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Gay and lesbian poetry celebration was launched by Library of Congress June 3

Library of Congress and Capital Pride launch "LGBT Poetry Celebration" June 3
Library of Congress and Capital Pride launch "LGBT Poetry Celebration" June 3
Library of Congress and Capital Pride launch "LGBT Poetry Celebration" June 3. Image: Capital Pride

The Library of Congress and Capital Pride launched the "LGBT Poetry Celebration", with free readings by established and emerging gay and lesbian poets, on June 3.

The poets who gave readings of their works were Joan Larkin, Kamilah Aisha Moon, D. A. Powell, and Dan Vera.

  • Joan Larkin has written three books of poetry, including “My Body: New and Selected Poems”, recipient of the Publishing Triangle’s 2008 Audre Lorde Award, and “Cold River”, winner of the Lambda Award for poetry. Larkin co-founded the independent press Out & Out Books, and has edited four anthologies, including “A Woman Like That: Lesbian and Bisexual Writers Tell their Coming-Out Stories". The New York-based poet has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the New York Foundation for the Arts.
  • Kamilah Aisha Moon's poetry collection is “She Has a Name”. U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Tretheway termed the collection "resonant in its grappling" and "wise". Moon's "Watching A Woman on the M101 Express" will appear in the "2015 Pushcart Anthology". Her poems and prose have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Audre Lorde Award from the Publishing Triangle. The Brooklyn writer has won many fellowships.
  • D. A. Powell has written five poetry books, including “Useless Landscape, or a Guide for Boys: Poems”, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, and “Chronic”, winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award. Powell has received a Paul Engle Fellowship from the James Michener Center, an NEA fellowship, and the Lyric Poetry Award from the Poetry Society of America, among others. He teaches at the University of San Francisco.
  • Dan Vera's “Speaking Wiri Wiri” was chosen by poet Orlando Ricardo Menes for the inaugural Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize. LatinoStories.com named him among 2014 Top Ten New Latino Authors to Watch (and Read). Vera co-founded VRZHU Press. He is the publisher of Souvenir Spoon Press, and is managing editor of the journal "White Crane". With poet Kim Roberts, Vera curates the website DC Writers’ Homes. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Washington's Capital Pride is a non-profit organization serving the needs of the LGBT community and its partners through events including the annual Capital Pride Parade June 7, part of its Capital Pride Festival May 30-June 8.

For more info: Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Room 119, first floor, 10 First Street, S.E., Washington, D.C. Free and no tickets required. Library of Congress' Poetry and Literature Center, www.loc.gov/poetry, and Rare Books and Special Collections Division, www.loc.gov/rr/rarebook. Capital Pride, www.CapitalPride.org.