East of the River Book Festival Saturday, October 22, 2016

On Saturday, October 22, 2016, writers and readers of all ages will flock to Ward 8 to participate in the annual East of the River Book Festival at Rocketship Rise Academy, 2335 Raynolds Place, SE, Washington, DC, 20020 from 11am-3pm. For the third year, this citywide literary festival will be the headquarters for diverse books for children, teens and adults in the DC area. This event will highlight the titles of independent authors and small presses.

Attendees will be amazed by the storytelling talents of poets from the American Poetry Museum, dramatic presentations by Marjuan Canady and Nabeeh Bilal, creators of Callaloo, and the Culture Queen, creator of I Like the Me I See! CD, and so many authors! To top it off, this book festival is a costume party in disguise! All attendees (yup, that means adults too) are encouraged to wear costumes that reflect their favorite author or book character! We have more surprises but you will have to see them with your own eyes! For additional details, visit www.eastoftheriverbookfestival.com, the East of the River Book Festival Facebook page, @EotRBookFest on Twitter or @EotRBookFest on Instagram.

By |October 6th, 2016|Calendar, Event|Comments Off on East of the River Book Festival Saturday, October 22, 2016|

The Writing Life, hosted by E.Ethelbert Miller featuring Joseph Ross

In this edition of HoCoPoLitSo’s The Writing Life, poet Joseph Ross speaks with host and fellow poet E. Ethelbert Miller about the role of writers as activists and memory keepers, the ideas of faith and storytelling through poetry, and the craft of putting together a manuscript. Ross, the author of Gospel of Dust, Meeting Bone Man and the forthcoming Ache, is a Washington, D.C. poet, teacher, blogger and activist. Ross reads, “When Your Word is a Match,” his poem about Willie Louis, the 18-year-old who testified against the white men who murdered Emmett Till in Mississippi in 1955. The two men discuss the sticky history of race in this country, as well as the role of poets, black and white, in addressing the subject. This conversation was recorded during the uproar over police killings of black citizens. Ross says, “If you’re in America, the race challenges that we have faced for the two hundred-plus years of the American idea, the American experiment, as you’ve said, it’s always been something we wrestle with. It’s the country I live in, it’s the country you live in. Yes, I live in it in a different way because of my skin, as compared to yours.” Recorded in October 2015. For more information about HoCoPoLitSo’s live or recorded programs, or to support efforts to promote contemporary literature, visit www.hocopolitso.org.

By |June 17th, 2016|Calendar, Event|Comments Off on The Writing Life, hosted by E.Ethelbert Miller featuring Joseph Ross|

Picturing and Poeting

Some of you will recognize the subject of this blog as the title of renowned designer Alan Flecther’s book of the same title. Phaidon describes his book as “a playful graphics and creative wordplay”; I like to use the term to talk ekphrastic poetry.
The New York Times has a series they call “A Picture and a Poem” which features “a never-before-published poem, paired with a newly commissioned work of contemporary art.”
I think this is quite an interesting twist on the usual manner in which we hear about poetry and art interacting. As a poet it is quite inspiring to see the written word treated as a serious piece of art that can also be interpreted visually (not only in the concrete manner), not just the other way around.

There really are some really interesting pairings, check out the full listing of them here

Here is a link to Alan Fletcher’s book Picturing and Poeting by Phaidon

By |January 25th, 2016|Calendar, Event|Comments Off on Picturing and Poeting|

a TEDx Talk by Jericho Brown

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Furious Flower’s online journal, The Fight & The Fiddle

If you are interesting in what is going on in the broad world of Black/African American Poetry, I think it is important not only to stay in touch with what is going on with The Furious Flower Poetry Center @ James Madison University.

Speaking of The Furious Flower Poetry Center , they publish a great blog/online journal called The Fight & The Fiddle, where you can read the latest interviews, essays, ideas and other news coming of the Center.

Click  here the latest feature talk/interview with Reginald Dwayne Betts

Also check out a piece by Furious Flower founder Dr. Joanne Gabbin on Sterling A. Brown

Some other recent pieces include segments with:

Ross Gay
Dawn Lundy Martin
Kyle Dargan





By |December 12th, 2015|Calendar, Event|Comments Off on Furious Flower’s online journal, The Fight & The Fiddle|
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The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop

I know that I am quite late in posting this, but I have been enjoying this important anthology and the special audio, video, and PDF issue of POETRY Magazine.

I am not going to say too much about them because I really think the work speaks for itself, so this mere a late pass invitation to check out the work. Big props to Haymarket Press and Don Share and POETRY Magazine to bring this work the world.

By |December 11th, 2015|Calendar, Event|Comments Off on The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop|

POSTPONED—DC: Poetry: An evening with A. Van Jordan 8-27-2015

Dolores Kendrick, Poet Laureate of District of Columbia presents An Evening with Award Winning Author A. Van Jordan hosted by Ebenezers Coffeehouse and DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Thursday, August 27, 2015 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Ebenezers Coffeehouse
201 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

A. Van Jordan is the author of four collections: Rise, M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A, (2005), which was listed as one the Best Books of 2005 by The London Times; Quantum Lyrics, (2007); and The Cineaste, (2013). Jordan has been awarded a Whiting Writers Award, an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and a Pushcart Prize. He is the Henry Rutgers Presidential Professor at Rutgers University-Newark.

Complimentary with RSVP @ www.avanjordan.eventbrite.com.
LIMITED SEATING. A reception will follow the reading.


Commissioners: Kay Kendall, Chair | Susan Clampitt | Edmund C. Fleet | Antoinette Ford

Rhona Wolfe Friedman | Alma H. Gates | Darrin L. Glymph | Barbara J. Jones

James E. Laws, Jr. | MaryAnn Miller | José Alberto Uclés | Gretchen B. Wharton

By |August 13th, 2015|Calendar, Event|Comments Off on POSTPONED—DC: Poetry: An evening with A. Van Jordan 8-27-2015|

APM’s Facebook Page

Please bear with us as we refine our blogging process and frequency on this website, in the meantime stay tuned to our Facebook page which has poetry and art related news from around the world regularly posted.

American Poetry Museum Facebook

By |July 30th, 2015|Calendar, Event|Comments Off on APM’s Facebook Page|

Book Release for Lisa Pegram 7/3/2015 @ 6-9pm

The Center for Poetic Thought is proud to host the official release of Cracked Calabash by Lisa Pegram. You will not want to miss this. Please join us July 3rd 2015 at The Center for Poetic Thought located at 716 Monroe St NE Studio #25 Washington, DC 20017.

The price of admission includes a copy of book.

We look forward to seeing you and celebrating with our sister.

By |June 27th, 2015|Calendar, Event|Comments Off on Book Release for Lisa Pegram 7/3/2015 @ 6-9pm|

Congratulations to Juan Felipe Herrera, the new US Poet Laureate

The American Poetry Museum and The Center for Poetic Thought would like to congratulate Juan Felipe Herrera on being appointed as the U.S. Poet Laureate.

We are excited to see what a poet with his eyes, ears and heart brings to this post.

Here are a few links to more info about Juan Felipe Herrera:

Juan Felipe Herrera Named Poet Laureate
U.S. poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera on the art of poetry
Juan Felipe Herrera Named U.S. Poet Laureate
Juan Felipe Herrera to become United States’ first Latino poet laureate
Juan Felipe Herrera : The Poetry Foundation
Juan Felipe Herrera | Academy of American Poets

By |June 12th, 2015|Event|Comments Off on Congratulations to Juan Felipe Herrera, the new US Poet Laureate|