Monday, July 6, 2009

New Issue of Beltway Poetry Quarterly

Poet and editor Kim Roberts sent along an announcement about the new issue of Beltway Poetry Quarterly:

We're a little late in getting the photographs published in this issue--but they are now up and the issue is complete! Please take a look at this terrific group of 19 new photos by Thomas Sayers Ellis, all set in Washington, DC. You'll find one on each author's page and one in the Introduction.

And if you haven't yet read the issue, now's a great time to do so! The newest issue celebrates the 15th anniversary of the It's Your Mug reading series. The Mug, as it was commonly called, was a coffeehouse that once could be found in the Georgetown neighborhood of DC--and it was the epicenter of the Spoken Word poetry movement in the city. The new issue includes poems by 18 poets who were active members of the Mug series, edited by the woman who started it, Toni Asante Lightfoot. With the addition of an Introduction by Holly Bass, giving some historical context for the series, and--now!--some amazing photos from Thomas Sayers Ellis, this is an issue to savor.

You can find the new issue at


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