Parkmont Launches New Poetry Reading Series

For 35 years, the school has sponsored the Parkmont Poetry Festival, which is the culmination of an annual poetry contest among the District’s middle school and high school students. In D.C., Parkmont means Poetry.

In this tradition of being a friend to poetry, Parkmont is opening its doors to all poetry lovers of D.C.’s metro area by hosting a poetry reading series. The event is free, and an open mic will precede the readings.

Come to Parkmont on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 7 p.m. and hear two fine Washington, D.C. poets: Joseph Ross and Michael Gushue

Joseph Ross is the author of three books of poetry, Ache (forthcoming, 2017), Gospel of Dust (2013), and Meeting Bone Man (2012). His poems have appeared in many publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Poet Lore, and Beltway Poetry Quarterly. He teaches English and Creative Writing at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C.

from “Immigrants” (Ache)

No one loves
a border.

Closed roses,
an open fist.

We live on one side
or the other

of every ache.

Michael Gushue is co-founder with Dan Vera of Poetry Mutual Press. He co-curates the intermittent reading series Poetry at the Watergate with Deborah Ager. His chapbooks are Pachinko Mouth (2013), Conrad (2010), and Gathering Down Women (2007).

from “The Ghost Nebula” (Beltway Quarterly Poetry)

                  . . . every
word is a bullet of vibration and
music can swim toward us, weeping

Parkmont School is located at: 4842 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20011. For further information, contact: sweeper905@aol.com