Librarian and poet Eve Burton offers adult poetry workshops at the Quince Orchard Library. The dates for the fall workshops are:
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 Hintonis 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 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.
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:
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 join us on April 14th when our featured poets will be Henry Crawford, Lalita Noronha, and Marianne Szlyk, and we will also welcome Mayor Jud Ashman who will be telling us more about the upcoming Gaithersburg Book Festival, upstairs at the Gaithersburg Library, 2-4 pm. The reading is hosted by Lucinda Marshall and will be followed by an Open Mic.
Lalita Noronha was born in India and came to the US on a Fulbright travel grant and earned her Ph.D. in Microbiology from St. Louis University School of Medicine. She is a widely published research scientist, poet, writer, an editor of the Baltimore Review, a former CityLit Board Member and President of the Maryland Writers’ Association. Her work has been published in journals and anthologies in India, Australia, New Zealand and the United States, including The Baltimore Sun, The Christian Science Monitor, Catholic Digest,Crab Orchard Review, The Cortland Review,The Dance of the Peacock: An Anthology of English Poetry from India (Hidden Brook Press) and “Yellow as Turmeric, Fragrant as Cloves: A Contemporary Anthology of Asian American Women’s Poetry.) She is the author of Where Monsoons Cry (fiction, Black Words Press) which won the Maryland Literature Arts Award and two poetry books (Her Skin Phyllo–thin (Finishing Line Press) and Mustard Seed: Collage of Science, Art and Love Poems (Apprentice House, 2016) Others credits include a poetry award from Arlington Literary Journal, Dorothy Daniels National League of American Pen Women, two Maryland State Individual Artist Awards in Fiction and Poetry, and Pushcart Prize nominations in Poetry and Creative Nonfiction.
Marianne Szlyk is a professor of English and Reading at Montgomery College. She also edits The Song Is… a blog-zine for poetry and prose inspired by music (especially jazz). Her full-length book, On the Other Side of the Window, is now available from Pski’s Porch. Her second chapbook, I Dream of Empathy, is available on Amazon. Her poems have appeared in of/with, bird’s thumb, Loch Raven Review, Cactifur, among others and in the anthologies, Resurrection of a Sunflower, an anthology of work responding to Vincent Van Gogh’s art, and Epiphanies and Late Realizations of Love. She and her husband Ethan Goffman founded It Takes a Community!, a poetry group that meets at Montgomery College.
Henry Crawford is a poet whose work has appeared in several journals and online publications including Boulevard, Copper Nickel, Folio, Borderline Press and The Offbeat. He was a 2016 Pushcart nominee. His first collection of poetry, American Software, was published in 2017 by CW Books. His poem Blackout was selected by the Southern Humanities Review as a finalist in the 2018 Jake Adam York Witness Poetry Contest.
Please join us on March 10th when our featured poets will be Katherine E. Young, Martha Sanchez-Lowery, and Joelle Bielle, upstairs at the Gaithersburg Library, 2-4 pm. The reading is hosted by Lucinda Marshall and will be followed by an Open Mic.
Katherine E. Young is the author of Day of the Border Guards, 2014 Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize finalist, and two chapbooks. Her poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Iowa Review, Subtropics, and many others. She is the translator of Farewell, Aylis by Azerbaijani political prisoner Akram Aylisli, as well as Blue Birds and Red Horses and Two Poems, both by Inna Kabysh. Her translations of Russian and Russophone authors have been widely published, including in Asymptote, The White Review, Words without Borders, The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry, and 100 Poems about Moscow: An Anthology, winner of the 2017 Books of Russia award in Poetry. Several have been made into short films. Young was named a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts translation fellow and served as the inaugural poet laureate for Arlington, Virginia (2016-2018).
Martha Sanchez-Lowery was born in La Paz, Bolivia and lives in Alexandria, Virginia. Her poem “The Dark Earth Call” was set to dance by Jane Franklin Dance Company as part of the program Dancing the Page. Her poetry has appeared in Gargoyle, Beltway, Hispanic Culture Review, and Poets Against the War, and appears in the anthologiesKnocking on the Door of the White House (Al Pie de La Casa Blanca), Winners: An Anthology, andCabin Fever. Her chapbook Bocanegrawas published by Mica Press. She was Executive Producer for the Poetry Alive at IOTA – 20th Anniversary CD.
Joelle Biele is the author of Tramp, Broom, and White Summer and the editor of Elizabeth Bishop and The New Yorker: The Complete Correspondence. A Fulbright professor in Germany and Poland, she has received awards from the Poetry Society of America and the Maryland State Arts Council.
Please join us on February 10th when our featured poets will be Hayes Davis, Teri Ellen Cross Davis, and Dan Brady, upstairs at the Gaithersburg Library, 2-4 pm. The reading is hosted by Lucinda Marshall and will be followed by an Open Mic.
Hayes Davis’ first volume, Let Our Eyes Linger was published by Poetry Mutual Press. His work has appeared in New England Review, Poet Lore, Auburn Avenue, Gargoyle, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Delaware Poetry Review, Kinfolks, Fledgling Rag, and several anthologies. He holds a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Maryland, where he won an Academy of American Poets Prize; he is a member of Cave Canem’s (CAH-vay CAH-nem) first cohort of fellows, a former Bread Loaf working scholar, and a former Geraldine Miles Poet-Scholar at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. He has also attended writers’ retreats at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), Manhattanville College, and Soul Mountain. He has appeared on the Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU, 88.5 in Washington, D.C. and at the Hay Festival Kells in Kells, Ireland. He was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2016, and again in 2017. He teaches high-school English in Washington, DC, and lives in Silver Spring with his wife, poet Teri Ellen Cross Davis, and their children.
Teri Ellen Cross Davis is the author of Haint, (Gival Press) winner of the 2017 Ohioana Book Award for Poetry. She is a Cave Canem fellow and has received fellowships to attend the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and Hedgebrook. She is on the Advisory Council of Split This Rock (a biennial poetry festival in Washington D.C.), a semi-finalist judge for the NEA’s Poetry Out Loud and a member of the Black Ladies Brunch Collective. Her work has been published in many anthologies including: Bum Rush The Page: A Def Poetry Jam, Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade, Growing Up Girl, Full Moon on K Street: Poems About Washington, DC, Check the Rhyme: An Anthology of Female Poets & Emcees, The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks and Not Without Our Laughter: poems of joy, humor, and sexuality and The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic. Her work can be read online and in the following journals: ArLiJo, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Delaware Poetry Review, Fledging Rag, Gargoyle, Harvard Review, Little Patuxent Review, Natural Bridge, North American Review, MER VOX, MiPOesias, Poet Lore, Tin House, Torch, and Sligo Journal. She is the Poetry Coordinator for the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. and lives in Maryland with her husband, poet Hayes Davis and their two children.
Dan Brady is the author of the poetry collection Strange Children (Publishing Genius, 2018), and two chapbooks, Cabin Fever / Fossil Record (Flying Guillotine Press) and Leroy Sequences (Horse Less Press). He is the poetry editor of Barrelhouse and lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and two kids.