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Other Web Sites Devoted to
DC-Area Poets (current and former)
Harvard Square Library site includes a bio, photo, and one poem from
the author of Democracy and The Education of Henry Adams.
John Quincy Adams
The 6th US President published a posthumous book of verse, Poems
of Religion and Society. First site sponsored by the Library
of Congress, second, which includes two poems, from the Harvard Square
2 sites on a former Poetry Consultant to the Library of Congress
(1948-49). First site, from the Academy of American Poets, provides
a photo and bio. Second site contains a bio and 4 poems.
Photos, bio, books, readings, workshops, interviews, blog, links,
and contact info on a DC native and author of What Is This Thing
Called Love and The Philosopher's Club. Second site,
sponsored by the Poetry Foundation, includes a photo, bio, and 8 poems.
Bio, photo, and links to poems, by the editor of the journal 32
2 sites on the former Poetry Consultant
to the Library of Congress (1950-52). First site, from the Academy
of American Poets, contains a photo, bio, and bibliography. Second
site, from the Poetry Archive, reprints 8 poems.
Photo, bio, 4 poems, and links on the author of A Fish to Feed
All Hunger and Except By Nature, who was born in DC.
Sponsored by the Academy of American Poets.
Five poems on the Poetry Magazine
web site. Second site is about the opera for which Alenier wrote the
libretto, "Gertrude Stein Invents a Jump Early On." Alenier
is the author of 3 books of poems and President of The Word Works,
The author of Body of Life
and The Venus Hottentot was raised in DC. Academy of American
poets site provides a photo, brief bio, 3 poems, links. The Poetry
Foundation site provides a photo, bio, and 1 article.
Photos, bio, books, upcoming events, and more from the author
of Dancing Naked on the Floor.
Lewis Grandison Alexander
DC Public Library's Black Renaissance site includes a bio and 7 poems
by this DC poet, actor, director, and costume designer.
Bio and 3 poems by the President of the Federal Poets.
Mary Clemmer Ames
Wikipedia page on the journalist and poet, active in Washington, DC
in the 1870s and 80s.
Drew "Droopy" Anderson
Photos, bio, calendar, 4 poems, and links.
Four poems, sponsored by the DC Poetry site.
Photo, bio, publications, links by the author of Puerta del Sol
and editor of Momotombo Press.
Bio, photo, reviews, poem, and ordering info by the author of
Double Helix. Sponsored by Washington Writers Publishing House.
Bio and bibliography on the very first Poetry Consultant to the Library
of Congress, who served from 1937-41.
Photo, bio, and four poems, by the author of Wild Animals on the
Moon. Sponsored by In Motion magazine.
Links to poetry books, plus visual art, by the author of G oo
Baltimore Literary Heritage Project
A fascinating project of the University of Baltimore School of Communications
Design, this web site offers bios, line drawings, a driving tour,
and more. Authors featured include such poets as Frances Ellen Watkins
Harper, Francis Scott Key, Ogden Nash, Frank O'Hara, Lizette Woodworth
Reese, and Karl Shapiro (along with information on additional Baltimore
novelists, playwrights, and nonfiction writers).
Baltimore Literary Scene Notes
An essay in the Winter 2007 issue of the Loch Raven Review
by Dave Eberhardt and Dan Cuddy that they call "A Short Collaborative
Tour, 1964 - 2007" gives a great overview of Baltimore writers,
mentioning such poets as Clarinda
Harriss, Sam Cornish, Daniel Mark Epstein, Josephine Jacobsen,
Blair Ewing, Joe Cardarelli, David St. John, Chezia Thompson-Cager,
Gary Blankenburg, Michael Fallon, Rosemary
Klein, and Barbara Simon, among others.
Bio, photos, video, and upcoming events from a DC poet and performance
Bio, books, sample poems, links by the DC-based author of The
Unworn Necklace, who writes largely in haiku and haibun.
Poems, bio, photos, blog, links, and announcements of local poetry
events by a DC-based poet. Second site from Wikipedia.
Photo, bio, and information on writing classes from the author
of The Transmutation Notebooks and Poet Laureate of Takoma
This website has many poems, illustrative graphics and audio,
as well as a gallery, bio, photos, links, interests, upcoming events,
activities. This site also includes a wonderful full-fledged series
of French-related web pages, called "All Things French,"
filled with Gallic-oriented literary and other materials. From the
author of Flesh That Was Chrysalis.
Stephen Vincent Benét
This Pulitzer-prize winning poet (for John Brown's Body, in
1929), was born in DC. First site reprints two poems. Second gives
a good biography and bibliography.
Photo, bio and links on the poet and visual artist active during
the Harlem Renaissance, who taught at Howard University. Site from
the Academy of American Poets discusses Bennett along with other women
writers of the period as suffering from the "Double Bind"
of being both female and African American. DC Public Library site
includes a bio, photo, and information on her papers in special collections.
3 poems and bio by the former Poet Laureate of Takoma Park, MD, and
author of Quality Hill.
Photo, bio, events, classes, and links, by the author of Libro
de los fragmentos and Los otros.
Photo, bio, and 6 poems by the author of The Devil's Dictionary
and former DC resident, sponsored by The Poetry Foundation.
Photo, bio, and 2 articles, by the author of Wild Civility
and former area resident, sponsored by The Poetry Foundation.
Poems, music, visual art, links. bio, and contact info.
Bio and 5 poems, by the former Consultant in Poetry to the Library
of Congress (1949-1950), sponsored by the Poetry Foundation. Second
site, from Modern Amerian Poetry, includes photo, bio, bibliography,
selected correspondence, essays on poems, book jackets, and links.
Video of Black reading 2 poems, sponsored by Poetry Vlog. Black
is the author of Waterworn and October for Idas;
she is based in NYC but was raised in DC.
Bio, photos, writing, music, upcoming events by the founder of Freestyle
Bio, photos, mp3 tracks, upcoming performances for the poet-in-residence
at Busboys & Poets Shirlington.
Web site on the former DC resident, author of Directions to the
Beach of the Dead. Includes photos, bio, books, links.
This site, which also includes visual art by Pam Blehert, has great
graphics, and some very useful other features. In addition to printing
his own poems, Blehert, author of Please God Make Me a Famous
Poet or At Least Less Fat, also includes selections by 30 guest
poets, including Mel Belin, Sunil Freeman, Brandon Johnson, Hiram
Larew, Miles David Moore, and Hilary Tham.
Photo, bio, and 12 poems by the former Consultant in Poetry to
the Library of Congress (1945-46), sponsored by the Poetry Foundation.
Second site from Modern American Poetry includes photos, bio, essays
on poems, 9 poems, links.
7 poems, sponsored by the DC Poetry web site.
Artwork, bio and poem.
Reviews, novel excerpt, and ordering information on a poet and fiction
writer from Silver Spring, and author of One Note Symphonies.
Photo, bio, poems, nonfiction, and the poet's Nobel Prize for
Literature acceptance speech, by the US Poet Laureate from 1991-92.
Sponsored by the Nobel Foundation.Wikipedia page includes photo, bio,
bibliography, and links.
Photo, bio and 22 poems, by the former Consultant in Poetry to
the Library of Congress (1985-1986), sponsored by the Poetry Foundation.
Second site, from Modern American Poetry, includes photo, bio, essays
on poems, book jackets, and links.
Photo, bio and 4 poems by a former DC resident and author of Mending
Site sponsored by the Academy of American poets features a photo,
short biography, selected bibliography, web "exhibits" and
3 poems (one of which is hooked to audio). DC Public Library site
includes bio and awards.
Poem, review, and bio on the author of The Snow on Lake Como.
Sponsored by Washington Writers Publishing House.
Nancy Naomi Carlson
Bio, photo, reviews, and ordering info by the author of King's
Highway. Sponsored by Washington Writers Publishing House.
The US President is the author of Always A Reckoning, and Other
Poems. Site sponsored by the Library of Congress.
Bio, poem, contact info, listings of upcoming readings.
2 poems, sponsored by Seeing Black, by the author of
So What!: For the White Dude Who Said This Ain't Poetry.
Poems, interviews, bio, audio, and more by the author of Sit Down,
Says Love, and Pinecrest Rest Haven. Grace is the host
of the acclaimed radio show, "The Poet & The Poem from the
Library of Congress. "
The author of Experimental Love and Humid Pitch was
born in DC. She now lives in NJ and is Director of the Office of Diverse
Community Affairs and Lesbian-Gay Concerns at Rutgers University.
This site, sponsored by the Academy of American Poets, offers a short
bio and photo.
Carrie Williams Clifford
Wikipedia page on the women's and civil rights activist, and author
of two books of poetry, Race Rhymes and The Widening Light.
DC Public Library site includes bio, photo, bibliography, and one
Former poet laureate of MD, and author, most recently, of Blessing
the Boats. The first site, sponsored by the Academy of American
poets, contains a short bio, photo, links, and 5 poems. The second
site, sponsored by the Poetry Foundation, includes a photo, bio, and
Poetry Foundation page includes bio, biblliography, 7 poems. Collier
is the author of 5 books of poems, most recently Dark Wild Realm,
directs the Breadloaf Writers' Conference, and teaches creative writing
at the University of Maryland.
Photo, bio, and 25 poems by the former US Poet Laureate (2001-03),
sponsored by the Poetry Foundation. Second site links to poems, books,
Wikipedia page on the author of two poetry books, Because
the Dawn Breaks and Rotten Pomerack, as well as 3 books
of fiction. Collins is a Professor of Comparitive Literature at University
Bio, poems, fiction, and non-fiction by the author of Gilbert and
Garbo in Love and A Matrix of Angels.
Bio. photo, and 5 poems by the author of Province of Fire
and former DC resident.
Photos and bio of the poet and editor of Portfolio, a
DC literary journal of the 1940s.
DC Public Library site includes bio, bibliography, and one poem.