Friday, January 8, 2010

Saturday Morning Post: News and co-sponsored Events

Great news: Board and faculty member Sandra Beasley will have a poem in next year's Best American Poetry. Congrats, Sandra. Awesome news. Read more about Sandra at her blog, Chicks Dig Poetry.

And there are three upcoming events NOT at The Writer's Center that feature us as co-sponsors, two of which are ticked events that our members can get discounts on. The third is a free event.

They are:

1) Steve Luxenberg, Associate editor of the Washington Post, reading at The Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, Annie's Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret.

Throughout her life, Luxenberg’s mother, Beth, reveled in her status as an only child. Then, a few years before her death in 1999—and utterly out of the blue—she admitted to having a mentally and physically disabled younger sister named Annie, who died in 1972. After Beth’s passing, Luxenberg set out in search of answers. His dual roles as reporter and son proved both blessing and curse; the journalist dug furiously for facts, while the son wondered if long-buried secrets were best kept that way.
“As Luxenberg slowly uncovers Annie's story, he realizes that by exposing one ghost, he exposes thousands. . . The author calls on his investigative reporting skills not just to uncover the facts, but to explore what happens when lies or omissions become truth, exposing the contradictions, contrasts and parallels that exist within every life, every relationship and every family. Beautifully complex, raw and revealing.”

—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
$8 JCCGW and Writer Center members/$10 general public. Code 10WCL001

Call Jodi at 301-348-3769 to register or for more information Books will be available for purchase.
Co- Sponsored by The JCC of Greater Washington (
and The Writer’s Center
Held at the JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Road
Rockville, MD 20852

2) Theatre J Discounts. Writer’s Center members can save $10 on every ticket simply by using the code “Four10” online at or by phone at 800-494-8497.

Visit Theatre J online here.

"The Four of Us"

By Itamar Moses

January 20 – February 21, 2010

Inspired by Moses' friendship with author Jonathan Safran Foer, the play tells the story of two close friends, one a wildly successful novelist named Benjamin and the other a struggling playwright named David, whose tight bond is tested. This poignant play explores the nature of friendship, memory and what happens when your dreams come true—for your best friend.

3) Poetry Discussion of Declension in the Village of Chung Luong with Bruce Weigl, co-sponsored by Split this Rock and The Writer's Center Thusday, January 21, 7:15 at GWU's Rome Hall, Room 351.

Bruce Weigl—an award-winning poet, translator of Vietnamese poetry, Vietnam War veteran, and Distinguished Professor at Lorain County Community College in Ohio—will be a featured poet at the 2010 Split This Rock Poetry Festival. Declension in the Village of Chung Luong is his 13th book of poetry.

Full details on this FREE event are here.

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