Friday, July 3, 2015

Weekly Spotlight on Local Literary Events: July 5-9



Joaquin Miller Poetry Series, Karla K. Morton & Charles Edward Wright
Sunday, July 5th at 3:00 pm
Rock Creek Nature Center
5200 Glover Rd., NW,
Washington, D.C. 20015

Poets Karla K. Morton and poet Charles Edward Wright will be reading at the weekly Joaquin Miller Poetry Series. If you wish to share your work, you can sign up for open reading at 2:45 pm.

*SPARKLE* Queer Open Mic
Sunday, July 5th from 8:00 pm- 10:00 pm
Busboys and Poets (14th and V Location)
2021 14th St, 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. 

Café Muse Literary Series, Poets W.T. Pfefferie and Barbara Ungar 
Monday, July 6th at 7:00 pm
Frienship Heights Village Center
4433 South Park Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Poet W.T. Pffefferie and poet Barbara Ungar will be reading for the Café Muse Literary Series. Their readings will be followed with open readings. Free admission.

James Wood – The Nearest Thing to Life
Monday, July 6th at 7:00 pm
Politics and Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse
5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

James Wood will be at Politics and Prose Bookstore to discuss his collection of essays The Nearest Thing to Life in which he examines the art of reading through the consideration of literary works and through is personal experiences and relationship with reading.

Straight No Chaser: The Jazzier Side of Poetry – A Monthly Blogtalk Radio Show
Monday, July 6th 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, July 6th 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 writer KaNikki J. $5 cover charge. 


The Garden Open Mic feat. David Tisel (hosted by Gowri K.)
Monday, July 6th from 8:30 pm-11:00 pm
Bloombars
3222 11th Street, NW,
Washington D.C. 20001

The Garden Open Mic is a weekly variety open mic that includes anything from writing to music. The show is appropriate for all ages. This week will feature David Tisel and is hosted by Gowri K. Sign up list opens at 8:30 pm and show starts at 9:00 pm. $5-10 suggested donation.

Monday Night Open Mic hosted by Omekongo Dibinga
Monday July 6th from 9:00 pm-11:00 pm
Busboys and Poets (Brookland location)
625 Monroe St NE
Washington, DC 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.

David E. Hoffman – The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal
Tuesday, July 7th at 7:00 pm
Politics and Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse
5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

Journalist David E. Hoffman will be discussing his new book The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal, a real-life thriller about Adolf Tolkachev’s secret Cold War career as a CIA spy.

Tuesday Night Open Mic hosted by Twain Dooley
Tuesday, July 7th from 9:00 pm-11:00 pm
Busboys and Poets (14th & V location)
2021 14th St, 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.

Book Launch, The Migrant Report
Wednesday, July 8th from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm
Busboys and Poets (14th and V Location)
2021 14th St, NW,
Washington, D.C. 20009

Join author Mohanalakschmi Rajakumar at Busboys and Poets as she launches her new book The Migrant Report. This is the first novel in her new crime series, which tells the story of Manu, a character who is working in the Arabian Gulf.

P.W. Singer – Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War
Wednesday, July 8th at 7:00 pm
Politics and Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse
5015 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

P.W. Singer will discuss his new novel Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War. The novel, set in 2026, envisions the next World War as a futuristic Cold War.

The DC Poetry Project Blogtalk Radio Show Presents: Poets on Fire Live!
Wednesday, July 8th 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.

Our Crime was Being Jewish: Hundreds of Holocaust Survivors Tell Their Stories
Thursday, July 9th at 12:00 pm
National Archives
Constitution Avenue, NW, between 7th and 9th Streets
Washington, D.C. 20408

Historian Anthony S. Pitch will be at the National Archives to discuss his book Our Crime was Being Jewish: Hundreds of Holocaust Survivors Tell Their Stories. Pitch has collected and published hundreds of accounts from Holocaust Survivors and will be talking about their experiences from the start of the war to the times they spent in concentration camps. The program will be followed with a book signing. Free admission.

Author Community Book Signing and Panel Discussion on Child Abuse
Thursday, July 9th from 6:30 pm-8:00 pm
Busboys and Poets (Brookland Location)
625 Monroe St NE
Washington D.C. 20017

Busboys and Poets will be hosting Joy T. Riley as she discusses her book Shh Don’t Tell. The program will include a book signing and a panel discussion on the issue of child abuse, which is the topic of Riley’s book.

Book Signing, Jimmy Carter – A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety
Thursday, July 9th at 7:00 pm
Politics and Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse
5015 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington D.C. 20008

Former President Jimmy Carter will be signing copies of his new autobiography A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety. In his book Carter reflects on his life from childhood, to his presidency and beyond.





Thursday, June 18, 2015

Weekly Spotlight on Local Literary Events



Welcome to our first edition of Weekly Spotlight! The Writer’s Center is dedicated to supporting and promoting the local literary community. Below are upcoming readings and events that are happening in the D.C. area in the next week.

Saturday, June 20, 7:00 p.m.
Upshur Street Books is hosting a reading and launch party to celebrate (guns & butter), the new poetry collection by Montana Ray out from Argos Books! Food and drinks provided. Featuring readings by: Abdul Ali, Cacayo Ballesteros, Kyle Dargan, Tanya Paperny, Montana Ray.
Upshur Street Books
827 Upshur St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20011

Sunday, June 21, 2:00-4:00 p.m .
Share your best poetry and prose at The Writer’s Center Open Mic. Sign-up for readers will begin at 1:30 pm and the reading will begin at 2:00 pm. The readings will be followed by a reception. Free admission. 
 The Writer’s Center
4508 Walsh Street
Bethesda, MD 20815

Sunday, June 21, 2:00 p.m.
Writer and photographer, Sally Mann, will be at the National Gallery of Art to read from her book, Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs. In this new book, Mann weaves images and narrative to piece together a memoir that documents both her family and her personal story. Free admission.
 National Gallery of Art
401 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20565

Sunday, June 21, 3:00 p.m.
All readings are on third Sundays at 3 PM, Admission $5, FREE for DCAC members
 D.C. Arts Center
2438 18th St.
Washington, D.C. 20009
(south of Columbia Rd. on the west side of the street)
 
Sunday, June 21, 5:00 p.m.
The sixties were a great time for revolution, especially among America’s youth. Author Howard Gillette captures stories from this era in one hundred interviews with people from the Yale Class of 1964. These interviews are documented in his new novel, Class Divide: Yale 64 and the Conflicted Legacy of the Sixties, which he will be discussing at Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse. Free admission. 
 Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

Tuesday, June 23, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Author of Sixteen for ’16: A Progressive Agenda for a Better America, Salvatore Babones, will speak about his book at Busboys & Poets. Moderator and IPS Director John Cavanagh along with respondents Fred Azcarate and Karen Dolan will join him as they discuss Babones’ book and how to move the 2016 election debate from false promises to active change. The program will be followed with a book signing. Free admission.
 Busboys & Poets
2021 14th St, NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

Wednesday, June 24, 12:00 p.m.
Emilie Raymond will be at the National Archives for a program on her recently published book Stars for Freedom: Hollywood, Black Celebrities, and the Civil Rights Movement. Her book looks at how several celebrities advocated for racial equality with a focus on the “Leading Six” celebrity civil rights leaders: Harry Belafonte, Ossie Davis, Sammy Davis, Jr., Ruby Dee, Dick Gregory, and Sidney Poitier. The program will be followed with a book signing. Free admission. 
National Archives
Constitution Avenue, NW, between 7th and 9th Streets
Washington, D.C. 20408

Wednesday, June 24, 6:45 p.m.
Co-host of Travel Channel show American Grilled, David Guas will be at the Hill Center for a program and dinner. Guas will also be signing copies of his newest cookbook, Grill Nation: 200 Surefire Recipes, Tips, and Techniques to Grill Like a Pro. The menu for the evening is TBD. Tickets for this event are $75-$90 and can be purchased here.
Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital
921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

Wednesday, June 24, 6:45 p.m.
David Roberts, co-author of The Mountain: My Time on Everest will be at the Smithsonian S. Dillon Ripley Center to discuss the top-five Mt. Everest summits. Among these top-five includes Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s 1953 climb, the very first successful Everest summit. Roberts will also look at Thomas Hornbein and Willi Unsoeld’s 1963 expedition, the 1975 climb led by Chris Bonington, Reinhold Messner’s 1980 solo ascension, and the 1983 climb of the Kanghung Face led by James D. Morrissey. Tickets for this event are $30-$42 and can be purchased here.
Smithsonian S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Drive, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20560


If you have a reading or literary event you would like posted, please contact vanessa.mallorykotz@writer.org.




Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Leesburg First Friday: Orienting Your Reader


By Linda Budzinski

As authors, we introduce readers to often unfamiliar worlds, filled with unfamiliar people and places. Fortunately, we have a number of tools in our writing toolbox to guide our readers through the story—and to draw them further into it.


At the Writer’s Center–Leesburg May First Friday event, I had the pleasure of presenting a session on “Orienting Your Reader,” along with fellow young adult author Valerie Patterson, in which we discussed two very different navigational tools.

 

Linda Budzinski
Valerie Patterson




















Val opened the session with a wonderful presentation on setting and the many roles it plays within a story. Setting does more than orient the reader to time and place, she said. As an example, she took participants through an exercise designed to show that the way a story’s setting is described can reveal a great deal about its main character and his or her emotional state. The same house would be described very differently by a young child, an adult returning home after a long absence, or an elderly woman recently widowed.

Next, I shared thoughts on how raising (and resolving) questions in your readers’ minds can help guide them through the story. It is important to provide just enough information at each stage of the tale to entice them to turn the page, without confusing them or unnecessarily holding out on important details. The best way to know if you have struck the right balance is to specifically ask your critique partners and beta readers to tell you what questions your story is raising in their minds. You want the questions to be ones of intrigue, not confusion. And you don’t want to raise questions you have no intention of later answering!

Coming up in June

At the June First Friday event, Erika Ettin will examine “How to Create Characters that Will Capture an Editor's Attention and Your Readers' Hearts.” Erica is the founder of A Little Nudge, an online dating consulting business focused on helping people put their best foot forward online. Her self-help book, Love at First Site, shows readers how to increase their odds for connections by marketing themselves well. Her advice includes pointers for writing a winning profile and crafting emails that catch someone’s attention. She’ll share how we as writers can use these skills to craft engaging characters and how to write pitches to capture an editor’s eye. To register for this event, click here

The Writer’s Center–Leesburg Committee offers events the first Friday of every month except for December, January, July, and August. Events are held at the Leesburg Town Hall, 25 W. Market St., Leesburg, VA 20176.