Thursday, April 30, 2015


After spending the early afternoon at IPS discussing human rights issues and organizations, I took the metro red line to Takoma. I met my friend Beverly Hunt at Busboys for food, conversation and work.
We are planning the E-Tour which will promote my Collected Poems (due out in 2016) edited by Kirsten Porter. If you want more information - contact me at:

The Annual Michael Van Dusen Lecture on the Middle East

ISIS is about the Arab Past, Not the Future

Rami Khouri
Former Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center;Senior Public Policy Fellow and former Director, Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, American University of Beirut; and syndicated columnist, The Daily Star

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Khouri will analyze the many causes in the past two generations that converged to give birth to ISIS, noting that it reflects more the poor and often brutal quality of modern Arab statehood than any mass religious movement. ISIS also was not a surprise, in view of the fact that all serious mass movements in the Arab world since the 1970s have revolved around Islamist politics in one form or another. ISIS can be easily defeated militarily, but unless the underlying weaknesses and the poor quality of Arab statehood are resolved we will probably see even more brutal movements emerge in the future.

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Next up on The Scholars (UDC-TV) is my interview with filmmaker Dana Flor. We sat down yesterday and talked about making documentary films. Flor discussed in detail the making of THE NINE LIVES OF MARION BARRY. The show should be edited and ready for viewing by next week. Look for my posting.


Some baseball to think about.
Maybe the Nats will turn it all around if they sweep the Mets in New York.
Nice to see Uggla hitting. This guy could carry a club if he gets hot. Hey - who is that "Z-wonder" playing a nice first base for the Nats. Are we talking a gold glove for the Zimm?  Harper is looking much better at the plate this year. He continues to bring the energy this team needs. The bullpen needs to define it self during the month of May. Meanwhile, I checked and saw LaRoche only hitting .200 in Chicago. So, his absence might not be that big. I still feel the Nats need a dangerous PH to help them win games in late innings. Well, I need to get back out to the park. It was great to catch two games against Philadelphia.


jazz at lincoln center at
the 2015 castleton festival

July 25-26
Jazz at Lincoln Center Academy
All-Stars with Wynton Marsalis
Aug 1-2
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
with Wynton Marsalis
Photo by Whit Lane
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Yesterday I was at the National Press Club for THE TWELFTH ANNUAL RIDENHOUR PRIZES.

The 2015 Honorees were:
Aicha Elbasri - The Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling
Citizen Four - The Ridenhour Documentary Film Prize
Anand Gopal - The Ridenhour Book Prize
James Risen- The Ridenhour Courage Prize

It's always nice being in the presence Katrina vanden Heuvel.
I picked up a copy of The Nation - 150th Anniversary Issue.
A collective item for all Progressives.

Danielle Brian and Katrina vanden Heuvel

Wednesday, April 29, 2015


Henry Dumas

Henry Dumas (July 20, 1934 - May 23, 1968) was shot and killed in 1968 in Harlem months before his thirty-fourth birthday by a white transit policeman under circumstances never fully explained. After his death he became a kind of literary legend, but one whose full story was unknown. A devoted cadre of friends and later admirers from the 1970s to the present pushed for the publication of his work. Toni Morrison championed him as “an absolute genius.” Amiri Baraka, a writer not quick to praise others, claimed that Dumas produced “actual art, real, man, and stunning.” Eugene Redmond and Quincy Troupe heralded Dumas’s poetry, short stories, and work as an editor of “little” magazines. #blacklivesmatter More ▶

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Join us as we pay tribute to the life and work of longtime Cave Canem friend Galway Kinnell (1927-2014) with readings by Toi Derricotte,Jonathan Safran FoerEdward HirschMarie HoweMajor Jackson,Yusef KomunyakaaSharon Olds, and others. This event is co-sponsored by the Academy of American Poets, Cave Canem Foundation, NYU's Creative Writing Program, Poetry Society of America and Poets House.
Free and open to the public.
The Great Hall
Cooper Union
7 E. 7th Street
New York, NY

CityLit Project's board of directors and the enoch Pratt Free Library has announced that the annual CityLit Festival remains scheduled  for Saturday, May 2, 10am-5pm at the Pratt Library (400 Cathedral Street). 
We hope, in its own small way, that the gathering of Baltimore's literary artists and lovers of literature can be part of not only the healing process, but of the process toward thoughtful understanding and meaningful solutions.  Baltimore is the "city" part of CityLit, and we love her.
In the weeks and months ahead, poets will be needed.
See you Saturday!
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It will soon be May and then the summer months that follow will make us sweat. Back in the 1960s one feared the Long Hot Summers. Riots made the urban streets simmer and nowhere could a cool drink of water be found. What is the difference between global warming and racial warming? A matter of degrees? The images out of B-More remind me of those that once came from overseas. The world is nothing but a mirror.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Jasmine-Simone Morgan

This month my daughter was the Keynote Speaker at the Edmund Burke School's Auction for Financial Aid. Gosh...I remember when she was attending middle school there. I must be an old daddy.

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Dear Ethelbert,

The 2016 AWP Conference & Bookfair Los Angeles Subcommittee is currentlyaccepting proposals for conference events. The conference will be held from March 30 through April 2, 2016 at the Los Angeles Convention Center and JW Marriott Los Angeles. The deadline for submissions is Friday, May 1, 2015 11:59 p.m. EST. 

The 2015 conference in Minneapolis hosted over 550 events and drew over 12,000 attendees, 2,000 presenters, and 800 bookfair exhibitors for four days of essential literary discussions, readings, and fun. We hope to see you at North America’s largest literary conference next year.

What kinds of proposals is AWP looking for?
The highest-ranked proposals often involve panelists with diverse backgrounds, aesthetics, specialties, affiliations, and who are of different races or in different stages of their careers. The subcommittee understands that such events will enable the best discussions; an event that demonstrates interscholastic play, inter-generational collaboration, and diversity will appeal to a broad audience and provide lively analysis of an issue.

If you feel that a particular subject is underrepresented, please submit a proposal this year. Chances are others feel the same way! The subcommittee prefers proposals that reach beyond one campus or group to a greater diversity of people who share your concerns.

Successful proposals also observe the guidelines and modules by which the Los Angeles Subcommittee receives and reviews proposals. Before you prepare your proposal, please read the Open Letter and Event Proposal Handbook carefully.

Good luck with your #AWP16 proposal!

Best regards,
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May 1:  Proposal submission deadline

May 8:  Deadline for panelists to link their AWP account to proposal

July 31: Email notifications to organizers of accepted events
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May 2015
Bring a friend and explore NMWA for free on May 18 for Art Museum Day! During your visit, we encourage you to share your experiences on social media using the hashtag #ArtMuseumDay.

The Mezzanine Café is open for lunch on the first Sunday of the month for Community Day, 12–2 p.m. Menu items are crafted in-house using local ingredients and products, many of which are made by Union Kitchen's partners. Please note the café will be closed on May 5–6.

Gallery Talk: Doris LeeLiterary Event: American Artists of the Gilded AgeGallery Talk: Collection Selections
Gallery Talk:
Doris Lee
May 6
Literary Event: American Artists of the Gilded Age
May 24
Gallery Talk:
Collection Selections
May 27
Brush up on this American painter and illustrator! Join us for a lunchtime gallery talk to discuss selections from the exhibition Doris Lee: American Painter and Illustrator with museum staff.The 1893 World's Columbian Exposition is brought to life through the story of artist Mary Lawrence, the only woman allowed to exhibit a sculpture outside the Women's Building.Need some artistic and intellectual nourishment? Visit old favorites and discover new artworks in NMWA's collection during this lunchtime gallery talk with museum staff.
Keep up with NMWA on social media via FacebookTwitterInstagram, and our Broad Strokes blog. Check our online calendar for all of our upcoming events. Reservations are required for some of these events.
National Poetry Month: 
A Tribute to Gwendolyn Brooks and Langston Hughes 
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 
7:00 PM

The Arts Club of Washington is thrilled to celebrate the legacies of two famed authors,  GWENDOLYN BROOKS and LANGSTON HUGHES, in honor of National Poetry Month.

Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000) was an influential writer and teacher,  known for her frank depictions of midwestern and urban life, as well as her formal versatility and grace of phrasing. She was the first African-American  to win a Pulitzer Prize, for her 1949 book ANNIE ALLEN, and she served as the 29th "Consultant in Poetry" to the Library of Congress, from 1985 to
1986. Langston Hughes (1902-1967) was a poet, novelist, and playwright, and a key figure in the Harlem Renaissance. His time here was short--1924 to 1926--yet a critical phase preceding the publication of THE WEARY BLUES with Knopf. "My two years in Washington were unhappy years," he wrote in his memoir, THE BIG SEA, "except for poetry and the friends I made through poetry."

D.C. area writers and scholars, including KYLE DARGAN, VENUS THRASH, KEITH LEONARD, DAN VERA, GOWRI KONESWARAN, and others, will read favorite excerpts from both poets' verse and correspondence, with a
historical perspective on these authors' legacies to contemporary literature.

This event is  free and open to the public , with a cash bar. Books will be available for sale and signing after the event, thanks to Kramerbooks in Dupont Circle.