poetry quarterly

10th anniversary


In 2010, Beltway Poetry Quarterly celebrated ten years of publishing.

Anniversary events included publication of a print anthology, a special issue of the journal, and a series of poetry readings throughout the year.


New Anthology! Full Moon On K Street: Poems About Washington, DC

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$20.00, available from
Plan B Press.

Plan B Press announces Full Moon On K Street: Poems About Washington, DC, edited by Kim Roberts. The anthology includes 101 poems, written by current and former residents of the city between 1950 and the present.

Karren L. Alenier, Elizabeth Alexander, Kwame Alexander, Abdul Ali, Francisco Aragón, Naomi Ayala, Jonetta Rose Barras, Holly Bass, Paulette Beete, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Derrick Weston Brown, Sterling A. Brown, Sarah Browning, Regie Cabico, Kenneth Carroll, Grace Cavalieri, William Claire, Carleasa Coates, Jane Alberdeston Coralín, Ed Cox, Teri Ellen Cross, Ramola D, Kyle Dargan, Ann Darr, Tina Darragh, Christina Daub, Hayes Davis, Thulani Davis, Donna Denizé, Joel Dias-Porter, Tim Dlugos, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Roland Flint, Sunil Freeman, Deirdre Gantt, David Gewanter, Brian Gilmore, Robert L. Giron, Barbara Goldberg, Patricia Gray, Michael Gushue, Daniel Gutstein, O.B. Hardison, Jr., Essex Hemphill, Randall Horton, Natalie E. Illlum, Esther Iverem, Gray Jacobik, Brandon D. Johnson, Percy E. Johnston, Jr., Fred Joiner, Beth Joselow, Alan King, Michael Lally, Mary Ann Larkin, Merrill Leffler, Toni Asante Lightfoot, Saundra Rose Maley, David McAleavey, Richard McCann, Eugene J. McCarthy, Judith McCombs, Tony Medina, E. Ethelbert Miller, May Miller, Samuel Miranda, Miles David Moore, Yvette Neisser Moreno, Kathi Morrison-Taylor, Gaston Neal, Jose Emilio Pacheco, Jose Padua, Michelle Parkerson, Betty Parry, Linda Pastan, Richard Peabody, Adam Pellegrini, Elizabeth Poliner, Minnie Bruce Pratt, Liam Rector, Joan Retallack, Katy Richey, Joseph Ross, Ken Rumble, Robert Sargent, Gregg Shapiro, Myra Sklarew, Rod Smith, Alan Spears, Sharan Strange, A.B. Spellman, Hilary Tham, Maureen Thorson, Venus Thrash, Dan Vera, Rebecca Villarreal, Belle Waring, Joshua Weiner, Reed Whittemore, Terence Winch, Ahmos Zu-Bolton II.


>>Read a review of the anthology in the January 13, 2010 issue of The Current Newspapers.

>>Read a review of the anthology in the February 7, 2010 issue of The Washington Post.

>>Read a review of the anthology in the April 19, 2010 posting of The Devil's Accountant.

>>Read a review of the anthology in the April 26, 2010 posting of Harriet, the Poetry Foundation's blog

>>Read a review of the anthology in the June 1, 2010 issue of New Pages.

>>Read a review of the anthology in the July 2010 issue of Gently Read Literature.

Special Tenth Anniversary Issue of Beltway Poetry

Vol. 11:1, January 2010
Tenth Anniversary Issue: A Celebration of Guest Editors
New poems and commentary, from the fifteen authors who have generously served as guest editors during the journal's first ten years.

Kwame Alexander, Naomi Ayala, Andrea Carter Brown, Sarah Browning, Regie Cabico, Grace Cavalieri, Teri Ellen Cross, Katie Davis, Brian Gilmore, Merrill Leffler, Toni Asante Lightfoot, Saundra Rose Maley, Hilary Tham, Maureen Thorson, Dan Vera.
With visual art by Kathy Keler.

>>Read a review of the issue in the January 2010 issue of The Hill Rag.

Poetry Readings

We hosted approximately one reading a month throughout our anniversary year, featuring authors from Beltway Poetry Quarterly. Readings were scheduled for locations in Washington DC, Chicago, Baltimore, Bethesda, and Arlington, as well as on the radio!

Thanks to the DC Commission on the Arts for their year-long support of these tenth anniversary events. Additional funding from Poets & Writers, Inc. supported two events.

Monday, January 11, 2010 at 7:30 pm
Folger Shakespeare Library Poetry Series, hosted by Teri Ellen Cross
Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Beltway Poetry Quarterly and the 120th Anniversary of Poet Lore, with readings by Kyle Dargan and Kim Addonizio, and a discussion with the editors Kim Roberts, Jody Bolz, and E. Ethelbert Miller, moderated by Jon West-Bey. Followed by reception and anthology release party.
$12 Admission. 201 E. Capitol St. SE, DC (202) 544-7077

>>Read a review and see pictures of this event in The Dressing, Karren L. Alenier's blog in Scene4 Magazine.

***NOTE: The following event cancelled due to snow. Rescheduled in July; see below!
Sunday, February 7, 2010
at 2:00 pm
The Writer's Center
The Superbowl of Poetry: An Alternative to Football. Beltway Poetry Anniversary reading from the new anthology. Featured authors: sports fans David Gewanter, Esther Iverem, Samuel Miranda, Michelle Parkerson, Katy Richey and Terence Winch. With color commentary and special half-time entertainment. Followed by reception.
Free. 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD. (301)654-8664.

>>Read a fun review that highlights all the poems that have to do with snow and weather, "Make That Full Sun on K Street" in Chez Robert Giron.

Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 10:30 am, WPFW 89.3 FM
On the Margin Radio Show, hosted by Josephine Reed
Interview with anthology editor Kim Roberts

Thursday, March 11, 2010 at 2:00 pm
Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation and Witness
Reading by select guest editors featured in the Tenth Anniversary issue: Naomi Ayala, Andrea Carter Brown, Sarah Browning, Regie Cabico, and Toni Asante Lightfoot.
Admission fee; open to conference participants
True Reformer Building, 1200 U Street NW, historic U Street neighborhood, DC.

Monday, March 22, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm, WPFW 89.3 FM
Poet's Corner Radio Show, hosted by Abdul Ali and Carolyn Joyner
Readings by anthology contributors Teri Ellen Cross, Hayes Davis, and Miles David Moore

Tuesday, March 23 at Noon
Library of Congress Poetry at Noon Series, hosted by Patricia Gray
Readings by anthology contributors Jonetta Rose Barras, Ramola D, Merrill Leffler, and Venus Thrash
Free. Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion, 10 First St. SE, Capital Hill neighborhood, DC. (202) 707-1308.

Friday, March 26 at 1:00 pm
Editor Kim Roberts talked about compiling the anthology and read select poems for members of the Georgetown Senior Center, at St. John's Episcopal Church in DC.

Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 7:00 pm
Women & Children First Books
Chicago Reading by anthology contributors Toni Asante Lightfoot, Gregg Shapiro, and Rebecca Villarreal, with Deborah Darr reading poems by Ann Darr, and David Trinidad reading poems by Tim Dlugos
Free. 5233 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL (773) 769-9299.

Sunday, April 18, 2010 at 2:30 pm
Historical Society of Washington, DC
National Poetry Month Reading by anthology contributors Reginald Dwayne Betts, Carleasa Coates, Donna Denizé, Sunil Freeman, Deidre R. Gantt, Mary Ann Larkin, Saundra Rose Maley, Joseph Ross, and Dan Vera.
Free. 801 K Street NW, Mount Vernon Square neighborhood, DC. (202) 383-1850.
This reading made possible by a generous grant from Poets & Writers, Inc.

>>This reading was selected as a featured recommended event by Cultural Tourism DC.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 6:30 pm
Enoch Pratt Free Library
Reading by anthology contributors Holly Bass, Grace Cavalieri, Tina Darragh, Joel Dias-Porter, Daniel Gutstein, and Merrill Leffler.
Free. Poe Room, Central Library, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore, MD (410) 396-5430.

>>Read a review in the Baltimore City Paper published on the day of the reading at the Pratt Library that talks about the Baltimore-DC connections dating back to the 1970s.

Sunday, June 6, 2010 at 3:00 pm
Washington Friends of Walt Whitman
Reading by anthology contributors Teri Ellen Cross, Hayes Davis, Patricia Gray, Michael Gushue, Saundra Rose Maley, and Dan Vera, followed by reception
Held at the home of Neil Richardson and Karen Loeschner, Mount Pleasant neighborhood, DC. Free and open to the public, but advance RSVP required to ananda001@aol.com.
This reading made possible by a generous grant from Poets & Writers, Inc.

>>>Plan B Press Issue of Beltway Poetry Quarterly published July 1, 2010! Includes four poems from the anthology, by Tina Darragh, Gray Jacobik, Tony Medina, and Ken Rumble. Read more here.

Sunday, July 11 at 2:00 pm
The Writer’s Center
Anthology reading featuring David Gewanter, Michelle Parkerson, Adam Pellegrini, Katy Richey, and Terence Winch.
Free. 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda, MD (301) 654-8664.

Friday, September 24, 2010, 5:30 and 6:30
15th Annual Baltimore Book Festival
Opening night readings! Spoken Word showcase, featuring Chris August, Twain Dooley, Gowri K, and Patrick Washington, followed by "Baltimore Celebrates Beltway Poetry": Beltway Poetry Tenth Anniversary reading with Dennis Barnes, Linda Joy Burke, Clarinda Harriss, Kathleen Hellen, Rosemary Klein, Gregg Mosson, and Lalita Noronha
Free. Festival Stage, Mount Vernon Place, 600 block of N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD. (410) 752-8632.

Saturday, October 2 at 5:00 pm
Capital BookFest
Beltway Poetry Quarterly hosts the panel, "Portraits of a City: Writing About the Urban Experience," moderated by Kim Roberts, and featuring Kenneth Carroll, Fred Joiner, and stevenallenmay.
Free. Borders Bookstore, The Boulevard at the Capital Centre, Arena Drive, Largo, MD. (703) 371-4325.

>>>Read an interview with Kim Roberts in Black Pearls Magazine. Black Pearls ran a series of features on participants in the 2010 Capital Book Fest.

Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 4:00 pm
Sunday Kind of Love Series, hosted by Sarah Browning and Katy Richey.
Reading from the anthology by Abdul Ali, Paulette Beete, Natalie E. Illum, Alan King, and Maureen Thorson.
Free, but donations accepted. Busboys & Poets, 14th & V Streets NW, Historic U Street neighborhood, DC. (202) 387-POET.

Wednesday, November 17 at 7:00 pm
Reading from the anthology by Derrick Weston Brown, Barbara Goldberg, Brandon D. Johnson, Tony Medina, E. Ethelbert Miller, and Myra Sklarew.
Free. DC Public Library, Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Branch, at the intersection of 7th Street, T Street, and Rhode Island Avenue NW, DC. (202) 727-1288.

Sunday, December 12, 2010 at 6:00 pm
Iota Poetry Series, hosted by Miles David Moore
Reading from the anthology by Kwame Alexander, Francisco Aragón, Robert L. Giron, Kathi Morrison-Taylor, Jose Padua, and Richard Peabody
Free. Iota Restaurant and Bar, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Clarendon neighborhood, Arlington, VA. (703) 522-8340.