Talent is equally distributed through the population, but opportunity is not. It’s impossible for a poet to rise in the profession without a book. And you can’t get a book contract without a lot of individual poems published in the right places. And to get a lot of individual poems published in the right places you have to have the time to make submission after submission over a period of years. That means people without that kind of time to dedicate are unintentionally excluded from the top ranks of the profession. For that reason, Day Eight, with partnership and support from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Lisc DC, DC Public Library, Brink Media, Upshur Street Books, individual donors and sponsors, and the featuring poets, is launching the DC Poet Project.
The DC Poet Project is a poetry reading series with open mic. At each event the Featuring Poets will select one ‘winning’ open mic reader to receive a $100 cash award, and invitation to compete at the final event for a book contract.
Read on to learn more about the featuring poets and partners in this project.