Beltway Poetry Quarterly

Staff, Partners, & Volunteers

The Editors

Margaret Corum is a writer, poet, and editor from Washington, DC. This past summer she completed a residency with Hampton Consulting & Film. She is a baker, personal assistant, and film production assistant. She is currently at work on her first poetry collection.



Photo: Mig Dooley

Photo: Mig Dooley

Kim Roberts founded Beltway Poetry Quarterly in January 2000. She is the author of five books of poems: The Scientific Method (WordTech Editions, 2017), Fortune’s Favor: Scott in Antarctica (Poetry Mutual, 2015), Animal Magnetism (Pearl Editions, 2011), The Kimnama (Poetry Mutual/Vrzhu Press, 2007), and The Wishbone Galaxy (WWPH, 1994), and two books documenting DC’s literary history: A Literary Guide to Washington, DC: Walking in the Footsteps of American Writers from Francis Scott Key to Zora Neale Hurston (University of Virginia Press, forthcoming in 2018), and Lip Smack: A History of Spoken Word Poetry in DC (Beltway Books, 2010). She is also editor of the print anthology Full Moon on K Street: Poems About Washington, DC (Plan B Press, 2010) and co-publisher, with Dan Vera, of the web exhibit DC Writers’ Homes. Roberts has been the recipient of grants from the DC Commission on the Arts, the Humanities Council of Washington, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In addition, she has been awarded residency grants from seventeen artist colonies. Her website:

Venus Thrash is the author of the poetry collection, The Fateful Apple(Hawkins Publishing, 2014), nominated for the 2015 Pen America Open Book Award. Her poetry has been published in Public PoolTorchThe Arkansas Review, and in the anthology Resisting Arrest: Poems That Stretch the Sky. Thrash is the recipient of a 2016 writer’s residency at The Vermont Studio Center. She’s a co-director of the Joaquin Miller Poetry Series, a Cave Canem graduate fellow and a Summer Seminar in Kenya and Fire and Ink scholar. She is a full-time writer and mom.

Read an interview of Kim Roberts by Margaret Corum.

Associate Editor

Photo: Les Talusan

Gowri Koneswaran is a Tamil American poet, performing artist, teaching artist, and lawyer whose parents immigrated from Sri Lanka. Her advocacy has addressed animal welfare, the environment, and the rights of prisoners and the criminally accused. She is co-author of two peer-reviewed scientific journal articles on the environmental impacts of factory farming. Koneswaran was a member of the 2010 DC Southern Fried Slam team and has performed at Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Atlas Performing Arts Center, Capital Fringe Festival, and Smithsonian Folklife Festival, as well as Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company events co-sponsored by the Poets & Writers Readings/Workshops program. With Palestinian composer and musician Huda Asfour, she co-produced and performed in Yasmeen at the 2014 Atlas Intersections Festival. She serves as poetry coordinator at BloomBars, a poetry events host at Busboys and Poets, and senior poetry editor with Jaggery: A DesiLit Arts and Literature Journal. Gowri tweets on-the-spot haiku @gowricurry.

Guest Editors

One issue of Beltway Poetry every year is guest edited by a writer who has previously been featured in the journal. Our roster of guest editors is eminent!

Past guest editors have included: Elizabeth Acevedo of the DC Slam Team, Kwame Alexander of the Capital BookFest, Francisco Aragón of Letras Latinas at the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, Naomi Ayala of Hermana a Hermana/Sister to Sister, Holly Bass and Joel Dias-Porter of Cave Canem, Andrea Carter Brown, co-founder of Barrow Street, Sarah Browning of Split This Rock Poetry Festival, Regie Cabico of LaTiDo, Nancy Naomi Carlson, Katherine E. Young and Suzanne Zweizig of DC-ALT, Grace Cavalieri of “The Poet and the Poem from the Library of Congress,” Teri Ellen Cross of the Folger Shakespeare Library, Brian Gilmore of the Progressive Media Project, Michael Gushue of Poetry Mutual, Merrill Leffler of Dryad Press, Toni Asante Lightfoot of Young Chicago Authors, Saundra Rose Maley of the Washington Friends of Walt Whitman, Katy Richey of the Sunday Kind of Love reading series, Myra Sklarew, professor emeritas at American University, stevenallenmay of Plan B Press, Hilary Tham of The Word Works, Inc., Maureen Thorson of Big Game Books, Venus Thrash of the University of the District of Columbia, and Dan Vera of DC Writers’ Homes.

A special tribute to guest editors was published on the occasion of the journal’s tenth anniversary in January 2010, Issue 11:1.


We are proud to have developed partnerships with several other organizations with strong ties to the region. DC Film Alliance hosts our subscriber list serve, and the journal lives on its server. Split This Rock and The Word Works have served as fiscal sponsors. Funding for select issues was provided by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Humanities Council of Washington, DC.

We have also co-sponsored initiatives and special issues with: the American Poetry Museum, The Bunny and the Crocodile Press, DC-ALT, Letras Latinas (a program of the Institute of Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame, DC Office), Plan B Press, Poetry Mutual, Split This Rock, and the Washington Friends of Walt Whitman.

We are extremely grateful to all of our partners. For more information on how your organization can partner with Beltway Poetry Quarterly, please contact us at

Interns and Volunteers

Our current intern is Samantha Liming. Liming graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2017 with a double major in English and French. She worked to publish the school’s literary magazine, Avatar, as well as working with the Voices Reading Series and the Chesapeake Writer’s Conference. She is the 2017 recipient of the Gail West Parmentier Arts Alliance Award for Creative Writing.

Thanks also to all our past interns and volunteers: Hayden Arp, Joon Song, Jessica Roxburgh, Alyssa Schimmel, Pauline Tran, Georgia Chaconas, Olga Tsyganova, Helen Park, Jennifer Tamayo, Andy Cole, Lauren Harrison, Michael Degnan, Carol Heller Nation, Ann Kurzius, Emery Pajer, and David Bujard.


Support for Beltway Poetry Quarterly has come from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Humanities Council of Washington, DC. Additional support has been generously provided by the American Poetry Museum, DC Shorts Film Festival, Letras Latinas, Poetry Mutual, Split This Rock, and The Word Works.

We are also indebted to the following individual donors: Andrea Carter Brown, Tom Drescher, Nereide Ellis, Jon Gann, Judy Thibalt Klevins, Richard McCann, Martin G. Murray, Carol Heller Nation, Gwen Rubinstein, Tonda Rush, Myra Sklarew, and Martha Tabor.

If you’d like to provide monetary support for the continued publication of Beltway Poetry, please contact us at Donations made through our fiscal sponsor are tax deductible; please inquire.