The DC Poet Project

The DC Poet Project is a poetry reading series and connected open-to-all poetry competition founded in 2017 with project partners the DC Public Library, BRINK Media, and American Poetry Museum and through the support of LISC DC and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Each year, the DC Poet Project reading series features an exceptional group of area poets. In 2019 the readings series featured: E. Ethelbert Miller, Regie Cabico, C. Thomas, Naomi Ayala, John Johnson, Shaquetta Nelson, Venus Thrash, Jeffrey Banks, Monica Leak, and Susan Meehan. Read about the 2018 reading series here.

A picture from a reading in the 2017 DC Poet Project series with reading series director Gregory Luce at left.

At each poetry reading in the DC Poet Project series the featuring poets select one “winning” open mic reader. Those “winners” are invited to feature at the final event in the series, and one overall winner is selected and provided a book contract. Thanks to project partner Brink Media you can view videos of the feature poets and finalists reading their poetry on Facebook here.

Read about the 2017 winning poet’s book, Talking to the Night by Susan Meehan 

Read about the 2018 winning poet’s book, Love for Her by John Johnson.

Read about the 2019 winning poet’s book, Port of Exit by Kevin Wiggins.