Beltway Poetry Quarterly

Poetry News

May 2019

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…to Grace Cavalieri and Fred Joiner, recipients of the inaugural Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowships.

…to KaNikki Jakarta, newly-appointed Poet Laureate of Alexandria for a three year term.

…to Sarah Browning, winner of the Lillian E. Smith Writer-in-Service Award, which includes a monetary grant and residency at Piedmont College in Georgia.

…to Reginald Dwayne Betts, whose poems about money bail (which imprisons poor people who have not been tried or convicted), are on display at MoMA PS1 in the exhibit “Redaction,” a collaboration with visual artist Titus Kaphar.

…to David Keplinger, winner of the Rilke Prize from the University of North Texas.

…to Julie R. Enszer, awarded a My Good Judy Residency in New Orleans from the Commonality Institute.

…to the Washington Post Springtime in Washington Haiku Contest winner, Dan Horner. And to the runners-up: Stuart Bassin, David Biderman, Bob Blair, Rick Borchelt, Rachel Cohen, Roberto Christiano, Shirley Edwards, Anna Eklund-Cheong, Nancy Gregory, Andrew Gudgel, Lois Herrmann, Melanie Kobos, Sharon Kuykendall, Thomas Murphy, Lorraine W. Polik, Tony Rounds, Cathy Sampson, D.R. Sands, Corey Seeman, Jaynie Simmons, Glenn Springer, Linnea Warren, Ethan West, and Jo Ann York.

…to Jabari Asim, winner of the Elma Lewis Distinguished Fellowship from Emerson College.

…to Stanley Plumly, a (posthumous) finalist for the 2019 Marfield Prize.

…to David W. Blight and Jeffrey C. Stewart, winners of Pulitzer Prizes for books on DC authors Frederick Douglass and Alain Locke.

…to Kyle G. Dargan, long-listed for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.

…to Kyle G. Dargan, the final judge, and Elizabeth Acevedo, the host, of the Poetry Out Loud National Finals. And to the area students who competed in the event: Rosalie Ngatchou, representing DC; Grace Amelia Knor, representing Maryland; Katherine Nguyen, representing Virginia; Chelsea M. Anokye-Agyei, representing Delaware; and Brett Napier, representing West Virginia.

…to winners of the Maryland State Individual Artist Grants in Literature, including Rion Amilcar, Bill Beverly, Brother Yao, James Allen Hall, Donna Hemans, Lalita Noronha, Kathleen Wheaton, and Paula Whyman. The Maryland Arts Council also provided a grant to the Poetry X Hunger Project.


In Memoriam

Condolences to the friends, family, and former students of Stanley Plumly, who died on Thursday, April 11, 2019, of multiple myeloma.


New Releases

Elizabeth Acevedo, With the Fire on High (novel, Harper Collins)

Linda Blaskey, White Horses (Mojave River Press)

Linda Blaskey, Gail Braune Comorat, Jane C. Miller, and Wendy Ingersoll, Walking the Sunken Boards (poetry collaboration, Pond Road Press)

Mark Fitzgerald, Downburst (Cinnamon Press)

t’ai freedom ford, & more black (Augury Books)

Michael S. Glaser, The Threshold of Light (chapbook, Bright Hill Press)

Tanya Olson, Stay (Yes Yes Books)

Susan Sonde, The Arsonist (Main Street Rag Publishing)

Endlessly Rocking: A Whitman Celebration, ed. Stan Galloway and Nicole Yurcaba. Contributors include: Sarah Browning, Henry Crawford, J. Indigo Eriksen, Patricia Gray, Yahia Lababidi, Gerry LaFemina, Kim Roberts, Sally Toner, Ed Zahniser (anthology, Unbound Content)

Here: Poems for the Planet, ed. Elizabeth J. Coleman. Contributors include: Francisco Aragon, Kyle G. Dargan, Nikki Giovanni, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Robert Hass, Pablo Medina, W.S. Merwin, Natasha Saje, Tim Seibles, Tracy K. Smith, Natasha Trethewey, Charles Wright (anthology, Copper Canyon Press)

Lovejets: Queer Male Poets on 200 Years of Walt Whitman, ed. Raymond Luczak. Contributors include: Robert L. Giron, Jeff Mann, Gregg Shapiro, Walt Whitman (Squares and Rebels Press)

Washington Independent Review of Books, ed. Holly Smith. Recent issues include an essay on the short story by Tara Laskowski, an interview with David A. Taylor, and a review of the new novel by Louis Bayard.


Recommended Events

Literary Hill BookFest
May 5, 11am to 3pm
Book vendors, readings, children’s events. Participating authors include: Louis Bayard, Jona Colson, Bob Levey, Michael Levin, Jonathan Lewis, E. Ethelbert Miller, George Derek Musgrove, Garrett Peck, Kim Roberts, Yermiyahu Ahron Taub
North Hall, Eastern Market, 225 Seventh St. SE, DC
Followed by an open mic poetry reading at 3pm, across the street at Tunnicliff’s Tavern
Free admission

Walt Whitman 200 Festival
May 23 – June 3, various DC locations. Readings, workshops, panels, performances, tours, concerts and films that respond to Whitman’s continuing legacy. Celebrate the 200th anniversary of Walt Whitman’s birth! Free admission to most events. Thirty community partners present over 50 events during 12 exciting days. Events include: exhibitions at the Library of Congress and the Moorland-Spingarn Archives at Howard University; a series of writing workshops at public library branches throughout the city, led by Regie Cabico; a panel discussion on Whitman, Neruda, and Ginsberg; concerts at All Souls Unitarian Church and the Washington National Cathedral; several walking tours; eco-poetry readings at With Plants at Union Market; an epistolary poetry workshop at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum; a Humanitini on care for wounded soldiers, past and present; a discussion on civil war medicine at the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum; Poetry Films at RhizomeDC; a Whitman guided meditation; Whitman-inspired yoga for seniors; Whitman-themed literary cocktails; a book discussion at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery; an Old Soldiers Home Cemetery tour on Memorial Day; a reading of poems Whitman wrote while living in DC at the Folger Shakespeare Library–and so much more! Don’t miss Beltway Poetry’s contribution to the festivities: the opening night party and “Song of Myself” marathon reading at Busboys and Poets, 450 K St. NW, from 6:30 pm to whenever on May 23! Come and sign up for a slot to read. Hosted by Venus Thrash and Kim Roberts.



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