February 12, 2022, 1:30-3:00 Reading with Seven Poets from THE GREAT WORLD OF DAYS Anthology by Day Eight at Java Junction in Old Town Gaithersburg. Anne Becker, Gregory Luce, Jeffrey Banks, John Smith, Luther Jett, Naomi Thiers, and Serena Agusto-Cox

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Poets included in THE GREAT WORLD OF DAYS collection of poetry published in Bourgeon arts magazine between in 2007-2021 will share a few poems each at our February DiVerse Reading to be followed by an open mic. Please feel free to bring a poem to share (one page maximum). Some incredible poets will be reading! We hope to see you there.


5 S Summit Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

In case of rain, it will be rescheduled. In case of cold, bundle up! If it seems to you from the weather that the outdoor chairs at Java Junction may be covered in snow or ice, please feel free to fold up a chair to bring with you. We will have several but may run out without the several more outside being hospitable.

Anne Becker is author of Human Animal, The Transmutation Notebooks: Poems in the Voices of Charles and Emma Darwin, and The Good Body. Also a teacher, working with poets putting together chapbooks and full length collections, she was senior producer of Watershed Tapes, recordings of national and international poets reading their body of work. She is now a co-editor of Bourgeon magazine. A paper artist, she prints her poems on paper that she has made and works on collaboration projects with dancers and musicians.

Gregory Luce is the author of Signs of Small Grace (Pudding House Publications), Drinking Weather (Finishing Line Press), Memory and Desire (Sweatshoppe Publications), Tile (Finishing Line), and Riffs & Improvisations (forthcoming from Kelsay Press). His poems have appeared in numerous print and online journals, and in several anthologies, including Written in Arlington (Paycock Press) and This Is What America Looks Like. (Washington Writers Publishing House). In 2014 he was awarded the Larry Neal Award for adult poetry by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Retired from the National Geographic Society, he lives in Arlington, VA, and works as a volunteer writing tutor/mentor for 826DC.

Jeffrey Banks is poetically known as “Big Homey.” His credits include ESSENCE Magazine, Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, Radio-One Inc., the CBS Early Show, BLACK ENTERPRISE Magazine, performing nationwide, international broadcasts, multiple grant awards and publications through DC Public Libraries, the National Association for Poetry Therapy, Paris Lit Up, and Day Eight.

J.D. Smith published two books of poetry in 2021: the light verse collection Catalogs for Food Lovers (Kelsay Books) and the free verse collection Glenn Danzig Carries Cat Litter (Alien Buddha Press). His first fiction collection, Transit, is forthcoming in 2022 from Unsolicited Press. Smith’s other books include the essay collection Dowsing and Science and the children’s picture book The Best Mariachi in the World. A National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in Poetry, he works in Washington, DC, where he lives with his wife Paula Van Lare and their rescue animals. 

W. Luther Jett is a native of Montgomery County, Maryland and a retired special educator. His poetry has been published in numerous journals as well as several anthologies. He is the author of four poetry chapbooks: Not Quite: Poems Written in Search of My Father (Finishing Line Press, 2015), Our Situation (Prolific Press, 2018), Everyone Disappears (Finishing Line Press, 2020), and Little Wars (Kelsay Books, 2021).

Naomi Thiers grew up in California and Pittsburgh, but her chosen home is Washington-DC/Northern Virginia. She is author of four poetry collections: Only The Raw Hands Are Heaven (WWPH), In Yolo County, She Was a Cathedral (Finishing Line Press) and Made of Air (Kelsay Books). Her poems, book reviews, and essays have been published in Virginia Quarterly Review, Poet Lore, Colorado Review,  and others. Her latest book Made of Air is available at www.kelsaybooks.com  or directly from her at this PayPal link: https://paypal.me/madeofair  (Cost $14, with all profit made going to CASA MD for their DC-area work with local asylum seekers/immigrants if you order from the author).

Serena Agusto-Cox was one of the first featured poets of the DiVerse Gaithersburg reading series in Maryland. Poems are in Halfway Down the Stairs, The Magnolia Review, MacQueen’s Quinterly, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Bourgeon, and elsewhere. Work appears in the forthcoming anthology The Great World of DaysThis Is What America Looks Like, Mom Egg Review’s Pandemic Parenting issueThe Plague Papers digital anthology, Made PricelessLove_Is_Love: An Anthology for LGBTQIA+ Teens, and Everyday Book Marketing. She also runs the book review blog, Savvy Verse & Wit, and founded Poetic Book Tours to help poets market their books.

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