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

The DC Poet Project was started in 2017 through support from LISC DC, and the DC Commission on the Arts, through the support of the participating poets, and project partners the DC Public Library, Upshur Street Books, American Poetry Museum, and BRINK media.

Read about the current / 2018 running of the project here.

The project ran March-June, 2017 at the Anacostia Branch Public library, including a poetry workshop, and a poetry reading series, with connected open mic events.

At each poetry reading, the feature poets selected a “winning” open mic reader, and those “winners” were invited to compete at a final event for a book contract.

Read more about the feature poets and finalists in 2017 running of the project here.

Thanks to Brink Media, you can view videos of the feature poets and finalists reading their poetry on Facebook here.

Click here to read more about the 2017 winning poet’s book, Talking to the Night.¬†

The DC Poet series is directed by poet Gregory Luce. He 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).