Literary Week at BloomBars

During Literary Week at BloomBars, 35 writers will take the stage, over the course of three author readings, to share work from their books.Two readings are sponsored by small presses and one is sponsored by the Asian American literary organization Kundiman. In the midst of author readings, we’ll also host writers of all levels for a poetry workshop on “The World We Want” with Cornell University lecturer Aurora Masum-Javed. Join us for these four special literary events when writers from around the country will be in DC to attend the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) conference.

Author Reading by Plays Inverse, The Lettered Streets Press, & Ghost Proposal
Thurs., Feb. 9th at 8 pm

Plays Inverse, The Lettered Streets Press, and Ghost Proposal are teaming up for a reading in Washington, DC! Join authors from each press for an evening of poetry, playwriting, and prose, with books and conversation to follow. Featuring readings by: Toby Altman, David Bersell, Jennifer Moore, Alexis Pope, Dennis James Sweeney, Catherine Theis, Jasmine Dreame Wagner, Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Joshua Young

Greetings From Washington: A BOAAT / DIODE / Octopus / Gramma Reading
Fri., Feb. 10th at 7 pm

Join four presses for a night of readings and live music, with writers from BOAAT, DIODE, Octopus, and Gramma Reading. Featuring readings by: Meg Freitag, Stephanie Schlaifer, Jeremy Allan Hawkins, Amy Lawless, James Gendron, Noor Hindi, JP Grasser, George Abraham, Christine Shan Shan Hou, Stacey Tran, and Sarah Galvin. Live music from Jackson Pines.

Poetry Workshop with Aurora Masum-Javed: “The World We Want”
Sat., Feb. 11th at 1:30 pm

Resistance requires imagination. It asks us to see beyond what is broken toward what could be. Often, those spaces of change already exist. We create them. We’ll create our own poetic visions. We’ll decide what the world should be. Workshop facilitator Aurora Masum-Javed is a poet, performer, artist, and educator, and currently a lecturer at Cornell University where she completed her MFA. This workshop is sponsored, in part, by Poets & Writers. ($5-10 donation)

Kundiman in Bloom
Sat., Feb. 11th at 5 pm

Kundiman is dedicated to the creation and cultivation of Asian American literature. This reading will be a celebration of Kundiman Faculty and Fellows and the release of their new books! Featuring: Neil Aitken, Gina Apostol, Marci Calabretta, Chen Chen, Ching-In Chen, Jennifer S. Cheng, Kazumi Chin, Rachelle Cruz, Muriel Leung, Jane Lin, Michelle Lin, MG Roberts, Chris Santiago, Melissa Sipin, and Jane Wong. ($10 donation)