Books Published By Day Eight

All books published by Day Eight are available. We’re a small organization, working on our capacity to make these easily available online, and through area and national book-sellers. If you’d like to buy any or all of the books you can email books <at> to make arrangements.

Love for Her by John Johnson (September 2018) $11.00

Native Washingtonian John Johnson is the 2018 winner of the DC Poet Project. In his debut poetry collection the author equally documents love relationships and grievances of black life today. Johnson is a director, actor, public radio contributor, arts educator, and father of two.

Maryland Poet Laureate Grace Cavalieri wrote, “A real find!”

E. Ethelbert Miller wrote, “These poems are filled with wit and wisdom.”

Anne Becker wrote, “In these days of fear, anger, and confusion John Johnson writes bravely of the vulnerability of men.”

E. Ethelbert Miller, Editor of Poet Lore, wrote, “There is tenderness in his lines when he writes about love. When he remembers childhood and things happening in school, we know he is sitting in the front of the class. John Johnson’s poems are filled with black energy when read aloud and plugged into the ear.”

The cover image is by artist Goitseone Moerane.

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Goddesses Incognito by Susan Meehan (July 2018) $11.00

Susan Meehan’s second book published by Day Eight was produced within a project supporting the practice of poetry by senior citizens. Directed by Robert Bettmann, the project was funded through grants from the ride-sharing company Lyft and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Goddesses Incognito celebrates the strong women of Washington, D.C. and their colorful experiences.

John Lingan wrote, “Goddesses Incognito is a wise delight.”

Anne Becker wrote, “Meehan knows where the mythic, the deeper significance of human experience, hides under the familiar, the familial.”

The cover art for Goddesses Incognito is by conservation photographer Jim Dougherty.

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Talking to the Night by Susan Meehan (July 2017) $11.00

Talking to the Night is the first book of poetry by Susan Meehan, winner of the 2017 DC Poet Project competition. Meehan spent a career in public service, including serving as Washington, D.C.’s first city-wide Patient Advocate for individuals receiving treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. She has lived with her husband of more than forty years in Washington, D.C. and many of her poems reflect the city and the individuals she’s encountered. She represents the Quaker faith as a vice president of the Washington Council of Churches.

National book award winner Terence Winch wrote, “Talking to the Night is populated with works that grab your attention with their clarity and fierce honesty.”

Danielle Evennou wrote, “Meehan’s work is endless satisfying… The curve at the end of the road always catching you by surprise.”

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Bourgeon: 65 Artists Write About Their Work (December 2016) Ebook only: $14.99 on Itunes, $9.99 on Kindle

The book includes artwork and writing by sixty-five artists: painter, poets, film-makers, musicians, and choreographers. All of the included writing was first published in the arts magazine Bourgeon, a project of the non-profit Day Eight, but the book includes additional galleries of images, audio, and video. The Bourgeon Ebook was made possible buy grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities DC, and individual and corporate donors. 

Bourgeon 50 Artists Write About Their Work (July 2015) $25.00

Edited by Robert Bettmann, the Bourgeon book includes fifty articles selected from the archive of the magazine Bourgeon (2005-2013.)

Jonathan Katz, executive director of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, wrote, “The book is full of revelations about works of art, about how artists work.”

Michael Kaiser, president of the Kennedy Center wrote, “I highly recommend it for any arts library.”

The book was produced through support from Humanities DC and a successful Kickstarter campaign. The artwork featured on the cover is by artist Prudence Bonds.

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