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Women’s National Book Association, Washington, D.C. Chapter Presents:
Three Divas of the D.C. Poetry Scene
The Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) will host their annual Poetry Month celebration at Busboys and Poets, 14th and V Streets on April 19, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the Langston Room. The program will feature Sarah Browning, Sheema Kalbasi and Siwar Masannat. Each panelist will share how working with poetry has impacted on D.C. and beyond. Program moderator will be WNBA board member, Lucinda Clark. The event is free and open to the public with open mic sign-up at the start of the program.
Sarah Browning is director of Split This Rock Poetry Festival. Author of Whiskey in the Garden of Eden and co-editor of D.C. Poets Against the War, she is an associate fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies, poetry co-editor of On the Issues Magazine, and co-host of Sunday Kind of Love, a monthly poetry series at Busboys and Poets in Washington, DC. She has received fellowships from the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities and the Creative Communities Initiative and is winner of the People Before Profits Poetry Prize.
Sheema Kalbasi is the director and the co-director of several literary projects including The Other Voices International Project. She has published two books of poetry and two anthologies of poems. Her poems have been anthologized and translated into 18 languages to date. Kalbasi has worked for the United Nations, the Center for non-Afghan Refugees in Pakistan, and Denmark. She lives in the Washington, D.C. area.
Siwar Masannat is a Jordanian poet. She is finishing up an MFA in poetry at George Mason University, where she is the recipient of the Thesis Poetry Fellowship for 2011/2012. She is the editor in chief of So to Speak, a feminist journal of language and art. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Journal, Gargoyle, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Eleven Eleven, among others.
The Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) is a nonprofit, professional association of women and men who work with and value books. The organization was founded in 1917. The Washington, D.C., chapter was established in 1978. WNBA, whose purposes are both educational and charitable, promotes reading and literacy, and supports the role of women in the community of the book. A volunteer board of directors manages chapter business and coordinates chapter activities. For more information, visit www.wnba-books.org/wash .mailto:WNBAinfoDC@gmail.com
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