Thursday, January 14, 2016

Spotlight on Literary Events: Jan. 15-31

The Complete Deaths of William Shakespeare
Friday, January 15 at 8 pm; Saturday, January 16 at 8 pm; and Sunday, January 17 at 4 pm
St. Mary’s Community Center
3900 Roland Ave
Baltimore, Maryland 21211

Celebrating the 400th Anniversary Year of Shakespeare’s death, Cohesion Theatre Company and Baltimore Shakespeare Factory present a devised work of stage combat, bard appreciation, and silliness encompassing every death of every character written into all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays (and maybe a few that aren’t). Join us for an evening of non-stop mayhem and fun as we slaughter our way through every single death Shakespeare ever wrote on stage.

Second Annual POE-Zella
Saturday, January 16 from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
1145 Hollins St,
Baltimore, Maryland 21223

Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809, and to honor his 207th birthday, the Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum (203 N. Amity) will celebrate one of our City’s most famous denizens by having a party, exhibition and benefit. This event, our second “POE-Zella!”, is a free juried Poe-inspired party, benefit exhibition, and silent auction. It is scheduled to be held at Zella’s Pizzeria on January 16 from 2:00 – 6:00 pm. (Time subject to change.) While, entry to this special event is free, donations at the door are encouraged to help sustain the mission to promote and interpret Edgar Allan Poe’s life, death, and legacy in Baltimore.

Paul Lisicky—The Narrow Door: A Memoir of Friendship
Saturday, January 16 from 6:00 pm to __
Politics & Prose Bookstore
5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20008

Lisicky is a novelist, essayist, editor of StoryQuarterly, and a teacher in the MFA program at Rutgers University-Camden. Picking up from the shorter reminiscences of Famous Builder, Lisicky’s fifth book explores two very different and deeply meaningful relationships. Charting the end of his marriage, a friend’s cancer diagnosis, and his own sharp response to the larger wounds of Haiti’s earthquake, the Gulf oil spill, and other natural and man-made disasters, Lisicky’s memoir is a moving account of what holds a life together, tears it apart, and allows it to heal again. Lisicky will be in conversation with Richard McCann, President of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, American University MFA writing teacher and the author of Mother of Sorrows and Ghost Letters

Sunday Kind of Love, Hosted by Sarah Browning and Katy Richey, Featuring Fady Joudah and Fatimah Asghar
Sunday, January 17, at 5:00 pm
2021 14th St NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20009

Sunday Kind of Love Open Mic Poetry features emerging and established poets from the Washington, DC area and around the nation. Each program includes one to two featured poets and an open mic segment. Co-sponsored by Split This Rock, the national organization dedicated to poetry of provocation and witness.

Free Writing Workshop with Split This Rock and The Beltway Poetry Slam
Wednesday, January 20 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Split This Rock
1112 16th St NW, Sixth Floor Conference Room
Washington, District of Columbia 20036

Split This Rock and The Beltway Poetry Slam are hosting bi-monthly writing workshops on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month. All ages are welcome; no need to RSVP. Just come ready to write! If you have any questions, please email or call 202-787-5210.

David Ebenbach, Kathy Flann, and Leslie Pietrzyk
Thursday, January 21, at 7:00 pm
The Ivy Bookshop
6080 Falls Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21209

Join us for a reading by three acclaimed writers of short fiction, poetry, and essay.

Poets Unite!
Saturday, January 23, 2:00 pm
National Portrait Gallery
Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium
8th St NW & F St NW,
Washington, DC 20001

To celebrate the landmark edition, “One Life: Dolores Huerta,” 21st Poet Laureate Consultant Juan Felipe Herrera, along with poets Arlene Biala and Diana García, will read newly-commissioned work in response to the exhibition. Co-sponsored by Letras Latinas, a literary initiative at the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, Library of Congress Hispanic Division, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Asian Pacific Center, and Smithsonian Latino Center.

Lines & Stars Winter 2016 Reading and Ten-Year Anniversary Fete
Monday, January 25 at 7:00 pm
Colony Club
3118 George Ave NW,
Washington, District of Columbia 20010

Please join us in Washington, DC, on Monday, January 25th for our Winter 2016 Reading and Ten-Year Anniversary celebration! Jessica Lynn Dotson, whose chapbook Time Trials won our 2015 Mid-Atlantic Chapbook Series, will be reading her work, as will former L+S contributors Devin Kelly and Mikala Rempe. We'll also be celebrating ten years of existence. How time flies!

The Welcoming Committee Open Mic Night
Tuesday, January 26 at 8:00 pm
Busboys & Poets
1025 5th St NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20001

Get your hands in snapping position. TWC is teaming up with Zami to organize an LGBTQ open mic night at Busboys and Poets! Hop on the open mic for two to five minutes to perform a piece or series of pieces of your choice. Poets, spoken word performers, singers, comedians, and acoustic musicians are all welcome. RSVP to the event on Facebook. The evening will also feature renowned poet and spoken word performer Regie Cabico! Zami is a monthly gender and sexuality series that seeks to energize community discourse about the intersections between sexuality, gender, race, and human rights by bringing together artists, scholars, and community members.

Shulem Deen—All Who Go Do Not Return
Sunday, January 31, 10:30 am
Washington Hebrew Congregation
3935 Macomb St NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20016

Shulem Deen was raised to believe that questions are dangerous. As a member of the Skverers, one of the most insular Hasidic sects in the United States, he knew little about the outside world — only that it is to be shunned. His marriage at 18 was arranged and several children soon followed. His first transgression, turning on the radio, was small, but curiosity led him to the library, and later the Internet. Thus began a feverish inquiry into the tenets of his religious beliefs, until, several years later, his faith unraveled entirely. The author of All Who Go Do Not Return, Mr. Deen will trace his harrowing loss of faith, while offering an illuminating look at this highly secretive world.

Delmarva Review Reading
Sunday, January 31 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Writer’s Center
4508 Walsh Street
Bethesda, Maryland 20815

The Writer’s Center is pleased to welcome writers from the eighth edition of The Delmarva Review. The event will highlight a “conversation” with Sue Ellen Thompson and Anne Colwell about writing They, Thompson’s celebrated boo of poems about acceptance and raising a transgender child. Her book inspired the selection of the Review’s cover image by Portuguese photographer Jorge Pereira Rudolfoelias. A reception with the writers and editors follows.

Poetry, Presidents, and Photography
Sunday, January 31, 2:00 pm
National Portrait Gallery
First Floor, Education Center
8th St NW & F St NW,
Washington, DC 20001

Join curator and poet David Ward and poet Steve Scafidi in the Dark Fields of the Republic galleries for a poetry reading.

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