Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Must-See Events for Poets, Readers, and Agent-Seekers

Here are some upcoming events of interest, in the DC area and down the road in Richmond:

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008, 7:00 pm
A Space Inside Reading Series: Vrzhu Press reading, featuring Kim Roberts and Hiram Larew reading from their new books
Riverby Books, 417 E. Capitol St. NE, DC. (202) 543-4342.
Hosted by Monica Jacobe - Free Admission


Wednesday, February 27, 6:30-9:00 pm
Hosted by the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA), Washington Chapter

Come and hear about “What Washington Is Reading.” If you have ever wondered how “bestseller” lists get born, or why The Washington Post's current “must-reads” aren't quite the same as what's on The New York Times' book list, or you’re just looking for your next read, this will be a fun and informative program.

Panelists will be Debra Bruno, a book reviewer for The Chicago Sun-Times; Barbara Drummond Mead, president of Reading Group Choices; and Candida Menozzi, owner of independent bookstore Candida's World of Books.

Whether you'd like to throw the book at the last “bestseller” you read or you're searching for a gem that hasn't made it to any public lists, plan on coming to Olsson's in Penn Quarter for this fun program. And bring friends! This program is free for all attendees, not just members.

WHEN: February 27; 6:30-9:00 pm
WHERE: 418 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
(between D and E Streets; parking available on 8th Street)
(Metro: Gallery Place or National Archives; Red, Green, and Yellow lines)

RSVP: By Friday, February 22, to
Thursday, February 28, 2008
The Writing Show: Agent please(ing)

What will kill your query letter? What's sure to make your manuscript a turnoff from page one? How do you know you're pitching to the right agent? When it comes to finding an agent for your manuscript, Lori Perkins wrote the book. Literally. Come meet the author of Insider's Guide to Getting an Agent and learn the most common mistakes authors make.

How NOT to Get an Agent: featuring literary agent Lori Perkins

Thursday, February 28, 2008
The Eureka Theater
Science Museum of Virginia
6 PM JRW Member Reception
6:30 PM Writing Show Begins
$10 / $5 students with valid school ID

Register online at

The Writing Show is brought to you by James River Writers and the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Sunday, March 9, 2008, 6:00 pm
Iota Poetry Series: Kim Roberts and Regie Cabico guest-host a Split This Rock Poetry Reading, sponsored by Beltway Poetry Quarterly, and presented in conjunction with the Split This Rock Poetry Festival special issue of the journal (Vol 9:1, published January 2008).

Featured readers Brian Gilmore, Melissa Tuckey, Heather Davis, and Steve Rogers, followed by open mic.

Iota Bar and Restaurant, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Clarendon neighborhood, Arlington, VA. (703) 522-8340.
Series hosted by Miles David Moore - Free Admission.

Sunday, March 16, 2008, 4:00 pm
Sunday Kind of Love Series: Kim Roberts and Regie Cabico guest host a Split This Rock Poetry Reading, sponsored by Beltway Poetry Quarterly.

Featured readers Winona Addison, Teri Ellen Cross, Yael Flusberg, Tanya Snyder, Dan Vera, Rosemary Winslow, and Kathi Wolfe, followed by open mic.

Busboys and Poets, 14th and V Streets NW, DC (202) 387-POET.
Series hosted by Sarah Browning - Free Admission, but donations collected.

March 20 through 23, 2008
Split This Rock Poetry Festival.

Readings, panels, guided walking tours, films, and more. Featured readers include Jimmy Santiago Baca, Princess of Controversy, Robert Bly, Kenneth Carroll, Grace Cavalieri, Lucille Clifton, Joel Dias-Porter, Mark Doty, Martin Espada, Carolyn Forche, Brian Gilmore, Galway Kinnell, E. Ethelbert Miller, Naomi Shihab Nye, Sharon Olds, Sonia Sanchez, Susan Tichy, Belle Waring. Fee: $75, $40 for students; some scholarships available. Co-sponsoring organizations include Beltway Poetry Quarterly.

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