SPONSORS

The Washington Friends of Walt Whitman
Founded by Martin G. Murray over 20 years ago, the Washington Friends is a group of scholars, researchers, historians, and just plain lovers of poetry. The Friends sponsor annual talks and tours on Whitman's connection to Washington, DC, meet-the-author events for new book publications about Whitman's life and legacy, and occasional trips to sites relevant to Whitman's life.
For more information: CalvertMartin@starpower.net.

The Arts Club of Washington
Headquartered in the James Monroe House, a National Historic Landmark, the Arts Club of Washington was founded in 1916 and is the oldest non-profit arts organization in Washington, DC. The Arts Club generates public appreciation of the arts in the Nation's capital, through ongoing educational programs that include seminars, literary events, art exhibitions, and musical and theatrical performances. The club sponsors art classes, photography workshops, and special cultural programs throughout the year. Historic preservation activities are also an important part of the club's focus. Open to the public Tues. - Fri. 10am to 5pm and Sat. 10am - 2pm.
2017 I St. NW, Foggy Bottom neighborhood, DC 20006 (202) 331-7282. http://www.artsclubofwashington.org

The Association for the Preservation of Historic Congressional Cemetery
America's first de-facto national cemetery, Congressional Cemetery is the resting place for war heroes, politicians, Indian chiefs, explorers, foreign diplomats, as well as socialites, merchants, and working people. Housing one of the finest collections of funereal sculpture in the US, Congressional Cemetery was established in 1807, is owned by Christ Church, and run by a non-profit educational organization. The collection includes unique square cenotaphs of Senators and Congressmen who died in office, and the final resting places of Peter Doyle, Mathew Brady, John Philip Souza, J. Edgar Hoover, and approximately 60,000 others.
1801 E Street SE, DC 20003 (202) 543-0539. http://www.congressionalcemetery.org

Beltway: An On-Line Poetry Quarterly
Beltway is a quarterly on-line journal of poetry by authors who live or work in the greater Washington, DC metro region. The journal showcases the richness and diversity of area authors, with poets from different backgrounds, races, ethnicities, ages, and sexual orientations represented. Featured authors have included Pulitzer Prize winners and those who have never previously published. We publish academic, spoken word, and experimental authors--and also those poets who defy categorization. Beltway is also a Resource Bank for poets from the region and their audiences, with information on where to apply for grants, membership organizations, where to take writing classes, reading and performance series, small presses and literary journals, libraries, and much more. A special feature of the Links is a listing of other web sites devoted to individual area poets, from historical figures such as Langston Hughes and Sterling Brown to a wide range of contemporary writers. Edited by Kim Roberts.
http://washingtonart.com/beltway.html

The Brookland Area Writers and Artists Association
A group dedicated to creating community and fostering mutual support among writers in the Brookland area of Northeast Washington DC, BAWA hosts monthly meetings at the Java Head Cafe for good conversation and mutual support, as well as monthly literary readings at the Brookland Visitor's Center.
http://www.geocities.com/bawadc

Brother, Help Thyself
The nation's first united gay and lesbian fund for health, cultural, and social service organizations, Brother, Help Thyself nurtures and invests in nonprofit organizations that serve the GLBTQ and HIV/AIDS communities of Metro Baltimore and Washington, DC. BHT is an all-volunteer organization formed in 1978 to dispense direct and matching grants, act as a clearinghouse for donated goods and services, and serve as an information resource to the community. Larry Stansbury, Executive Director; Tom Yates, President.
http://www.dcpride.org/bht/

The Catholic University of America Department of English
Offers classes in the study of literature as the focal point of a liberal education. Students encounter some of the best writing in English in order to engage some of the most significant operations of the language itself as well as to trace the development of traditions in thought and expression that link us to the past and guide us into the future. The English Department offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in English and American Language and Literature, Secondary Education, and Rhetoric. Ernest Suarez, Department Chair.
3223 Marist Hall, 620 Michigan Ave. NE, Brookland neighborhood, DC. (202) 319-5488. http://english.cua.edu.

Chapters Literary Bookstore
A shop that caters to serious, uncommon readers and inveterate browsers, with an enormous poetry section, literary fiction old and new, literature in foreign languages, culinary books, children's literature, natural history, books on spiritual matters, and much more: an array of offerings from Aristotle to Babar to Churchill.
1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (entrance at 445 11th St. NW), near the corner of 11th and E Streets, Metro Center neighborhood, DC. (202) 737-5553 http://www.chaptersliterary.com

Cultural Tourism DC
A grassroots, nonprofit coalition of more than 130 arts, heritage, cultural and community organizations throughout Washington, DC. Initiatives include neighborhood heritage trails, weekly events updates, and information for visitors and residents on the capital's rich variety of heritage and arts attractions. Cultural Tourism DC is the sponsor of "WalkingTown DC: Stroll the City," with 35 free neighborhood walking tours offered on April 16 and 17, 2005 (including a downtown tour of Whitman's Washington). See a complete listing of tours on their web site.
http://www.culturaltourismdc.org

The DC Public Library
vibrant center of activity for residents and visitors to the nation’s capital. Located throughout Washington, DC, the Library provides environments that invite learning, reading and community discussion. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library is the central library, and the system has 26 other neighborhood and community branches across the city. The DC Public Library is a recognized force in the community for engaging the mind, expanding opportunities, and elevating the quality of life. The Library’s Language and Literature Division is proud to sponsor literary readings and programs such as Taking Poetry to the Street, an annual poetry festival held in April to celebrate National Poetry Month.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street, NW, Gallery Place neighborhood, Washington, DC. (202) 272-1281
http://dclibrary.org

The Folger Shakespeare Library Poetry Programs
Now in its 36th year, Folger Poetry provides a stage for contemporary poetry's most eloquent voices: from the lyrical to the experimental, the emergent to the long cherished. In addition to the reading series, Folger Poetry's "Poetry in the Schools" program strives to enrich the DC community by bringing world-renowned poets in to the classrooms of public high schools. The Folger hosts the O.B. Hardison, Jr. Poetry Prize, an annual award to an American poet whose art and whose teaching exemplify the great imagination and daring, and fine scholarship, in the spirit of the life and work of O.B. Hardison, Jr., former director of the Folger Shakespeare Library. The Folger Poetry Board reading is presented annually to allow distinguished writers an opportunity to share with audiences their favorite poems by other authors as well as their own work. This series was inaugurated by Seamus Heaney in 1991. And finally, the annual Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute, sponsored with the Poetry Society of America, celebrates Dickinson's fierce and compelling influence on poetry in America. Poets are invited to talk about Dickinson and read from their own work. The Folger Poetry Program is coordinated by Dr. Libbie Rifkin.
201 E. Capitol St. SE, Capitol Hill neighborhood, Washington, DC (202) 544-7077 http://www.folger.edu/welcome.htm

Ford's Theater
A working theater and National Historic Site. America's transfer from civil war to peace was made more difficult on April 14, 1865,when Abraham Lincoln was shot and killed here, just five days after General Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House. A well-known actor, John Wilkes Booth, desperate to aid the dying Confederacy, pulled the trigger and escaped into the night. President Lincoln died the next morning, the first American president to be assassinated. Explore Ford's Theater National Historic Site and discover some of the motivations behind this tragic act and its impact on a nation trying to heal.
511 10th St. NW, Metro Center neighborhood, DC. (202) 426-6924
http://www.nps.gov/foth/

The George Washington University Department of English
Offering a comprehensive study in English and American literature and culture, with courses in creative writing, literature, and cultural studies. Faye Moskowitz, Department Chair. David McAleavey, Director of Creative Writing.
Rome Hall 760, 801 22nd St. NW, Foggy Bottom neighborhood, DC. (202) 994-6180 http://www.gwu.edu/~english/

Gival Press, LLC
An award-winning independent literary publishing house located in Arlington, VA, Gival Press publishes poetry, fiction, and non-fiction in English, French, and Spanish. The Press sponsors annual competitions for the best poetry, short story, and novel manuscripts. Founded in 1998 by Robert L. Giron.
P.O. Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203 (703) 351-0079 http://www.givalpress.com

Grace Church
Under the leadership of the Reverend John Graham, Grace Church sponsors religious services, community outreach programs, and a lively literary arts series coordinated by David Bujard.
1041 Wisconsin Ave., between M and K Streets, Georgetown neighborhood, Washington, DC. (202) 333-7100 http://www.gracedc.org

The Library of Congress Office of Scholarly Programs
The Office of Scholarly Programs sponsors post-doctoral fellowships, seminars, and public presentations. In conjunction with the Poetry Office, they also sponsor the Poetry at Noon reading series, hosted by Patricia Gray, which features local and national writers reading works based on a single theme.
Madison Building, Pickford Theater, Third floor, 101 Independence Ave. SE, DC. (202) 707-1308 http://www.loc.gov/poetry/events.html

The Mayor's Office of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Affairs
Under the leadership of Director Wanda Alston, the Office of GLBT Affairs serves as a liaison to the Executive Office of the Mayor and other Government Agencies that provide constituent services and community outreach. The Office also provides information on policy and research issues that affect local GLBT residents.
John A. Wilson Blg., 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 211A, Washington, DC 20004 (202) 442-8150 http://oco.eom.dc.gov/oco_eom/cwp/view,a,1189,q,490542.asp

The Rainbow History Project
Rainbow History was formed in November 2000 to collect, preserve, and promote an active knowledge of the history, arts, and culture relevant to sexually diverse communities in metropolitan Washington, DC. Initiatives include: an oral history collection which preserves the memories of individuals on tape; an online archive of essays, timelines, photos, maps, and walking tours documenting the area's GLBT community from the 19th century to the present; and exhibits, speakers and public presentations. Run by volunteers, Rainbow History welcomes new members and new volunteers.
PO Box 11013, Washington, DC 20008 http://www.rainbowhistory.org

WAMU 88.5 FM
The official radio station of "DC Celebrates Whitman." WAMU 88.5 FM is the leading public radio station for NPR news and information in the greater Washington D.C. area. It is member-supported, professionally-staffed, and licensed to American University. Since 1961, WAMU has provided programming to a growing audience that now totals more than 575,900 listeners in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. The station's 24-hour format blends a unique mixture of news, public affairs talk programming, and traditional American music. Home to a team of award-winning local reporters and acclaimed talk radio hosts, such as Diane Rehm and Kojo Nnamdi, WAMU offers comprehensive coverage of local, national and international events. Deeply committed to the D.C. metro area, WAMU produces regular and special programming that reflects the unique environment of the D.C. Metro area.
http://www.wamu.org

Whitman-Walker Clinic
Established in 1973, Whitman-Walker Clinic is a non-profit, community-based provider of health care and social services in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.  Through four sites in the District of Columbia, Suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia, the Clinic offers primary medical and dental care; mental health and addictions counseling and treatment; HIV education, prevention, and testing; legal services; case management; and a food bank.  Whitman-Walker Clinic is committed to meeting the life needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community and people living with HIV/AIDS. Whitman-Walker Clinic was named for Walt Whitman and Dr. Mary Walker.  The experiences of Whitman and Dr. Walker are relevant to the health care mission of the Clinic and to the Clinic's commitment to provide care to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities and to those living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.
http://www.wwc.org/