Thursday, June 4, 2009


Check out this great event at Artomatic:

On Friday, June 12th at 8 pm literary magazines Barrelhouse and Smartish Pace join forces with Artomatic to present a poetry reading by Elizabeth Arnold, Sandra Beasley, David Keplinger, Eric Pankey, Rebekah Sankey, and Terence Winch.

This event celebrates Artomatic’s 10 year anniversary and the publication of new issues by both Barrelhouse and Smartish Pace. The event will be held in Poetry Room on the 9th floor of 55 M Street, SE Washington, DC 20003.

CONTACT: For more information, email Dan Brady, poetry editor of Barrelhouse, will be available for comment and interview. Smartish Pace editor Stephen Reichert can be reached at

Barrelhouse is a DC-based, independent nonprofit literary magazine that bridges the gap between serious art and pop culture.

Based in Baltimore, Smartish Pace is an independent magazine founded by Editor Stephen Reichert in 1999 and is run by a group of dedicated volunteers and interns.

Held regularly since 1999, Artomatic is the Washington, D.C., area's one-of-a-kind multimedia event, involving hundreds of regional artists, performers and volunteers. The free event is an arts extravaganza, featuring paintings, sculpture, photography, music, theater, poetry, dance and workshops.


Elizabeth Arnold has published two books of poems, The Reef (University of Chicago Press, 1999) and Civilization (Flood Editions, 2006). She teaches in the MFA program at the University of Maryland.

Sandra Beasley is the author of I Was the Jukebox, winner of the 2009 Barnard Women Poets Prize, selected by Joy Harjo and forthcoming from W. W. Norton. Her debut book, Theories of Falling, was selected by Marie Howe as the winner of the 2007 New Issues Poetry Prize (New Issues Poetry and Prose, 2008). Recent work can be found in AGNI online, Blackbird, Barrelhouse, and Black Warrior Review, which published Bitch and Brew: Sestinas in their chapbook series. Beasley lives in Washington D.C., where she earned her MFA at American University and is currently an editor for The American Scholar.

David Keplinger's recent books include The Prayers of Others (2006), which won the 2007 Colorado Book Award, The Clearing (2005), and World Cut Out with Crooked Scissors: The Selected Poetry of Carsten Rene Nielsen (translations, 2007). He has won the T.S. Eliot Prize and fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Keplinger teaches at American University.

Eric Pankey is the author of five collections of poetry. His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Grand Street, The Iowa Review, The Kenyon Review, The New Republic, The New Yorker, and many other publications. Winner of the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, Pankey has received numerous grants supporting his work. He currently teaches at George Mason University.

Rebekah Sankey is an editor for Growler, an online first-books poetry review. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Her poems will appear in Barrelhouse 8 this fall.

Terence Winch’s newest book, called Boy Drinkers, is a series of mostly narrative poems that center around religion and Winch's New York brand of Irish-Catholicism. His previous volume, a collection of non-fiction stories called That Special Place: New World Irish Stories, comes out of his experiences playing traditional Irish music with Celtic Thunder, a band he started with his brother Jesse in 1977. His most recent music project is a CD that collects his best-known Irish compositions on one disk: When New York Was Irish: Songs & Tunes by Terence Winch.

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