Retiro de Poesia AfroLatinx – Afro Latin Poetry Retreat April 15 2023

Gratuita para todos y honorarios de $250 disponibles para que participen los poetas afrolatinx de DC – Free for all and $250 honoraria available for DC afrolatin poets to participate.

Day Eight and the Mariposa Poetry Retreat are partnering on a capacity-building program for area poets to occur April 15, 2023 from 11am to 4pm. The retreat is designed to support publication opportunities for AfroLatin poets, and appreciation for the work of AfroLatin poets. Jeffrey Banks and Maritza Rivera, editors of the poetry anthology Diaspora Café: D.C., are faculty directors for the retreat. Poets of AfroLatin heritage can apply for a $250 honoraria, and poets of all heritages are invited to participate; attendance will be capped at 12 participants. An evening celebration will take place post-retreat from 7 pm to 10 pm and select retreat participants will be invited to perform. Apply below!

El Día Ocho y el Retiro de Poesía Mariposa se asocian en un programa de creación de capacidad para poetas del área que tendrá lugar el 15 de abril de 2023 de 11 a. m. a 4 p. m. El retiro está diseñado para apoyar las oportunidades de publicación de los poetas afrolatinx y la apreciación del trabajo de los poetas afrolatinx. Jeffrey Banks y Maritza Rivera, editores de la antología de poesía Diaspora Café: D.C., son los directores de la facultad del retiro. Los poetas de herencia afrolatinx pueden solicitar honorarios de $250, y los poetas de todas las herencias están invitados a participar; La asistencia tendrá un límite de 12 participantes. Habrá una celebración por la noche después del retiro de 7 pm a 10 pm y se invitará a participar a participantes seleccionados del retiro. Aplicar a continuación!


JEFFREY BANKS is poetically known as “Big Homey.” His credits include: ESSENCE Magazine, Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, Radio-One Inc., the CBS Early Show, BLACK ENTERPRISE Magazine, performing nationwide, international broadcasts, multiple grant awards and publications through DC Public Libraries, the National Association for Poetry Therapy, Paris Lit Up, and Day Eight.

MARITZA RIVERA is a Puerto Rican poet and Army veteran who has lived in Rockville, MD since 1994. Maritza began hosting the annual Mariposa Poetry Retreat in 2021 and is the publisher of Casa Mariposa Press. She is the creator of a poetry form called Blackjack, and the author of About You; A Mother’s War, written during her son’s two tours in Iraq; Baker’s Dozen; Twenty-One: Blackjack Poems. Her work appears in literary magazines, anthologies, online publications and in the public arts project, Meet Me at the Triangle in Wheaton, MD.