The D.C. chapter of Women’s National Book Association will host their annual poetry month celebration at Busboys and Poets at Fifth & K Street on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 from 6-8 pm in B&P’s Cullen Room. The event is free and open to the public. This year WNBA-DC has developed two parts to the celebration. The first part will consist of a panel discussion on the poetic art form Haiku. The second portion will be an open mic. The panel will feature awarding winning poets, Roberta Beary, Ellen Compton and Jonathan B. Tucker. Panel moderator will be WNBA-DC president, Emily Sachs. Jonathan B. Tucker will emcee the open mic portion. Roberta Beary is an award winning Haiku poet, haiku contest judge and longtime member of Towpath, the DC haiku poets group. Some of her notable titles include The Unworn Necklace (Snapshot Press, 1st Hardcover edition 2011) and Nothing left to Say (King's Road Press, 2009). Anthologies include Take Five: Best Contemporary Tanka. Vol. 2 (Modern English Tanka Press, 2010), and The Sound of Poets Cooking, (Jacar Press, 2010). Notable literary awards include; Finalist, William Carlos Williams Poetry Book Award of the Poetry Society of America (2008); Winner, Snapshot Press Book Award (2006). She has been the winner of the Kanterman Merit Book Award of the Haiku Society of America for three concurrent years (2007-2009). She is an editor of the Red Moon Press annual haiku anthology and haibun editor of the haiku e-zine Haijinx. To learn more about Roberta visit www.robertabeary.com. Ellen Compton lives in Washington, DC, where she has studied poetry, painting, and theatre arts, and where she discovered a passion for haiku and related genre. She has taught painting and over the years has returned occasionally to theatre work. Poetry, however, now comes first. Her work has appeared on a number of winner lists here and abroad, most recently receiving first place in Haiku Canada's 2010 Betty Drevniok Awards. Anthologies in which her work appears include The Sound of Poets Cooking (Jacar Press, 2010), The Haiku Anthology (3rd edition, Norton, 1999); Haiku Poetry: Ancient and Modern, (English, French, & German editions, Tuttle, 2002). She is co-editor of four haiku anthologies, two of which have received a Kanterman Special Award. Ms. Compton is coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic Region of the Haiku Society of America, and was one of the founders of Towpath haiku society. Working freelance from her home office, she also writes on environmental and social science topics. Jonathan B. Tucker loves poetry and working with youth. A passionate advocate for both, he host a weekly open mic at Bloombars in Columbia Heights and teaches spoken word to youth in the D.C. and Baltimore School Systems. Tucker represented D.C. at the National Poetry Slam for last two years. He is also part of the Busboys and Poets 11th Hour Slam Team. His literary credits include: anthology contributions to Amistad Journal (Howard University Press, 2010). To find out more about Jonathan visit www.jonathanbtucker.wordpress.com. For more information on the event or to sign up for the open mic, visit www.wnba-books.org/wash or firstname.lastname@example.org. Women’s National Book Association is a national organization of women and men who work with and value books. A non-profit 501(c) 3 organization, WNBA exists to promote reading and to support the role of women in the community of the book. WNBA educates and informs the public about the need to create, produce, distribute, and use books. We serve as a catalyst for all in the book community who wish to work together and promote recognition of women’s achievements in the book industry. For information on membership, visit www.wnba-books.org/wash. (PRAPublishing)
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