming soon)


Live Music – various locations

KTown Rocks Stage

in front of Prevention of Blindness 3716 Howard Avenue

11:30 to 1:30 Rock-A-Sonics

1:30 to 2:00  Master of Ceremonies Cerphe Colwell

2:00 to 4:00  The Nighthawks

Sweat Shop Porch

10410 Montgomery Ave at the east end of the festival

11:00 to 1:00  Sisters Uke & Friends

1:00 to 1:30  Roger Bradbury Radio Play

1:30 to 3:30  Traditions Celtic Band

La Rambla Stage

At the corner of Howard and Armory Aves west end of festival

11:00 to 11:15 – Festival Welcome – Six Degree Singers

At various times throughout the day  –  Eli August and the Abandoned Buildings

Power of Poetry Stage

Howard Ave near Fawcett St in the middle of festival

At various times throughout the day  –  Roman Kostovski on guitar


La Rambla Stage Special Guest Speakers 

Location: Howard Avenue at Armory Avenue

Please see the La Rambla Stage page HERE for information on each Special Guest and their books.

Master of Ceremonies Steve Piacente

11:00 to 11:20……….Six Degree Singers/Welcome

11:20 to 11:40……….Elise Bean 

11:45 to 12:05……….Melanie Hatter 

12:05 to 12:35……….Eli August & the Abandoned Buildings (music) 

12:40 to 1:00………..Steve Piacente (w Christa Davis)

1:05 to 1:30…………Bob Levey

1:35 to 2:00…………Eli August & the Abandoned Buildings (music) 

2:05 to 2:30…………Paul Dickson

2:35 to 3:00…………Joram Piatigorsky

3:00 to 4:00…………Eli August & the Abandoned Buildings (music) 


Magic, Music, Dragons, & Dinosaurs: Children’s Program  

Location: Children’s Stage, Fawcett Street at Howard Avenue

Master of Ceremonies “Mr. Mike” Sgrignoli

11:15 to 12:00   Great Zucchini

12:10 to 12:45  Culkin School Irish Dancers

1:00 to 1:45   Groovy Nate!

2:00 to 2:30  Casal Catala The Legend of St George & the Dragon

2:30 to 3:00   Mr Mike’s Dinosaurs

3:15 to 4:00  Casal Catala Learn to Dance the Sardana – For children and adults   


Poetry…the Sea of Possibilities

Location: Howard Avenue west of Fawcett St.

Please see the Power of Poetry Stage page HERE  for information on featured readers.

Music by Roman Kostovski accompanies the program

Masters of Ceremonies Reuben Jackson and Nancy Naomi Carlson

11:00 – 11:15    MUSIC

11:15 – 11:30    Eve’s Summer Poetry Workshop
11:35 – 12:00    Twinbrook Tellers Storytellers
12:05 – 12:20    DC-ALT
12:25 – 12:45    The Writer’s Center: Claudia Gary, Reuben Jackson
12:50 – 1:10      Featured Reader: Jeffrey Levine
1:15 – 1:35        Featured Reader: Hope Maxwell Snyder
1:40 – 2:00       Washington Writers’ Publishing House: Jona Colson, Rob Herschbach
2:05 – 2:25       Federal Poets: Don Illich, Dean Blehert, Jonathan Lewis, Sandra Evans        Falconer
2:25 – 2:50       Kensington Row Poets: Judith McCombs, Nancy Allinson, Quasar, Mary Sesso, Martin Dickinson
2:55 – 3:05      Poet Laureate Nancy Naomi Carlson
3:10 – 3:25       Festival Poets: Carlo Parcelli, Jim McDonald, Joseph Baldi Acosta
3:30 – 4:00      Open Mic


From Book to Plate: Food Talk with Jonathan Bardzik and Friends 

Location: Howard Avenue west of Fawcett St

To see more on the cookbook authors and presenters listed below please click HERE.

11:00 – 11:30          Sampling at the authors tables
11:30 – 12:10          Pat Tanumihardja
12:30 – 1:00            Matthew Hanson
1:00 – 1:45              Amy Riolo
2:00 – 2:30              Bill and Susan Wade
2:30 – 3:15              Jonathan Bardzik



Location: Howard Avenue east of Fawcett Street

To see more on the panelists and readers listed below please click HERE.

Schedule of panels and readings

  • 11:00:   Intro, opening. Indie Publishing: Then and Now 

(With Mason Jar Press, SFWP, and Richard Peabody)

  • 11:30:   Someone’s Got to Live There: Building Characters in Fantasy Fiction.

(With Daniel M. Ford and Kathy MacMillan)

  • Noon-12:45:   Five-Minute Readings  

(With Daniel M. Ford, Zach Powers, Rion Amilcar Scott, and others)

  • 1:00:   Writing, Selling, and Marketing for the YA Audience

(With Pintip Dunn, Lindsay Barry, and Kathy MacMillan)

  • 1:20:   There’s no Such Thing as Genre: Blurred Lines is not just a problematic song by Robin Thicke

(With Tyrese Coleman, Zach Powers, Carrie Callaghan, and Rion Amilcar Scott)

  • 1:40:   Author spotlight: Tyrese Coleman
  • 1:50:   The Art of Pitching

(With Tyrese Coleman and othersTBD)

  • 2:10:   Book-Reviewing 101: The Good, the Bad, and the Unruly

(With Spines & Vines, Lupita Reads, and Holly Smith)

  • 2:50:   “You Wrote It, It’s Perfect, Now Change It: Editing vs. Revision in Book-Length Manuscripts.”

(With Monica Prince, and Carrie Callaghan)

  • 3:10-4:00:   Author spotlights 

(with Rion Scott, Zach Powers, and Monica Prince)