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Other Web Sites Devoted to DC-Area Poets
Bio and tributes to the co-founder of Washington's
New School for Afro-American Thought and the Drum and Spear Bookstore,
who served as artist-in-residence at the DC Jail and Eastern HS.
Bio, photo, bibliography on the former DC resident, active in
the Black Arts Movement, and author of Black Boogaloo and
Hoodoo Hollerin' Bebop Ghosts. 1st site sponsored by Chicken
Bones, second is a Wikipedia page with links.
Photo, bio, and 16 poems, by the former Poetry Consultant to the Library
of Congress (1963-64 and 1988-90), sponsored by the Poetry Foundation.
Poems and bio by the author of The Porcelain
Apes of Moses Mendelssohn, hosted by the Poetry Foundation.
Second site includes photo, bio, and ordering information for A
Bracelet of Lies, sponsored by Washington Writers Publishing
Poems, bio, upcoming readings, and links by the author of Vibrating
Bio, photo, ordering information by the author of That Line Between
Love and Hate.
T he author of The Maximus Poems and Projective Verse
worked for the Office of War Information in DC. First site from Modern
American Poetry includes bio, photo, essays, book jackets. Second,
sponsored by Harvard Square Library, includes bio, photo and 3 poems.
Poems by a DC author on the DC Poetry web site.
Bio, 2 poems, and an interview with the author of Cenotaph
and GMU faculty member, sponsored by Random House.
Photo, bio and poems in Spanish by the former DC resident and
author of The Revenge of the Apple.
Photo, bio, and 15 poems, by the former Poet Laureate of Maryland
and author of Carnival Evening, sponsored by the Poetry Foundation.
Photo, poems and fiction, essay on the DC literary scene, interview,
links, and more by the editor of Gargoyle and author of Bouyancy
and Last of the Red Hot Magnetos. Second link is his Wikipedia
Poem and bio by the author of Zoned Industrial and co-author
of The DNA of the Heart, sponsored by Washington Writers Publishing
Born in Guadeloupe, this poet lived most of his adult life in France,
where served as a diplomat, but fled the country in WWII to escape
the collaborationist Vichy government. He settled in DC and worked
at the Library of Congress. The author of 16 books, he was awarded
the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1960.
Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt
Author of 15 books of poetry, this 19th c. American poet lived in
DC in the 1860s, when she wrote her first book, The Nests of Washington.
University of Toronto site has short bio, bibliography, and 16 poems.
Harper's Magazine site reprints her poems and articles for
them, written between 1870 and 1909.
Photo, bio, and 13 poems, by the former US Poet Laureate (1997-2000),
sponsored by the Poetry Foundation. Modern American Poets site has
essays, links to poems, a speech, and photo.
Short bio, photo, links, and 8 poems (2 with audio) by
the author of Now That My Father Lies Down Beside Me and professor
at the University of Maryland. Sponsored by the Academy of American
Poems, bio, purchasing and contact information by the author
of Break, a long-time DC resident now living in West Virginia.
Although not a willing resident of the District, I can't leave out
Ezra Pound, who was incarcerated at St. Elizabeth's Hospital from
1946 to 1958, after his indictment on 19 counts of treason for broadcasting
pro-Fascist propaganda on Italian radio. The Academy of American Poets
site contains a short bio, photo, bibliography, links, and 7 poems.
The second site, sponsored by the Poetry Foundation, includes a photo,
bio, 10 poems, and 2 articles.
Presidential Inaugurations and Poets
Only three poets have read during US Presidential inaugurations.
Robert Frost read during John F. Kennedy's inauguration. Maya Angelou
and Miller Williams read at William J. Clinton's first and second
inaugurations respectively. The text of the poems can be found at
the following links, sponsored by the Library of Congress, Carnegie
Mellon University, and Australian Politics.
Bio, photo, poems, upcoming events, and links from the Silver Spring
native (now living in NY), and author of The Slow Creaking of
Personal web site of a DC poet and prolific children's book author.
Bio, bibliography, photo and essays on such topics as Birmingham,
AL and the Civil Rights Movement, and the Black Arts Movement. Born
in DC, Randall is the author of A Litany of Friends and More
Link to "Weepers," a fascinating hypertext poem
created in collaboration with Mel Nichols, sponsored by English
Photo, bio, review, poems, interview, and ordering info for Raking
the Snow and In Haste I Write This Note to You, sponsored
by Washington Writers Publishing House.
Poems and bio by the author of The Kimnama and The
Wishbone Galaxy and editor of Beltway Poetry Quarterly.
Second site, from Washington Writers Publishing House, includes photo,
bio, 1 poem and 2 audio files of the author reading. Third site is
her Wikipedia page.
Interview with the author of The Captains That Dogs Aren't,
sponsored by Washington Writers Publishing House.
Poems, publications, events, photos, and links by the author of
Bone Meeting Man and co-editor of the anthology Cut Loose
Wikipedia page on the author of four books of poems, born in DC.
Photo, bio, and poems by the US Poet Laureate, sponsored by the Poetry
Photo, bio, poem, interview, one audio file, links, and ordering
information, sponsored by Washington Writers Publishing House.
10 poems by the former co-curator of the In Your Ear poetry series
at DCAC. Sponsored by the DC Poetry web site.
Photo, bio, interview, and ordering information for Tapping This
Stone, sponsored by Washington Writers Publishing House.
Web site for the former Poetry Consultant to the Library of Congress
(1946-47), sponsored by the Stadler Poetry Center at Bucknell University,
contains a photo, bio, poem, film clip, chronology, and interview.
Catherine Harnett Shaw
Interview with the poet and novelist, sponsored by Washington Writers
Bio, photo, 2 poems, and ordering information for Hero Surfing.
Sponsored by Washington Writers Publishing House.
Bio on the author of Happy Family and Music
Photo, bio, and poems on the former US Poet Laureate, sponsored by
the Academy of American Poets.
Bio, photos, and upcoming readings, by the author of Lord, I'm
Dancing As Fast As I Can. Also: links to the cable TV poetry
program, "Soujourn with Words," the monthly reading series
"Verse, Vibes & Bites," the performance group "Collective
Voices," and more.
Bio on the author of 9 books of poems and professor emertius of creative
writing at American University.
Bio, childhood photo, poem, interview, and ordering information
for American Boy. Sponsored by Washington Writers Publishing
Photo, bio,m upcoming events, essays, links, by the author of Settling
for Beauty and The Hypothetical Landscape.
Bio, photo, 2 poems, and ordering information for Argument
by Design. Sponsored by Washington Writers Publishing House.
The author of Messenger, Split the Lark, and The
Cardinal Heart was born in DC. He currently lives in VA and is
editor of Shenandoah. Sponsored by the Academy of American
Poets, this link features a short bio, photo, links, and 1 poem.
6 poems by the author of Music
or Honesty and The Good House, among other titles,
sponsored by SUNY Buffalo. Second site, sponsored by
DC Poetry, has 1 poem sequence.
William Jay Smith
Photo and bio on the former Poetry
Consultant to the Library of Congress (1968-70), from the Academy
of American Poets.
Bio, photo, poems, reviews, upcoming
readings by the author of Orpheus in the Park.
Bio and bibliography on the former Poetry Consultant to the
Library of Congress (1965-66), sponsored by the Academy of American
Photo, bio, and 16 poems, by the former Poetry Consultant to the Library
of Congress (1970-71), sponsored by the Poetry Foundation.
States Poets Laureate
Most states have Laureates (the exceptions are: AZ, HI, MA, MI, MO,
NV, NJ, NM, OH and PA). The current holders of these titles are listed
on this site, sponsored by the Library of Congress.
Photo, bio, and links, sponsored by The Authors Den.
2 sites on the former U.S. Poet Laureate (1990-91), from the Academy
of American Poets web site, and Modern American Poetry.
Ninie G. Syarikin
14 poems, plus photos and contact information, by a translator and
interpreter from Indonesian and Malay languages who lives in DC.
2 sites on the former Poetry Consultant to the Library of Congress
(1943-44); the first offers a photo, bio, and criticism, the second
provides a photo, 8 poems, and links.
Yermiyahu Ahron Taub
Bio, poems, upcoming events and more from the author of What Stillness
Illuminated and The Insatiable Psalm.
Short bio, bibliography and links on Wikipedia. Taylor is the author
of The Flying Change and Understanding Fiction.
Photo, bio, and ordering information for Only the Raw Hands Are
Heaven, sponsored by Washington Writers Publishing House.
Bio, photos, poems, books, and readings from the publisher of Big
Author web site includes bio, publications, links, and contact info,
from the professor at George Mason University and author of Bone
Sponsored by the Academy of American poets, the first site contains
bio, photo, selected bibliography, links, and 3 poems. Second listing
for bio on the DC Public Library web site. Third site includes bio,
poetry, short fiction, photos, bibliography, and links from a mathematician
teaching at SUNY Buffalo. Toomer was born in DC, and active during
the Harlem Renaissance.
The tenth President of the United States (from 1841-1845) was also
a poet. Samples of his work from the Library of Congress site.
13 poems, by the former Poetry Consultant to the Library of Congress
(1961-63), sponsored by the Poetry Foundation.
Elaine Maria Upton
Photo and ordering information for Children of Apartness,
sponsored by Washington Writers Publishing House.
Photo, bio, and 3 poems, one with audio on the Academy of American
Poets site. Bio, critical essays, and one poem on the Modern American
Poetry site. Van Duyn was US Poet Laureate from 1992-93.
Poems, a web journal, links, photos, contact info, and readings by
the author of The Space Between Our Danger and Delight, publisher
of Vrzhu Press and Souvenir Spoon Books.Also his Wikipedia page.
Bio, writings, and photographs by a former DC-based poet, now living
Photo and poems by the author of Nothing Happened, and Besides
I Wasn't There and Sonnets of a Penny-A-Liner. Sponsored
by the Electronic Poetry Center at the University of Buffalo.
Robert Penn Warren
Photo, bio, 2 poems, and criticism on the former U.S. Poet Laureate,
who served two terms (1944-45 and 1986-87), sponsored by Modern American
aka "The Father of Our Country." Two poems by the First
US President, from the Library of Congress site.
Bio, photo, 2 poems, and ordering information for Escaping
Words. Sponsored by Washington Writers Publishing House.
Poem by the author of The World's Room and Professor
of English at the University of Maryland. Sponsored by the Academy
of American Poets. Second site, from the Poetry Foundation, contains
a photo, bio, 2 poems, and 2 articles.
Whitman lived in DC for ten years, during and after the Civil War.
He lived in a series of rooming houses downtown, where he revised
Leaves of Grass, and wrote a great deal of new work, until
he had a stroke and his health deteriorated. After DC, he moved to
Camden, NJ, the last place he lived. The first site, sponsored by
the Academy of American poets, contains a bio, photo, bibliography,
links, and 18 poems (or excerpts of poems). The second site is an
incredible archive for those who wish to delve deeper, with information
on where to find the poet's manuscripts, as well as criticism, photographs,
disciples, teaching materials, bibliography, biography, teaching materials,
and an audio clip of what may be Whitman's only recording, reading
an excerpt of a poem. This site is a collaborative effort funded by
three universities and three government agencies. The third site,
sponsored by the Poetry Foundation, includes a photo, bio, and 27
Photo, bio, and 32 poems, by the former US Poet Laureate (1987-88),
sponsored by the Poetry Foundation.
Edward Christopher Williams
Bio on the playwright and poet active during the Harlem Renaissance.
In DC, Williams worked as a high school principal and Howard University
librarian. Sponsored by the DC Public Library web site.
Tribute page with numerous links, on the Black Mountain School poet
and publisher of The Jargon Society Press, who grew up in DC and attended
St. Albans School for Boys, but lived most of his adult life in North
Carolina. Site sponsored by the Electronic Poetry Center.
William Carlos Williams
Photo, bio, and 11 poems by the former Poetry Consultant to the Library
of Congress (1952), sponsored by the Poetry Foundation.
Mary Sherman Willis
Bio, poems, and events by the poet and teacher at George Washington
Bio, photo, information on books and records, links and contact info
for the author of The Great Indoors and The Drift of Things.
Bio, photo, and 6 poems by the LA author, born in DC.
Bio, books, events, poems, and links by the author of Immersion
and Conversations During Sleep.
Bio, poems, links, bibliography on the first site. Photo and 6 poems
on the second site, sponsored by the Poetry Foundation. Wylie lived
in DC from the age of 12 (1897) to the time she left her first husband
(in 1910) and moved to England with the man who would become her second.
Although rarely read any more, such poets as Elizabeth Bishop, Theodore
Roethke, and Louise Bogan have cited her work as an influence. Wylie
is the author of Nets to Catch the Wind and Angels and Earthly
Creatures, among other titles.
Wikipedia page on the DC-born translator and author of three books