DC Poet Project

The DC Poet Project will publish a book of poetry by a DC Poet. The project’s reading series events began March 25, 2017, and all events in the series occur at the Anacostia Public Library – 1800 Good Hope Rd SE, Washington, DC 20020. The Project includes a workshop, three Reading Series and Open Mic events, and a culminating event to select the DC Poet Project Winner.

The finalists competing for audience votes to win the book contract, are: MICHAEL CAMERON, ROSE STRODE, JOHN JOHNSON, and SUSAN MEEHAN.

For tickets to attend the event May 13 at the Anacostia Branch of the DC Public Library, click here.

Thanks to Brink Media, view videos of the Feature Poets on Facebook here.

Are you a visual artist? Can we consider one of your images to use for the cover of the book we’re publishing? Share your image with us here.

To read more about the project, including bios for the featuring poets, check out this blog post.


The three winning open mic readers will be invited to feature at the Final Event. At that event the audience will live vote to select an overall DC Poet Project winner. That individual will receive a book contract including cash award.

The Final Event 
Saturday May 13th


Poetry Reading by the three Open Mic winners and Audience live vote to select the winner!

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

DC’s 2014 Larry Neal Award Winner Gregory Luce is the Reading Series Director. Gregory Luce is the author of the chapbooks Signs of Small Grace (Pudding House Publications) and Drinking Weather (Finishing Line Press), and the collection Memory and Desire (Sweatshoppe Publications). His poems have appeared in numerous print and online journals, including Kansas Quarterly, Cimarron Review, Innisfree Poetry Review, If, Northern Virginia Review, Foundling Review, MiPOesias, Praxilla, Little Patuxent Review, The Rusty Nail, Rising Tide Review, Cactus Heart, Faircloth Review, and in the anthologies Living in Storms (Eastern Washington University Press) and Bigger Than They Appear (Accents Publishing).

Project Partners:


Poetry Workshop with Abdul Ali
Saturday March 25  10am to noon

Are you new to writing Poetry, or to reading your poetry in public? Would you like to workshop something you’ve written? Bring your notebook and pen for this free workshop with award-winning writer Abdul Ali.

Open Mic #1 with featuring poets Abdul Ali and Gregory Luce
Saturday March 25
Poetry Reading with Abdul Ali and Gregory Luce 2-3pm
Poetry Open Mic 3-4pm

Open Mic #2 with featuring poets Ethelbert Miller and Melanie Figg
Saturday April 1
Poetry Reading with Ethelbert Miller and Melanie Figg 2-3pm
Poetry Open Mic 3-4pm

Open Mic #3 with featuring poets Joe Ross and Danielle Evennou
Saturday April 8
Poetry Reading with Joseph Ross and Danielle Evennou 2-3pm
Poetry Open Mic 3-4pm