Thurs, June 9, 2022 Reading in Loving Memory of Venus Thrash Featuring Teri Cross Davis, Ethelbert Miller and Jona Colson at Casey Community Center, 7:00-8:30 pm

Casey Community Center, 1 mile north of Shady Grove Metro on 355. Our new Home! 🙂

810 S Frederick Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Teri Ellen Cross Davis is the author of a more perfect Union,  2019  Journal/Charles B. Wheeler Poetry Prize winner and Haint, awarded the 2017 Ohioana Book Award for Poetry. A Cave Canem fellow and member of the Black Ladies Brunch Collective. She is the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Poetry Coordinator.

photo credit: Tom Wolff

E. Ethelbert Miller is a writer and literary activist. He is the author of two memoirs and several books of poetry including The Collected Poems of E. Ethelbert Miller, a comprehensive collection that represents over 40 years of his work. He hosts the WPFW morning radio show On the Margin with E. Ethelbert Miller and hosts and produces The Scholars on UDC-TV which received a 2020 Telly Award. Miller was awarded the 2019 Literary Award for poetry by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association for his book If God Invented Baseball. Most recently, he received a grant from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities and a congressional award from Congressman Jamie Raskin in recognition of his literary activism. Miller’s latest book is When Your Wife Has Tommy John Surgery and Other Baseball Stories, published by City Point Press.

Photo Credit: T. Qualey

Jona Colson’s poetry collection, Said Through Glass, won the 2018 Jean Feldman Poetry Prize from the Washington Writers’ Publishing House. He is also the co-editor of This Is What America Looks Like: Poetry and Fiction from D.C., Maryland, and Virginia (2021). His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, The Southern ReviewThe Massachusetts Review and elsewhere. His translations and interviews can be found in Prairie SchoonerTupelo Quarterly, and The Writer’s Chronicle. He has received fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. He is a professor of ESL at Montgomery College in Maryland and lives in Washington, DC. In 2022, he became co-president with Caroline Bock of the Washington Writers’ Publishing House.

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