Joaquin Miller Poetry Series
Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road, NW, Washington, DC 3 pm Sundays with open readings after featured readers. Free.

7/13---Jennifer Lambert & Ellen Steinbaum (Deborah Ager hosts)

7/20---Rachel Adams & Saundra Rose Maley (Buck Downs hosts)

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. Rocky Delaplaine, Gwenn Gebhard and Laura Golberg host. Michael Davis plays classical guitar.

8/4---Translators Nancy Arbuthnot (Vietnamese Poetry) & Carol Volk (French prose) co-sponsored by DC-Area Literary Translators Network (DC-ALT)

9/15---Poets Dennis Kirschbaum & Margaret Mackinnon

10/6 ---Poets Stanley Plumly & Hope Snyder

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.

Jul 13: Rocky Jones & Pamela Murray Wintes

Aug 10: Annual All-Open Reading (no featured readers)

Sept 14: 20th Anniversary Celebration

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The Word Works will accept 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.

News Flash: The Word Works has successfully achieved its goal to minimally fund the Tenth Gate imprint through a Kickstarter Campaign. The fundraising ends July 15 and your participation is appreciated.


Judge Michael Klein selected Barbara Louise Ungar's "Immortal Medusa" and Joseph Zealberg's "Covalence" from 41 nominated manuscripts sent to the 2014 Hilary Tham Capital Collection Competition. They will be published in the spring, 2015. Barbara Ungar of Saratoga, NY, is author of Charlotte Bronte: You Ruined My Life. For many years, she has served as reader of Washington Prize manuscripts. Joe Zealberg of Mount Pleasant, SC, is an active member of the South Carolina Poetry Society. This will be his first book. Congratulations to these fine poets! The books will be launched at 2015 AWP Bookfair.


The Word Works is pleased to announce that Molly Bashaw's book The Whole Field Still Moving Inside It has made the Small Press Distribution Best Seller List. In 2013, she won the Washington Prize for this work. Bashaw who lives in Germany where she is pursuing advanced studies help launch her book at the 2014 AWP Book Fair in Seattle, WA.

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Sundays from June 1 to July 20, The Word Works in partnership with the National Park Service at Rock Creek Nature in Washington, DC, will present the Joaquin Miller Poetry Series, its 39th season of free public programs.

Over one hundred poets competed to read in this annual summer series. We thank all those who applied as we thank those who make the programs possible with their donations


Poet Don Illich has selected Brittany Crow, a senior at Woodbridge Senior High School, and Maja Olsson, a senior at Episcopal High School, as winners of the 2014 Jacklyn Potter Young Poets Competition. Brittany Crow will read with Don Illich on June 8 in the Joaquin Miller Poetry Series.


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