Beltway Poetry Quarterly

Poetry News

July and August 2018

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…to Kay Ryan, winner of a MacArthur “Genius” Grant.

…to Rita Dove, the new poetry editor for the New York Times Magazine.

…to Henry Hart, the new Poet Laureate of Virginia.

…to Teri Ellen Cross Davis, awarded a fellowship-in-residence to the Cottages at Hedgebrook.

…to Melanie McCabe, awarded a fellowship-in-residence to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

…to Philip Clark, awarded a fellowship-in-residence at the MacDowell Colony.

…to Molly McCully Brown, who begins a two-year Poetry Fellowship at the Kenyon Review this month.

…to Yona Harvey, the 2018 Arts Queensland Poet-in-Residence in Australia.

…to Tony Medina, whose book I Am Alfonso Jones was selected for a 2018 Skipping Stones Honor Award.

…to Oliver Baez Bendorf, winner of the CSU Poetry Center’s Open Book Poetry Competition.

…to the Authors Guild Regional Ambassadors for Washington, DC: Beryl Benderly, E. Ethelbert Miller, and Mary Kay Zuravleff.

…to Bill Glose, winner of first prize in the Heroes’ Voices competition for poems by military veterans.

…to the 79 recipients of 2018-19 NEA Big Read grants, including Annapolis and Baltimore in Maryland; and Fredericksburg, Wise, Farmville, Norfolk, Lebanon and Alberta in Virginia. We also congratulate the organizations who won funding from the NEA in the latest grant cycle, including: Associated Writing Programs, National Public Radio, PEN/Faulkner, Split This Rock, and Fall for the Book.

In Memoriam

We were sad to hear about the death of former US Poet Laureate Donald Hall on June 23, 2018 at age 89. We send condolences to his friends, family, and former students.

We also mourn the tragic murders of those who worked for the Annapolis Capital Gazette: Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaason, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith, and Wendi Winters.

New Releases

Jacquelyn Bengfort, Navy News Service (micro e-chapbook, Ghost City Press)

Donald Hall, A Carnival of Losses: Notes on Nearing Ninety (memoir, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Cynthia Marie Hoffman, Call Me When You Want to Talk About the Tombstones (Persea Books)

Andrew Jarvis, Blood Moon (Homebound Publications)

David Keplinger, Another City (Milkweed Editions)

Michael H. Levin, Man Overboard (Finishing Line Press)

Maureen Williams, The Two Champions and Other Whimsies (children’s poetry, Maureen Williams)

Stoked Words: An Anthology of Queer Poetry from the Capturing Fire Slam & Summit, ed. Regie Cabico. Contributors include: Megan Alpert, Sunu Chandy, Marlena Chertock, K. Tyler Christensen, Jona Colson, Margaret Lee Corum, Brittany K. Fonte, Tyler French, Natalie Illum, Taylor Johnson, Eryca Kasse, Judson Lewis, J Scales, Dan Vera (Capturing Fire Press)

Barrelhouse, Issue 18, 2018, ed. Dan Brady, Tara Campbell, Dave Housley, et al. Contributors include: Sandra Beasley, Jona Colson, Phil Hearn.

“The Poet and The Poem from the Library of Congress,” podcasts hosted by Grace Cavalieri. Recent additions to the archive include interviews with Nin Andrews, David Gewanter, Michael Lally, Linda Pastan.

Washington Independent Review of Books, ed. Holly Smith.  Recent issues have included a reviews by Grace Cavalieri of recent books by Geraldine Connolly and Martin Galvin, and Ann Quinn.

Featured EventS

The Joaquin Miller Reading Series, hosted by The Word Works, continues through the end of July, with readings on July 1 (Tara Bray and Christina Rau), July 8 (Joelle Biele and Lisa Dordal), July 15 (Sandy Coomer and Donald Illich) and July 22 (Kimberly Quiogue Andrews and Jason Morphew). All readings take place Sunday afternoons from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at Rock Creek Nature Center in the auditorium, 5200 Glover Rd. NW, Rock Creek Park, DC. Featured readers followed by a brief open mic. Wheelchair accessible, lots of free parking, reception follows each reading.

July 17 at 7:00 pm, Kim Roberts gives a presentation on her new book, A Literary Guide to Washington, DC: Walking in the Footsteps of American Writers from Francis Scott Key to Zora Neale Hurston at the Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I Street NW, DC. The event starts with an optional tour of the historic Club building, once home to Henry Adams, at 6:40 pm, and ends with a cash bar reception with the author. Free admission.

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