Librarian and poet Eve Burton offers adult poetry workshops at the Quince Orchard Library. The dates for the fall workshops are:
- September 12
- October 10
- November 14
- December 12
The workshops begin at 7pm and are free. You can check the library calendar or call Eve at the library for more information. Eve will also be at the DiVerse Gaithersburg poetry readings, so you can talk to her about the workshops then as well.
Please join us on September 8th, 2-4 pm when our featured poets will be Le Hinton, Jona Colson, and Kristin Kowalski Ferragut. We will be in our new location at the Quince Orchard Library (15831 Quince Orchard Rd./Gaithersburg 20878). There is plenty of free parking and as you walk into the library lobby, you will see the room where the poetry reading is located just to your left before you enter the library. The reading 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).
Le Hinton is the author of six poetry collections including, most recently, Sing Silence (Iris G. Press, 2018). His work has been widely published and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize by Pittsburgh Poetry Review for “Interview with Cotton (Part 1/Dreams)” and the Best of the Net by the Summerset Review for “Uses of Cotton (Visibility).” His poem “Epidemic” was honored by The Pennsylvania Center for the Book, and his poem “No Doubt About It (I Gotta Get Another Hat)” was selected for inclusion in The Best American Poetry 2014. “Our Ballpark” can be found outside Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, incorporated into Derek Parker’s sculpture Common Thread.
Kristin Kowalski Ferragut is a regular contributor to open mics, at such venues as DiVerse Gaithersburg Poetry and Roots Studio. She has been the featured poet at Words Out Loud at Glen Echo and participates in local poetry and prose writing workshops, in addition to reading, hiking, teaching, and enjoying time with her children. Her work has appeared in Beltway Quarterly, Nightingale and Sparrow, and Bourgeon among others.
Jona Colson’s first poetry collection, Said Through Glass, won the Jean Feldman Poetry Prize from the Washington Writers’ Publishing House. His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, The Southern Review, The Massachusetts Review and elsewhere. His translations and interviews can be found in Prairie Schooner, Tupelo Quarterly, and The Writer’s Chronicle. He is an associate professor of ESL at Montgomery College in Maryland and lives in Washington, DC.
We have a wonderful lineup of poets this upcoming fall! All of our readings will be at the Quince Orchard Library, 2-4 pm, with an open mic following our featured poets.
We are excited to be dedicating both our October and December readings to poets who also pursue other creative work. In addition to sharing their poetry, the poets will also be discussing their other artistic endeavors and how they work with multiple creative forms of expression.
More details and poet bios will be posted approximately a month before each reading.
Remember that time we came up with the idea of having poetry on walls (at our April, 2018 reading)? Well here ya go–posters of the winning poems in the Gaithersburg Book Festival’s High School Poetry Contest are now up on the wall at the Bohrer Park Activity Center. As you come in the main door, you will see them on the wall in the seating alcove immediately on the right. They will be hung there through June and then the posters will be sent to the poets as a keepsake.
There is no reading in June. It is still listed on the library calendar, but I’ve asked them to correct that. We will resume readings in September at the Quince Orchard Library!
The DiVerse Gaithersburg Poetry Reading is on the move! We are relocating to the Quince Orchard Library, beginning in September. Thank you so much to librarian Eve Burton for suggesting the move. Eve, who is a poet (and storyteller!) herself, runs a poetry evening on the 2nd Thursday evening of each month at 7:00 p.m at Quince Orchard and we are looking forward to having both poetry events in the same location. For more information about Eve’s program, please contact the library.
We will resume our readings in the fall on the following dates:
- September 8
- October 13
- November 10
- December 8
Readings will still be from 2-4 pm on the 2nd Sundays, only the location is changing! Featured poets for each of these readings will be announced in the near future.
Please note that our previously scheduled June 9th Reading has been cancelled. We will resume our readings in September at the Quince Orchard Library.