June 16, 6-8 p.m. Langston Room at Busboys and Poets at 14th and V N.W.
Please join Dennis Brutus, Comrade Fatso, Split This Rock, and others for a reading and celebration on Day of the African Child.
Dennis Brutus is a South African poet who was banned and imprisoned on Robben Island with Nelson Mandela and 1,000 others. Brutus was the recipient of the Langston Hughes Award in 1987 (the first non-African American to receive that award), and the first Paul Robeson Award in 1989 for "artistic excellence, political consciousness and integrity." He was a featured poet at the 2008 Split This Rock Poetry Festival.
Samm Farai Monro, better known as Comrade Fatso, is one of the most explosive and controversial acts in Southern Africa today. Comrade Fatso calls his poetry Toyi Toyi Poetry, radical street poetry that mixes Shona with English and mbira with hip hop. It's an art form that is an uprising against oppression.
June 20 1 - 4 p.m. The American Poetry Museum's Anacostia Gallery, 1922 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE, DC . (202) 249-0253.
The American Poetry Museum will host an opening for its newest exhibition "The Washington Caravan," curated by Mig Dooley and Abdul Ali. The exhibition will feature photography and poetry to document over twenty diverse living poets who live in the DC area or whose work has both been influenced by the Capitol City . Participating poets include: Kim Roberts, E. Ethelbert Miller, Brandon Johnson, Belle Waring, Joel Diaz-Porter, Carolyn Joyner, Derrick Brown, Fred Joiner, Katy Richey, and Brian Gilmore. Admission is Free.
June 21 4 - 6 p.m. Langston Room at Busboys and Poets, at 14th and V
Return to Sunday Kind of Love on the first day of summer, featuring Lorna Dee Cervantes, Alice B. Fogel, and Reb Livingston.
Lorna Dee Cervantes is the author of DRIVE: The First Quartet (Wing Press, 2006) and From the Cables of Genocide: Poems on Love and Hunger (Arte Público Press, 1991) and Emplumada (1981), which won an American Book Award. Her work has been included in many anthologies including Unsettling America: An Anthology of Contemporary Multicultural Poetry (eds. Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Jennifer Gillan, 1994), No More Masks! An Anthology of Twentieth-Century Women Poets (ed. Florence Howe, 1993), and After Aztlan: Latino Poets of the Nineties (ed. Ray González, 1992). In 1995 she received a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writers' Award.
Alice B. Fogel is the author of Be That Empty (Harbor Mountain Press, 2007), I Love This Dark World (Zoland, 1996) and Elemental, Zoland Books (Cambridge, 1993). Her poems have been anthologized in The Best American Poetry, Poets Choice, and many other anthologies. She teaches at the University of New Hampshire.
Reb Livingston is the author of Your Ten Favorite Words (Coconut Books, 2007), Pterodactyls Soar Again (Whole Coconut Chapbook Series, 2006), co-author of Wanton Textiles (No Tell Books, 2006) and co-editor of The Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel anthology series. Her work has appeared in The Best American Poetry, American Poetry Review, and other publications. She's also the editor of No Tell Motel and publisher of No Tell Books.
June 23 6 - 8 p.m.Eatonville Upstairs Lounge 2121 14th St. NW
Come to a Happy Hour fundraiser for Split This Rock Poetry Festival. More details soon ... Don't miss this chance to support your favorite poetry festival and get the goods on Festival developments ..
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