Due to the pandemic, DiVerse Gaithersburg will unfortunately not be reading in person this fall. While holding readings online is an option, for a number of reasons, we will not be doing this. It is possible we may hold a few pop-up readings as we work our way through the second half of the year, but for the most part, we will be holding out until we can read in person again!
Although DiVerse Gaithersburg will not resume readings until fall, there are numerous other readings in the DMV that will be offering programming this summer. The following are some of the possibilities. The information below is from the organizers or the readings. While every attempt was made to include all readings, there are likely some omissions. Please feel free to add other listings in the comments.
2. Inner Loop:
June 16 – Featuring Lauren Francis-Sharma
August 18 – Featuring D. Watkins
September 15 – Featuring Kyoko Mori
October 20 – Featuring Jose Padua
November 17 – Featuring Marion Winik
More information on these events will be posted on our Facebook page:
We are also updating our podcast The Inner Loop Radio for creative writers, which is available on iTunes, GooglePlay, SoundCloud, and most other podcast providers. We’re about to start our inspiration series, which will have writing prompts and ideas for writing routines and inspiration during the quarantine.
3. The Word Works:
Our monthly Café Muse program runs usually the first Monday of the month, including June 1 at 7 pm featuring Tommye Blount and Molly Spencer on Crowdcast.
Next up on Poets versus the Pandemic, a brand new series created by Henry Crawford for The Word Works, airs June 10 at 7 pm featuring Francisco Aragon on Crowdcast.
The Joaquin Miller Poetry Series will present four Zoom programs on Thursday evenings in June as follows and all at this link.
June 4 Barbara Crooker with our 2020 winners of the Jacklyn Potter Young Poets Competition Phoebe Price and Lauren Young with special guests Miles David Moore (reads Miller’s poem “Columbus”) and Hiram Larew (judge of the Potter Young Poets Competition) with hosts Karren Alenier, Rosemary Winslow and Julien Berman.
June 11 Henry Crawford and JoAnne Growney
June 18 Venus Thrash and Meg Eden
June 25 Terri Merz and Emilio Iasiello
4. Third Thursday Poetry Readings-Takoma Park:
The City of Takoma Park, after having to suspend its live Third Thursday Poetry Readings in March, began sharing recent poetry readings along with other recent arts performances at www.takomapark.gov/arts
and then starting in April, “gathering” the poets scheduled to read in March and April for on line readings. There will be one more monthly reading in June, and we are exploring possible summer online poetry events. The public can find the previous readings on YouTube and on our Facebook page, and sign up at www.takomapark.gov/arts to be notified of future readings.
5. It Takes A Community :
June and July events are planned for Zoom, dates will be posted on Meetup when known.
4th Saturday of each month for the duration; 7:30 p.m.
Tentative dates: June 27th; July 25th; August 22nd
This event takes place via Zoom; an RSVP is required in order to receive the access link which will not be posted on social media. Poets are asked to sign-up prior to the event.
3rd Saturdays 1pm-3pm
• Open Reading (poetry)
• Free event
• Cafe specialty: Vegan cuisine
• We do not screen material; may not be appropriate for minors. Our intended audience is adults.
Via Zoom video conference until further notice
Contact for questions and to be placed on the mailing list for Zoom details
Mother Tongue multilingual open mic on 2nd Fridays on Facebook Live.
Great thanks to E. Ethelbert Miller and Katherine E. Young for joining us on Zoom for an illuminating and thought-provoking conversation about writing poetry during the pandemic. We hope to have a plan in place for fall by mid-summer and will post that when we do.
DiVerse Gaithersburg is delighted to welcome E. Ethelbert Miller and Katherine E. Young for a special online discussion with DiVerse Gaithersburg host Lucinda Marshall about writing poetry during the pandemic on May 17th at 7 pm on Zoom. In order to join us, you will need the log-on information which will be sent out by email. If you are not already on our email list, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the log-on particulars.
Writing poetry in a world where everything has changed so suddenly presents both challenge and opportunity and we hope that this discussion will be of interest and use to everyone who is writing in this challenging time. There will be time for Q&A and perhaps time for a few poems to be shared as well.
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 is host of the weekly WPFW morning radio show On the Margin with E. Ethelbert Miller and host and producer of The Scholars on UDC-TV. In recent years, Miller has been inducted into the 2015 Washington DC Hall of Fame and awarded the 2016 AWP George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature and the 2016 DC Mayor’s Arts Award for Distinguished Honor. In 2018, he was appointed as an ambassador for the Authors Guild. Miller’s most recent book If God Invented Baseball, published by City Point Press, was awarded the 2019 Literary Award for poetry by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.
Katherine E. Young is the author of Day of the Border Guards, 2014 Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize finalist, and two chapbooks. Her translations of Russian-language poetry and prose have won international awards. She is a 2020 Arlington County individual artist grantee, a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts translation fellow, and from 2016-2018 she served as the inaugural poet laureate of Arlington, Virginia.
Our April reading was our last regularly scheduled event for the spring. Thank you so much to everyone who joined us on Zoom for a fabulous evening with Gregory Luce, Diane Wilbon Parks, and Naomi Thiers. As much as we would rather read in person in our usual venue at the library, it was fun to be able to share our reading with people from all over the country!
Normally right now I would be working on our fall schedule, but it is not yet clear whether it will be feasible to have a normal schedule in the fall, so I am going to wait until we know that. In the interim, we will likely have some additional Zoom gatherings, so stay tuned and stay well!
We have moved our April reading to an online venue and will be reading at 7 pm instead of our usual afternoon reading time. Because of safety concerns with trolls, I won’t be posting the log on information here. If you would like to join us, please send a message with your name and email address and I will add you to the notification list. An open mic will follow the reading.
It will likely come as no surprise that we will not be holding our April reading at the library. However we are going to try to do an online reading and open mic, probably the evening of April 19th, rather than during the day. Once the details of that are worked out, I will post them here and on our Facebook page.
Please note: Because Easter falls on the 2nd Sunday in April, our April reading will be on the 3rd Sunday this month. We return to 2nd Sundays in May.
Please join us on April 19th, 2-4 pm, when our featured poets will be Naomi Thiers, Gregory Luce, and Diane Wilbon Parks. The reading will be at the Quince Orchard Library (15831 Quince Orchard Rd./Gaithersburg 20878) and is hosted by Lucinda Marshall and will be followed by an Open Mic. Please feel free to bring a poem that you have written to share (one page maximum).
Diane Wilbon Parks is a poet, visual artist, and author; Diane has written a Children’s Book and two poetry collections; her most recent, published collection is The Wisdom of Blue Apples. She is completing her third and newest collection of poetry. Diane is one of six PG County Poets whose poetry has been highlighted throughout the DMV. She celebrated the permanent installation of one of her poems and art pieces as a sign at the Patuxent Research Refuge – North Tract. Diane has been a featured poet on Prince George’s CTV’s Awarding Winning Program, Sojourn With Words, and on Pod Casts, as well as, Radio Broadcast Programs. Diane has read for Grace Cavalieri’s “The Poet and The Poem” at the Library of Congress; she holds a degree in Information Systems Management, is an U. S. Air Force Veteran and resides in Maryland.
Gregory Luce, is the author of Signs of Small Grace (Pudding House Publications), Drinking Weather (Finishing Line Press), Memory and Desire (Sweatshoppe Publications), and Tile (Finishing Line Press), and has published widely in print and online. He is the 2014 Larry Neal Award winner for adult poetry, given by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. In addition to poetry, he writes a monthly column on the arts for Scene4 magazine. He is retired from National Geographic, works as a volunteer writing tutor/mentor for 826DC, and lives in Arlington, VA.
Naomi Thiers is the author of three poetry collections: Only The Raw Hands Are Heaven (WWPH), In Yolo County, and She Was a Cathedral (both Finishing Line Press.) Her poems and fiction have been published in Virginia Quarterly Review , Poet Lore, Colorado Review, Sojourners, and many others. She is a former editor of Phoebe, and works as an editor for Educational Leadership magazine.
Want to go to a poetry event in Montgomery County, MD but don’t know who is reading or presenting where when? Check out the new MoCo Poetry Events page on Facebook, which will post listings for events throughout the county. Huge kudos to Gaithersburg poet Kristin Kowalski Ferragut for this great idea and for doing the hard work to make it happen!
DiVerse Gaithersburg is delighted to be participating in Kensington Day Of The Book’s poetry program, All The Imagination Can Hold, on April 26th, 2020. Many thanks to Kensington Day Of The Book Poet Laureate, Nancy Naomi Carlson, for including us. The DiVerse Gaithersburg roster will include poets who have been featured at our readings–Teri Ellen Cross Davis, Marlena Chertock, Kristin Kowalski Ferragut, and host Lucinda Marshall. Come join us for a day of poetry and literature!