The DC Poet Project: Poetry Open Mic & Reading featuring Ethelbert Miller and Melanie Figg

Anacostia Library

The DC Poet Project: Poetry Open Mic & Reading featuring Ethelbert Miller and Melanie Figg

Saturday, April 1, 2017, 2 p.m.

The DC Poet Project is a poetry open mic and reading series featuring top local authors.

At each event the featured poets will select a winning open mic reader for a $100 cash prize and the chance to compete for a book contract. Open mic time is limited. Some spaces are reserved for walk-up performances; to reserve an open mic spot before the event, visit dayeight.org/dc-poet-project.

About the featured authors:
Ethelbert Miller attended Howard University and received a BA in African American studies in 1972. A self-described “literary activist,” Miller is on the board of the Institute for Policy Studies, a progressive multi-issue think tank, and served as director of the African American Studies Resource Center at Howard University from 1974 to 2015. His collections of poetry include: Andromeda (1974), The Land of Smiles and the Land of No Smiles (1974), Season of Hunger / Cry of Rain (1982), Where Are the Love Poems for Dictators? (1986), Whispers, Secrets and Promises (1998), and How We Sleep on the Nights We Don’t Make Love (2004). Miller is the editor of the anthologies Women Surviving Massacres and Men (1977); In Search of Color Everywhere (1994), which won the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award and was a Book of the Month Club selection; and Beyond the Frontier (2002). He is also the author of the memoir Fathering Words: The Making of an African American Writer (2000). 
 
Melanie Figg, a 2017 Poetry Fellow with the National Endowment for the Arts, has won many awards and fellowships for her poetry including fellowships from the McKnight and Jerome Foundations and a 2014 grant from the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County. Her poems, essays and reviews have been published in The Iowa Review, LIT, MARGIE, Poet Lore and other journals. Melanie has an MFA in poetry and also curates Literary Art Tours in DC galleries. She lives in Maryland and has been teaching creative writing for 25 years at a variety of venues and in private consultation. 
 
About the DC Poet Project: 
The DC Poet Project was created to support participation in the practice of professional poetry through a partnership between Day Eight, the DC Public Library, Upshur Street Books, the American Poetry Museum, Brink Media, and LISC DC, and through funding from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. In addition to a poetry workshop and reading series events, the project will result in publication of a new book of a poetry by a DC poet.


 

Add to Calendar 01-04-2017 14:00:00 01-04-2017 15:00:00 The DC Poet Project: Poetry Open Mic & Reading featuring Ethelbert Miller and Melanie Figg The DC Poet Project is a poetry open mic and reading series featuring top local authors. At each event the featured poets will select a winning open mic reader for a $100 cash prize and the chance to compete for a book contract. Open mic time is limited. Some spaces are reserved for walk-up performances; to reserve an open mic spot before the event, visit dayeight.org/dc-poet-project.About the featured authors: Ethelbert Miller attended Howard University and received a BA in African American studies in 1972. A self-described “literary activist,” Miller is on the board of the Institute for Policy Studies, a progressive multi-issue think tank, and served as director of the African American Studies Resource Center at Howard University from 1974 to 2015. His collections of poetry include: Andromeda (1974), The Land of Smiles and the Land of No Smiles (1974), Season of Hunger / Cry of Rain (1982), Where Are the Love Poems for Dictators? (1986), Whispers, Secrets and Promises (1998), and How We Sleep on the Nights We Don’t Make Love (2004). Miller is the editor of the anthologies Women Surviving Massacres and Men (1977); In Search of Color Everywhere (1994), which won the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award and was a Book of the Month Club selection; and Beyond the Frontier (2002). He is also the author of the memoir Fathering Words: The Making of an African American Writer (2000).    Melanie Figg, a 2017 Poetry Fellow with the National Endowment for the Arts, has won many awards and fellowships for her poetry including fellowships from the McKnight and Jerome Foundations and a 2014 grant from the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County. Her poems, essays and reviews have been published in The Iowa Review, LIT, MARGIE, Poet Lore and other journals. Melanie has an MFA in poetry and also curates Literary Art Tours in DC galleries. She lives in Maryland and has been teaching creative writing for 25 years at a variety of venues and in private consultation.    About the DC Poet Project:  The DC Poet Project was created to support participation in the practice of professional poetry through a partnership between Day Eight, the DC Public Library, Upshur Street Books, the American Poetry Museum, Brink Media, and LISC DC, and through funding from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. In addition to a poetry workshop and reading series events, the project will result in publication of a new book of a poetry by a DC poet.   false DD/MM/YYYY