Sunday, June 27, 2010

This Week at Miller Cabin

Miller Cabin
Tuesday evenings at 7:30 at the Joaquin Miller Cabin in Rock Creek Park, Picnic Area #6, Beach Drive at Military Road Overpass. Sign up for opening reading at 7:15 pm. For more information and rain location, call Kathi Morrison-Taylor at 703-820-8113.

Join us this Tuesday for another night out at the Miller Cabin! Featured readers for Tuesday, June 29th are:

Traci Brimhall, author of the forthcoming book Rookery, has published poems in New England Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Missouri Review, Kenyon Review Online, FIELD, Gettysburg Review, Indiana Review and Southern Review, among others. She teaches creative writing at Western Michigan University beginning this fall.

Charles Jensen is the author of three chapbooks and one full-length book of poetry, The First Risk. In addition to writing poetry, he is the founding editor of a poetry magazine, and is pursuing a second master's degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Last night at Miller Cabin

Thunderstorms were on the forecast, so last night's Miller Cabin reading was relocated from Rock Creek Park to the American City Diner on Connecticut Avenue. Despite less-than-ideal conditions, the readings went on! Alex Chertok kicked off the night, and Perry Epes followed with readings from his recent publication, Nothing Happened. Hopefully we'll be back at the Cabin with more comfortable weather next week! In case of inclement weather, the location change will be announced via the Word Works ENews Group, and the Word Works Facebook page. Please join these groups to make sure you're informed!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Tomorrow at Miller Cabin

Tomorrow at Miller Cabin, the featured readers will be Alex Chertok and The Word Works' own W. Perry Epes, who recently published his collection, Nothing Happened. The past two weeks have seen Perry introducing the 2010 Young Poets; this week, he steps behind the mic to read his own work. We hope to see another big group this week!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Last night at Miller Cabin

Twenty-six people braved the weather forecast, and were rewarded with a mercifully dry few hours for the second meeting of the 2010 Miller Cabin series.

Our second Jacklyn Potter Young Poet, Julia Holemans, gave a reading, and was followed by some truly funny, touching, and truthful poems by featured reader, Sue Ellen Thompson. A lively crowd migrated to the American City Diner to continue the conversation.

Former Young Poet, Baobao Zhang, returned to read her recent poem. We encourage any other former Young Poets to return to the Cabin to read at our open mic!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

This week at Miller Cabin

This Tuesday at Miller Cabin, poet Sue Ellen Thompson, author of four books, including her most recent, The Leaving: New & Selected Poems, will be reading along with Jacklyn Potter Young Poet Julia Holemans. Our other Young Poet winner, Will Frazier, gave an excellent reading last week, and we look forward to hearing from Julia!

Unfortunately, the weather report does not look as perfect as last week. In case of inclement weather, we will be meeting at the American City Diner, located at 5532 Connecticut Avenue, NW. Don't let the rain, heat or storms keep you away!

Weather Report from

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Miller Cabin Report

The weather was perfect, and the turnout was large for the first Miller Cabin poetry reading of the summer! You might want to bring your own lawn chair next time, because it was standing room only after our picnic tables filled up with the more than 45 eager listeners.
The night opened with a reading of Columbus by Joaquin Miller, read by Mel Belin (with members of the audience chiming in with the "Sail On!") After this, featured readings began with Julie Enszer.
Next came two-time Jacklyn Potter Young Poet Will Frazier. Following him was Jericho Brown's intense performance.

Former Young Poet Laura Fletcher (2005) was the first in a long line of open mic-ers clamoring to recite their own pieces.
Only the setting of the sun could bring an end to it. Lively conversation continued well into the evening in a funky little room at the American City Diner, where 22 people gathered. Check out the Word Works Facebook Page for more pictures from the event! We hope to see you all again next week, and throughout the summer!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Café Muse: Success!

The turnout for Café Muse last night was excellent! Thanks to everyone who came! Our featured readers, while very different in style, were both incredibly entertaining, and an abundance of readers came forward to read their own diverse pieces. Please enjoy some pictures from the event!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Miller Cabin Kickoff!

Returning for its 35th year, the 2010 Joaquin Miller Cabin Poetry Series kicks off tomorrow night! Amble on in around 7:30 to listen to the poetic talents of Jericho Brown and Julie Enszer, as well as our Jacklyn Potter Young Poet Will Frazier, or if you prefer, nip in at 7:15 to sign up for the opening reading!

A warm welcome also to Laura Fletcher, who won the Young Poet competition in 2005, who will be returning to read a poem in the opening tomorrow!

Join us at the Café!

Tonight at the Friendship Heights Village Center, Mark Bibbins and Jehanne Dubrow will kick off the first Café Muse event of the summer! At 7:00 pm, Michael Davis will open things up with some classical guitar, followed by the poetry readings. There will be an open reading time following the scheduled poets, so be sure to bring along your own poems! Be sure to check the Word Works website for more information about the event and the poets. Hope to see you there!