Monday, March 31, 2014


The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) are pleased to announce that Ward 8 artist Sheila Crider has been selected for the St. Elizabeths East Way-Finding Public Art Project for her proposals Here to Here and Wishing on Stars.

Ms. Crider's work was selected by an art selection panel consisting of public art specialists, DMPED and District of Transportation representatives, and Ward 8 community stakeholders. This summer the sculptures will be installed along the St. Elizabeths East Campus on Martin Luther King, Jr. and Alabama Avenues, SE.

The welcoming installations were designed to lead the community and visitors to the St. Elizabeths East Campus and Gateway Pavilion during the redevelopment process. The project is the first of many public art activations that will take place on the campus over the next several years. 
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Sunday, March 30, 2014

This April, celebrate National Poetry Month with Poet Lore!  Poet Lore, in new partnerships with The Enoch Pratt Free Library and The Library of Congress, presents:

Poet Lore at the CityLit Festival 
A showcase of three emerging voices: Amy EisnerMegan Foley,
and winne
r of the Enoch Pratt Free poetry contest Mya Green
Saturday, April 12, 11 AM
The Enoch Pratt Free Library400 Cathedral St
Baltimore, MD
Read more at our Facebook Event

An Evening of Burmese Poetry at The Library
with Christopher Merrill

In honor of Poet Lore's World Poets in Translation feature, 
Christopher Merrill will read from his translations of Burmese poet U Tin Moeas well as the poetry of three other contemporary Burmese poets,
discuss the role of poetry in a changing Burma.

Wednesday, April 30, 7 PM

Mumford Room, The Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave, SW
Washington, DC
Read more at our Facebook Event

To RSVP, visit Poet Lore on Facebook!
Poet Lore is a publication of The Writer's Center. * (301) 654-8664 *



Thurs. April 17 (7:30pm)   Third Thursday Poetry Series, hosted by Martin Fitzpatrick, presents Merrill Leffler, Grace Cavalieri and Ethelbert Miller reading at Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park, MD 20912.  


Earl Braggs
Back from Chattanooga. I taught a memoir workshop and gave a poetry reading. It was part of the Meacham Writer's Workshop (March 27-29, 2014), sponsored by The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga & Chattanooga State Community College. It was fun talking with Earl Braggs, Tina Chang, K.B. Ballentine and Ed Madden. I read Saturday afternoon with Rebecca Makkai and Amy Wright.

Tina Chang

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Our lives could change next week. One election could change
a page in history. Transformative politics flipping
things into the air. The birth of the New.
Democracy inviting us to go steady.
Oh, I long for that first kiss on Tuesday night.

Vote for Andy Shallal for mayor of DC.
Prove all the pundits wrong.
This is our history, our time.

Daily Dharma

Searching for Self | March 29, 2014

This mind that we identify as the self, which we could call ego-mind, controls everything we do. Yet it can't actually be found—which is somewhat spooky, as if a ghost were managing our home. The house seems to be empty, but all the housework has been done. The bed has been made, our shoes have been polished, the tea has been poured, and the breakfast has been cooked.

—Dzigar Kongtrül Rinpoche, "Searching for Self"

Friday, March 28, 2014


Union troops with guns
Ghosts of sad young men crying
Nowhere volunteers

   - E. Ethelbert Miller
Next week April begins.
Should I meet you in Paris?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Daily Dharma

Integrating Realization | March 27, 2014

Spiritual realization is relatively easy compared with the much greater difficulty of actualizing it, integrating it fully into the fabric of one’s daily life. Realization is the movement from personality to being, the direct recognition of one’s ultimate nature, leading toward liberation from the conditioned self, while actualizationrefers to how we integrate that realization in all the situations of our life.

—John Welwood, "The Psychology of Awakening"
Reading a couple of technology journals this morning.
I also started reading HOLD TIGHT GENTLY by
Martin Duberman.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Larry Neal Writers' Competition commemorates the artistic legacy and vision of cultural understanding of Larry Neal - a renowned author, academic and former Executive Director of the DCCAH.

The Larry Neal Writers' Competition commemorates the artistic legacy and vision of Larry Neal, the renowned author, academic and former Executive Director of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH). This year, monetary awards will be presented for the artistic excellence of adult, teen and youth writers residing in the District of Columbia. Winners will be announced at the Larry Neal Writers' Awards Ceremony on the evening of Friday, May 9, 2014, which will be presented in partnership with the PEN/Faulkner Foundation.
All submissions must be uploaded through the Good Done Great database system accessed through the DCCAH website, Applicants will need to sign up and create a username and password. The 'sign up' button is in the top right corner. No hand-delivered applications will be accepted. The deadline for all applications is Friday, April 11th at 6:00 PM. A high volume of applications is expected, so please plan accordingly. 

For more information on the Larry Neal Writers' Competition and awards ceremony, please visit or contact David Markey, Arts Education Coordinator, at or 202-724-5613.  

Larry Neal Sessions
Larry Neal Sessions gives listeners the opportunity to experience the literary works of some of the most talented writers in Washington, DC. The works are from the winners of the Larry Neal Writers' Competition - read by the authors or cast of actors. 

All of the performances are recorded live in the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities office. Click here for Larry Neal Sessions.

Commissioners | Lavinia Wohlfarth, Acting Chair | Marvin Bowser | Susan Clampitt
Christopher Cowan | Edmund C. Fleet | Rhona Wolfe Friedman | Alma H. Gates | 
Darrin L. Glymph | Barbara J. Jones | James E. Laws, Jr. | Rogelio A. Maxwell | MaryAnn Miller | José Alberto Uclés | Gretchen B. Wharton

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For Your April Reading List and Beyond
Our 2014 National Poetry Month sponsors and partners present their new poetry titles:

Alfred A. Knopf
(March 2014, Hardcover $26.95)

"[Kevin] Young has captured true adulthood between the covers of a book" (NPR 2014 Poetry Preview). A decade after the sudden and tragic loss of his father, we witness the unfolding of grief. Capturing the strange silence of bereavement, Young acknowledges, even celebrates, life's passages, his loss transformed and tempered in a sequence about the birth of his son. 

BOA Editions, Ltd.
(April 2014, Paper $16
E-book $9.99)
The Keys to the Jail 
by Keetje Kuipers
The Keys to the Jail calls us to reexamine harsh words of failed love, the aging of a once-beautiful body, our own voracious desires. Keetje Kuipers's richly-textured lyrics travel from Montana's great wildernesses to the ocean-fogged streets of San Francisco as they search out the heart that's lost its way.
CavanKerry Press  
(March 2014, Paper $16)
Same Old Story
by Dawn Potter
Even as she reminds us that writing "doesn't solve anything," Potter is driven to chronicle "years murmur[ing] their old tune" in this compilation of sonnets, extended narratives, and shifting invented forms. Her rushing lyric voice binds together the personal, cultural, and imaginative histories that create the inevitable of human character.
Coffee House Press
(April 2014, 
Paper $20
Hardcover $35
E-book $15.99)
Selected Poems
by Mark Ford
Selected Poems charts Mark Ford's growing complexity as a writer and his mastery and use of form. John Ashbery calls Ford's work "refreshing" and it's that exuberance and goodwill that animates the poems. Myth, history, and the everyday are all at play in this wonderfully diverse collection.
Copper Canyon Press 
(April 2014, Hardcover $24)
The Moon before Morning
by W. S. Merwin
In a stunning rush of memory, W. S. Merwin's The Moon before Morning extends the emotional and intellectual reach of his Pulitzer Prize-winning The Shadow of Sirius with passionate reverence for the natural world, bittersweet recollection on time's ravages, and equanimity informed by a lifetime of writing and practiced contemplation.
Graywolf Press 
(May 2014, Paper $16) 
by Saskia Hamilton
Corridor, Hamilton's third collection, is a study of motion and time. Its glanced landscapes, its lives seen in passing, render the immeasurable in broken narratives. These poems are dauntless and alert in their apprehension of the natural kingdom and inhabit the realm of contemplation which, for Hamilton, is charged with Eros.
(February 2014, Hardcover $19.99)
Where the Sidewalk Ends, 40th Anniversary Edition
by Shel Silverstein

Come in...for where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein's world begins. It is a place where you wash your shadow and plant diamond gardens, a place where shoes fly, sisters are auctioned off, and crocodiles go to the dentist. Shel Silverstein's masterful collection of poems and drawings is at once outrageously funny and profound.
Louisiana State University Press (February 2014, Paper $17.95
E-book $17.95) 

Venera: Poems
by Jay Rogoff

"Jay Rogoff's new collection deftly interweaves Eros, ekphrasis, revelatory description, and an unobtrusive formal mastery that brings to mind the work of Bishop and Justice. Venera is the work of a wryly compassionate writer, working at the height of his considerable powers." -- David Wojahn
New Directions 
(May 2014, Paper $15.95)
The Iraqi Nights
by Dunya Mikhail

The Iraqi Nights is the third collection by the acclaimed Iraqi poet Dunya Mikhail. Taking The One Thousand and One Nights as her central theme, Mikhail personifies the role of Scheherazade the storyteller, saving herself through her tales. Her vivid illustrations--inspired by Sumerian tablets--are threaded throughout.
Persea Books
(April 2014, Paper $17.95)
Heart of the Order: Baseball Poems
Edited by Gabriel Fried
Forward by Daniel Okrent
Nearly one hundred poems about baseball, that most literary sport, in a beautifully designed, portable edition. Contributors include B. H. Fairchild, Linda Gregerson, Donald Hall, Edward Hirsch, Richard Hugo, Yusef Komunyakaa, Thomas Lux, William Matthews, Gail Mazur, Marianne Moore, Robert Pinsky, Bruce Smith, May Swenson, Brian Turner, and many others.
Simon & Schuster 
(April, 2014, Hardcover $25.00
E-book $12.99) 

Poems That Make Grown Men Cry: 100 Men on the Words That Move Them
Edited by Anthony and Ben Holden
A unique collection of poetry so powerful that one hundred grown men--best-selling authors, poets laureate, and other eminent figures from the arts, sciences, and politics--have been moved to tears. Here they deliver touching and insightful personal introductions to a range of beloved poems.
University of California Press 
(January 2014, Hardcover $49.95)
Robert Duncan: The Collected Later Poems and Plays
by Robert Duncan
Edited by Peter Quartermain
Profoundly original yet insistent on the derivative quality of his work, transgressive yet affirmative of tradition, Duncan was a generative force among American poets. This second volume of collected poetry and plays presents authoritative annotated texts of both collected and uncollected work from his middle and late writing years (1958-88). 
The Holding Centre: Selected Poems, 1974-2004
by Harry Clifton
This selection presents the thirty-year trajectory of an Irish poet who has lived and worked between Ireland and elsewhere--including Southeast Asia after the Khmer Rouge and Europe after the collapse of the Berlin Wall. This extraordinary work has redefined what it means to be Irish in the twenty-first century.
Poetry of Witness: The Tradition in English, 1500-2001
by Carolyn Forché
The three hundred poems collected here were composed at an extreme of human endurance--while their authors awaited execution, endured imprisonment, fought on the battlefield, or labored on the brink of breakdown or death. All bear witness to the irresistible impact of historical events.

Ashland Poetry Press
(March 2014, Paper $22.95)
American Psalm, World Psalm takes the original rhythms of the Biblical Psalms and reimagines them through the scope of contemporary American music--blues, jazz, folk, hip-hop, world music. Samaras has written 150 contemporary psalms, to mirror the Old Testament, that evoke the spiritual hunger of our modern world.


Bright Hill Press (May 2014, Paper $16)

Tonight's Quiet
by Constance Norgren
In Tonight's Quiet, worries go hand in hand with good luck, every day amazement with misfortune, shadows and the encroaching darkness with next day's sunlight. Here we are, "the carriers of things/ with gravity pushing or pulling,. . . ." humans engaged in the small, important activities that become our lives.
City Lights Publishers
(April 2014, Paper $9.95)

Tender Buttons: The Corrected Centennial Edition
by Gertrude Stein
Edited by Seth Perlow

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the original publication of Gertrude Stein's groundbreaking modernist classic. This new edition is the first and only version to incorporate Stein's handwritten corrections, and it has just been awarded its seal designating it an MLA Approved Edition.  
Columbia University Press 
(April 2014, Hardcover $35) 
Guilty Knowledge, Guilty Pleasure: The Dirty Art of Poetry
by William Logan
The notorious critic dives deep into the makings and misunderstandings of great poetry.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux 
(April 2014, Hardcover $24)
I Am the Beggar of the World: Landays from Contemporary Afghanistan
Translated by Eliza Griswold
Photographs by Seamus Murphy
An eye-opening collection of clandestine poems by Afghan women.

Hanging Loose Press 
(February 2014, Paper $19
Hardcover $29)
What I've Stolen, What I've Earned
by Sherman Alexie
Prose and poetry from a past winner of the National Book Award. "Mr. Alexie's is one of the major lyric voices of our time." -- The New York Times Book Review

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 
(April 2014, Hardcover $30)
A Poet's Glossary
by Edward Hirsch

A joyful, elegant glossary of poetic terms spanning centuries and continents, from the famed poet and author of the best-selling How to Read a Poem (And Fall in Love with Poetry).
Milkweed Editions
(March 2014, Paper $16) 
Day Unto Day
by Martha Collins
"Here, Martha Collins delves into the shiftiness of gender, the power of romantic love, the nature of the divine, the troubles of American national identity, and the certainty of mortality. Musically brilliant, psychologically intricate, movingly humane--Martha Collins is one of our most vital poets." -- Kevin Prufer
Penguin Books 
(March 2014, Paper $18)
The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon
by Willie Perdomo
Through dream song and elegy, alternate takes and tempos, prizewinning poet Willie Perdomo's third collection crackles with vitality and dynamism as it imagines the life of a percussionist, rebuilding the landscape of his apprenticeship, love, diaspora, and death.

Sarabande Books, Inc.
(May 2014, Paper $14.95
E-book $9.99)
by David Tomas Martinez
Stealing cars and fathering a child before seventeen, David Tomas Martinez documents his youth as a Latino in San Diego as an inferno of El Caminos and Fords, silent sex, and murdered high school valedictorians. Hustle moves from gang activity through his discovery of pornography to a failed suicide attempt on a crooked path toward self-understanding.

T. S. Poetry Press  
(January 2014, Paper $13.95
E-book $9.99)

How to Read a Poem (Based on the Billy Collins Poem, "Introduction to Poetry")
by Tania Runyan
Delightful advice on how to explore poetry for enjoyment and meaning. Uses images like the mouse, the hive, the switch (from the Billy Collins poem)--to guide readers into new ways of understanding poems. Excellent teaching tool. Anthology included.

University of Pittsburgh Press
(February 2014, Paper $15.95) 
The Old Woman, the Tulip, and the Dog
by Alicia Suskin Ostriker 
A unique collection by a major American poet for poetry readers at all levels. Blending whimsy and wisdom, Ostriker gives us a sequence of poems that will surprise and delight readers--in the voices of an old woman full of memories, a glamorous tulip, and an earthy dog who always has the last word.

Wesleyan University Press
(March 2014, Hardcover $26.95
E-book $20.99) 
In Defense of Nothing: Selected Poems, 1987-2011
by Peter Gizzi 

Gathered from over five collections, the poems in this selection strike a dynamic balance of honesty, emotion, intellectual depth, and otherworldly resonance--in Gizzi's work, poetry itself becomes a primary ground of human experience. Haunted, vibrant, and saturated with luminous detail, Gizzi's poetry enlists the American vernacular in a magical and complex music.  
Yale University Press
(April 2014, Paper $18) 
by Eryn Green 

The 2013 recipient of the Yale Series of Younger Poets prize, Eryn Green's masterful collectionEruv features poems of love and pathos--celebrating the power of ritual and the untamed wilderness-and joins the works of previous winners Adrienne Rich, John Ashbery, W. S. Merwin, and others.


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