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The Arts Club celebrates National Poetry Month
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The Arts Club celebrates National Poetry Month

April 4, 2017 at 7:00PM

Monroe House

The Arts Club celebrates National Poetry Month! Join us for an evening with two featured poets—Francisco Aragón and Claudia Cortese—and an open mic, hosted by Literary Chair Sandra Beasley.

Claudia Cortese is a poet, essayist, and fiction writer. Her first book, Wasp Queen (Black Lawrence Press) explores the privilege and pathology, trauma and brattiness of suburban girlhood. Cortese’s work has appeared in Blackbird, Black Warrior Review, Crazyhorse, Gulf Coast, and The Offing, among others, and she writes reviews for Muzzle Magazine. The daughter of Neapolitan immigrants, Cortese grew up in Ohio and lives in New Jersey. 

Francisco Aragón is the author of, Puerta del Sol (Bilingual Press, 2005) and Glow of Our Sweat (Scapegoat Press, 2010), as well as editor of the anthology, The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry (University of Arizona Press, 2007), these latter two winners of International Latino Book Awards, respectively. New work is forthcoming in Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States (Tia Chucha Press, 2017). A faculty member at Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies (ILS), he spends the fall semester on campus where he teaches a course on Latino/a poetry, and spring and summer working out of the ILS’ office in Washington, D.C., where he teaches a poetry workshop and oversees a summer internship program.

After the featured readings, we will have an open mic, with each reader limited to one poem of a page or less in length. First-time performers are welcome! If you wish to read but don’t want to share your work, you can present another poet’s work or choose something from an anthology we’ll have on hand. Please note that doors will open at 6:30 PM to permit sign-ups for the open mic slots.

The Literary Committee is excited to collaborate with Duende District, a new D.C. bookstore emphasizing multicultural community. Founder Angela Maria Spring will be on hand to discuss her vision for the space.

This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase (cash or check). A light reception will follow the program, with a cash bar; drinks are free for ACW members.