DC Poet Project

The featured poets in the DC Poet Project, left to right and top to bottom: Abdul Ali, Gregory Luce, Ethelbert Miller, Melanie Figg, Joseph Ross, and Danielle Evennou.

The DC Poet Project is produced by Day Eight through support from the DC Commission on the Arts, LISC DC, and through the support of participating poets and partners the DC Public Library, Upshur Street Books, American Poetry Museum, and BRINK media.

The project began March 25, 2017 with poetry workshop and a poetry reading series, with connected open mic events. At each event 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.

The finalists selected by the featuring poets are: Michael Cameron, Rose Strode, John Johnson, and Susan Meehan.

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

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

To read more about the project, check out this blog post.

Poet Gregory Luce served as the DC Poet Project Reading Series Director. 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).

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