Maryland

In 1959, Maryland established a state poet laureate position, which is currently held by Grace Cavalieri. Cavalieri is the author of several poetry collections, including Other Voices, Other Lives (Alan Squire Publishing, 2017.

upcoming events

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Jun 03 2019
Cafe Muse: Lisa Lewis & Margaret Mackinnon
Poets Lisa Lewis and Margaret Mackinnon will read from their work, and an open mic will follow. The evening starts with classical guitar by Michael C. Davis and includes refreshments, followed by the featured readers at 7:30 pm. The Writer’s Center is about a 10-minute walk from Metro Rail’s Bethesda stop on the Red Line. It is handicap accessible. There is ample, meter-fed or pay-by-app parking on a lot across the street.
 
Cafe Muse is a longstanding, monthly reading series in downtown Bethesda, MD, featuring widely recognized poets. It is sponsored by The Word Works (www.wordworksbooks.org) and hosted by The Writer's Center (www.writer.org). The Word Works is a non-profit literary organization publishing contemporary poetry, including translations, and sponsoring programs and contests for more than 40 years. The Writer’s Center has been hosting and providing literary porgrams and workshops in the Washington DC area since 1976.
 
7:00pm to 9:00pm
4508 Walsh St
20815 Bethesda, Maryland
May 06 2019
Cafe Muse: W. Luther Jett & Nomi Stone

Cafe Muse is a longstanding, monthly reading series in downtown Bethesda, MD, featuring widely recognized poets. It is sponsored by The Word Works (www.wordworksbooks.org) and hosted by the Writer's Center (www.writer.org). The Word Works is a non-profit literary organization publishing contemporary poetry, including translations, and sponsoring programs and contests for more than 40 years. The Writer's Center has been hosting and providing literary porgams and workshops in the Washington DC area since 1976.

Poets W. Luther Jett and Nomi Stone will read from their work, and an open mic will follow. The evening starts with classical guitar by Michael C. Davis and includes refreshments. Featured readings start at 7:30pm. The Writer's Center is about a 10-minute walk from Metro Rail's Bethesda stop on the Red Line. It is handicap accessible. There is ample, meter-fed or pay-by-app parking on a lot across the street.

7:00pm to 9:00pm
4508 Walsh St
20815 Bethesda, Maryland
Apr 05 2019
Words out Loud Spoken Word/Poetry Series
Reuben Jackson and Gary Hotham are featured readers. Also includes open mic and literary trivia quiz. 
 
Gary Hotham has been crafting English language haiku for over 50 years. Echoing T.S. Eliot, he finds writing haiku to be a way to “devour any kind of experience” and fulfill the poet’s “task of trying to find the verbal equivalents for states of mind and feeling.” He first discovered the genre in a high school English class and has yet to recover from the challenge. He grew up in northern Maine, currently resides in Maryland and has traveled and lived in Japan, Germany, England, and Texas. His work has appeared in journals, chapbooks and anthologies. His major collections of haiku: Breath Marks: Haiku to Read in the Dark (1999), Spilled Milk: Haiku Destinies (2010), and Stone’s Throw: Promises of Mere Words (2016).
 
7:30pm
7300 MacArthur Blvd
North Arcade Building, Room 302
20812 Glen Echo, Maryland

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poems

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To comfort hearts that sigh and break,
   To dry the falling tear,
Wilt thou forego the music sweet
   Entrancing now thy ear?
 
I must return, I firmly said,
   The strugglers in that sea
Shall not reach out beseeching hands
   In
poem
          And what did you want?
          To call myself beloved, to feel myself
                 beloved on the earth.
                       --Ray Carver
						
He was in a hotel in Baltimore
in a suburb near Johns Hopkins. He would

give a talk there, and they would pay him for it. 
It
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It is nothing to me, the beauty said,
With a careless toss of her pretty head;
The man is weak if he can't refrain
From the cup you say is fraught with pain.
It was something to her in after years,
When her eyes were drenched with burning tears,
And