Announcing Schedule for DC Poet Project Spring 2018

Day Eight is thrilled to announce details for our spring 2018 DC Poet Project. The project includes a poetry readings series with connected open mic poetry competition.

[Updated April 2018: click here to read a blog post announcing the finalists.]

Reserve your tickets for the culminating event, May 5th, 2018 here.

Each of four reading series events includes exceptional local poets, and an open mic. The feature poets select one winner at each open mic event, awarding a $100 dollar cash prize to that individual, and invitation to compete for a book contract at the culminating event. At the culminating event, each of the open mic winners from the prior events will read their poetry, and the audience will then live vote to select the overall winner. The winner receives a book contract, including $500 cash prize, and the winner’s book is published by Day Eight. Join us May 5th for the culminating voting event, and details for all events, including a free poetry workshop with Regie Cabico (space limited) are below. The reading series director is poet Gregory Luce.

Watch videos of the participating poets reading their work here.


Saturday February 17, 2:00–3:30 pm Featuring poets Susan Meehan, Rose Strode, and Michael Cameron (the finalists from the competition last year.)

Saturday March 3, 2:00–3:30 pm Free poetry workshop for adults and seniors with Regie Cabico

Saturday March 17, 2:00–3:30 pm Featuring poets Regie Cabico and Anne Becker

Saturday March 31, 2:00-3:30 pm Featuring poets Abdul Ali and Jonathan Katz

Saturday April 14, 2:00-3:30 pm Featuring poets Ethelbert Miller and Alan King

Saturday May 5, 2:00-4:00 pm Featuring the open mic winners, and live voting by the audience to select the overall DC Poet Project winner

All events are free and open to the public. You can secure registration for any of the events using the eventbrite link here.

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