From the category archives:

Poetry Readings

We took the “cabin” out of the Joaquin Miller Cabin Poetry Series this year. Please come celebrate with us and come listen to the poets chosen to read in this year’s series.

  • June 9: Kelly Cherry with Jacklyn Potter Young Poets Trevor Bobola & Julia Holemans
  • June 16: Pia Taavila & Ian Williams
  • June 23: Adam Tavel & Melissa Tuckey
  • June 30: Yvette Neisser Moreno & Iain Pollock
  • July 7: Hailey Leithauser & Suzanne Rhodenbaugh
  • July 14: Benjamin S. Grossberg & Michele Wolf
  • July 21: Joe Bueter & Lynn Wagner
  • July 28: Michael Gushue & Jennifer Militello

Although the series will no longer take place at the cabin in Rock Creek Park, we are more than pleased with the new space.

We’ll be indoors with comfortable seats, air conditioning for those who need it, and a handy reception space. We will also have the option of reading inside or outside, so we will always, always have a “rain” location at the ready (and at the exact same address).

Thursday evenings at 7:00 at the Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road, NW, Washington, DC near the intersection of Military & Glover roads. Sign up for opening reading at 7 pm. Wheelchair accessible. Nature Center is located at the far north side of the Horse Stables. For more information, call Kathi Morrison-Taylor at 703-820-8113.


No Shoes Required for this Kind of Poetry Reading

Perhaps it’s surprising that poetry, as an art form, has embraced technology so much. I suppose because poetry has never exactly been a commercially viable life-choice, poets have had nothing to lose by embracing the internet. Or perhaps it’s because poetry has always existed as an adaptable, and radical, art form. Either way, poetry book sales have not been hit by the digital revolution in the same ways that fiction and nonfiction have.

Online journals, workshops, and literary relationships existing entirely online have reinvigorated poetry and hardened it against accusations of it being a dying art. Part of this effect, I’m sure, is the immediacy that the internet can provide. An immediacy which HTMLGIANT is using to its fullest with their series of ‘Live Giants’ online poetry readings. Can’t get to New York or Chicago to experience Mary Ruefle and Matthea Harvey read? Just tune in online, instead. To be honest, the virtual ‘crowd’ that gathers for these readings is larger than most poetry readings I’ve ever been to. Not only does it allows the wonderful poems to be heard by people who are geographically inaccessible, but it provides yet another online platform for poetry folk to come together. Who doesn’t enjoy a love-in? Ok, so the animal masks are a little scary, but it all adds to the experience. HTMLGIANT are up to number 8, and previous readings have included Mairéad Byrne, Zachary Schomburg and Sam Lipsyte

Best of all, HTMLGIANT’s archives mean you can replay the readings over and over and over until your heart’s content. It’s always frustrating when you grow to love a poet’s work after you’ve seen them live and can’t quite recall the poems in the same way. Well now you can, whenever you like. Doing laundry, cleaning, jumping up and down… the possibilities are endless.

Who wouldn’t want poets in animal masks reading you to sleep?


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