Tuesday, February 10, 2009


Thanks to poet Kim Roberts who compiled this helpful guide* to DC authors who will be in Chicago at AWP in Chicago:

Many former and current authors from DC participating. Look for panels featuring: Kim Addonizio, Rosellen Brown, Carole Burns, Regie Cabico, Cornelius Eady, Carolyn Forche, JoAnne Growney, David Kipen, Toni Asante Lightfoot, Haki R. Madhubuti, Mark McMorris, Honor Moore, Lisa C. Moore, Valzhyna Mort, Linda Pastan, Minnie Bruce Pratt, Carly Sachs, Ravi Shankar, Susan Richards Shreve, Joshua Weiner, Mary Kay Zuravleff.

February 12 at 1:30 pm, "Another World Instead: Readings from The Early Poems of William Stafford, 1937-1947." (Fred Marchant, Linda Pastan, Kim Stafford, Jennifer Barber, Kevin Bowen, Mary Szybist)

February 12 at 7:00 pm (off-site)
"From Chocolate to Chi: DC Poets in Chicago": Poetry reading by Kim Roberts, Sarah Browning, Regie Cabico, Sage Morgan Hubbard, John Murillo, and Melissa Tuckey
Insight Arts, 1545 W. Morse Ave., Roger's Park neighborhood, Chicago, IL (773) 973-1521. Half a block from the Morse station on the Red Line. Free.

February 12 at 7:30 (off-site): TinFish Press & friends with Tom Orange, Craig Santos Perez, Ric Royer, Tyrone Williams, Meg WithersLinks Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield Ave., near the Belmont station on the Red and Brown lines. $5 admission.

February 13 at 4:30 pm, West Chester University Poetry Conference 15th Anniversary Reading. (David Yezzi, Molly Peacock, David Mason, Kim Addonizio, Andrew Hudgins)

February 13 at 4:30 pm, Pitt Poetry Series Reading. (Ed Ochester, Stephanie Brown, Nancy Krygowski, Jeffrey McDaniel, Afaa Michael Weaver)

February 13 at 4:30 pm, "The Country They Come From: Polish-American Writers Read about the Midwest and Poland." (John Guzlowski, Anthony Bukoski, Linda Foster, John Minczeski, Leslie Pietrzyk)

February 13 at 8:00 pm (off-site)
Red Rover Series "Experiment #26: A Small Press Showcase" with Action Books, Effing Press, Flood Editions, Futurepoem books, Les Figues Press, Slack Buddha Press, Switchback Books, Ugly Duckling Presse. Readings by: Jessica Bozek, Amina Cain, Marcella Durand, Gloria Frym, Bill Fuller, Kim Hyesoon, Alta Ifland, Nancy Kuhl, Dan Machlin, Don Mee, Hoa Nguyen, Mel Nichols, Kathleen Rooney, Susan Schultz, John Tipton, Ronaldo V. Wilson
Links Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield Ave., near the Belmont station on the Red and Brown lines. $5 admission.

February 14 at Noon, "WritersCorps: A Reading from a New City Lights Anthology Celebrating 15 Years." (Chad Sweeney, Jeffrey McDaniel, Thomas Centolella, Elissa Perry, Ishle Yi Park)

Book Signings:
February 12 at 10:30 am
Sarah Browning signs Whiskey in the Garden of Eden at the Word Works table (#792)

February 12 at 11:30 am
Patricia Gray signs Rupture at the Red Hen Press tables (#522-526)

February 12 at 1:30 pm
Leslie Pietrzyk signs Pears on a Willow Tree at the Converse College table (#731)

February 13 at 10:00 am
Elizabeth Oness signs her novel set in DC, Twelve Rivers of the Body at the Gival Press table (#514)

February 13 at 1:00 pm
J.D. Smith signs Settling for Beauty at the Word Works table (#792)

February 13 at 3:00 pm
JoAnne Growney signs Strange Attractors: Poems of Love and Mathematics at the Word Works table (#792)

February 13 at 4:00 pm
Patricia Gray signs Rupture at the Red Hen Press tables (#522-526)

February 14 at 10:00 am
Gregg Shapiro signs Protection (poems set in Chicago, Boston, and DC) at the Gival Press table (#514)

February 14 at 10:00 am
Karren L. Alenier signs Winners, A Retrospective of the Washington Prize (#792)

February 14 at 10:30 am
Kim Roberts signs The Kimnama at the Split This Rock table (#309).

Poet Lore, celebrating its 120th year in print, invites all poets published in the magazine to stop by Book Fair Table #238 to sign issues for their archives. They will be serving birthday cake too.

Book Fair Displays:
American University
Gival Press
National Endowment for the Arts
Orchises Press
Poet Lore
Potomac Review
Split This Rock Poetry Festival
So To Speak
32 Poems
University of Maryland
The Word Works, Inc.

*This list may be incomplete.


DC-area author Leslie Pietrzyk explores the creative process and all things literary.