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April 2021

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This is What America Looks Like: An Author Talk and Poetry Reading with Rose Solari (virtual event)

April 1 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

From the event website:

Talented writers and poets from across the area, including the incomparable Rose Solari, will convene online to discuss fiction and poetry that highlight the ongoing health crisis, social justice, and other timely observations.

We invite you to join us for an evening of thought provoking conversation. Please RSVP on this page and the access details will be emailed prior to event.

Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/this-is-what-america-looks-like-an-author-talk-and-poetry-reading-tickets-143398844805

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Katherine E. Young and Elizabeth Hazen Virtual Book Launch

April 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Katherine E. Young and Elizabeth Hazen launch their respective poetry collections, Woman Drinking Absinthe and Girls Like Us, from the Writer’s Center.

RSVP HERE, and you’ll receive an email on or before April 17 with instructions for joining the chat via our video conferencing platform, Zoom. FREE and open to the public, all times Eastern. Limited space.



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Reuben Jackson in Creative State of Our Union: Readings and Discussion [virtual event]

April 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Enoch Pratt will host Reuben and a small panel of other authors included in their anthology This is What America Looks Like for a virtual reading and discussion. All are welcome.

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Katherine E. Young to Read at the Virginia Festival of the Book (virtual)

April 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

From the website:

Hear poets Katherine E. Young (Woman Drinking Absinthe), Nin Andrews (The Last Orgasm), Sandra Beasley (Made to Explode), and Vijay Seshadri (That Was Now, This Is Then) read from their newest collections, offering poetry that explores connections between the ordinary and the profound, the landscapes and legacies of a life, the lyric of longing, the search for art as solace, and more.

As part of the Virginia Festival of the Book’s Shelf Life virtual series, this event is FREE to attend and open to the public. To attend, please register here at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shelf-lifeworlds-within-words-a-poetry-reading-tickets-149142694815 or simply make plans to watch on Facebook.com/VaBookFest. The video recording from this event will also be available to watch after the event concludes, on VaBook.org/Watch.

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May 2021

Linda Watanabe McFerrin to Read in Honor of Asian Pacific Heritage Month (virtual)

May 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

From the Alexandria Library website:

Join us for a reading by Linda Watanabe McFerrin in honor of Asian Pacific Heritage Month, speaking about the influence of her Japanese-American heritage on her writing.

Watanabe McFerrin will also answer questions from participants after the reading.

This reading is FREE to all

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwvceGurz0rHtOSSg02_7RiTZpi-HtIzuny

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Reuben Jackson to Read and Present a Writing Prompt for the Alexandria Library (virtual)

May 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

From the Alexandria Library’s website:

Join us for a poetry reading followed by a writing exercise with Black American poetry elder and jazz critic Reuben Jackson.

Jackson will read from Scattered Clouds: New & Selected Poems, a volume of meditations on love, loss, and longing, published in 2019 by Alan Squire Publishing. Then he will lead participants in a writing prompt inspired by the title of a composition by Charles Mingus entitled “Myself When I Am Real.”

This Event is FREE to all

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0pce6hqD0qG9TWZVnq2bNwkrrqvl_PEw97

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Writing for My Life: Maryland Poet Laureate Grace Cavalieri Reads for Alexandria Library (virtual)

May 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

From Alexandria Library’s website:

Join us for a reading and author talk with Maryland Poet Laureate Grace Cavalieri, one of America’s most beloved and influential woman of letters.

Cavalieri will offer a rare glimpse into the importance of writing as her life force, how writing about women in history – and their lives – feeds her own life. Citing examples from her work, she will read a few pieces as inspiration. Then she will turn to the process of creation, leading participants in a writing exercise to find “the poem inside us.”

This event is FREE to all 

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMtde6hrzwtH9XmjdDJGIYdGK9s4wsHDLW2

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Write with Reuben

May 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

From YWP:

“Join poet and YWP mentor Reuben Jackson for a fun online writing session on Wednesday, May 26 at 6:30 p.m. EDT! Sign up for your Zoom invitation here! We’ll talk, write, share about what we’ve learned over this strange past year. For example, Reuben says, “I learned that as a flutist, I make a good reference librarian.” Sign up and we’ll see you there!



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June 2021


Richard Peabody Reads at the Alexandria Library (virtual event)

June 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

“Join us for a reading by Richard Peabody: a romantic poet, a keen writer of farce, a master of satire, a political activist, and a pop-culture explorer.

Peabody’s literary influences, including strands of Punk, Beat, Alt, experimental, feminist, and political protest, blend with the purely lyrical to create a body of work that is both profound and pleasing. Whether addressing fatherhood, unjust wars, unrequited love, or suburban malaise, Peabody delivers, with both freshness and gravitas, important information about life as we live it now.

Peabody will read a sample of his writing and then take questions about his latest work, his writing process, his experience as the publisher of Gargoyle Magazine and Paycock Press … or whatever else participants would like to know about his career.”

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Katherine E. Young / Readings on the Pike (virtual event)

June 10 @ 7:00 pm

Katherine E. Young will read as part of the much-lauded Readings on the Pike series.


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Katherine E. Young / Globus Book Store Reading and Discussion of Look at Him by Anna Starobinets (virtual event)

June 23 @ 1:00 pm

Join Katherine E. Young along with Jane Bugaeva, Muireann Maguire, Jamie Rann, and Svetlana Satchkova, and Zarina Zabrisky, for a discussion of Look at Him by Anna Starobinets (translated into English by Katherine E. Young).


This event will stream on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCogNzhgTorWuUGb0MWIUg0w/videos

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July 2021

David Downie in Conversation with Don George (virtual event)

July 5 @ 3:00 pm

David Downie reads from his new novel, Red Riviera. Throughout, travel writer Don George talks with David about the book and his writing process. Presented by Left Coast Writers.


@3pm ET

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1455 festival features Rose Solari, Katherine E. Young, Linda Watanabe McFerrin, and Saida Agostini (virtual event)

July 16 @ 10:30 am - 7:00 pm

Catch a full host of ASP authors and friends at the 1455 Festival. Register here: https://web.cvent.com/event/09e46134-4022-438e-9297-72ee3f323a1d/summary

July 16th @10:30am Katherine E. Young Unspoken: New Writing on Losing a Child

Although nearly one-quarter of all pregnancies result in the loss of a child, pregnancy loss has traditionally been considered a “women’s issue” and remains largely unexplored in contemporary literature. Infertility, miscarriage, postpartum depression, and the grief associated with losing a child are themes that have also largely been neglected in literary works, both here in the U.S. and abroad. The four authors whose work features in this panel employ poetry, journalism, essay, and the prose memoir to reclaim and foreground this central human experience not just for women, but for their partners, spouses, families, communities, and societies in the U.S., Germany, and Russia.

July 16th @ 12pm Hannah Grieco Creative Nonfiction Editor Panel

What makes a work of creative nonfiction compelling and unforgettable? What’s the difference between literary nonfiction and the essays you see in freelance publications? What are nonfiction editors looking for in their literary submissions? Learn what editors want to read, what makes a piece stand out from the slush, and what mistakes writers often make when submitting their true stories to literary journals.

July 16th @ 1pm Saida Agostini In Praise of Grandmothers: Poems in Dialogue with Our Elders

We come together to honor inscribing inherited knowledge into our poems—the realities and lessons received from our grandparents’ generation. Too often powerful family stories are labeled “sentimental” by the academic workshop model. How do we reclaim them, and locate ourselves in a lineage of writers following the same instinct? Our panel of accomplished authors will discuss the intricacies of writing history and cultural inheritance into poems, providing brief illustrating readings from our work alongside our contemporaries.

July 16th @5:30 Linda Watanabe McFerrin & Rose Solari Telling Stories, Building Community

Everyone has a story to tell. The magic of sharing those stories is that while it can often be healing for the writer, it can also build bridges between peoples, cultures, groups, and nations. On this panel, four distinguished writers will discuss their own paths as builders of writing communities.

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Old Town Books and Readings on the Pike Present: Prompts in the Park! (in-person event)

July 17 @ 10:00 am
Old Town Books, 130 South Royal Street
Alexandria, VA 22314 United States

Event description:

Bring a notebook and pencil and join us for a fun and productive morning of coffee, treats, and writing in the sun!

About this event

Featuring prompt stations with a roster of amazing local presses:

  • Barrelhouse
  • Alan Squire Publishing
  • Mason Jar Press
  • Fear No Lit
  • Washington Writers’ Publishing House
  • The Writer’s Center
  • Community Building Art Works
  • Riot In Your Throat

When: Saturday, July 17th at 10AM

Where: Meet at Old Town Books – 130 S Royal Street. We will walk from there to Waterfront Park at the base of King Street. We’ll loop back around to Old Town Books at the end for more conversation and treats.

Cost: FREE!


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