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Other Web Sites Devoted to DC-Area Poets
Bio and photo by the author of Farewell, Goodbye, Wave Goodbye.
Academy of American Poets site contains a photo, bio, bibliography,
7 poems, and 3 essays by the former US Poet Laureate. The Poetry Foundation
site includes photo, bio, bibliography, 10 poems, articles.
The author of As for Dream was born in DC and formerly served
as Director of Literary Programs for the Folger Shakespeare Library.
She now teaches at Kenyon College. This site, sponsored by the Academy
of American Poets, features a short bio, photo, and 3 poems.
Bio, photo, and poem by the former Professor at Georgetown University,
Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library, and author of Pro Musica
Wikipedia page on the poet, journalist, and activist includes bio,
photo, and links.
Fishouse page includes 5 audio files on the former DC resident,
now living in Pittsburgh.
Photo, bio, bibliography, and 17 poems, by the former US
Poet Laureate (1995-97), sponsored by the Poetry Foundation.
Modern American Poetry site includes photo, bio, essays,
Photo, bio, and 6 poems, by the former Poetry Consultant to the Library
of Congress (1976-78), sponsored by the Poetry Foundation. Modern
American Poetry site includes photo, bio, essays, and links.
First site sponsored by the Academy of American poets; contains a
bio, photo, 3 poems (2 with audio), a video, and links. Second site
, from Modern American Poetry, includes photo, bio, essays, links.
Bio, photo, poems, and rememberances
of the poet and activist, and author of Ceremonies, sponsored
by the University of Colorado.
Bio, publications, readings, by the author of Elegies for New York Avenue and Managing Editor of TIdal Basin Review.
Photo, bio, and poem by the former
Poetry Consultant to the Library of Congress (1973-74).
Frank Smith Horne
Bio on the poet and member of President
Roosevelt's Black Cabinet. Sponsored by the DC Public Library web
Hughes lived in DC for only one year
and four months during the 1920s, working as the Assistant to historian
Carter G. Woodson, then later as a busboy at the Wardman Park Hotel
(now the Marriott in Woodley Park). Although only a short-term resident,
DC made a strong enough impression on Hughes to inspire his 1926 volume
of poems Fine Clothes to the Jew, about the African-American
neighborhood centered around 7th St. NW. On the Academy of American
Poets site, bio, photo, 13 poems, bibliography, more links. Second
site, courtesy of the Library of Congress, includes a web cast, essays,
photos, views of original typescripts of poem drafts, links to the
library's holdings, links to other web sites, and a bibliography.
Bio, photo, and poem by a journalist, editor, and poet, sponsored
by Seeing Black.
Bio and 12 poems by the former Poetry Consultant to the Library
of Congress (1971-73), sponsored by the Poetry Foundation.
Bio, photo,2 poems, and ordering information for The Bullfrog
Does Not Imagine New Towns. Sponsored by Washington Writers Publishing
Photo, bio, 5 poems, bibliography, links; sponsored by the Poetry
Society of America. Second site, sponsored by the Poetry Foundation,
includes a photo, bio, and 5 poems. Although Jarrell, author of The
Woman at the Washington Zoo, lived in this area only briefly,
he was a very active member of the literary community, and served
as Poetry Consultant to the Library of Congress from 1956-58.
The 3rd US President was a great lover of poetry. The Library of Congress
reprints one of his original poems on their web site.
Bio, photo, 2 poems, readings schedule, reviews, and contact information,
on the author of A Slender Grace and Incarnality.
Bio, photo and 3 poems by the author
of Man Burns Ant.
Bio, photo, 2 poems, an interview, and 4 audio files of
the author reading, plus ordering info for Come Looking. Sponsored
by Washington Writers Publishing House.
Bio, photo, and critical essays on
the author of The Heart of a Woman and Bronze. Johnson
lived for over 50 years at 1461 S St. NW, site of "one of the
greatest literary salons of the Harlem Renaissance." First link
sponsored by the Modern American Poets site. Second sponsored by the
DC Public Library site. Third site offers an essay (with links to
poems) from the Academy of American Poets on how Johnson and other
women poets suffered from the "Double Bind" of being both
female and African American.
Robert Underwood Johnson
Wikipedia page for the US diplomat and author of 8 books of poems.
Contact info, books, profiles of
other teachers and writers, by the author of Private Lessons
and Tambourine Man.
3 poems, sponsored by the DC Poetry
Photo, bio, book titles, and a calendar
of events for this poet, prolific children's book author and librarian.
Bio, photo, video, poems, and interview, by the author of Words
We Might One Day Say and professor at Marymount University. Sponsored
by Washington Writers' Publishing House.
on the author of Woman of Plums and Poet Laureate of DC.
Photo, bio, one poem, from the American University professor and author
of The Prayers of Others.
Francis Scott Key
Good bio of the lawyer and author of "The Star Spangled Banner."
NPR obituary on the top-scoring poet on the 2000 DC Slam Team, who
died while serving in the US Army in the Iraq War. Also includes two
Wikipedia page the author of The Idiot Princess of the Last Dynasty
and GMU faculty member.
Bio and 11 poems on the former US Poet Laureate (2004-06) sponsored
by the Poetry Foundation.
Web site for the former Poetry Consultant to the Library of Congress
(1981-82), contains photos, bio, poems, essays, interviews, contact
information. Photo, bio, and 9 poems, sponsored by the Poetry Foundation
on the second site.
Photo, bio, and 4 poems, by the former Poetry Consultant to the
Library of Congress (1974-76 and 2000-01), sponsored by the Poetry
Foundation. Second site from Harvard Square Library includes bio,
photo, and one poem.
Biography, photo, and upcoming events from the poet, actor, and
co-founder of Some of Us Press.
Bio and sample poems by the author of The Language of Birds.
Web site includes poems, photos, art, bio, links, and the Kenilworth
Project, a history of the DC neighborhood where the author was raised.
2 poems by the author of Part Of. Sponsored by the DC Poetry
Mary Ann Larkin
Bio, photo, poems, books, reviews, by the author of The Coil of
the Skin and co-author of The DNA of the Heart.
A fiction writer who also occasionally publishes poetry and nonfiction,
Laskowski is senior editor of SmokeLong Quarterly.
Poems and links by the Kensington-based poet and novelist, tarot
reader, and intepreter of Goddess spirituality.
Bio, photo, and poem by the author of Queen of Lost Baggage
and The Politics of Snow. Sponsored by Washington Writers
Bio, photo, book info, upcoming readings, and reprints of stories,
poems, essays, reviews, and interviews, by the fiction editor of The
Pedestal and editor-in-chief of The Potomac, based in
One poem and a bio, sponsored by ArLiJo Magazine.
Bio, photo, and poems by the US Poet Laureate (2011-12).
Author's web site includes photos, events, bookstore, reviews, links,
and many poems.
Photos, bio, one poem, and links from the former DC resident and organizer
of the Blackout Arts Collective, now living in Chicago.
Bio, essay, contact information, sponsored by Cune Press.
The US President also tried his pen at verse. Some of his poems are
reprinted on the Library of Congress web site.
Bio, photos, poetry blog, links, book purchasing information and
10 poems by the Reston-based poet and editor of the on-line journal
No Tell Motel.
Wikipedia page on the author of The Steam Dummy and Fragments
from the Fire.
Bio and 10 poems, by the former Poetry Consultant to the Library
of Congress (1947-48), sponsored by the Poetry Foundation.
Bio, books, calendar, and links for the author of Heart River
Undertow, also known as Hubito.
Bio, photo, and two poems by the author of Mystery Schools.
Sites dedicated to the poet who was also Librarian of Congress for
5 years, and Director of the War Department's Office of Facts and
Figures during WWII. MacLeish is the author of, among other titles,
Conquistador, and J.B. First contains bio, photo, bibliography,
links, 2 poems; sponsored by the Academy of American Poets. Second
site has a photo and 12 poems, sponsored by the Poetry Foundation.
Photos, bio, and bibliography, on the former Howard University faculty
member and author of We Walk The Way of the New World and
Black Pride. First site sponsored by Chickenbones.
Second site is a Wikipedia page, with bio and links.
The 4th US President wrote poems while in college. You can read a
sample on the Library of Congress web site.
Photo, bio, and ordering information for On Hogback Mountain.
Sponsored by Washington Writers Publishing House.
Poems, photos, calendar, bio, links, by the author of The Legend
of Afrodite and Still Swingin': New and Selected Poems from
Author website includes photos, bio, interviews, book info, events
in English and Spanish by the author, translator, and publisher of
Interview with the author of Huge Haiku, sponsored by Washington
Writers Publishing House.
Bio, book information, photos, reading schedule, interview, and contact
information on the author of Ghost Letters and Mother of
Sorrows, and co-director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing
at The American University.
Five poems by the former US Senator (D, Minn.) and Presidential candidate
(1968). Also his Wikipedia page.
Photo, bio, and 2 articles by the author of Alibi School
and former DC resident, sponsored by the Poetry Foundation.
6 poems by a former DC resident, sponsored by the DC Poetry web site.
Bio, links, and book information on the author of Emerge &
See, and professor of English at Howard University.
Photo, bio, and 7 poems the author of Partial Accounts and
Effort at Speech. Meredith was also Poetry Consultant to the
Library of Congress from 1978 to 1980.
Bio, photo, and poems by the former US Poet Laureate (2010-11).
5 poems by the publisher of Sun & Moon Press and former DC
Biography, poem, articles,blog, links to order books, and contact
information for the author of Whispers Secrets & Promises
and Director of the African-American Resource Center at Howard University.
Second site, from Washington Writers Publishing House, includes an
interview and 5 audio files of the author reading his poems.
Bio and selected poems by the "Poet of the Sierras" who
built a log cabin on Meridian Hill (on what is now Malcolm X Park
in DC) and shocked proper Washingtonians with rough tales of the California
frontier. His cabin, now moved to Rock Creek Park, is the site of
a summer poetry series sponsored by the Word Works Press and the National
Park Service, coordinated by Jacqueline Potter. Though dated, his
poems are of historical interest. Site sponsored by the Central California
Brief bio, photos, audio, and book ordering
information by the author of Sunburst.
Poems, paintings, artist's statement, and contact information, sponsored
by Tres Raices Arts.
Former DC resident and author of Red Shoes and Darling,
and the memoir The Bishop's Daughter. Site includes photos,
bio, book info, events, and links.
Photo, bio, and ordering information for Moon and Mercury.
Sponsored by Washington Writers Publishing House.