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Scheduled Workshops/Events

Calendar Year 2009 Critiquing Workshops

Workshops are held at the West End Library in Washington DC in one of the meeting rooms on the second floor.

Jan 17, 2009— 2-5 PM

Feb 21, 2009—2-5 PM

Mar 21, 2009— 2-5 PM - Paid members submit poems for Fall issue to Pam

Apr 18, 2009— 2-5 PM

May 16, 2009— 2-5 PM

June 20, 2009— 2-5 PM

July 18, 2009— 2-5 PM

August 15, 2009— 2-5 PM

Sept 19, 2009— 2-5 pm - Annual Dues of $20 due. Paid members submit poems for Fall issue.

Oct 17, 2009— 2-5 pm

Nov 21, 2009— 2-5 pm

Dec 19, 2009— 2-5 pm

Calendar Year 2009 Readings

Following upcoming Kensington Row Bookshop Poetry Readings, 3786 Howard Avenue, Kensington MD 20895. 301 949 9416. Dec. 2, 2009, then Jan-June 2010 last Wednesdays of the month. Come early to browse & chat. Refreshments provided. An open reading will follow. Free.

On Wednesday, 2 December 2009, 7 pm, Greg McBride and Lyn Lifshin will read their poetry.

Greg McBride, a Vietnam veteran who practiced law for 30 years, edits Innisfree Poetry Journal. His work appears in Cimarron, Connecticut, Gettysburg, andSouthern Poetry Reviews; New York Quarterly, Poet Lore, and River Styx. He won Boulevard's 2008 Emerging Poet Prize, and has a 2009 chapbook, Back of the Envelope.

Lyn Lifshin is the author of the germinal "No More Apologizing" proclamation, editor of the mother-daughterTangled Vines, anthology, and subject of an award-winning documentary film, Not Make of Glass. Her 120 books include Marilyn Monroe, Blue Tattoo, the Ruffian and Barbaro race-horse books, and three Black Sparrow books, Cold Comfort, Before It's Light, and Another Woman Who Looks Like Me.

On Wednesday, 27 January 2010, 7 pm, Bonnie Naradzay, Lee Giesecke, and Nancy Allinson will read their poetry. They are members of the Federal Poets, the Metro area's longest running workshop, which publishes The Federal Poet.

Sunday, July 12, 2009, Dean and Pam Blehert celebrated the publication of their long-running poetry newsletter, Deanotations, in book form at a featured reading at Iota Poetry Series, Iota Club and Cafe is at 2832 Wilson Blvd. in Arlington, VA, two blocks from the Clarendon Metro stop on the Orange Line. Street and garage parking are available. Admission is free, and a full bar and dinner menu are available.

On Wednesday, 28 January 2009, 7 pm, there were readings from Averille Jacobs' work, and Pamela Passareta & Mike Maggio read their poetry at the KensingtonRow Bookshop Poetry Readings.

Averille Jacobs was a longtime EPA employee and former owner/director of Galerie Triangle. She appeared on WOL's Mo Better Man radio show. Her poems are inDivided City, on Jeffrey Zeldman's Internet and Madam Lichtenstein's website; and many times in Federal Poet; the Fall 2008 issue features her work.

Pamela Passaretta is a former trilingual International Flight Attendant who now co-directs AP International Realty in DC. and hosts her open/free poetry workshop, Poets on The Fringe, at Guy Mason Center, Glover Park, every Wednesday night. Her work appears in Federal Poet, Wednesdays at Curley's,Beyond the Fence, and online in

Mike Maggio has fiction, poetry, travel and reviews in Apalachee Quarterly, DC Poets Against the War, Pig Iron, Potomac Review, and Washington Post CityPaper. He has four books: Your Secret Is Safe With Me, Oranges From Palestine, Sifting Through the Madness, and his newest deMOCKracy poems.

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