Diaspora Cafe DC Retiro de Poesia – Poetry Retreat – April 15 2023

Gratuita para todos y honorarios de $250 disponibles para que participen los poetas afro o latinx.

Day Eight and the Mariposa Poetry Retreat are pleased to present a capacity-building retreat for DC area poets April 15, 2023 from 11am to 4pm. Jeffrey Banks and Maritza Rivera, editors of the poetry anthology Diaspora Café: D.C., are faculty directors for the retreat, joined by keynote E. Ethelbert Miller. The event is free for all and poets are invited to apply for a $250 honoraria. Attendance will be capped at 12 participants. 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 latinx y afrolatinx. Jeffrey Banks y Maritza Rivera, editores de la antología de poesía Diaspora Café: D.C., son los directores de la facultad del retiro, con E. Ethelbert Miller. Los poetas pueden solicitar honorarios de $250; La asistencia tendrá un límite de 12 participantes. Aplicar a continuación.

The retreat application form has been removed from this post. The retreat occurred April 15, 2023.


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.