Community or Chaos: A Poetry Reading and Open Mic Honoring the Memory of Martin Luther King, Jr

The Anacostia Coordinating Council is pleased to partner with Day Eight to offer a poetry event, featuring Regie Cabico and Anne Becker, to reflect on the memories of 1968.

Saturday March 17
2:30 – 5:00 pm
Location: The Rise Center, St. Eliabeth’s East

In his 1967 book, Martin Luther King Jr. asked us to consider, Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? King’s question, and the fiftieth anniversary of his assassination, are all too relevant today, and we invite you to offer your own poetic reflections, and to enjoy those of others, at this event.

Hosted by the Anacostia Coordinating Council with honorary host Ward Eight Councilmember Trayon White, poets Cabico and Becker will read selections from their poetry, followed by an open mic at which community members are asked to share their poetry related to Dr. King’s question: Community or Chaos?

This is a “DC Poet Project” event, and one open mic reader will be selected the winner by the ACC, Regie Cabico, and Anne Becker, and will be awarded a $100 dollar cash prize, and invitation to compete in the final DC Poet Project event – May 5th, at the Anacostia Library – for a $500 dollar prize and book contract.

The DC Poet Project was created by the non-profit Day Eight – – through funding from the DC Arts Commission, and in partnership with the DC Public Library, Upshur Street Books, American Poetry Museum, and Brink Media. Tickets are not required but you can pre-register for an open mic spot (a limited number of open mic slots are available) on eventbrite:

Announcing Schedule for DC Poet Project Spring 2018

Day Eight is thrilled to announce details for our spring 2018 DC Poet Project. The project includes a poetry readings series with connected open mic poetry competition.

Each of four reading series events includes exceptional local poets, and an open mic. The feature poets select one winner at each open mic event, awarding a $100 dollar cash prize to that individual, and invitation to compete for a book contract at the culminating event. At the culminating event, each of the open mic winners from the prior events will read their poetry, and the audience will then live vote to select the overall winner. The winner receives a book contract, including $500 cash prize, and the winner’s book is published by Day Eight. Join us May 5th for the culminating voting event, and details for all events, including a free poetry workshop with Regie Cabico (space limited) are below. The reading series director is poet Gregory Luce.

Reserve your tickets here.


Saturday February 17, 2:00–3:30 pm Featuring poets Susan Meehan, Rose Strode, and Michael Cameron (the finalists from the competition last year.)

Saturday March 3, 2:00–3:30 pm Free poetry workshop for adults and seniors with Regie Cabico

Saturday March 17, 2:00–3:30 pm Featuring poets Regie Cabico and Anne Becker

Saturday March 31, 2:00-3:30 pm Featuring poets Abdul Ali and Jonathan Katz

Saturday April 14, 2:00-3:30 pm Featuring poets Ethelbert Miller and Alan King

Saturday May 5, 2:00-4:00 pm Featuring the open mic winners, and live voting by the audience to select the overall DC Poet Project winner

All events are free and open to the public. You can secure registration for any of the events using the eventbrite link here.

The DC Poet Project is produced by Day Eight in partnership with the DC Public Library, Upshur Street Books, Brink Media, and American Poetry Museum, and through the support of individual donors and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Application live for Bloombars: imPRINT

The application is now live for BloomBars: imPRINT, a juried group exhibition curated by Robert Bettmann and John Chambers.

The BloomBars: imPRINT exhibition will be on display April 12 to May 5, 2018 at the gallery at BloomBars in Columbia Heights, 3222 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20010.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and for best consideration applications are due by December 19th.

An honoraria of $250 will be provided to the selected participating artists.

There is no cost to apply. Please pass it along to anyone else who might be interested!

Click here to apply.

BloomBars: ImPRINT is a project that pairs a visual art exhibit at the Columbia Heights-based community arts center with article publication by the participating artists. Included artists will write an article about their work for publication in the arts magazine Bourgeon. This is an opportunity for visual artists to have their work shown, and to coalesce their own conversation(s) surrounding their work.

The Gallery at BloomBars presents exhibitions and programs that spark important conversations and encourage relationships between the artist and community. The Gallery’s interdisciplinary approach opens the door to bold experimentation and unique partnerships that support its mission to present the diversity of human experiences, raise consciousness and inspire personal growth.

At the conclusion of the public exhibition, the included artworks will be made available for rental to the public, for a $10 dollar fee, for a period of four months.


BloomBars: imPRINT is made possible through support from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the supporters of Day Eight and BloomBars.