Beltway Poetry Quarterly

Poetry News

February 2017

Listings of readings and performances in the Poetry News only include events in the greater DC area (covering roughly the same area that the METRO public transit system covers), although we include a larger geographic region for listings of Competitions, Grants, Calls for Entries, Workshops, and Special Events (covering all of DC, MD, VA, WV, and DE).

We try to be as complete and accurate as possible. Listing here does not constitute an endorsement, nor can we be responsible for last-minute changes and additions. Please check with sponsors to confirm the accuracy of listings.

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…to Ed Spitzberg, new Executive Director of the Writer’s Center.

…to Luis Alberto Ambroggio and Juan Felipe Herrera, selected by the Latino Book Review for the 2017 Reading Challenge.

…to Randall Horton, winner of the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award for Creative Nonfiction.

…to Roberta Beary, named a Roving Ambassador by the Haiku Foundation.

…to Deborah Ager, winner of a Rivendell Fellowship.

New Releases

Remica Bingham-Risher, Starlight & Error (Diode Editions)

Ann Bracken, No Barking in the Hallways: Poems from the Classroom (New Academia Publishing)

Kelly Cherry, Quartet for J. Robert Oppenheimer (Louisiana State University Press)

John Elsberg, Not Quite Ocean: Selected Poems, compiled by Connie Elsberg (Paycock Press)

Natalie Giarrantano, Big Thicket Blues (Sundress Publications)

Gary Copeland Lilley, The Bushman’s Medicine Show (Lost Horse Press)

Joe Osterhaus, The Short Ride Home (Trio Books)

Maritza Rivera, aka Mariposa, Blackjack Poetry Playing Cards (deck of cards with a poem printed on each, Casa Mariposa Press)

Kim Roberts, The Scientific Method (WordTech Editions)

Jane Satterfield, Apocalypse Mix (Autumn House)

Pia Taavila-Borsheim, Mother Mail (chapbook, Hermeneutic Chaos Press)

Yermiyahu Ahron Taub, The Education of a Daffodil: Prose Poems/Di bildung fun a geln nartsis: prozelider (Hadassa Word Press, 2017)

Bared: Contemporary Poetry and Art on Bras and Breasts, ed. Laura Madeline Wiseman. Contributors include: Kimberly L. Becker, Ann Bracken, Shirley J. Brewer, Grace Cavalieri, Jehanne Dubrow, Meg Eden, Julie R. Enszer, Gray Jacobik, Lyn Lifshin, Jane Satterfield, Laura Shovan, Sue Ellen Thompson, Sarah Ann Winn, Rosemary Winslow, Anne Harding Woodworth (anthology, Create Space)

Capitals, ed. Abhay K. Contributors include: Indran Amirthanayagam, Volzhyna Mort, Kim Roberts, Mary Jo Salter, Myra Sklarew, Marcela Sulak. (anthology, Bloomsbury Press)

District Lines, Vol. IV, ed. Justin Stephani. Contributors include: Monique Hayes, Cary Kamarat, Michael H. Levin, Leeya Mehta, John Monagle, Dwaine Rieves, Ellen Sazzman, J.D. Smith, Michele Wolf (anthology, Opus Press)

Lines + Stars, “Low Tide, High Tide,” Winter 2017, ed. Rachel Adams. Contributors include: Beth Konskoski and Molly McGinnis.

Washington Independent Review of Books, ed. David O. Stewart.  Recent issues have included a reviews by Grace Cavalieri of recent books by Nin Andrews, Alan Britt, Tom Donlon, Alan King, Philip Levine, Abdourahman Waberi.