Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Haiku and Open Mike Night: April 26

An announcement from one of my favorite local networking group for writers and readers:

WNBA-DC Celebrates National Poetry Month at Busboys & Poets

What: Haiku Program and Open Mic Night
When: Tuesday, April 26, 2011, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Busboys & Poets, 5th & K Streets Location
Contact: WNBAinfoDC@gmail.com
Cost: FREE and open to the public

The DC chapter of the Women's National Book Association will host its annual celebration of National Poetry Month on Tuesday, April 26 at Busboys and Poets at 5th & K Streets, The event, running from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., will be held in B&P's Cullen Room-and it's free and open to the public.

This year's celebration is organized in two parts: The first is a panel discussion on the poetic form of the Haiku, and the second is open-mike. The panel, moderated by WNBA-DC president Emily Sachs, features awarding-winning poets Roberta Beary and Jonathan B. Tucker; the latter will emcee the second part of the program.

DC resident Roberta Beary is a widely published Haiku poet whose titles include Lighting a Candle (Haiku Poets of Northern California, 2010); 1st Annual BashoHaiku Challenge (Modest Proposal Chapbooks, 2009); and Nothing Left to Say (King's Road Press,2009). Anthologies in which her poetry appears include Take Five: Best Contemporary Tanka Vol.2 (Modern English Tanka Press, 2010) and The Sound of Poets Cooking (Jacar Press, 2010). Ms. Beary has received numerous literary awards and considerable recognition, including as a Finalist in the William Carlos Williams Poetry Book Award of the Poetry Society of America (2008) and as the Winner of the Snapshot Press Book Award (2006). She has won the Kanterman Merit BookAward of the Haiku Society of America for three consecutive years (2007-2009). To learn more about Ms. Beary, visit http://www.robertabeary.com/.

Jonathan B. Tucker loves poetry and working with youth. A passionate advocate for both, he hosts a weekly open mike at Bloombars in Columbia Heights and teaches Spoken Word in the DC. and Baltimore School Systems. Mr. Tucker has represented DC at the National Poetry Slam for last two years, and is a member of the Busboys & Poets 11th Hour Slam Team. His literary credits include anthology contributions to Amistad Journal (Howard University Press, 2010). To find out more about Mr. Tucker, visit http://www.jonathanbtucker.wordpress.com/

For more information on the event, or to sign up for the open mike, visit www.wnba-books.org/wash or WNBAinfoDC@gmail.com.

The Women's National Book Association is a national organization of women and men who work with and value books. A non-profit 501(c)3 organization, WNBA exists to promote reading and to support the role of women in the Community of the Book. WNBA educates and informs the public about the need to create, produce, distribute, and use books. We serve as a catalyst for all in the book community who wish to work together, and promote recognition of women's achievements in the book industry. For information on membership, visit www.wnba-books.org/wash.


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