Monday, August 25, 2008

Reading at A Space Inside

A Space Inside, one of my favorite DC reading series, announces its next event:

Fiction writer Louise Farmer Smith will read from her work as a part of A Space Inside on Wednesday, August 27 at 7 p.m. at Riverby Books on Capitol Hill.

Louise Farmer Smith, a Pen/New England Discovery winner when she was living in Boston, also won the fiction prizes from Antietam Review and Potomac Review while living in Washington. In addition she was awarded first place in the Glimmer Train fiction contest. Her short stories have appeared in many journals including Virginia Quarterly Review and Bellevue Literary Review, which published "Return to Lincoln," a 2004 Pushcart nominee. She was born in Washington but raised in Oklahoma, the place she calls "the artesian well" of nearly all her fiction. She has taught high school and college English, trained in family therapy, and managed a U.S. Congressman's office. Today, she lives with her husband on Capitol Hill, stages DC homes for realtors, and has just finished a novel currently titled The Underground River.

In September, poets Michael Gushue and Dan Vera, the brilliant writers behind Vrzhu Press, will share their work, and October brings fiction writer Elwin Cotman to the stage of A Space Inside.

Rounding out its third year, A Space Inside provides a space where developing writers, lesser known voices, and the work better-known writers create between books can be heard. Monthly readings alternate between poetry and prose, but all readers are DC-based writers. All readings, which are free and open to the public, are hosted by Riverby Books with a reception following. Questions should be directed to series organizer, Monica F. Jacobe at

Riverby Books is located at 417 East Capitol Street, SE, just north of Eastern Market and four blocks east of the U.S. Capitol. A seller of used and rare books, they are open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and can be reached at (202) 543-4342. Please call for directions, if needed.


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