Thursday, July 30, 2015

Weekly Spotlight on Literary Local Events: July 31st-August 6th



Jeff Hobbs- The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League
Friday, July 31st at 7:00 pm
Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse
5015 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

Author Jeff Hobbs will be at Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse in order to discuss his new book The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League. It examines the life of Hobbs’ Yale roommate Robert Peace, who was shot and killed in a drug lab nine years after graduating from Yale.

Open Mic Talent Show
Friday, July 31st from 8:00 pm-11:00 pm
Annie’s Art Gallery
5814 Allentown Way,
Camp Springs, MD 20748

Annie’s Art Gallery hosts an Open Mic Talent Show on the last Friday of every month. Join Dyone Mitchell and April Sampe for an evening of entertainment or to share your own work or talent.

ASL Open Mic
Friday, July 31st from 11:00 pm-1:00 am
Busboys and Poets (5th & K location)
1025 5th Street NW,
Washington, D.C. 20001

Busboys and Poetry invites American Sign Language users and viewers to come recite poetry, songs, jokes, or short skits at this open mic. $5 cover charge.

Youth Open Mic, Shirlington
Saturday, August 1st from 4:00 pm-6:00 pm
Busboys and Poets (Shirlington location)
4251 South Campbell Avenue
Arlington, VA 22206

Busboys and Poets in partnership with Poetry N.O.W. present the Youth Open Mic. This open mic is youth-focused and youth-led and invites young poets, singers, musicians, and actors to share their art. $5 cover charge.

Story District Kick Off Party
Saturday, August 1st at 6:00 pm
Town Danceboutique
2009 8th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

SpeakeasyDC is changing to Story District and they’re celebrating their name-change with a kickoff party at Town Danceboutique. This event is 21+.

Little Patuxent Review Launch
Saturday, August 1st from 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
The Writer’s Center
4508 Walsh Street 
Bethesda, MD 20815

The Writer’s Center celebrates the publication of the new issue of the Little Patuxent Review with editors Laura Shovan, Emily Rich, and Steve Levya, and writers published in LPR. Readers include Joseph Ross, George Guida, Rachel Eisler, Katy Day, Danuta E. Kosk-Kosicka, Adam Schwartz, and Paul Carlson. The reading will be followed by a reception. Free admission.

Poetry and Prose Open Mic
Sunday, August 2nd from 2:00 pm-4:00 pm
The Writer’s Center
4508 Walsh Street
Bethesda, MD 20815

Share your best poetry and prose at The Writer’s Center Open Mic. Sign-up for readers will begin at 1:30 pm and will begin at 2:00 pm. The readings will be followed by a reception. Free admission.

*SPARKLE* Queer Open Mic
Sunday, August 2nd from 8:00 pm-10:00 pm
Busboys and Poets (14th & V location)
2021 14th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

*SPARKLE* Open Mic is hosted at the Busboys and Poets 14th and V Location on the first Sunday of every month. Hosted by Regie Cabico and Danielle Evennou, it is a queer friendly and focused reading series dedicated to LGBT poetry. $5 cover charge. 

Jennifer Steil – The Ambassador’s Wife
Monday, August 3rd at 7:00 pm
Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse
5015 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

Jennifer Steil, author of The Ambassador’s Wife, will be at Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse to discuss her novel.

Café Muse Literary Series, Poets Leslie McGrath & Lisa Sewell
Monday, August 3rd at 7:00 pm
Friendship Heights Village Center
4433 South Park Avenue,
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

The Word Works in cooperation with The Village of Friendship Heights presents the Café Muse Literary series, a monthly literary series hosted at Friendship Heights Village Center. This month’s series will feature readings from poet Leslie McGrath and poet Lisa Sewell. Free admission.

Straight No Chaser: The Jazzier Side of Poetry – A Monthly Blogtalk Radio Show
Monday, August 3rd at 8:00 pm
Blogtalk Radio

Straight No Chaser is a monthly Blogtalk radio show that features jazz-influenced poems from local, national, and international poets and spoken word artists. This program is brought to you from the D.C. Poetry Project. The free call in number is (646)-716-8754.

Monday Night Open Mic Poetry hosted by KaNikki J.
Monday, August 3rd from 8:00 pm-10:00 pm
Busboys and Poets (Shirlington location)
4251 South Campbell Avenue
Arlington, VA 22206

Busboys and Poets Shirlington location’s weekly Monday night open mic features two hours of entertainment from rookie and professional performers alike. This week’s open mic will be hosted by performance writer KaNikki J. $5 cover charge. 

Monday Night Open Mic hosted by Omekongo Dibinga
Monday, August 3rd from 9:00 pm-11:00 pm
Busboys and Poets (Brookland location)
625 Monroe Street, NE
Washington, D.C. 20017

Busboys and Poets Brookland location’s weekly Monday night open mic invites local poets and performers to take the stage for a night of entertainment hosted by poet and performer Omekongo Dibinga. $5 cover charge.

Forensic Anthropologist Kathy Reichs: A Winning Way with “Bones”: Evening Program with Book Signing
Tuesday, August 4th at 6:45 pm
National Museum of the American Indian
Fourth Street & Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20560

Author and forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs will be at the National Museum of the American Indian to discuss her “Bones” series and how she translates real-life into fiction. The program will be followed by signings of Reichs’ newest book, Speaking in Bones. Tickets for this event are $20-$25.

When Art and Math Mix It Up: A New Theory of Symmetry: Evening Program with Book Signing
Tuesday, August 4th at 6:45 pm
Smithsonian S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Drive, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20560

Mathematics professor at Santa Clara University and author of Creating Symmetry: The Artful Mathematics of Wallpaper Patterns, Frank Farris will be at the Smithsonian S. Dillon Ripley Center to discuss his book and his theories on the mathematics of symmetry. The program will include a book signing. Tickets for this event are $20-$25.

Tuesday Night Open Mic hosted by Twain Dooley
Tuesday, August 4th from 9:00 pm-11:00 pm
Busboys and Poets (14th & V location)
2021 14th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

Busboys and Poets Tuesday open mic at their 14th and V location invites locals to come out for a night of performance and entertainment. This week’s open mic will be hosted by poet Twain Dooley. $5 cover charge.

Tuesday Night Open Mic hosted by Rebecca Dupas
Tuesday, August 4th from 9:00 pm-11:00 pm
Busboys and Poets (Takoma location)
235 Carroll Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20012

Busboys and Poets presents a weekly Tuesday Night Open Mic at the Takoma location. This week’s host is award-winning poet Rebecca Dupas. $5 cover charge.

Michael Dirda – Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living with Books
Wednesday, August 5th at 7:00 pm
Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse
5015 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse presents a discussion with author Michael Dirda on his new book Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living with Books.

BAWA* Monthly Poetry Reading – SWEATER POEMS
Wednesday, August 5th from 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Center for Poetic Thought
716 Monroe Street, NE, Suite 25
Washington, D.C. 20017

BAWA* and the American Poetry Museum present a monthly poetry series at the Center for Poetic Thought. Each month will feature a different theme. The theme for August is “Sweater Poems,” a reading about all things that are cold. Free admission.

Voices in the Ocean: The Nature of Dolphins: Evening Program with Book Signing
Thursday, August 6th at 6:45 pm
Smithsonian S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Drive, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20560

Author Susan Casey will be at the Smithsonian S. Dillon Ripley Center to discuss her book Voices in the Ocean: A Journey into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins. The program will include a book signing. Tickets for this event are $30-$42.

Carolyn Ives Gilman: Dark Orbit
Thursday, August 6th at 7:00 pm
Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse
5015 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

Author Carolyn Ives Gilman will be at Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse to discuss her new novel Dark Orbit.

Clash by Night
Thursday, August 6th from 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
The Writer’s Center
4508 Walsh Street
Bethesda, MD 20815

The Writer’s Center presents a reading celebrating the publication of an anthology of poems inspired by The Clash’s London Calling album, Clash By Night. Readers include Donald Illich and co-editors Gregg Wilhelm and Gerry LaFemina. The anthology is the first book in the CityLit Press Lo-fi Poetry Series. Free admission.

Spit Dat! Open Mic
Thursday, July 16th at 9:00 pm
ECAC, 2nd floor
733 Euclid Street, NW
Washington D.C. 20001

Spit Dat! is a weekly open mic held every Thursday hosted by Drew “Droopy” Anderson and Dwayne B. $1 cover charge.

Thursday Open Mic hosted by DJ Tao
Thursday, August 6th from 9:00 pm-11:00 pm
Busboys and Poets (Hyattsville location)
5331 Baltimore Avenue
Hyattsville, MD 20781

Busboys and Poets Hyattsville location hosts a weekly Thursday Open Mic. Spoken word artist DJ Tao will be hosting this week’s evening of talent and entertainment. $5 cover charge.


Monday, July 27, 2015

New in the Book Gallery




By Sunil Freeman
 
It’s hard to overestimate the important role literary journals play for authors and all of us who enjoy good writing. For people just starting to publish, having work accepted by editors offers significant validation. And when the journal appears, whether in print or online, writers begin to reach a broader audience, beyond the people they may know in a writing group or audience members in the many open mic readings around town. 

For readers, journals give an opportunity to hear new voices, to check out, in the immortal words of DC native Marvin Gaye, “What’s going on.” Poet Marilyn Hacker could be speaking for many of us when she tells of her appreciation: “I've been an inveterate reader of literary magazines since I was a teenager. There are always discoveries. You're sitting in your easy chair, reading; you realize you've read a story or a group of poems four times, and you know, Yes, I want to go farther with this writer.”

If you’re looking for where to submit your work, please take advantage of the literary journals in our book gallery. Feel free to browse or to purchase copies, and don’t forget that members get a 30% discount on books and journals. There’s something for everybody, whether you’re sending out work now, or just looking for good new writing. Here’s a brief glimpse at a few of the journals now on the shelves.

Poetry includes poems by Yusef Komunyakaa, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Victoria Chang, Stephen Dunn, and Stanley Plumly. Plumly’s poem, “Variation on a Line from Elizabeth Bishop’s ‘Five Flights Up,’” is one he read at our program celebrating publication of the recent Poems in Medicine anthology edited by Michael Salcman. In the back of the journal Rebecca Hazelton reviews Joanne Diaz’s My Favorite Tyrants. Some of you may recall that we were fortunate to have Diaz read at the Center a few years ago after her selection as an Emerging Writer.

In the current issue of Field, poet Thomas Lux pictures Attila the Hun meeting Pope Leo I. Elsewhere in the journal, Sandra M. Gilbert offers an ekphrastic poem, “Gauguin, 'The Meal (The Bananas).'” As always, Field has several reviews of recent poetry collections. This issue includes Martha Collins’ review of Ailish Hopper’s Dark-Sky Society, and David Young’s review of Mark Strand’s Collected Poems. Young notes, regretfully, that his review was written, but had not yet been published, when Strand died.

Poet Lore, published by The Writer’s Center, is America’s oldest continuously published literary journal. Poets active in the local community are well represented in the current issue. They include Dan Vera, Maritza Rivera, Carlos Parada, Elizabeth Acevedo, Elizabeth Rees, Carmen Calatayud, Terence Winch, Heddy Reid, and Patricia Gray. We were also fortunate to partner with Letras Latinas, resulting in Pintura:Palabra, a portfolio of poems selected by Francisco Aragon. Poet Lore has always had an international outlook, with a particular interest in translation. This issue offers several of Maryam Ala Amjadi’s translations of Iranian poet Rira Abbasi.

Poets & Writers includes details on more than 65 contests for writers. This July/August issue has a very generous feature in which well-established writers introduce the summer’s best debut novelists. Several authors are interviewed in this section. Elliott Holt and Julia Pierpont discuss her debut novel, Among the Ten Thousand Things. Elsewhere, Tayari Jones interviews Angela Flournoy, author of The Turner House. Check out the issue for comments, and insightful conversations between several other novelists.

Gulf Coast always offers a nice combination of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The current issue includes a long section in which Natalie Diaz, Tarfia Faizullah, David Tomas Martinez, Roger Reeves, and Alan Shapiro talk about poetry and identity in America. It’s a very stimulating conversation, well worth reading.

That’s just a brief overview of some of what we have on the shelves right now. Please stop by and check out these and the many others journals.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Weekly Spotlight on Literary Events: July 24th-July 30th



 David Madland – Hollowed Out: Why the Economy Doesn’t Work Without a Strong Middle Class
Friday, July 24th at 7:00 pm
Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW,
Washington, D.C. 20008

Author David Maland will be at Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse to discuss his book Hollowed Out: Why the Economy Doesn’t Work Without a Strong Middle Class. He will converse with editor in chief of Democracy and special correspondent for Newsweek/The Daily Beast, Michael Tomasky.

The D.C. Poetry Project Monthly Writers Workshop and Open Mic Poetry Master Class
Saturday, July 25th at 11:00 am
Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library
1630 7th St NW,
Washington, D.C. 20001

The D.C. Poetry Project presents the Monthly Writers Workshop and Open Mic Poetry Master Class on the fourth Saturday of every month. Poets and spoken word artists are welcome to attend this program, which has been nicknamed “Half and Half Saturday.” The first half of the program features a writer’s workshop. The second half of the day features the Open Mic Poetry Master Class which focuses of performing and reciting poetry.

Elspeth Cameron Ritchie – Women at War
Saturday, July 25th at 1:00 pm
Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW,
Washington, D.C. 20008

Co-author and editor of Women at War, Elspeth Cameron Ritchie will be at Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse to discuss her book and women’s experience in the military.

Robert W. Doubek – Creating the Vietnam Veterans Memorial: The Inside Story
Saturday, July 25th at 3:30 pm
Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW,
Washington, D.C. 20008

Author Robert W. Doubek will be at Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse to discuss his book Creating the Vietnam Veterans Memorial: The Inside Story and examine the history behind Maya Lin’s memorial.

Barry Svrluga – The Grind: Inside Baseball’s Endless Season
Saturday, July 25th at 6:00 pm
Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW,
Washington, D.C. 20008

Barry Svrluga, author of The Grind: Inside Baseball’s Endless Season, will be at Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse to discuss his book, which expands on Svrluga’s earlier reporting as a Washington Post sportswriter. 

Genevieve Lester --  When Should State Secrets Stay Secret?: Accountability, Democratic Governance, and Intelligence
Sunday, July 26th at 1:00 pm
Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW,
Washington, D.C. 20008

Author Genevieve Lester will be at Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse to discuss government oversight and secrets and her new book When Should State Secrets Stay Secret?: Accountability, Democratic Governance, and Intelligence.

The Federal Poets Reading
Sunday, July 26th from 2:00 pm-4:00 pm
The Writer’s Center
4508 Walsh St.
Bethesda, MD 20815

The Writer’s Center hosts a weekly reading each Sunday. This Sunday, The Writer’s Center presents a reading by members of The Federal Poets. Readers include Jacqueline Jules, Michael H. Levin, Judith McComb, and Donald Illich. The program will be followed by a reception. Free admission.

The Joaquin Miller Poetry Series, Jo Pitkin and Miles Waggener
Sunday, July 26th at 3:00 pm
Rock Creek Nature Center
5200 Glover Road, NW
Washington, D.C. 20015

Poet Jo Pitkin and poet Miles Waggener will be reading at the weekly Joaquin Miller Poetry Series. If you wish to share your work, you can sign up for open readings at 2:45 pm.

Thomas Mann – The Oxford Guide to Library Research
Sunday, July 26th at 5:00 pm
Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW,
Washington, D.C. 20008

Thomas Mann, a Library of Congress reference librarian and author of The Oxford Guide to Library Research, will be at Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse to discuss his book and library research.

Naomi Jackson – Star Side of Bird Hill
Monday, July 27th from 6:30-8:30 pm
Busboys and Poets (14th & V location)
2021 14th St, NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

Politics & Prose at Busboys and Poets presents a reading with author Naomi Jackson. Jackson will be reading from her most recent novel, Star Side of Bird Hill.

William Finnegan – Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life
Monday, July 27th at 7:00 pm
Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW,
Washington, D.C. 20008

Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse presents a discussion with William Finnegan about his book Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life.

Monday Night Open Mic Poetry hosted by Shelly Bell
Monday, July 27th from 8:00 pm-10:00 pm
Busboys and Poets (Shirlington location)
4251 South Campbell Avenue
Arlington, VA 22206

Busboys and Poets Shirlington location’s weekly Monday night open mic features two hours of entertainment from rookie and professional performers alike. This weeks open mic will be hosted by performance poet, songwriter, and author Shelly Bell. $5 cover charge. 

Monday Night Open Mic hosted by Drew Law
Monday, July 27th 9:00 pm-11:00 pm
Busboys and Poets (Brookland location)
625 Monroe St NE
Washington, D.C. 20017

Busboys and Poets Brookland location’s weekly Monday night open mic invites local poets and performers to take the stage for a night of entertainment hosted by poet and performer Drew Law. $5 cover charge.

826DC and Upshur Books present a Modern Mythology Workshop
Tuesday, July 28th at 10:00 am
Upshur Street Books
827 Upshur Street NW,
Washington, D.C. 20011

826DC and Upshur Books present a Modern Mythology Workshop in which students, aged 6-12, are invited to craft their own myth stories. This workshop is free.

Layne Mosler – Driving Hungry: A Memoir
Tuesday, July 28th at 7:00 pm
Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW,
Washington, D.C. 20008

Layne Mosler will be at Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse to discuss her recently released memoir, Driving Hungry.

Beltway Poetry Slam
Tuesday, July 28th from 8:30-11:00 pm
Busboys and Poets (Brookland location)
625 Monroe St NE
Washington, D.C. 20017

Beltway Poetry and Busboys and Poets host their monthly poetry slam the last Tuesday of every month. The event is open to writers from the D.C., VA, and MD area. Each open slam is two rounds. Those wishing to participate in the slam must arrive by 7:30 pm. $15 cover charge.

Tuesday Night Open Mic hosted by Gowri K.
Tuesday, July 28th from 9:00 pm-10:00 pm
Busboys and Poets (14th & V Location)
2021 14th St, NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

Busboys and Poets presents their Tuesday Night Open Mic at the 14th and V location. This week’s open mic will be hosted by poet Gowri Koneswaran. $5 cover charge.

Enabling Acts: The Hidden Story of How the Americans with Disabilities Act Gave the Largest US Minority Its Rights
Wednesday, July 29th at 12:00 pm
National Archives
Constitution Avenue, NW, between 7th and 9th Streets
Washington, D.C. 20408

Author and professor Lennard Davis will be at the National Archives to discuss his book Enabling Acts: The Hidden Story of How the Americans with Disabilities Act Gave the Largest US Minority Its Rights and how the American With Disabilities Act became the model for most civil rights laws on an international level. The program will be followed by a book signing. Free admission.

Tamara Winfrey-Harris – Sisters Are Alright
Wednesday, July 29th from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Busboys and Poets (14th & V location)
2021 14th St, NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

Politics & Prose at Busboys and Poets presents a reading with Tamara Winfrey-Harris, author of Sisters Are Alright.

Sir Richard Burton, Victorian Rebel Explorer: Evening Program
Wednesday, July 29th at 6:45 pm
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Independence Avenue and 7th Street, SW
Washington, D.C. 20560

The Smithsonian Associates presents a program with biographer Dane Kennedy as he discusses Sir Richard Burton, the Victorian-era explorer. Tickets for this event are $30-$40.

Book Hill Talks: ‘Gutenberg in the Cyberstorm’ Screening and Discussion
Wednesday, July 29th at 7:00 pm
Georgetown Library
3260 R St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

What does the future hold for books? Booksellers? And (most importantly) libraries? Stop by the Georgetown Neighborhood library for a screening the Deutsche Velle TV Arts 21 short doc Gutenberg in the Cyberstorm (26 min), followed by open discussion.
Paula McLain – Circling the Sun
Wednesday, July 29th at 7:00 pm
Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW,
Washington, D.C. 20008

Author Paula McLain will be at Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse to discuss her new novel Circling the Sun, in which she examines the personal life of the first woman to fly solo east to west across the Atlantic Ocean, Beryl Markham.

Reading with Robert Doubek for Creating the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Wednesday, July 29th at 7:00 pm
Upshur Street Books
827 Upshur Street NW,
Washington, D.C. 20011

Robert Doubek will be at Upshur Street Books to discuss the details behind the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and his book Creating the Vietnam Veterans Memorial: The Inside Story. Doubek is an attorney and former Air Force officer.

The DC Poetry Project Blogtalk Radio Show Presents: Poets on Fire Live!
Wednesday, July 29th at 8:00 pm
Blogtalk Radio

Poets on Fire is a weekly open mic call-show brought to you by the DC Poetry Project. Every Wednesday night you can tune in or join the show, which is open to poets, spoken word artists, and other writers. The free call-in number is (646)-716-8754.

Wednesday Night Open Mic
Wednesday, July 29th from 9:00 pm-11:00 pm
Busboys and Poets (5th & K Location)
1025 5th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Busboys and Poets 5th & K location presents a night for entertainment or performance at the Wednesday Night Open Mic. $5 cover charge.

Reading with Christopher Mannino for School of Deaths
Thursday, July 30th at 4:00 pm
Upshur Street Books
827 Upshur Street NW,
Washington, D.C. 20011

Upshur Street Books present a reading with Christopher Mannino, author of Schools of Deaths, The Schythe Weilder’s Secret, Book 1.

Tim Weiner – One Man Against the World: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon
Thursday, July 30th at 7:00 pm
Politics & Prose Coffeehouse and Bookstore
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW,
Washington, D.C. 20008

Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse presents a discussion with author Tim Wiener about the fall of Richard Nixon and Wiener’s new book, One Man Against the World: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon.

For Sizakele Performance + Book Release: 14 Years in the Making
Thursday, July 30th from 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Busboys and Poets (5th & K location)
1025 5th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Makers Lab and ZAMI at Busboys and Poets 5th & K location presents a celebration of the release of Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene’s new book For Sizakele, which was in the works for the past 14 years. She will perform her poetry along with doing a Q&A and book signing.

Spit Dat! Open Mic
Thursday, July 30th at 9:00 pm
ECAC, 2nd floor
733 Euclid Street, NW
Washington D.C. 20001

Spit Dat! is a weekly open mic held every Thursday hosted by Drew “Droopy” Anderson and Dwayne B. $1 cover charge.