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Poetry and Conversation at the Central Pratt Library, 11/5/2014, 6:30 p.m. October 24, 2014

Poetry and Conversation with Ailish Hopper and Melanie Henderson

at the Central Pratt Library

November 5, 2014, 6:30 p.m.



A Poetry Reading by Nikky Finney and Melanie Henderson June 22, 2012

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Reading Series: Award-winning visiting poets, Nikky Finney and Melanie Henderson, June 27th, 6:30 pm June 6, 2012

Cambridge, Mass. – The MFA Program in Creative Writing at Lesley University welcomes community members and the public to enjoy the work of its distinguished faculty, students, and award-winning visiting writers from June 22 to 30, 2012.



The Reading Series features two exceptional visiting poets on Wednesday, June 27 at 6:30 pm: Nikky Finney, winner of the 2011 National Book Award and Distinguished Writer in Residence for Lesley’s June residency; and Melanie Henderson, a program alumna whose debut collection won the 2011 Main Street Rag Poetry Award. Read more…



Nikky Finney (Photo: Rachel Eliza Griffiths)


About Nikky Finney

Nikky Finney won the National Book Award in 2011 for Head Off & Split (2011). Prior to winning the top literary prize, Finney published The World Is Round (2003); Rice (1995); and On Wings Made of Gauze (1985).

She also edited The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South (2007), and co-founded the Affrilachian Poets. Finney is a Professor of English and creative writing at the University of Kentucky.






Melanie Henderson (Photo: Marlene Hawthrone)


About Melanie Henderson

Melanie Henderson graduated from Lesley’s MFA in Creative Writing Program in 2010, and soon thereafter won the prestigious the 2011 Main Street Rag Press Poetry Award for her debut book of poetry, Elegies for New York Avenue. Her poems have appeared in Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Drumvoices Revue, jubilat, Reverie, Torch, Tuesday; An Art Project, and The Washington Informer, among other publications. Melanie Henderson lives in Washington, DC.


The Next Verse Poets: Live! in the Capitol City April 18, 2012

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Elegies for New York Avenue Book Launch at Sunday Kind of Love, 1/15/12, 5-7pm December 20, 2011


Exhibit: (Un)Lock It: the Percussive People in the Go-Go Pocket by Thomas Sayers Ellis August 5, 2011

(Un)Lock It: the Percussive People in the Go-Go Pocket by Thomas Sayers Ellis

Opening Reception, August 5th, 6-8pm

Exhibition Dates: August 5 – October 7

The Gallery at Vivid Solutions

 2208 MLK, Jr. Avenue S.E., Washington, DC 20020

(202) 365-8392


“Go-Go is a non-stop, vernacular dance music unique to Washington, D.C. and the Pocket is the percussive conversation between or beneath Go-Go grooves and songs. This photography project takes its title from a term “Lock It” used by the Go-Go community to describe a perfectly played (or locked) Go-Go Pocket. The goal of the Pocket is Home Rule and its anthem is “Bustin’ Loose,” Chuck Brown’s classic call for “The Bridge.” In a city as Capital as Washington, this work is a percussive attempt to reclaim the pictorial power of photography for D.C. residents, the folk who (as Walt Whitman once wrote) “do the real living and dying in this land.””


Gypsy & the Bully Door (Capital Fringe Festival) July 20, 2011

Ocean Ana Rising Inc.


Gypsy & the Bully Door

Written by Nina Angela Mercer/Directed by Eric Ruffin




“Sara – fortune teller & member of the “We Bomb Truth Over Lies” graffiti movement – is haunted. The City eats its residents, exiling their spirits to Sara’s apartment, while Go-Go & its Mayor BirdMan funk eternal.”


The Warehouse

645 New York Avenue N.W.

Washington, DC 20001

Contact: 866-811-4111

Tickets: $17




Tuesday, July 12th, 10:00 pm

Thursday, July 14th, 7:45 pm

Saturday, July 16th, Noon

Tuesday, July 19th, 7:45 pm

Friday, July 22nd, 6:00 pm


Where I’ll Be at AWP: TORCH City Series, 2/5/11, 5 pm January 30, 2011

Thurgood Marshall Center for Service and Heritage, 1816 12th Street N.W., Washington, DC 20009, Saturday, February 5 · 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Join us for an intimate reading featuring TORCH: poetry, prose, and short stories by African American Women contributors Venus Thrash, Evie Shockley, Melanie Henderson, and Tara Betts hosted by Randall Horton. TORCH is an online journal published by Torch Literary Arts.


Where I’ll Be at AWP: Literary House Party, 2/4/11, 8 pm

Reading & Reception w/ Drunken Boat, Born, Defunct Magazine, & 32 Poems
Location: The Biltmore, 1977 Biltmore St.
Cost: Free (donations welcome)
Website: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=187025421324198
Description: Join the editors and authors of Drunken Boat, Defunct Magazine, Born, Tuesday; An Art Project, and 32 Poems for an evening of readings and revelry.


Where I’ll Be at AWP: Tidal Basin Basin Review Reading and Reception, 2/3/11, 7:15 pm


Tidal Basin Review will host a reading at the Thurgood Marshall Center for Service and Heritage, 1816 12th Street N.W., Washington, DC 20009. No charge. Donations welcomed. Featuring Reginald Dwayne Betts, Iman Byfield, Ching-In Chen, Michela Costello, DéLana R.A. Dameron, Kyle Dargan, Elizabeth Fogle, Brian Gilmore, and Douglas Kearney. Music by DJ AJ and refreshments to follow.


Reginald Dwayne Betts is a husband and the father of a young son. He is the author of the memoir A Question of Freedom and the poetry collection Shahid Reads His Own Palm.

Iman Byfield is an MFA-Poetry candidate at Chicago State University. She works as an editorial assistant at Third World Press, and is a poetry editor for 95Notes literary magazine.  Her work has appeared in the Garland Court Review and Eight Magazine, a student publication.

Ching-In Chen is the author of The Heart’s Traffic (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press). Daughter of Chinese immigrants, she is a Kundiman, Macondo and Lambda Fellow. A community organizer, she has worked in the Asian American communities of San Francisco, Oakland, and Boston. Ching-In is a member of Save Our Chinatown Committee, which is focused on preserving the historical Riverside Chinatown.

Michela Costello is a poet and teacher in Washington, DC. She is currently an adjunct professor of English and Education. Her writing has been published or is forthcoming in The Glasgow Review, Wanderlust and Poetryfish, among others.

DéLana R.A. Dameron is the author of How God Ends Us selected by Elizabeth Alexander as the 2008 South Carolina Poetry Book Award winner. She currently resides in New York City.

Kyle Dargan is the founder and editor of POST NO ILLS magazine and an assistant professor of literature and creative writing at American University. His most recent collection is Logorrhea Dementia: A Self-Diagnosis (UGA, 2010). His first collection, The Listening, was awarded the 2003 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, and his second, Bouquet of Hungers, won a 2008 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award.

Elizabeth Fogle writes poems very much rooted in place and myth and though she is no longer living in the Carolinas or near the Atlantic, she continues to write about the places and people that haunted her as a child. She currently teaches in the English program at Penn State Erie, the Behrend College and lives in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Brian Gilmore is Poet, public interest lawyer; two books: elvis presley is alive and well and living in harlem, (Third World Press 1993); Jungle Nights and Soda Fountain Rags: Poem for Duke Ellington (Karibu Books 2001), columnist, The Progressive Media Project, contributing writer: Ebony Magazine (online); Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council in 2001, 2003; Cave Canem fellow 1997; Pushcart Prize nominee 2007.

Poet/Performer/Librettist Douglas Kearney’s work has been featured in many fine publications and venues in print, in-the-flesh and digital code. His first full-length collection of poems, Fear, Some, was published in 2006 (Red Hen Press). His second manuscript, The Black Automaton, was a National Poetry Series selection (Fence). He lives in the Valley with his family.

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