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The Green Way Reading Series

September 3 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Green Way Reading Series is a monthly literary event based in Takoma Park, MD curated by Elizabeth Bryant and Takoma Park’s Poet Laureate Taylor Johnson. The series centers emerging and established poets and artists in interdisciplinary, intergenerational and cross-regional dialogues. We want these programs to encourage growing participation and local engagement in the evolving landscape of contemporary poetry. The intention is to bring something new to this area with offerings that provide a space for horizontal community building, the generation of new work, and the amplification of local poets. The series is made possible by generous support from the Cave Canem Foundation and the Maryland State Arts Council, in addition to our collaboration with Takoma Park’s People’s Book. The space is open from 5:00 – 7:00 pm, readings begin at 5:30 pm. We hope that you can join!

Camonghne Felix, poet and essayist, is the author of Dyscalculia: A Love Story of Epic Miscalculation (One World, 2023), which was hailed by TIME Magazine and Vogue as one of the most anticipated books of 2023, and Build Yourself a Boat (Haymarket Books, 2019), which was long-listed for the 2019 National Book Award in Poetry, shortlisted for the PEN/Open Book Awards, and shortlisted for the Lambda Literary Awards. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Academy of American Poets, Harvard Review, LitHub, The New Yorker, PEN America, Poetry Magazine, Freeman’s and elsewhere. Her collection of essays, Let the Poets Govern, is forthcoming from One World, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

María Fernanda (she/hers) is a poet whose work explores the intimacy of sisterhood and, “the breaking and making of family.” (OkayAfrica). A recipient of The Norma Elia Cantú Award in Creative Writing, María Fernanda is also a recipient of literary appointments from The National Endowment for the Arts and The Arizona Commission on the Arts. Her poems, translations, and essays appear in The Wide ShoreThe Breakbeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNext, Cave Canem’s Dogbytes, and more. For more information, visit, mariafernandapoet.com

IG: @mariafernanda________

Joel Dias-Porter (aka DJ Reneg8d) is a former DJ who was born & raised in Pittsburgh, PA. A 5X  Individual Finalist in the National Poetry Slam and the 1998 & 1999 Haiku Slam Champion, his poems have been published in; Time Magazine, The Washington Post, NY Times, Best American Poetry 2014, Mead, POETRY, Callaloo, Ploughshares, Asahi Shimbun, Red Brick Review, Under the Bashō, Beltway Quarterly and the anthologies Gathering Ground, Love Poetry Out Loud, Breakbeat Poets, Short Fuse, Role Call, Def Poetry Jam, 360 Degrees of Black Poetry, Slam (The Book), Revival: Spoken Word from Lollapallooza, Poetry Nation, Beyond the Frontier, African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song, Catch a Fire, and The Black Rooster Social Inn. A recipient of the 1995 Furious Flower “Emerging Poet Award,” his performances include the Today Show, SlamNation, on BET, and the film Slam. A Cave Canem fellow, his latest book is “Ideas of Improvisation” on Thread Makes Blanket Press (2022).

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September 3
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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People’s Book
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People’s Book
7014-A Westmoreland Ave.
Takoma Park, MD 20912 United States
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