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Calendar Year 2012 Critiquing Workshops


Iin April, 2012, The Federal Poets moved from the West End Library in Washington DC to the Tenley Library. This is a permanent move.

Washington Post article on poetry by Lauren Wilcox published January 15, 2012

Washington Post Article on The Federal Poets published Friday, November 14, 2008

Jan 19, 2013— 2-5 PM

Feb 16, 2013—2-5 PM

Mar 16, 2013—2-5 PM

Apr 20, 2013— 2-5 PM

May 198, 2013— 2-5 PM

June 15, 2013— 2-5 PM

July 20, 2013— 2-5 PM

August 17, 2013— 2-5 PM

Sept 21, 2013— 2-5 pm - Annual Dues. Paid members submit poems for Fall issue.

Oct 18, 2013— 2-5 pm

Nov 16, 2013— 2-5 pm

Dec 21, 2013— 2-5 pm

Calendar Year 2013 Readings / events

Sunday, Oct. 13 at 6 p.m.—IOTA's 20th season kicks off with a program featuring members from the Federal Poets. Nancy Allinson, Andrew Jarvis, and Judith McCombs will be the featured readers that evening, with an open reading to follow.

IOTA Poetry Series events always take place at IOTA Club and Cafe, 2832 Wilson Blvd. in Arlington, two blocks from the Clarendon Metro stop on the Orange Line. Street and garage parking are available nearby. Admission is free. All featured readings are followed by open readings, unless otherwise noted. A full bar, coffee bar and dinner menu are available. For more information, call (703) 256-9275 or contact

Sunday, Oct. 13 2013, 6:00 pm Federal Poets reading at IOTA, featuring Nancy Allinson, Donald Illich, Andrew Jarvis, and Judith McCombs. IOTA Poetry Series events begin at 6 pm and are held at IOTA Club and Cafe, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA. Open reading will follow.

Sunday, 28 July, 2013 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM: The Writer’s Center presents a reading by members of The Federal Poets.  Readers include Dean Blehert, Lee Giesecke, and Don Illich. The reading will be followed by a reception. Location: The Writer's Center 4508 Walsh Street Bethesda, MD 20815. Free admission. Contact:  301-654-8664 or

Sunday, July 28, 2013, 1-2:30 p.m. — Politics and Prose Bookstore presented an Opus Open Mic and Opus Author And Federal Poet Ginger Ingalls was one of 11 poets invited to read.

Saturday, June 8, 2013, 3:00 - 5:00 PM: Federal Poets reading at Georgetown Neighborhood Library. Main readers:  Miles David Moore, Pam Blehert, and Judith McCombs. Other Federal Poets will also be able to read.

Saturday, 11 May, 2013 at 6:30Miles David Moore read in the Evil Grin Poetry Series at Ahh, Coffee, 1015 Bay Ridge Ave. in Annapolis, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Saturday, May 11. Sharing the bill was poet Wynn Yarbrough, an assistant professor at the University of the District of Columbia. Rocky Jones is the host and organizer of the series, with Pamela Murray Winters as co-host. The featured reading takes up the first half of the program, followed by an open reading, first come first served, three poems or five minutes each (whichever is shorter). The telephone number at Ahh, Coffee is (410) 990-9111.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013 at 7:00 p.m., Judith McCombs & Alicia Ostriker Read Their Poetry at Kensington Row Bookshop. Judith McCombs teaches at the Bethesda Writer's Center. Her poetry appears in Calyx, Passager, Poetry, and her Habit of Fire: Poems Selected and New; and has won a Nimrod-Neruda award and the 2009 highest Maryland State Arts Council Award. She will read from a new slant-rhymed sequence in the voice of Patrick McKommie, the 1600s Central Highlands seer/healer/sorcerer whom the Kirk could not excommunicate--not without Bishop’s advice--and for decades the Bishops would not answer....

On April 21, 2013, 1:30-2 PM Members of the Federal Poets read poems at the Kensington Day of the Book at Kensington Row. Open reading followed from 2-3.

On Wednesday, 30 January 2013, 7:00 p.m. Federal Poets Alec McRae, Edna Small, and Cary Kamarat read their poetry at Kensington Row Bookshop.

Kensington Row Book shop Poetry Readings, 3786 Howard Avenue, Kensington MD 20895. 301 949 9416. Last Wednesdays of the month, 7 pm, Jan-June, Sept-Nov. 2013. Come early to browse & chat. An open reading will follow. Free.

Alec McRae, is a native Scot, Korean War veteran and retired psychotherapist. His poems appear in Federal Poet and Poets on the Fringe. He also translates Latin and Classical Greek poetry.

Edna Small, a retired psychologist, has twice been a Jenny McKean Moore scholar at George Washington Univ. Her poems appear in Beltway, Federal Poet, and Prospectus.

Cary Kamarat has poems in Federal Poet and Prospectus, and on Israel National Radio. His photography appears in Tulane Review; his poetry and photography at


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