2017 AWP Conference Schedule

Join AWP's literary community for the following offsite events, hosted throughout the area during our conference. These events are not produced, moderated, or curated by AWP. We list these events as a courtesy to our attendees.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Venus Theater, 21 C St, Laurel, Maryland, 20707

UN/MASKED, Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl On Tour
Cost: $5.00
Event URL: website
Guerrilla Girl, Aphra Behn, reads from her new memoir, UN/MASKED, Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl On Tour and talks about being a feminist artist and activist. Venus Theatre will honor her with their Lifetime Achievement Award. ggontour.com donnakaz.com Co-sponsored by DC NOW
Contact: Venus Theatre and DC NOW
Organization: Venus Theatre and DC NOW
Organization URL: website

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Mulebone: 2121 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

#Lit-in-Color Write-a-Thon
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Kaya Press and The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective invite you to come and spend a day (or a few hours or even just 30 minutes) with an amazing group of Writers of Color who will be leading generative mini-writing workshops inspired by the writing of Writers of Color.
Contact: Neelanjana Banerjee
Organization: Kaya Press
Organization URL: website

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Buttercream Bakeshop, 1250 9th St NW, Washington DC, 20001

Tupelo Quarterly Contributors' Reading
Cost: Free
I hope you will join us for an evening of poetry by Tupelo Quarterly contributors. Presenters will include Jennifer Givhan, Sandy Longhorn, Stephanie Schlaifer, and many others. Complimentary refreshments will be provided, including cheesecake bites and macaroons.
Contact: Kristina Marie Darling
Organization: Tupelo Quarterly
Organization URL: website

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, Washington DC, 20009

The Wandering Song Book Launch!
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Split This Rock & Tia Chucha Press present the brand new, first-of-its-kind anthology The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States. Readers include Leticia Hernández-Linares, Francisco Aragón, Darrel Alejandro Holnes, Sheila Maldonado, Willy Palomo, Cynthia Guardado, and more!
Contact: Sarah Browning
Organization: Split This Rock and Tia Chucha Press
Organization URL: website

DC Hotel, 1009 11th St NW, Washington DC, 20001

Making Travel Writing a Sustainable Career
Cost: Free
No matter where you live or what type of writing you primarily pursue, writing about travel destinations can be a surprisingly easy way to supplement your income. The author of The Six-Figure Travel Writing Road Map breaks down the best opportunities to get published (and PAID for your writing).
Contact: Gabi Logan
Organization: Dream of Travel Writing
Organization URL: website

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

German-American Heritage Museum of the USA, 719 6th St. NW, Washington DC, 20001

Jonathan Huston at German-American Heritage Foundation
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Reading by Jonathan Huston (Best European Fiction 2017), moderated by Dr. Astrid Weigert, Department of German, Georgetown University. Welcoming remarks by Kurt Jaeger, Ambassador of Liechtenstein. Reception featuring wine from the vineyards of the Prince of Liechtenstein and hors d’oeuvres.
Contact: German American Heritage Foundation
Organization: German American Heritage Foundation and Embassy of Liechtenstein
Organization URL: website

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Walls of Books, 3325 Georgia Ave NW, Washington DC, 20010

The Word Works Authors!
Cost: Free
DC's community-centered bookstore hosts an evening of poetry, wine, & munchies to celebrate our new books. Come hear Annik Adey-Babinski, Nathalie Anderson, Jessica Cuello, David Eye, Ann Pelletier, Roger Sedarat, Fritz Ward, Amber West, and wild new translations of Cocteau by Mary-Sherman Willis.
Contact: Nancy White, President
Organization: The Word Works
Organization URL: website

6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

East City Bookshop, 645 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Washington DC, 20003

Key West Literary Seminar Alumni Reading
Cost: Free
Five award-winning alumni of the Key West Literary Seminar workshop program read from their new books. Paula Whyman, Amina Gautier, Jay Desphande, Sam Slaughter, and Theodore Wheeler will read. Come in from the cold to reconnect and reminisce about the island with other KWLS supporters and alumni at East City Bookshop on Capitol Hill.
Contact: Theodore Wheeler

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Busboys and Poets, City Vista, 1025 5th St NW, Washington DC, 20001

Newfound, Waxwing, As/Us Offsite Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Mixed genre reading hosted by journals that publish diverse American literature and international voices. Food & drinks available. Featured readers include Jennifer Moore, Maggie Smith-Beehler, Jaime Poissant, Mira Rosenthal, Sejel Shah, M.J. Gette, Safia Ehllio, LaTasha Diggs, and more.
Contact: Levis Keltner
Organization: Newfound, Waxwing, As/Us
Organization URL: website

WHUT at Howard University, 2222 Fourth Street NW, Washington DC, 20059

Cave Canem Fellows Off-Site Benefit Reading
Cost: Suggested Donation $10
Event URL: website
Join Cave Canem at AWP-D.C. for our annual Off-Site Reading, hosted by Howard University’s WHUT Radio Station, headlined by Howard alumni Amaud Jamal Johnson, Toni Asante Lightfoot, and John Murillo. Another 20 poets will share innovative work in four-minute, rapid-fire intervals. D.C.-based fellow Katy Richey will emcee. A donation of $10—or more!—upon entry benefits Cave Canem Foundation. Space is limited: Buy your ticket now and reserve your place (select “Other Program” and note “AWP Fellows Reading” and how many tickets you’re purchasing). Reception at 6:30, open to all ticket-holders. Reading at 7:00. This reading is dedicated to the memory of Monica A. Hand.
Contact: Kyla Marshell

7:00 pm

One More Page Books, 2200 N Westmoreland Street #101, Arlington, VA 22213

Animal Fiction: C.S. Malerich and J. Bowers
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
C.S. Malerich and J. Bowers read to celebrate the release of Ashland Creek Press's 2016 anthology, Among Animals 2: The Lives of Animals and Humans in Contemporary Short Fiction.
Contact: J. Bowers
Organization: One More Page Books
Organization URL: website

Embassy of Denmark at 3200 Whitehaven St NW, Washington DC, 20008

An Evening of Nordic Literature
Cost: Free
he Alan Cheuse International Writers Center at George Mason University, in conjunction with The Embassies of Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Argos Books invite you to an evening of Nordic Literature. Please join us to hear a diverse set of writers and performers from across the region followed by a brief discussion of Nordic literature. Writers include: -The First Lady of Iceland, Eliza Reid -Johannes Heldén, Sweden -Katrine Jensen, Denmark -A performance from Jon Fosse's play "Someone is Going to Come", Norway RSVP: To Jette Renneberg Elkjær at jetelk@um.dk
Contact: Matthew Davis

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Sixth Engine, 438 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC, 20001

32 Poems, Smartish Pace, & Quarterly West Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Kick off AWP 2017 with 32 Poems, Smartish Pace, and Quarterly West! Featuring readers Hadara Bar-Nadav (QW), Cortney Lamar Charleston (32P), Garrard Conley (QW), Rebecca Hazelton (32P), Shara Lessley (32P), J.C. Reyes (QW), Marianne Villanueva (QW), David Yezzi (32P), and more.
Contact: 32 Poems, Smartish Pace, & Quarterly West
Organization: 32 Poems, Smartish Pace, & Quarterly West

7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

The Atrium, Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church. 900 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC, 200

Plume Poetry Reading
Cost: Free
Plume Poetry celebrates the launch of Plume Poetry 5 with readings by: Ira Sadoff, Linda Pastan, Lynn Emanuel, Chard deNiord, Helene Cardona, John Fitzgerald, Marc Vincenz, Tom Lux, Nancy Mitchell and Elizabeth Metzger.
Contact: Plume Poetry
Organization: Plume Poetry / MadHat Press
Organization URL: website

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Olive Garden, 3480 East-West Hwy, Hyattsville, MD, 20782

YAS Queen: Out of the Margins
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Yas Queen is a night celebrating women, LGBT, and POC writers including: Heidi Czerwiec, Lynn Domina, Roy G. Guzmán, Sandra Marchetti, Nicole Oquendo, Deonte Osayande, Jessica Walsh, the 2016 Freshwater Poetry Slam Team and is hosted by Anthony Ramirez and Janeen Rastall. You can purchase drinks/dinner. Free. RVSP.
Contact: Janeen Rastall

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Soho Tea & Coffee, 2150 P St NW, Washington DC, 20037

TAYO Literary Magazine First Books Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
TAYO cultivates emerging poetry and prose, publishing writing that knifes, lifts, and strikes at the emotive truth of all things lost and adrift. This reading features TAYO contributors & friends with new books: Rachelle Cruz, Chris Santiago, Shamala Gallagher, Ching-in Chen, & Jane Lin
Contact: Janice Lobo Sapigao
Organization: TAYO Literary Magazine
Organization URL: website

8:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, Washington DC, 20009

The Queer Kiss Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
A poetry reading in response to the horrific shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, FL, reportedly provoked by the shooter observing a queer kiss. Each reader will share a poem in celebration of queer love and the LGBT community. Featured poets: Cam Awkard-Rich, Lauren May, Kathi Wolfe, and more!
Contact: Sarah Browning
Organization: Split This Rock and The Watering Hole
Organization URL: website

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Vinyl Lounge, 3401 K St NW, Washington DC, 20007

4th Annual Rock and Roll Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Twelve writers — including Danielle Evans, Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib, Ashley Strosnider, Porochista Khakpour, and Justin Tussing — will read rock-and-roll-inspired work for three to four minutes each, the length of a song. After, La Guerre will play a solo set.
Contact: Daniel A. Hoyt

8:30 pm to 10:30 pm

The Black Squirrel, 2427 18th Street NW, Washington DC, 20009

OxMag & University of Cincinnati Reading
Cost: Free
Join us for a reading in Adams Morgan presented by the editors of Miami University of Ohio's OxMag magazine and the University of Cincinnati's creative writing graduate program. Readers will present short selections of their work, including poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction.
Contact: Samantha Edmonds
Organization: OxMag and University of Cincinnati English Graduate Organization

9:00 pm

Sixth Engine, 438 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC, 20001

Monster Mags of the Midwest
Join us for a night celebrating poets published in Ninth Letter, The Journal, Mid-American Review, and The Cincinnati Review at the oldest firehouse in the District of Columbia. As they always say--Midwest is Best!
Contact: The Journal, Ninth Letter, The Cincinnati Review,
Organization: The Journal, Ninth Letter, The Cincinnati Review, Mid-American Review

Thursday, February 9, 2017

12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Busboys and Poets City Vista, 1025 5th St NW Washington DC, 20001

Unbridled Books Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Authors Elise Blackwell, Ed Falco, Masha Hamilton, Virginia Pye, and Frederick Reuss will read from their novels published by Unbridled Books. Delicious food and drink available. Please join us!
Contact: Virginia Pye

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Busboys and Poets, City Vista, 1025 5th St. NW, Washington DC, 20001

Hot Pillow III
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
The Hot Pillow moves from hidden hotel rooms to Busboys and Poets. Like our Facebook page to see all twenty-two writers who will read at Pillow, 2017. The Countee Cullen Room holds 90 seated and 125 standing. Come early & claim your space at the party. Hosted by Joani Reese.
Contact: Joani Reese

Busboys & Poets, 2021 14th St NW, Washington DC, 20009

Poetry Reading Presented by Indiana Review, Muzzle Magazine, and Yemassee Journal
Cost: Suggested Donation $5
Event URL: website
Take a breather from panel-hopping and tote-bag-hoisting! Join Indiana Review, Muzzle Magazine, and Yemassee Journal at Busboys and Poets (14th and V) for an afternoon of poetry from our superstars: Kaveh Akbar, Fatimah Asghar, Jennifer Givhan, Sam Sax, Caitlin Scarano, and Raena Shirali.
Contact: Yemassee Journal
Organization: Indiana Review, Muzzle Magazine, Yemassee Journal

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

The Big Hunt, 1345 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC, 20036

Surf & Turf: Sixth Finch & Jellyfish Magazine
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Join Jellyfish Magazine and Sixth Finch celebrate these incredible writers: Tafisha Edwards, Tony Mancus, Chase Berggrun, Alexis Almeida, Cate Peebles, Amy Lawless, Emily Bludworth de Barrios, and Christine Shan Shan Hou. Free entry. Cash bar.
Contact: Jellyfish Magazine & Sixth Finch

4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Sixth Engine, 438 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC, 20001

RHINO Poetry Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Celebrating our 40th year! Join us for a reading with RHINO Poetry contributors 2017--Steven Alvarez, Silvia Bonilla, Chris Campanioni, Leila Chatti, Kristina Marie Darling, Sara Henning, Rochelle Hurt, Safia Jama, Arden Levine, Cynthia Manick, Rachel Mennies, José A. Rodríguez, Leigh Camacho Rourks, Lee Sharkey, Sarah Vire, and David Welch Open mic! Short walk! Complimentary appetizers!
Contact: Gail Goepfert
Organization: RHINO Poetry
Organization URL: website

5:00 pm to 6:15 pm

Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St NW, Washington DC, 20001

University of Virginia Alumni Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
A reading by alumni of the University of Virginia Creative Writing Program featuring Whiting Award winning poet Safiya Sinclair, Juniper Prize winner Mark Wagenaar, and our two National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" winners from 2016, Gregory Jackson and Thomas Pierce.
Contact: James Livingood
Organization: University of Virginia Creative Writing Program
Organization URL: website

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Teaism Penn Quarter, 400 8th St. NW, Washington DC, 20004

WV Wesleyan MFA Open House
Cost: Free
A meet-and-greet with students, alums & faculty of WV Wesleyan's low-res MFA. Come and enjoy conversation and complimentary food--eggrolls, flatbread with chutney, fruits & cheeses--and a brief, low-key reading from faculty if noise-level allows. All are welcome to this open house!
Contact: Jessie van Eerden
Organization: WV Wesleyan Low-Residency MFA
Organization URL: website

The Wonderland Ballroom, 1101 Kenyon St. NW, Washington DC, 20010

University of Maryland Happy Hour for Faculty, Current Students and Alumni
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Join the faculty, current students, and alumni from the University of Maryland's Creative Writing Program on Feb. 9 at 5 PM at the Wonderland Ballroom in Columbia Heights for happy hour fun!
Contact: Lindsay Bernal
Organization: University of Maryland's Creative Writing Program
Organization URL: website

Shaw's Tavern, 520 Florida Avenue NW, Washington DC, 20001

The Greatist Unfiltered Reading & Open Mic
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Join Greatist's Unfiltered for a reading featuring authors Lisa Marie Basile, Laura-Eve Engel, and Sean Patrick Mulroy, followed by an open mic for writers who wish to share personal essays that engage with the subjects of emotional, mental, or physical health. These can be tales of love lost, weight gained, friendships broken, fears faced, or any other aspect of the ways we try to live our lives just a little bit better... and screw up in the process.
Contact: Jess Novak
Organization: Greatist
Organization URL: website

5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Courtyard by Marriott Embassy Row, 1600 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington DC, 20036

Free Verse Editions Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Join us in celebrating fine new books by Free Verse Editions writers as well as hearing poetry read by outstanding past and upcoming writers on the Free Verse Editions list. Readers will include Bruce Bond, Derek Gromadzki, Lew Klatt, Donald Platt, Ethel Rackin, Jon Thompson and Felicia Zamora, among others!
Contact: Jon Thompson
Organization: Free Verse Editions/Parlor Press
Organization URL: website

The Living Room, 1008 Vermont Ave NW Washington DC, 20005

Bennington Writing Seminars Happy Hour
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Gather with Bennington Writing Seminars students, faculty, staff, and alums for fun and frolic during Happy Hour. Open bar, dancing, and general carrying on. No readings, no agenda, just fun.
Contact: Megan Culhane Galbraith
Organization: Bennington Writing Seminars
Organization URL: website

Lobby Lounge, Marriott Marquis Washington DC, 901 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington DC, 20001

VCCA Reunion in DC!
Cost: Free
Take Five on VCCA! Join your fellow Fellows for a VCCA Reunion at AWP. Meet our new Executive Director, Joy Heyrman. Guests welcome. Look for your hosts – VCCA Fellows Council members Amy Hoffman, Andrea Carter Brown, Lex Williford, and Rone Shavers. Stop by; say hi. We look forward to seeing you.
Contact: VCCA Fellows Council
Organization: VCCA
Organization URL: website

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Busboys and Poets @ Takoma, 235 Carroll Street NW, Washington DC, 20012

Knox College's 50th Anniversary Celebration
Cost: TBA
Event URL: website
Please join Robin Metz and other faculty of the Program in Creative Writing to celebrate our 50th Anniversary. Reconnect with old friends, and hear what we've got planned for the next 50 years. Registration available at http://www.knox.edu/alumni
Contact: Monica Berlin

6:00 pm

The Boundary Stone, 116 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington DC, 20001

The Willow Springs, Okey-Panky, Pacifica Tent Show Revival Reading to Save America
Cost: Free
We’ll be filling the American swamp as fast as it can be drained with readings by Kim Addonizio, Robert Lopez, Gary Lilley, J. Robert Lennon, Margaret Malone, Kaj Tanaka, Swati Prasad, Dinty W. Moore, Su-Yee Lin, Elissa Washuta, and Samuel Ligon.
Contact: Sam Ligon

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Embassy Suites by Hilton Washington DC Convention Center, 900 10th Street NW, Washington DC, 20001

WordTech poetry reading
Cost: Free
WordTech poets read their poetry of many colors, textures, and tones.
Contact: Shelby Allen
Organization: WordTech Communications

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Touchstone Gallery, 901 New York Ave NW, Washington DC, 20001

TriQuarterly 150th Issue Celebration
Cost: Free
Join us in celebrating the launch of TriQuarterly's 150th issue. We'll enjoy readings from: Kaveh Akbar, Safiya Sinclair, A.D. Nauman, W. Andrew Ewell, Paula Carter, David Crouse & more. Northwestern faculty will be on hand to answer any questions about the MFA program. Wine will be served.
Contact: Carrie Muehle
Organization: Northwestern University MFA Program
Organization URL: website

Busboys & Poets, 2021 14th St, NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

North by Northwestern
Cost: Free
Five luminous Northwestern University Press authors and editors light up DC's Northwest quadrant with highlights from five new works of fiction, short fiction, and poetry: Martín Espada (Zapata's Disciple: Essays, 2016 edition), Lauren Marie Schmidt (Filthy Labors: Poems), Laurie Stone (My Life as an Animal), Charles Waugh (Wild Mustard: New Voices from Vietnam), and Paula Whyman (You May See a Stranger).
Contact: JD Wilson
Organization: Northwestern University Press
Organization URL: website

Marvin (upstairs), 2007 14th Street NW, Washington DC, 20009

Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices Reunion & Party
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Come celebrate 10 years of the Lambda Literary Foundation's Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices! Meet the Lambda Fellows. Catch up with classmates. We'll also launch the latest edition of Emerge: A Lambda Literary Fellows Anthology featuring work from the 2016 Fellows. #LLFellows #LLF10th
Contact: Miguel M. Morales
Organization: Lambda Literary Foundation
Organization URL: website

Reed-Smith, 1301 K Street NW, Washington DC, 20005

Kimbilio 5th Anniversary Party
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Kimblio is throwing a party to celebrate our 5th Anniversary. Come meet our Kimbilio Faculty and Fellows and raise a glass to Kimbilio's past and future. The party is at the offices of Reed-Smith,1301 K Street NW, DC. (A short walk from the convention center.) RSVP: kimbiliofiction@gmail.com
Contact: David Haynes
Organization: Kimbilio
Organization URL: website

6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

True Reformer Bldg., 1200 U St. NW, Washington DC, 20009

MNI Flower Songs: A Floricanto in Solidarity w/ Standing Rock
Cost: Free
Celebrating issue #6, HUIZACHE Magazine hosts a reading of work inspired by the Lakota Sioux Water Protectors at Standing Rock, ND featuring LA Poet Laureate Luis J. Rodriguez, Dagoberto Gilb, Sarah Browning, Aimee Suzara, Tony Diaz, Abel Salas, Odilia Galván, Pam Uschuk, Desiree Zamorano & more!
Contact: Abel Salas
Organization: HUIZACHE: The Magazine of Latino Literature
Organization URL: website

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Johnny Pistolas, 2333 18th St NW, Washington DC, 20009

Menacing Hedge Dinner Party Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Join Menacing Hedge for an offsite dinner party reading featuring an all-star lineup of Menacing Hedge contributors. Private event space, dinner and drinks available for purchase at the restaurant. http://www.johnnypistolas.com/
Contact: Kelly Boyker
Organization: Menacing Hedge
Organization URL: website

6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Busboys and Poets, City Vista, 1025 5th St NW, Washington DC, 20001

Red Hen Press Omnibus Reading
Cost: Free
Come for the poetry, stay for the food! Red Hen Press presents a smorgasbord of unforgettable poets and refreshments in partnership with DC's infamous Busboys and Poets venue. Featuring poets of past and forthcoming work from the Hen House.
Contact: Red Hen Press

6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

The Colony Club, 3118 Georgia Ave NW, Washington DC, 20010

Dynastic: an SAIC reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
This reading brings together current students, faculty, and alumni from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago to highlight the importance of community through the varying stages of the artist’s life. By honoring the impact of fellowship on our lives, we inch closer to understanding our responsibility as artists and changemakers in light of a hostile future. Hosted by Reid Drake & Natasha Mijares; with readings by Quraysh Ali Lansana, Rosellen Brown, Danielle Dutton, Jac Jemc, Justin Rosier, & Jazzy Smith.
Contact: Reid Drake
Organization: School of the Art Institute of Chicago

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

The Study on 7th Street, 1015 1/2 7th Street NW, Washington DC, 20004

Gather & Read: GWP & The Hopper Lit Mag
Cost: Free
Publisher & poet Dede Cummings will host a reading for her poetry collection To Look Out From (Homebound, April 2017). Green Writers Press and The Hopper poets & writers will also read. Debut short story launch for Tim Weed’s A Field Guide to Murder & Fly Fishing (GWP, April 2017). Also reading are: Clarence Major, Megan Buchanan, John Saad, Ellene Glenn Moore, & others! The Study on 7th Street is right across the street from the Convention Center and Carnegie Library. There will be a sign on the door indicating what side to go in (we are NOT in Bar 7). Contact Dede at 802-380-1121 if there are any problems finding the event.
Contact: Green Writers Press & The Hopper
Organization: Green Writers Press & The Hopper
Organization URL: website

7:00 pm

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW, Washington DC, 20024

Memory Transferred: Voices from the Descendants of Destruction and Displacement
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
How do Holocaust-related writings relate to and differ from other written works shaped by family history or atrocities? Meet several young writers, including descendants of Holocaust survivors, grappling with trauma in their cultural past and discover what motivates them to share their stories.
Contact: Dana Marine, USHMM
Organization: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Organization URL: website

Capitol City Brewing Co., 1100 New York Ave NW, Washington DC, 20005

Mid-Atlantic Bennington Readers' Series
Cost: Free
Join us at a venerated DC brew pub as seven alumnae of the Bennington Writing Seminars read from their recently- or soon-to-be published works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction: Jasmin Darznik; J.M. Leija; Keith Lesmeister; Jennifer Stewart Miller; Joanne Proulx; Cassie Pruyn; Kendra Tanacea. No cover! Pub food and beverages available to order. For more information, email rachelfeingold@msn.com
Contact: Rachel Feingold

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Upshur Street Books, 827 Upshur St NW, Washington DC, 20011

Kissing Booth
Cost: Free
Women alumni of UNH rock your literary world
Contact: Sarah Stickney

7:00 pm to 8:15 pm

1499 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 1301 Washington, DC 20005

TWH Poetry Workshop Salon W/Delana R. A. Dameron
Cost: donation
Event URL: website
This workshop is a fundraiser, styled in the tradition of our TWH Winter Retreats held every year in cabins on a lake in SC. Transform your work in our beautiful space with a renowned TWH facilitator Delana R. A. Dameron, Author of How God Ends Us. Complimentary light tapas and wine. Stay for the after party! #TWHatAWP2017
Contact: Monifa Lemons
Organization: The Watering Hole Poetry Org
Organization URL: website

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

One More Page Books, 2200 N Westmoreland St., Arlington, VA, 22213

Gival Press Authors' Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Gival Press reading at 7 PM with Thad Rutkowski (Guess and Check), Teri Cross Davis (Haint), Linwood Rumney (Abandoned Earth), Elizabeth Harris (Mayhem: Three Lives of a Woman), and Robert Schirmer (Barrow's Point). Free, near East Falls Church Metro stop.
Contact: Gival Press
Organization: One More Page Books
Organization URL: website

The Potter's House, 1658 Columbia Rd NW, Washington DC, 20009

National Poetry Series Winners Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Join us for a short reading and celebration of the 2015 National Poetry Series Winners: Justin Boening, Jennifer Kronovet, Melissa Range, Danniel Schoonebeek, and Joshua Bennett. The Potter's House is a nonprofit café and bookstore specializing in social movements and multicultural voices.
Contact: Milkweed Editions
Organization: Milkweed Editions
Organization URL: website

Northeast Neighborhood Library, 330 7th St. NE, Washington DC, 20002

Exquisite Corpse: A Pitt MFA Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
A collaborative reading in association with the U. of Pittsburgh MFA program. There will be poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and refreshments. Featuring, but not limited to, work by Lucia LoTempio, Clarissa A León, Avery Keatley, Katie Waring, Suzannah Russ Spaar, Hannah Eko, Tom Bair III, Brennan Chambre, Abigail Lind, Angela Velez, Anna Claire Weber, Rachel Ann Brickner, Kimberly Grabowski Strayer.
Contact: University of Pittsburgh MFA
Organization: University of Pittsburgh MFA program
Organization URL: website

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

United Methodist Church, Room B102, 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington DC, 20001

Terrapin Books Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Poets Jessica de Koninck, Christine Stewart-Nunez, and Patricia Clark will read from their new poetry books. This will be followed by a group reading by poets in the anthology The Doll Collection. Poets include Alice Friman, Enid Shomer, Richard Garcia, Kim Roberts, J.C. Todd, et al.
Contact: Diane Lockward

826DC & Tivoli's Astounding Magic Supply Co., 3333 14th St NW M120, Washington DC, 20010

Brooks Books, A Celebration of Gwendolyn Brooks
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Join editors of The Golden Shovel Anthology (Peter Kahn; Ravi Shankar; Patricia Smith), the Guild Literary Complex, 826DC & Brooks Permissions to celebrate two new Gwendolyn Brooks anthologies. Featuring performances by Terrance Hayes, Dottie Lasky, Kwame Dawes, Camille Dungy, Meena Alexander, Adrian Matejka, Quraysh Ali Lansana, Dorrianne Laux & Nora Blakely. A night of feasting & legacy poetry!
Contact: Charlie Shields
Organization: 826 DC / University of Arkansas Press / the Guild Literary Complex / Brooks Permissions
Organization URL: website

The Black Squirrel, 2427 18th Street NW, Washington DC, 20009

Rescue Press & the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Present: Capitol Letters (A Book Launch)
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
This book release and reading extravaganza will include new poetry & prose by these fine writers: Vanessa Jimenez Gabb, James Allen Hall, Douglas Kearney, Andrea Lawlor, Jane Lewty, Sheila McMullin, Hilary Plum, Adrienne Raphel, & Zach Savich.
Contact: Caryl Pagel & Danny Khalastchi
Organization: Rescue Press
Organization URL: website

DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St NW, Washington DC, 20009

Black Radish Books and Bloof Books Offsite Reading
Cost: $5.00
Event URL: website
Authors from Black Radish and Bloof Books read from their recently-released collections of poems.
Contact: Mark Lamoureux
Organization: Black Radish Books
Organization URL: website

Upshur Street Books, Upstairs, 4200 9th St NW, 3rd Floor, Washington, DC

Saturnalia Books and Univeristy of Georgia Press
Cost: Free
Join Saturnalia Books poets—Catherine Pierce, Stephanie Rogers, Elyse Fenton, Allison Titus, and Cortney Lamar Charleston—and UGA poets—Christopher Salerno, Danniel Schoonebeek, and Kyle Dargan—for a celebratory evening of poetry, drinks, and hors d'oevres. Free and open to the public.
Contact: Henry Israeli
Organization: Saturnalia Books
Organization URL: website

Busboys and Poets, 625 Monroe St NE, Washington DC, 20017

Four Way Books Off-Site Reading with Bull City Press, Persea Books, and Other Friends!
Cost: Free
Short readings with Bruce Bond, Allison Benis White, Bruce Willard, Nathan McClain. With friends: Carrie Addington, Ryan Murphy, Martha Rhodes, Lani Scozzari, Martha Custis Webster, and others. Food and libations available for purchase.
Contact: Four Way Books
Organization: Four Way Books
Organization URL: website

7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St NW, Washington DC, 20009

Write Together, Fight Together
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Barrelhouse, Catapult, Lit Hub, and The Rumpus present WRITE TOGETHER, FIGHT TOGETHER! Featuring readings from Jericho Brown, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Melissa Febos, Morgan Parker, and Sarah Sweeney, and emceed by Jonny Diamond, Lit Hub Editor-in-Chief.
Contact: Marisa Siegel
Organization: Barrelhouse, Catapult, Lit Hub, and The Rumpus

The Atrium, Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, 900 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC, 200

Plume Poetry / MadHat Press Reading
Cost: Free
Readers include Peter Cooley, John Warner Smith, Elizabeth Hodges, Matt Babcock, Kevin Gallagher, Molly Peacock, Marilyn Kallet, Phillis Levin, Jennifer Michael Hecht, Dean Kostos, D. Nurkse, Nin Andrews, Mark Scroggins, Leeya Metha, Robin Behn, Tom Sleigh, Mark Irwin, Michael Anania and Max Ritvo (read by M. Vincenz).
Contact: MadHat Press / Plume Poetry
Organization: MadHat Press / Plume Poetry
Organization URL: website

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

The Wonder Bread Factory, 641 S Street NW, Washington, DC 20002

Little Salon 27
Cost: $20
Event URL: website
Little Salon: a one-of-a-kind creative experience featuring the best of DC's creative talent. We're turning things up for AWP: fiction by Koye Oyedeji, author portraits by Devin Symons, mixed genre performance by Holly Bass, tunes+ by Yaya Bey & Ajene Harley and drink samples by KRa. BYOB. Q&A. Fun.
Contact: Chris Maier

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Bakers & Baristas, 501 7th St. NW, Washington DC, 20004

Short, Fresh, & Weird: Five Debut Authors Read from their Story Collections
Cost: Free
Five authors--Dana Diehl, Matthew Fogarty, Allegra Hyde, Sequoia Nagamatsu, and Michelle Ross--read from their debut story collections from small presses (Jellyfish Highway Press, Stillhouse Press, University of Iowa Press, Black Lawrence Press, and Moon City Press).
Contact: Michelle Ross

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1525 Newton St NW, Washington DC, 20010

Bat City Review Sanctuary & Refreshment Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Bat City Review invites you to St. Stephen's for some sanctuary and refreshment. Enjoy a night of readings from star contributors Derrick Austin, Caitlin Horrocks, Rochelle Hurt, and Amaranth Borsuk. Texas microbrew, veggie sushi, wine and cheese, and fancy fruit will be served for your enjoyment.
Contact: Olga Vilkotskaya
Organization: Bat City Review
Organization URL: website

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

The Pub & The People, 1648 North Capitol St NW, Washington DC, 20001

The Inner Loop - Off the Page and On the Mic
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
D.C.'s The Inner Loop Literary Reading Series presents our special AWP edition, celebrating small presses and lit mags. Featuring Sheila Squillante, acclaimed poet, essayist, and editor at The Fourth River & Barrelhouse, followed by 3 readers each from District Lit, The Boiler Journal, and Sakura Review!
Contact: Courtney Sexton & Rachel Coonce
Organization: The Inner Loop
Organization URL: website

The Den Coffeehouse & Winebar, 5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC, 20008

World Enough, and Time: A Memoir Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
World Enough, and Time: A Memior Reading with Richard Hoffman, Phillip Lopate, Mike Scalise, Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, Brandel France De Bravo, Dorian Fox, and Nicole Miller. Don't miss this starry night at DC's most beloved bookstore. Gourmet food, wine & coffee for sale in The Den.
Contact: Nicole Miller
Organization: Politics and Prose
Organization URL: website

8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Gordon Biersch Brewery, 900 F St NW, Washington DC, 20004

Poetry Prize Winners, University of Wisconsin Press
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Join us for a celebratory reading with newly published 2017 winners Nick Lantz, Charles Hood, and Judith Vollmer, and 2016 winners Rita Mae Reese and Jennifer Whitaker. Plus, the 2018 winners will be announced!
Contact: Dennis Lloyd
Organization: University of Wisconsin Press
Organization URL: website

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

James Hoban's Irish Restaurant & Bar, 1 Dupont Circle NW, Washington DC, 20036

Memorial Reading in Honor of the Poet Cody Todd
Cost: Free
A celebration of the life and work of the poet Cody Todd. Participants are invited to read work by or about Cody or work that Cody loved. Join us at 6:30 prior to the reading for food, drink, and fellowship.
Contact: Elizabeth Knapp

The DC Center for the LGBT Community, 2000 14th St NW #105, Washington DC, 20009

Unidos: A Reading for Pulse Orlando
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Join contributors of two forthcoming anthologies, The Brillantina Project and Pulse/Pulso, as we unite to honor the victims and survivors of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando. We will commemorate our beloved dead while comforting and celebrating our community. Reception begins at 8pm. Reading begins at 8:30pm.
Contact: Miguel M. Morales
Organization: Pulse/Pulso
Organization URL: website

Bayou, 2519 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC, 20037

The Magnificent Seven: A reading hosted by Pleiades, AGNI, American Literary Review, Boulevard, Cream City Review, Gulf Coast, and Poemoftheweek.org
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Come to Bayou to celebrate the Magnificent Seven at a reading by our contributors, including: Chen Chen, Alice Elliott Dark, Matt Donovan, David Keplinger, Shara McCallum, Gregory Pardlo, Caitlin Pryor, Maggie Smith, and Ryo Yamaguchi. Meet us upstairs for a drink in the company of friends.
Contact: Jenny Molberg
Organization: Pleiades Magazine
Organization URL: website

Bloombars, 3222 11th St NW, Washington DC, 20010

Plays Inverse, The Lettered Streets Press, Ghost Proposal
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Plays Inverse, The Lettered Streets Press, and Ghost Proposal will host Joshua Young, Toby Altman, Catherine Theis, Joshua Maria Wilkinson, Jennifer Moore, Dennis James Sweeney, Jasmine Dreame Wagner, Alexis Pope, and David Bersell for an evening of poetry, playwriting, and prose.
Contact: Tyler Crumrine
Organization: Plays Inverse, The Lettered Streets Press, Ghost Proposal
Organization URL: website

8:30 pm to 10:00 pm

The Colony Club, 3118 Georgia Ave NW, Washington DC, 20010

CutBank Chapbook Release and Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Join us for the release party of our 2017 chapbook selections at the Colony Club in Washington DC! Featuring Raven Jackson, Lisa Hiton, and Wendell Mayo. Full author bios available here: http://www.cutbankonline.org/magazine-2/new-chapbooks
Contact: CutBank Literary Magazine
Organization: CutBank Literary Magazine
Organization URL: website

9:00 pm

Driftwood Kitchen, 400 H Street NE, Washington DC, 20002

Steamroller: Women of Color in the Literary World
Cost: Free
Steamroller: Women of Color making and taking space. Art exhibit by local WOC artists and a reading by poets Mahogany L. Browne, Cynthia Oka, Yesenia Montilla, and Seema Reza. Located on the second floor.
Contact: Emily Eakland
Organization: Recreative Spaces
Organization URL: website

9:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Busboys & Poets @ 5th & K, 1025 5th Street NW, Washington DC, 20001

Cherry Tree & Eckleburg Issue Launch Reading
Cost: Free
Please join us for an offsite reading celebrating the launch of the newest issues of Cherry Tree & The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review! This event features readings by Nate Brown, Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach, L Ann Dulin, Vipra Ghimire, Rajiv Mohabir, Lynn Melnick, Julie Marie Wade, & Phillip B. Williams.
Contact: The Rose O'Neill Literary House & The Doctor T.J.
Organization: The Rose O'Neill Literary House
Organization URL: website

10:00 pm to 11:45 pm

Busboys & Poets, 1025 5th St NW, Washington DC, 20001

Poetry Barn Offsite Reading & Open Mic
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Our reading unfurls with a full menu & private bar just a 10-minute walk from the mothership! Concluding with an open mic, the lovely venue holds a lucky 60. With Stacey Balkun, Jenn Givhan, Laura Graystreet, Alexandra van de Kamp, Lissa Kiernan, Kim Peter Kovac, Karen Neuberg, Susan Yount, & more!
Contact: Lissa Kiernan
Organization: Poetry Barn
Organization URL: website

10:30 pm to 11:45 pm

Shaw’s Tavern, 520 Florida Ave NW, Washington DC, 20001

DIAGRAM/phoebe/Burnside Review/Dikembe Press Reading
Cost: Free
The DIAGRAM/phoebe/Burnside Review/Dikembe Press Reading will feature: James Franco (aka Sean Lovelace & Mark Neely), Tim Jones-Yelvington, Rochelle Hurt, Zach Powers, Nicole Walker, Paula Cisewski, Kallie Falandays, John Pursley, Drew Scott Swenhaugen, and Haley Rene Thompson. First 100 guests receive a drink ticket.
Contact: DIAGRAM/phoebe/Burnside Review/Dikembe Press

Friday, February 10, 2017

12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Busboys & Poets, City Vista, 1025 5th St NW, Washington DC, 20001

Willow Books 10th Anniversary Celebration
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Tenth anniversary reading celebrating the authors and legacy of Willow Books. An award-winning publishing division, Willow’s mission is to develop, publish and promote writers of color. Featuring 15 authors, including Lucinda Roy,Vanessa Hua, and Willow Arts Alliance Fellows. Booksigning. Free.
Contact: H. Buchanan

1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave, Washington

African Poetry: A Celebration
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Join the African Poetry Book Fund and the Library of Congress for a celebration of contemporary African poetry, featuring readings by emerging & established African poets & discussion among editors Kwame Dawes, Chris Abani, Matthew Shenoda, and more.
Contact: Ashley Strosnider, Kwame Dawes
Organization: African Poetry Book Fund & Library of Congress
Organization URL: website

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St NW, Washington DC 20001

Truth to Power Offsite Reading
Cost: Free
This reading features Joy Harjo, LeAnne Howe, Marilyn Kallet, Martin Espada, Abel Salas, Teresa Mei Chuc, Metta Sama, Patricia Spears Jones, Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, Bryce Milligan, Sarah Browning, Dough Anderson, Hedy Habra, Aliki Barnstone, Jesse Waters, Melissa Suddard and more. Copies of Truth To Power: Writers Respond to the Rhetoric of Hate and Fear will be on sale and for signing by authors. Free to the public.
Contact: Pam Uschuk

3:00 pm to 4:15 pm

1499 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 1301 Washington, DC 20005

TWH Poetry Workshop Salon W/Remica Bingham Risher
Cost: donation
Event URL: website
This workshop is a fundraiser, styled in the tradition of our TWH Winter Retreats held every year in cabins on a lake in SC. Transform your work in our beautiful space with one of our beloved past retreat facilitators, Remica Bingham Risher, Author of What We Ask of Flesh. Please, stay for complimentary light tapas and wine. Stay for the after party!
Contact: Monifa Lemons
Organization: The Watering Hole Poetry Org
Organization URL: website

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

201 Bar, 201 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington DC, 20002

Connotation Press Celebration and Reading
Cost: Free
Readings on Capitol Hill! Pulitzer Prize winner Rae Armantrout will headline our event, and she'll be joined by David Kirby, Paisley Rekdal, Jericho Brown, Sara Lippmann, Rebecca Gonzales, Donna Vorreyer, Cortney Lamar Charleston, John Hoppenthaler, and Julia Bouwsma. Show up early!
Contact: Ken Robidoux
Organization: Connotation Press:An Online Artifact
Organization URL: website

Busboys & Poets, 1025 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Kick-ass Writers and Teaching Artists
Cost: Free
Fair Treatment for Adjuncts in Higher Ed: Claudia Cortese, Roy Guzman, Chen Chen, Jen Knox, Melissa Studdard, Vandana Khanna, Richard Peabody, Jeanne Marie Beaumont, Lee Ann Roripaugh, Octavio Quintanilla, Kaveh Akbar and Cynthia Atkins read poems and fiction in solidarity with part-time educators.
Contact: Cynthia Atkins

Busboys and Poets, City Vista, 1025 5th St NW, Washington DC, 20001

Kelsey Street & Chax Press: A Reading in DC
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Join Kelsey Street and Chax Press in DC for an amazing line-up featuring Jennifer Barlett, Ching-In Chen, Andrew Levy, Steffi Drewes, Tracie Morris, Anna Morrison, Sarah Rosenthal, Soham Patel, Trace Peterson, Cameron Awkward-Rich, Jessica Smith, and Jasmine Dreame Wagner.
Contact: Mg Roberts & Charles Alexander
Organization: Kelsey Street & Chax Press
Organization URL: website

Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, Washington DC, 20009

Mountainview Low-Residency MFA in Fiction and Nonfiction at SNHU presents:
Cost: Free
A reception and reading with faculty members Justin Taylor, Robin Wasserman and Ben Nugent. Complimentary light food and drinks.
Contact: Lisa Janicki

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Morrison-Clark Historic Inn, 1011 L Street NW, Washington DC, 20001

Changing The Conversation: Writers for Social Justice
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
The University of Southern Maine's Stonecoast MFA will sponsor a forum for writers to discuss how their voices shape the world we live in. Special guests will include Joanne Leedom-Ackerman from PEN International and Alexis Paige (Not a Place on Any Map). There will be snacks and a cash bar.
Contact: Justin Tussing
Organization: Stonecoast MFA
Organization URL: website

4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

The Bier Baron Tavern, 1523 22nd St NW, Washington DC, 20037

Flash Fiction & MacroPoetry
Cost: Free
Join co-hosts Roger Stanley (Union Univ./alum of Murray St. Univ.) and David Galef (Creative Writing Program Director at Montclair St. Univ.) for a double happy hour of poetry and prose. Readers will include contributors to Galef's flash fiction handbook entitled Brevity, and poets from the 2015 Murray St.-sponsored reading in Minneapolis. Located near the Dupont Circle Metro.
Contact: Roger Stanley; David Galef

The Big Hunt, 1345 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC, 20036

Fiction Stranger Than Fiction Presents!
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Join us for an early evening of readings featuring Gabriel Blackwell, Rikki Ducornet, Robert Lopez, Michael Martone, Martin Riker, and Amber Sparks! Hosted by John Madera.
Contact: John Madera

5:00 pm to 6:45 pm

Upshur Street Books, 827 Upshur Street NW, Washington DC, 20011

Cambridge Writers' Workshop at Upshur Street Books: A Reading
Cost: Free
The Cambridge Writers' Workshop will be hosting their annual offsite reading at Upshur Street Books on February 10th from 6-8 pm. We have a lineup of established and emerging authors, including Tim Horvath, Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, Jensen Beach, Rita Banerjee, Diana Norma Szokolyai and more. Visit cww.nyc for more info.
Contact: Rita Banerjee
Organization: Cambridge Writers' Workshop
Organization URL: website

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Colony Club, 3118 Georgia Ave NW, Washington DC, 20010

Queens Ferry Press Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Buy a drink and listen to authors of Queens Ferry Press reading, including Sherrie Flick, Sarah Van Arsdale, Ted Wheeler, Tyrone Jaeger. Free, but we hope you'll support Colony Club by drinking.
Contact: Sarah Van Arsdale
Organization: Queens Ferry Press Authors

National Portrait Gallery, Kogod Courtyard, 8th and F Streets NW, Washington DC, 20001

Syncopated Rhythms: A Celebration of African American Poetry
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Celebrate African American identity in an evening of music and poetry featuring Kyle G. Dargan, Hayes Davis, Teri Cross Davis, Camille Dungy, the Cornelius Eady Trio, and special guest Sonia Sanchez who will be honored in the renaming of Split This Rock’s annual Poetry Contest.
Contact: Sarah Browning
Organization: Split This Rock, the Furious Flower Poetry Center, and the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Organization URL: website

Baby Wale, 1124 9th St NW, Washington DC, 20001

The University of Arkansas MFA Reunion / Introducing The Arkansas International
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
The MFA at the University of Arkansas is celebrating its 50th anniversary--students, alumni, faculty & friends are encouraged to drop by. We'll also be celebrating the launch of The Arkansas International, and welcome contributors & readers. Come early and the first round is on the Ark Int!
Contact: Caroline Beimford
Organization: The University of Arkansas & The Arkansas International
Organization URL: website

5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Embassy of Uruguay, 1913 I ST NW, Washington DC, 20006

A Celebration of Contemporary Uruguayan Poetry / Una noche de celebración de la poesía contemporánea uruguaya
Cost: Free
Join us for a celebration of contemporary Uruguayan poetry with four Uruguayan poets, Laura Cesarco Eglin, Javier Etchevarren, Virginia Lucas, and Karen Wild Díaz as well as the translators and editors of recent Uruguayan poetry books published in the U.S.
Contact: Jesse Lee Kercheval
Organization: University of New Mexico Press, Action Books, Dialogos Books, Veliz Books

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Politics & Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC, 20008

Literature from the Coast: Readings by Alan Lightman, Amy Hassinger, and Ellen Meeropol
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Featuring international best seller and author of Einstein's Dreams, Alan Lightman, along with eco-fiction novelists Ellen Meeropol and Amy Hassinger, this dynamic evening of stunning poetry and prose will celebrate the launch of Lightman's vividly illustrated verse narrative, Song of Two Worlds.
Contact: Red Hen Press
Organization: Red Hen Press
Organization URL: website

6:00 pm to 7:15 pm

Caldwell Auditorium, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave NE, Washington DC, 20064

The Augurs: PoetryThe Augurs: Women of an Age, an ALSCW Poetry ReadingThe Augurs
Cost: Free.
THE AUGURS: We’re telling the truth, but telling it slant. Cf. “augur” in the OED: “Etymology: < Latin augur, earlier auger; perhaps < avis bird + -gar , connected with garrire to talk, garrulus talkative, and Sanskrit gar to shout, call, show, make known." Reading their own and poems by other gals. The event is free, but donations or memberships for the Society of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers are welcome.
Contact: Ernest Suarez
Organization: Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers.
Organization URL: website

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE, Washington DC, 20543

American Creativity
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
The Library of Congress Center for the Book and partner host organizations Blacks in Government and A.P. Murray African American Cultural Association present select Faculty and Founders of the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation's VONA/Voices program who will perform excepts from their works on stage at the Montpellier Room in the James Madison Building.
Contact: Diem Jones, Executive Director
Organization: Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation
Organization URL: website

Bossa Bistro + Lounge, 2463 18th St NW, Washington DC, 20009

Lines + Stars/L+S Press Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Washington, DC-based literary journal Lines + Stars will host a reading featuring Diana Smith Bolton, winner of our 2016 Mid-Atlantic Chapbook series; fiction writer Megan Atwood; and poet Beth Konkoski.
Contact: Rachel Adams
Organization: Lines + Stars/L+S Press
Organization URL: website

National Geographic Museum, Grovesnor Auditorium, 17th St NW, Washington DC, 20036

The Georgia Review’s 70th Anniversary Reading with Natasha Trethewey
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
The Georgia Review celebrates its 70th anniversary with a reading by former U.S. Poet Laureate and longtime Review contributor Natasha Trethewey. All are welcome.
Contact: Laura Solomon
Organization: The Georgia Review
Organization URL: website

Henley Park Hotel, 26 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC, 20001

Writers' Happy Hour
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Join us for an informal afternoon of socializing, networking and drinks right across the street from the Washington Convention Center. Look for the Blue Bar II just off the lobby when you arrive. All are welcome. RSVPs encouraged. Cash bar. Order off the menu.
Contact: Peter Murphy
Organization: Murphy Writing of Stockton University
Organization URL: website

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Busboys and Poets, City Vista, 1025 5th St. NW, Washington DC, 20001

Cocktails & Conversation with Lidia Yuknavitch
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Bestselling writer and teacher Lidia Yuknavitch has crafted her body-centered art-making philosophy into a groundbreaking workshop practice. With both Face2Face and online workshops, Corporeal Writing has quickly established itself as a writing revolution. Come have a free drink and learn about it.
Contact: Zinn Adeline
Organization: Corporeal Writing
Organization URL: website

Madhatter, 1319 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC, 20036

Minerva Rising Press Birthday Party and Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Doubt and Wonder in Wonderland -- Minerva Rising Press is 5 Years Old! Come enjoy a reading by 2015 Chapbook Contest winner Kami Westhoff as well as past contributors. Toast the launch of our first Any-Genre “Doubt and Wonder” Memoir Contest with free drinks, and celebrate our birthday with cake.
Contact: Emily Shearer
Organization: Minerva Rising Press
Organization URL: website

East City Bookshop, 645 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Washington DC, 20003

OutWrite Presents an Evening of Queer Readings
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
OutWrite Presents an Evening of Queer Readings Moderated by Joe Okonkwo Readings from Everett Maroon, Risa Denenberg, David Eye & Craig L. Gidney 6pm-8pm, Friday, February 10th East City Bookshop Free and Open to the Public
Contact: David Ring
Organization: OutWrite
Organization URL: website

Shaw's Tavern, 520 Florida Avenue NW, Washington DC, 20001

Creative Nonfiction Reading: Under the Gum Tree, Fourth Genre, River Teeth
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Join Under the Gum Tree, Fourth Genre, and River Teeth for a happy hour. Three magazines, publishing exclusively nonfiction, are partnering on this event to bring you a line up of previous contributors. Grab your happy hour drink of choice from the cash bar and toast to some true stories!
Contact: Under the Gum Tree

51st State Bar, 2512 L St NW, Washington DC, 20037

Bennington Review/Oversound Reading
Cost: Free
Readings by contributors: Sara Deniz Akant, Ari Banias, Julie Carr, Dan Chelotti, Erica Dawson, Robert Fernandez, James Allen Hall, Paul Killebrew, Evan Lavender-Smith, Adrienne Raphel, Lindsay Turner, Candace Williams, Ronaldo Wilson, Jane Wong, Ryo Yamaguchi, and Magdalena Zurawski.
Contact: Samuel Amadon
Organization: Bennington Review/Oversound

Busboys and Poets, Langston Room, 2021 14th St. NW, Washington DC, 20009

Not Without Laughter: An Evening with Friends, Poetry, and Jazz
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
"Not Without Laughter: An Evening with Friends, Poetry, and Jazz” with Bennington Writing Seminars, PEN Center USA, and Cave Canem Poets at Busboys and Poets, Langston Room, 2021 14th St., NW Washington, D.C. 20009
Contact: Megan Culhane Galbraith
Organization: Bennington Writing Seminars
Organization URL: website

The Pub and the People, 1648 N. Capitol St. NW, Washington DC, 20002

Storytelling, Identity, and Literature That Disturbs
Cost: Free
Origins Journal and St. Mary's College of California (MFA Creative Writing Program) present a panel discussion and reading: "Storytelling, Identity, and Literature That Disturbs." Friday, February 10 from 6 - 8 p.m. Join authors Lysley Tenorio, Porter Shreve, Alexandra Zapruder, and many more!
Contact: Dini Karasik
Organization: Origins Journal, Saint Mary's College of California MFA

Busboys and Poets, Langston Room, 2021 14th St. NW, Washington DC, 20009

Not Without Laughter: Poetry, Drinks & Jazz
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Join Cave Canem, PEN Center USA and the Bennington Writing Seminars as we come together to celebrate Bennington’s new scholarships for emerging writers, all in the spirit of Langston Hughes. Short readings by Cave Canem Poetry Prize-winner Donika Kelly and Bennington M.F.A. student Shauna Barbosa, followed by drinks and jazz. Space is limited. Free and open to the public.
Contact: Kyla Marshell

6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

The True Reformer Building (Public Welfare Foundation), 1200 U Street NW, Washington DC, 20009

Fierce Love: The Field Office Collective Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
A poetry reading featuring Nikky Finney, Ross Gay, Dorianne Laux, Ada Limón, Adrian Matejka, Gregory Pardlo, Kazim Ali, Curtis Bauer, Rebecca Gayle Howell, & Steve Scafidi.
Contact: Vaughan Fielder
Organization: The Field Office
Organization URL: website

6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

The Vinyl Lounge, 3401 K Street NW, Washington DC, 20007

Why There Are Words Presents
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Why There Are Words (WTAW), a national neighborhood of reading series, in conjunction with WTAW Press, host an evening of readings by acclaimed authors and WTAW Press debut authors Peter Birkenhead, Sonya Chung, Louise Marburg, Amelie Prusik, Mike Smith, Jenny Wu. Peg Alford Pursell will MC.
Contact: Peg Alford Pursell
Organization: WTAW Press
Organization URL: website

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

The Lyceum, 201 South Washington Street, Alexandria VA, 22314

An Evening with A.M. Juster
Cost: Suggested donation $20
Event URL: website
A reading & conversation with poet/translator A.M. Juster followed by a reception at the historic Alexandria Lyceum. Juster is the author of eight books of translated & original poetry, and his work has appeared in Poetry, The Hudson Review, The Paris Review, and other top journals. A recipient of two honorary degrees, he has won the Richard Wilbur Award, the Willis Barnstone Prize, the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award, and the Alzheimer's Association's Humanitarian of the Year Award.
Contact: Davey Talbot
Organization: Common Sense Society
Organization URL: website

The Big Hunt, 1345 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC, 20036

Rhizomatic Presents!
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Join us for an evening of readings featuring Harold Abramowitz, Abraham Burickson, Alexandra Chasin, Joe Milazzo, Laurie Stone, Robert Vaughan, D. Harlan Wilson, and Angela Woodward. Hosted by John Madera.
Contact: John Madera

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1525 Newton St NW, Washington DC, 20010

Copper Canyon Press Book Launch! Starring Alex Dimitrov, Rachel McKibbens, Tomás Morin, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Dean Rader, & Natalie Shapero!
Cost: Free
Join Copper Canyon Press poets in celebrating the release of brand-new books! More poet names may be announced in advance of event. Drinks drinks drinks to follow.
Contact: Elaina Ellis
Organization: Copper Canyon Press
Organization URL: website

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Foundry Gallery, 2118 8th St NW, Washington DC, 20001

FC2 Flash Reading
Cost: Free
Please join us at Foundry Gallery for an evening of art, libations, and innovative fiction readings by recent authors of the Fiction Collective Two. Readers include: Sarah Blackman, Stanley Crawford, Courtney Morgan, Aimee Parkison, Jessica Lee Richardson, Marc Anthony Richardson, and more!
Contact: Rachel Levy
Organization: Fiction Collective Two (FC2)
Organization URL: website

Big Bear Cafe, 1700 1st Street NW, Washington DC, 20001

Ursula Major: A Feminist Offsite Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Five feminist presses will host a reading of recent authors. Come see writers from Atlas Review, Gazing Grain Press, In Your Ear, No Dear and Switchback Press.
Contact: Lisa Hill-Corley
Organization: Atlas Review, Gazing Grain Press, In Your Ear, NoDear, Switchback Press
Organization URL: website

Colony Club, 3118 Georgia Ave. NW, Washington DC 20011

All Killer, No Filler: Readings from The RS 500, The Collapsar, Monkeybicycle, and SEMO Press
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Drink drinks and listen to readers read readings from their work with: The RS 500 The Collapsar Monkeybicycle and SEMO Press Music, poetry, laughter, juggling? Anything could happen. All killer. No filler.
Contact: The RS 500
Organization: The RS 500 / The Collapsar / Monkeybicycle / SEMO Press

Mortara Center, Georgetown University, 3600 N Street NW, 36th St NW, Washington DC, 20007

The Art of Poetry and Politics
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
This bilingual reading brings together poets and translators, Valerie Mejer, Forrest Gander, Kristin Dykstra, and Marcelo Morales. They will read from their works and talk about how they understand the relationship between poetry and politics.
Contact: Anna Deeny Morales, CLAS, Georgetown
Organization: Center for Latin American Studies, Latin America Initiative, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Georgetown University
Organization URL: website

Upshur Street Books, 827 Upshur St. NW, Washington DC, 20011

Hollis Summers Poetry Prize 20th Anniversary Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Join past winners Michelle Y. Burke, Jason Gray, Charles Hood, Ann Hudson, Nick Norwood, V. Penelope Pelizzon, Roger Sederat, Michael Shewmaker, and William Wells for reading celebrating the twentieth anniversary of Ohio University Press's long-running poetry prize.
Contact: Ohio University Press
Organization URL: website

Kreiger School of Arts and Sciences, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington DC, 200036

Johns Hopkins MA in Writing Programs Reception and Reading
Cost: Free
Join the Johns Hopkins MA in Writing, Science Writing, and Teaching Writing programs for a lively reception and reading featuring Michelle Brafman, Sue Eisenfeld, Rion Amilcar Scott, David Taylor. Books will be for sale.
Contact: Elise Levine

Renaissance Washington, DC Downton Hotel, Meeting Room 6, 999 9th St NW, Washington DC, 20001

Nuclear Impact: Broken Atoms in Our Hands, Poetry Anthology Pre-Publication Reading
Cost: Free
In Nuclear Impact: Broken Atoms in Our Hands edited by Teresa Mei Chuc (Shabda Press, 2017) is the symphonic voices of 163 poets living throughout the United States and world, in places such as India, Britain, Ireland, Canada, Philippines, Japan, South Africa, Guam, Singapore, Poland, Australia, France, Vietnam, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, Australia, Germany, China and Pakistan, on the impact of nuclear power and warfare on human life and the planet.
Contact: Teresa Mei Chuc

7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Lost and Found, 1240 9th St. NW, Washington DC, 20001

UCF MFA Reunion/Reception
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
The MFA Program at the University of Central Florida is hosting its 5th annual Reunion/Reception at Lost and Found in Washington, DC. Students, alumni, faculty, and friends are encouraged to attend. Stay the entire time, or stay for a few minutes. We'd really love to see everyone.
Contact: Terry Thaxton

826DC, 3333 14th St NW, M120, Washington DC, 20010

Adapted at 826DC
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Award-winning writers Danielle Evans, Belle Boggs, Tania James, Matthew Klam, Mariama Lockington, and Mike Scalise have their live readings adapted instantly by illustrators in a real-time, bookmaking event mixer that benefits student programming at 826DC, a free writing center for DC students.
Contact: Mike Scalise
Organization: 826DC
Organization URL: website

The Atrium, Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, 900 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC, 200

White Pine Press / Madhat Press / Plume Poetry Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Readers include Kim Garcia, Mark Irwin, Patricia Smith, Robert Strong, Dennis Maloney, Larissa Shmailo, Adam Tavel, Nomi Stone, Daniel Tobin, Sally Blumis-Dunn, Helene Cardona, Janet McNally, Mark Irwin, Michael Anania and Randi Ward.
Contact: White Pine Press / MadHat Press / Plume Poetry
Organization: MadHat Press / Plume Poetry / White Pine Press
Organization URL: website

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

1469 Harvard St NW, Washington DC, 20009

Gallery Reading from Stirring: A Literary Collection and Five Oaks Press
Cost: Free
Join recent contributors to Stirring: A Literary Collection (Sundress Publications) and authors published by Five Oaks Press as they read from their works. Free snacks and drinks (beer, wine, soft drinks) will be provided, as well as some free swag. Books and copies of Stirring will be for sale.
Contact: Luci Brown & Lynn Houston
Organization: Stirring: A Literary Collection & Five Oaks Press

7:30 pm to 10:30 pm

Capitol Yacht Club Clubhouse, 660 Water Street SW, Washington DC, 20024

Hippocampus Magazine's Selected Memories Book Launch & Gathering
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Join Hippocampus Magazine in celebrating the release of Selected Memories: The First 5 Years of Hippocampus . A few contributors to the collection will read from their work. Enjoy light snacks, beverages (cash bar), and the company of your peers. Plus, pick up a copy! Please RSVP.
Contact: Donna Talarico-Beerman
Organization: Hippocampus Magazine
Organization URL: website

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

The Black Squirrel Bar

Lit Up: Readings from CCM/Entropy, Dzanc Books, Two Dollar Radio, Dorothy, a Publishing Project, & Action Books
Cost: Free
Readings from Jen George, Danielle Dutton, Javier Etchevarren, Jesse Lee Kercheval, Victor Rodríguez Núñez, Katherine M. Hedeen, Robert Lopez, Lindsey Drager, Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib, Chiwan Choi, Wendy C. Ortiz, Lynn Melnick, Christopher Higgs, and Gabrielle Civil.
Contact: Michael J Seidlinger

The Black Squirrel, 2427 18th St NW, Washington DC, 20009

These Weird Times: A Poetry Séance
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
A celebration of new books and other voices, featuring poets: Elena Karina Byrne, Sueyeun Juliette Lee, James Meetze, Mariko Nagai, Kelli Anne Noftle, Jasmine Dreame Wagner, Andrew Wessels, and Ken White + others TBA. Food and drink available onsite.
Contact: Kelli Anne Noftle

Coffy Cafe, 3110 14th St NW, Washington DC, 20010

Kick-Ass Women Kick Ass
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Join 5 kick-ass women poets for a kick-ass reading: Jan Beatty, Sarah Browning, Denise Duhamel, Niki Herd, Valerie Martínez No cover. Free snacks & drinks. Doors open at 8 pm. Readings at 8:30 pm. The venue is wheelchair accessible and less than a block from Columbia Heights metro station.
Contact: Sarah Browning

8:30 pm to 10:30 pm

Dupont Underground, 1583, 1527 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington DC, 20036

Literaoke II
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
We're back for another round of Literaoke, where we invite the hottest writers to belt out their Karaoke favorites and share some of their work. What better way to come together and feel good in the face of these dystopian times than raising our voices. Don't miss it!
Contact: Neelanjana Banerjee
Organization: Kaya Press
Organization URL: website

Saturday, February 11, 2017

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St NW, Washington DC, 20009

A reading with Posit, Prelude, Inter/rupture, and Bone Bouquet
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Featuring Rae Armantrout, G.C. Waldrep, Amy King, Catherine Blauvelt, Armando Jaramillo Garcia, Douglas Piccinnini, Sarah Sarai, Laura Jaramillo, Dominique Salas, Eloisa Amezcua, Lucian Mattison, and Caroline Crew. Hosted by the editors.
Contact: Susan Lewis
Organization: Posit, Prelude, Inter/rupture, Bone Bouquet
Organization URL: website

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Wall of Books, 3325 Georgia Ave. NW, Washington DC, 20010

The Return of All Killer, No Filler: A Reading by The RS 500 and The Collapsar
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Another off-site reading featuring more of your favorite writer friends and celebs doing what they do best: making you laugh, think, cry, and sing. Featuring work from: The RS 500 and The Collapsar Full list of readers forthcoming. Tell your friends: it's the return of....All killer. No filler.
Contact: Brad Efford
Organization: The RS 500 / The Collapsar

4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

The Grill from Ipanema, 1858 Columbia Rd NW, Washington DC, 20009

Reading Brazil
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Writers and translators will introduce and celebrate Brazilian writing by reading their work plus that of another Brazilian writer of their choosing. With Bruna Dantas Lobato, Tiffany Higgins, Ananda Lima and Camila Santos. Please support the venue ordering their great Brazilian food and drinks.
Contact: Ananda Lima and Camila Santos

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

BloomBars, 3222 11th Street NW, Washington DC, 20001

In Bloom: Kundiman Fellows and Friends Read from New Works
Cost: Suggested Donation $10
Event URL: website
A celebration of new books by Kundies and friends! Featuring: Neil Aitken, Gina Apostol, Marci Calabretta, Chen Chen, Ching-In Chen, Jennifer S. Cheng, Kazumi Chin, Rachelle Cruz, Muriel Leung, Jane Lin, Michelle Lin, Marco Maisto, MG Roberts, Chris Santiago, Melissa Sipin, and Jane Wong
Contact: Rachelle Cruz
Organization: Kundiman
Organization URL: website

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Archipelago Bar, 1201 U Street NW, Washington DC, 20009

The Thin Wedge: Translation & Poetry
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Unlikely Books (New Orleans, LA) and Červená Barva Press (Somerville, MA) present a fun night of translation and poetry. Featuring Marc Vincenz, Larissa Shmailo, Kenyatta JP Garcia, Anne Elezabeth Pluto, Joani Reese, & Michael Ruby. Followed by the literary Krewe of No Other Reading and party.
Contact: Jonathan Penton, Gloria Mindock, Vincent A. Celluc
Organization: Unlikely Books, Červená Barva Press
Organization URL: website

African American Civil War Museum, 1925 Vermont Ave NW, Washington DC, 20001

TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press Offsite Reading
Cost: Free
Please join TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press for a powerful reading with award-winning poets Patricia Smith and Kwame Dawes at the African American Civil War Museum in Washington DC! Patricia Smith, author of Incendiary Art: Poems and Kwame Dawes, author of City of Bones: A Testament will celebrate the release of their anticipated new collections with a reading and book-signing in the historic museum. Close out AWP with the incredible surroundings of African American history and the powerful words of two esteemed poets and cultural workers. Free and open to the public! Patricia Smith is a National Book Award finalist (2008) and the author of six critically acknowledged volumes of poetry. Her awards and honors include the 2014 Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize from the Library of Congress, the 2013 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets, and a 2013 Phillis Wheatley Book Award. She is a Cave Canem faculty member, an associate professor of English at CUNY/College of Staten Island, and a faculty member in the Sierra Nevada College M.F.A. program. Kwame Dawes is the author of nineteen books of poetry as well as numerous collections of fiction, criticism, and essays, and the editor of more than a dozen anthologies. Dawes is Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner and teaches at the University of Nebraska and in the Pacific M.F.A. Writing Program. He is the founding director of the African Poetry Book Fund and the artistic director of the Calabash International Literary Festival. He lives in Lincoln, Nebraska. The African American Civil War Museum is located at 1925 Vermont Ave, NW Washington DC, directly across the street from the African American Civil War Memorial, located at 1th and U Streets, NW Washington DC (7 minute UBER drive from the AWP Conference site). The use of public transportation, including taxis, is recommended. The nearest metro stop to the museum is the green/yellow line, Ust/African American Civil War Memorial Cardozo stop. Exit the metro station at 10th and Ust NW. For bus route information please visit Washington Metro Transit website.
Contact: Parneshia Jones

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

The Big Hunt, 1345 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC, 20036

Gold Wake Press and Trio House Press Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Come celebrate the end of AWP at a great venue with great brews, while enjoying relaxed readings by writers from Trio House Press and Gold Wake Press! Our lineup includes Matt Mauch, Kyle Flak, Iris Jahmal Dunkle, Nick Courtright, Sandy Longhorn, David Wojciechowski, Joe Osterhaus, Adam Crittenden, Tara Betts, Kelly Magee, and Steven Riel.
Contact: Kyle McCord
Organization URL: website

6:15 pm to 7:15 pm

Lafayette Square, Pennsylvania Ave & 16th Street NW, Washington DC, 20001

Candlelight Vigil for Free Speech
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
A candlelight vigil to keep symbolic and real watch over our rights of free speech and freedom of expression. Speakers will include Eric Sasson and Melissa Febos.
Contact: Eric Sasson

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Sixth & I, 600 I St NW, 2nd Floor, Washington DC, 20001

Nightboat Books + Turtle Point Press
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Please join us for wine, snacks, books, and the latest from these fine writers: Brian Blanchfield, Philip Clark, Erdağ Göknar, Ariel Goldberg, Duriel E. Harris, Paolo Javier, Mike Lala, Dawn Lundy Martin, Juliet Patterson, Trace Peterson, Brandon Som, and Alli Warren.
Contact: Lindsey Boldt
Organization: Turtle Point Press and Nightboat Books

7:00 pm

Origin Gallery, 2nd Floor, 3110 Mt Pleasant St NW, Washington DC, 20010

Astrophil Press and South Dakota Review present readers from multiple presses
Cost: Free
Readers: Lee Ann Roripaugh | Erika T. Wurth | Joanna Ruocco | D. Foy Cynthia Arrieu-King | Jeff Wood | Caroline Picard | Grant Riedel David Levine | Cheyenne Marco Presses: Astrophil Press | Milkweed Editions | Curbside Splendor | Stalking Horse Dorothy, A Publishing Project | South Dakota Review | Kiddiepunk | 1913 Press It will have a cash bar and a dj for an after party.
Contact: Duncan Barlow

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

The Pub and the People, 1648 N. Capitol St. NW, Washington, DC 20002

Cold Dark Flash: A reading with SmokeLong Quarterly and D.C.'s Noir at the Bar
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Join SmokeLong Quarterly and D.C.’s Noir at the Bar for an evening of noir flash fiction. With readers: Matt Bell, Tara Campbell, Rob Hart, W. Todd Kaneko, Jennifer Pashley, Amber Sparks, Art Taylor, Tara Laskowski, and E.A. Aymar. Music, books for sale, raffle prizes.
Contact: Tara Laskowski
Organization: SmokeLong Quarterly
Organization URL: website

826DC, 3333 14th St NW, M120, Washington DC, 20010

The Next Chapter. Celebrating Writing From Coast to Coast
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Hosted by 826 National, 826DC & SF Creative Writing Institute -- Featuring: Hollie Hardy Alexandra Kostoulas Holly Jones Kyle Dargan Gerald Richards Meeta Kaur Chiwan Choi & More
Contact: 826DC & SF Creative Writing Inst.
Organization: 826 National, 826DC & SF Creative Writing Institute
Organization URL: website

Petworth Citizen, 829 Upshur St. NW, Washington DC, 20011

The Small Press Party
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Join Curbside Splendor Publishing, Deep Vellum Publishing, featherproof books, Sarabande Books, and Two Dollar Radio for a cocktail party delightfully devoid of readings! Celebrate the final night of AWP with drinks, snacks, mingling, and dancing, hosted by some of your favorite small presses.
Contact: Catherine Eves
Organization: Curbside Splendor
Organization URL: website

Iemi's, 1402 12th Street NW, Washington DC, 20005

TOAST
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Presented by Publishing Genius, Submittable, FSG Originals, Atomic Books, Spencer Printing, Magic Helicopter Press, and Albright, TOAST is a benefit party for Writers in Baltimore Schools and will feature uniquely proposed toasts from writers, as well as free craft cocktails all night. This is an opportunity to recharge and think about positive things.
Contact: Adam Robinson
Organization URL: website

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Langston Room, Busboys & Poets, 2021 14th St NW, Washington DC, 20009

Celebrating over 50 years of Creative Writing during Hollins University's 175th birthday year
Cost: Free
Come celebrate the long, storied tradition of creative writing at Hollins. Readings by students, faculty, alums (list of readers coming soon) and an open mic.
Contact: Thorpe Moeckel
Organization: Jackson Center for Creative Writing
Organization URL: website

Rhizome DC, 6950 Maple St NW, Washington DC, 20012)

Am I a Monster or Is This What It Means to Be a Person?
Cost: Suggested Donation $5
Readers: Aaron Apps, Nat Baldwin, Claire Donato, Johannes Göransson, Elizabeth Hall, Brandon Hobson, Robert Lopez, Vi Khi Nao, Julie Reverb, Joanna Ruocco, Abe Smith
Contact: Claire Donato

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

The Den at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington DC, 20008

Hecht Prize/Waywiser Press Poetry Reading
Cost: Free
Five winners of the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize and five other Waywiser poets will read: Austin Allen, Geoffrey Brock, Morri Creech, Joseph Harrison, Jaimee Hills, Dora Malech, Eric McHenry, Penelope Pelizzon, Shelley Puhak, and Cody Walker.
Contact: The Waywiser Press
Organization: The Waywiser Press
Organization URL: website

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Busboys and Poets, Cullen Room, 1025 5th St. NW, Washington DC, 20001

Stadler Center @ Busboys and Poets
Cost: Free
Celebrate the work of past fellows and residents at the Stadler Center for Poetry. Readers: Justin Boening, Eduardo Corral, Carolina Ebeid, Leslie Harrison, Donika Kelly, EG Means, Emily Rapp, Mike Scalise, Chet'la Sebree, Tim Seibles, Jane Wong Host: Shara McCallum Appetizers and drinks provided.
Contact: David Winter
Organization: The Stadler Center for Poetry
Organization URL: website

8:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW, Washington DC, 20009

Literary Death Match DC Spectacular
Cost: $15
Event URL: website
LDM heads to the nation's capital for a magical night of bent on protesting (and distracting from) the horrors happening over at 1600 Pennsylvanie Ave. Readings from Whiting Award-winners Mitchell S. Jackson, Roger Reeves, Safiya Sinclair, & Elena Passarello. Judged by Claire Vaye Watkins & more TBA!
Contact: Adrian Todd Zuniga
Organization: Painted Bride Quarterly
Organization URL: website

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Archipelago Bar, 1201 U Street NW, Washington DC, 20009

Krewe of No Other Reading & Party
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
River Writers of Baton Rouge, Delete Press & TENDE RLOIN present a fun, relaxed evening. Vincent A. Cellucci MCs , featuring Chatham alums & Dylan Krieger, Mel Coyle, Brittney Hailer, Jessica Kinnison, Jenn Nunes, Will Rivera, Sarah Shotland, Christine Stroud & Chris Tonelli. Be there at 6 for more!
Contact: Vincent A. Cellucci
Organization: River Writers, Delete Press, TENDE RLOIN
Organization URL: website

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2017 Annual Conference & Bookfair

February 8-11, 2017
Washington, DC

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