Volume 9, Number 3
Summer 2008

Celebrating Washington DC's Literary History

This issue of Beltway Poetry Quarterly, the third in an ongoing series, celebrates the rich and diverse literary history of Washington, DC with essays that celebrate individuals and locations important to their work. All the authors in this issue have passed away, but their legacies remain strong, and they continue to influence the city's writers and serve as important models. A few of these poets were more famous for other things (Ambrose Bierce for his journalism and fiction, Owen Dodson for his plays, Jim Morrison for rock-and-roll), but all were committed to their poetry as well. And all called this region home. Essays include biographical and bibliographical information, photos, links, and poems.

Table of Contents

DC Authors' Houses: A Photo Essay
by Kim Roberts and Dan Vera

Owen Dodson: An African American Classic
by Taquiena Boston and Vera J. Katz

A Good Opinion of Ambrose Bierce
by M.A. Schaffner

Let Us Now Praise Famous Women: Remembering Ann Darr
by Grace Cavalieri

A Black Girl Sings: Gwendolyn Bennett in the Harlem Renaissance
by Olivia Barbee

The Poet's Cabin: Joaquin Miller in Washington
by Kathi Morrison-Taylor

Leon-Gontran Damas: Reclaiming Identity
by Myra Sklarew

Gabrielle Edgcomb (1926-1996)
by Merrill Leffler

John "Gunboat" Pauker (1920-1991)
by Elisavietta Ritchie

Coffee, Confusion and Jim Morrison: The Forgotten History of Hip Coffee House and Beatnik Poets in the Nation's Capital
by Mark Opsasnick