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Welcome to the Federal Poets!

THE FEDERAL POETS is the oldest continuously active poetry group on the Washington D.C. area. First convened in 1944, it is open to all poets without regard to race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, or political affiliation. Members are mainly from the DC tri-state area, but poets are welcome to remain members if moving out of the area.

IMPORTANT NOTICE (May 4, 2014):

The meeting place for the monthly critique is currently in flux. We have learned that the Tango group, which was meeting at the same time as our Saturday meeting at the West End Library, is no longer meeting there, and West End Library would like us back. This has some plus points, like large enough room and natural light, and a problem for some (inadequate free parking.) Stay tuned.

The Federal Poets is the oldest continuously active poetry group in the Washington D.C. area. First convened in 1944, it is a nonprofit organization open to all poets without regard to race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, or political affiliation.

Members of the Federal Poets meet at the Tenley Public Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC, on the third Saturday of every month to read, analyze and discuss their poetry.

Visitors are always welcome. Members and visitors who are planning to attend should bring 16-20 copies of a recently written poem for distribution to those present. The poem will then be discussed with a view to enhancing its chances for publication. (Visitors who don’t want to read are also welcome.)

The chief aims of this organization are to improve the members’ poems by the exchange of constructive criticism and to increase their exposure through publication and readings.

The Federal Poet journal, containing the best poems submitted for publication by members, is published semiannually. Local and corresponding members receive it and may submit poems to the editor for consideration.

Qualifications for membership: to become a member, a poet must attend three times as a visitor, reading his/her poem and participating in the discussion. These visits don’t need to be sequential. On the third visit, the applicant is voted in as a member. Dues are currently $20 annually, payable in September (or half-year paid on joining if joining partway through the year.).

For more information, contact us.

Contact us to join! This organization is not restricted to Federal employees or DC residents only. If you live in the metro DC area and would like to meet with other poets, contact us to join.


The Federal Poets meet monthly.

You do not have to be a Federal employee or a resident of DC to belong. We invite all interested poets.

See the 2008 article on us in the Washington Post

Also see the 2011 article containing info about us in The Washington Post. I have copied it here in case the Washington Post link changes.

The Federal Poets, c/o 9039 Sligo Parkway #1409, Silver Spring, MD 20901