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.

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Feb 04 2019
Cafe Muse Readings: Collective Voices

The poetry group Collective Voices (poets Sistah Joy, Ladi Di, Brenardo) will perform their work, and an open mic will follow. The evening starts with classical guitar by Michael C. Davis, and includes refreshments. The Writer's Center is about a 10-minute walk from Metro Rail's Bethesda stop on the Red Line. It is handicapped accessible.

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

7:00pm to 9:00pm
4508 Walsh St
20815 Bethesda, Maryland
Feb 01 2019
Words Out Loud at Glen Echo Park: A Spoken Word Series

Words Out Loud at Glen Echo Park: A Spoken Word Series will present a reading by Kristin Kowalski and Michelle Stokes at Glen Echo Park - North Arcade Building, Room 302 in Glen Echo, Maryland, on Friday, February 1, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Kristin Kowalski Ferragut has been a featured reader at DiVerse Gaithersburg Poetry and is a regular contributor to open mics, at venues such as Words Out Loud. She participates in local poetry and prose writing workshops, in addition to reading, biking, hiking and teaching. Her work has appeared in Beltway Quarterly and Mercurial Stories.

Michelle Stokes is an in-progress novelist, aphorism author, poetess, and sometimes essayist. Much of her work has echoes of an earlier time as she developed a love for classic literature and the poetry of Bronte, Poe, Byron, Shakespeare, and Tennyson at an early age. Reading these authors, as a child, did not give her her voice, but showed her where her voice had a home. Even more than their prowess with language, the classical masters were able to change atmosphere, quicken the pulse, and open up the human heart. Michelle has once said “The heart, if it cannot be melted, must be cracked with an axe!”

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7300 MacArthur Blvd
Room 302, Third Floor
20812 Glen Echo, Maryland

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The author of numerous collections of poetry, Stanley Plumly's book Out-of-the-Body Travel received the William Carlos Williams Award and was...




He who thus considers things in their first growth and origin, whether a state or anything else, will obtain the clearest view of them.
—Aristotle, Politics (translated by Benjamin Jowett)


Look out across
the ridges of trees
flushed red
as if holding

          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.