Cafe Muse Literary Series
Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 South Park Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD. 7:00 pm Mondays with open readings after featured readers. Free. Gwenn Gebhard and Laura Golberg host. Michael Davis plays classical guitar.

5/5---Poets Jessica Garratt & Barbara Goldberg

6/2---Poets Jennifer Chang & Patricia Davis

7/7 ---TBA

The Iota Poetry Series
Iota Bar and Restaurant,
2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Virginia at 6 pm. Open readings follow. Admission free. Miles David Moore hosts. For more information, call 703-522-8340 or 703-256-9275.

Apr 13: Sally Rosen Kindred & Maggie Rosen

May 11: Melissa A. Tuckey & Mary-Sherman Willis

June 8: Barbara DeCesare & Joseph Ross

Coming Events & Beltway Literary Calendar

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Through April 15, 2014, The Word Works is accepting nominations of poets with original book-length manuscripts for invitation to The Word Works Hilary Tham Capital Collection competition. Poets who volunteer for literary nonprofits are eligible and may be nominated by the organization for which they volunteer.

Print the nomination form from this website by clicking here. You may also request our nomination form today from or

After May 1, eligible manuscripts (48-80 pages but check our HTCC submission guidelines for how to prepare the manuscript) are sent to an outside judge who then picks two titles for publication. Past judges have been Denise Duhamel, Cornelius Eady, Gray Jacobik, and Jeanne Larsen. 2013 winners selected by Jeanne Larsen were Twinzilla by Barbara G. S. Hagerty of South Carolina and Reading the Ground by Tera Vale Ragan of California.

The $25 entry fee may be paid by the nominating organization or the nominated poet. Use our electronic submission option now.

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The Word Works will be accepting full-length manuscripts of poetry between June 1 and July 15 for the first annual Tenth Gate prize. This new imprint, run by series editor Leslie McGrath, supports the work of poets writing in English who have at least two previously published full-length collections from literary presses. There is a $25 entry fee and a $1000 prize. For more information and submission guidelines, click here.


Word Works authors and Washington Prize semi-finalists and finalists my submit manuscripts electronically or in paper during the month of May. There is a $15 entry fee. Word Works editors will select and publish one manuscript. Guidelines, click here.


The Word Works is pleased to announce that Molly Bashaw of New York State has won the 2013 Washington Prize for her poetry manuscript, The Whole Field Still Moving Inside It. This will be Bashaw’s first published book. Her work has appeared in journals, including Crazyhorse and The Beloit Poetry Journal. In 2011 she received the Lynda Hull Memorial Award.

NEWS FLASH: Terrance Hayes selected "A Talk With Chagall" (one of the poems of The Whole Field Still Moving Inside It) for 1st prize of the International Poetry Contest put on by River Styx. The Word Works will launch her book at AWP 2014 in Seattle, WA.

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The Word Works is pleased to announce that Call from Paris by Prartho Sereno goes into second edition in 2014. Call from Paris won The 2007 Washington Prize.

Bruce Smith comments about Sereno's collection, "These poems are 'tuned to the wind harp' and 'ordinary glory.' It's a book that begins with song and ends with song and enters the mind and the body and lives there."

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After three printings of Fred Marchant's Tipping Point, winner of the 1993 Washington Prize, the best-selling Word Works book was launched in second edition with preface by Nick Flynn at the 2013 Associated Writing Programs (AWP) Convention and Bookfair in Boston. The launch included the AWP panel "Poets Look Back to Thier First Books: Friends Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Fred Marchant's Tipping Point."

Nick Flynn writes, "Marchant’s poems move always and fully into and through a language which is not pointing at any one thing as the source of this becoming—not at the war which is the shadow behind every word, not at the father, looming, then fading—but at the seemingly quotidian (whiskey, leaves, roseate spoonbills), the stuff of this world that surrounds and props up these larger truths. Marchant’s language is not used as a tool or wielded as a weapon, but is returned to us as creative power."

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Cornelius Eady has selected Bernadette Geyer of Vienna, VA, as winner of the 2012 Hilary Tham Capital Collection for her poetry manuscript, The Scabbard of Her Throat. Eady selected her manuscript from a set of ten unidentified manuscripts submitted by poets who volunteer for various projects at The Word Works. This book was launched at the AWP Bookfair with a booksigning and a special off-campus reading March 8, 2013.

Geyer is the author of a poetry chapbook, What Remains, and recipient of a 2010 Strauss Fellowship from the Arts Council of Fairfax County. Her poetry has appeared in North American Review, The Midwest Quarterly, Verse Daily, and elsewhere. The Scabbard of Her Throat was a finalist in the 2011 Brittingham and Pollak Prizes and in the 2009 Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize. Geyer works as a copy editor in the Washington, DC, area.

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B. K. Fischer of Sleepy Hollow, NY, won the 2012 Washington Prize for her poetry manuscript, St. Rage’s Vault. Final judges Karren L. Alenier, Jennifer Barber, J. H. Beall, and Nancy White chose Fischer's work from 302 manuscripts submitted by American and Canadian poets. This book was launched at the AWP Bookfair with a booksigning and a special off-campus reading March 8, 2013.

St. Rage's Vault is Fischer’s second published book. Her novel-in-verse Mutiny Gallery won the 2011 T. S. Eliot Prize (Truman State University Press, 2011).

More information about B. K. Fischer and the Washington Prize can be seen in our news release on the Washington Prize web page of this website. Buy your copy of St. Rage's Vault now.

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