Beltway Poetry Quarterly

Poetry News

June 2018

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…to Rita Dove, awarded an honorary doctorate degree from Harvard University.

…to Tony Medina, whose book I Am Alfonso Jones was selected by the Enoch Pratt Free Library as a recommended summer read for Baltimore teens (and will be given out free to 500 lucky readers).

…to the poets as well as student designers at Montgomery College who created the 2018 posters for the Spring for Poetry public art project in Takoma Park, MD. Special kudos to local poets E. Ethelbert Miller and Terence Winch whose poems are included among ten total posters. The project is spearheaded each year by Merrill Leffler, Ann Slaydon, and Michele Morgan.

…to the DC-based Latinx writers selected as 2018 Canto Mundo fellows, including John Manuel Arias, Oliver Baez Bendorf, and Dan Vera.

…to Cherryl T. Cooley,  Writer-in-Residence at Woodlawn and the Pope-Leighey House in Alexandria, VA.

…to Quique Aviles, winner of the Herb White Award from the District of Columbia Arts Center.

…to the DC Public Libraries, who re-open the newly renovated Cleveland Park branch library on June 16.

In Memoriam

We were saddened to hear of the recent death of Rod Jellema, and extend our condolences to all his friends, family, and former colleagues and students at the University of Maryland.

New Releases

Anne Becker, Human Animal (Pond Road Press)

DJ Gaskin, Of Crows & Superstitions (Main Street Rag Books)

Sid Gold, Crooked Speech (Pond Road Press)

Ted Kooser, Kindest Regards: New and Selected Poems (Copper Canyon Press)

Kateema Lee, Musings of a Netflix Binge Watcher (chapbook, Finishing Line Press)

Lucien Mattison, Reaper’s Milonga (YesYes Books)

Kim Roberts, A Literary Guide to Washington, D.C.: Walking in the Footsteps of American Writers from Francis Scott Key to Zora Neale Hurston (nonfiction/anthology; University of Virginia Press)

Laura Shovan, Takedown (children’s literature, Wendy Lamb Books/Random House)

Pamela Murray Winters, The Unbeckonable Bird (FutureCycle Press)

Anne Harding Woodworth, The Eyes Have It (Turning Point Books)

Renga for Obama, ed. Major Jackson. Contributors include: Elizabeth Alexander, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Thulani Davis, Cornelius Eady, Annie Finch, Yona Harvey, Juan Felipe Herrera, Ailish Hopper, A. Van Jordan, Sally Wen Mao, Erika Meitner, Gregory Pardlo, Linda Pastan (anthology, Harvard Review)

Broadkill Review, May/June 2018, ed. Jamie Brown, et al. Contributors include: Nina Bennett, Clyde Kessler, Charles Rammelkamp, Naomi Thiers, Stephen Scott Whitaker.

Gargoyle 67, ed. Richard Peabody. Compact disc, 2018. Contributors include: E.A. Aymar, Teri Cross Davis, Hayes Davis, Leeya Mehta, Carly Sachs, Rebecca Villarreal, Mary-Sherman Willis.

Gargoyle 68, ed. Richard Peabody, 2018. Contributors include: Star Black, Linda Blaskey, Shirley J. Brewer, Nancy Naomi Carlson, Doritt Carroll, Charles Ciccoretti, Kathleen Corcoran, Barbara DeCesare, David Ebenbach, Meg Eden, Lane Falcon, Sid Gold, Michael Gushue, J. Howard, Donald Illich, Bruce A. Jacobs, Beth Konkoski, Raima Larter, Lyn Lifshin, Saundra Rose Maley, Jen Michalski, Miles David Moore, Elisabeth Murawski, Amanda Newell, Meredith Pond, Barbara Ann Porte, Charles Rammelkamp, Michael Ratcliffe, Alan C. Reese, William Rivera, Kim Roberts, Gary Stein, Sally Toner, Pamela Murray Winters, Rob Winters, Emma Sky Wolf, Michele Wolf, Andrea Wyatt, Ed Zahniser.

Little Patuxent Review, ed. Steven Levya, Issue 24, Summer 2018. Contributors include: Paulette Beete, Derrick Weston Brown, Natalie Illum, Gary Stein.

Redux Literary Journal, ed. Leslie Pietrzyk. Recent issues have featured poems by Meg Eden and fiction by Laura Oliver.

Washington Independent Review of Books, ed. Holly Smith.  Recent issues have included a reviews by Grace Cavalieri of recent books by Susan Okie, Linda Pastan, Pia Taavila-Borsheim, Terence Winch, Anne Harding Woodworth.

Featured Event

8th Annual Capturing Fire International Queer Spoken Word Summit and Slam, June 8 – 9, Woolly Mammoth Theater, Washington, DC. Readings, workshops, slams, teach-in. Featured poets include: Regie Cabico, Sarah D. Lawson, Sonya Renee Taylor. Beltway Poetry Quarterly is proud to be one of the festival’s community sponsors. Events include a special reading on Saturday morning, June 9 from 10:00 to 11:30 am: “Flaming: A Queer Beltway Poetry Reading” featuring Saida AgostiniDanielle Badra, Margaret Corum, Danielle Evennou, Tanya OlsonVenus Thrash, and readings of queer DC forebears by Regie Cabico. Free admission.

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