Thursday, May 4th Reading with Fran Abrams and Serena Agusto-Cox at Casey Community Center, 7:00-8:30 pm

Open Mic following the Featured Readers — feel free to share one poem, one page.
Free and you’re welcome to just walk but if you get tickets on Eventbrite, it would help us know how many people will attend

Casey Community Center, 1 mile north of Shady Grove Metro on 355 

810 S Frederick Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Fran Abrams’ poems have been published online & in print in Delmarva Review, The American Journal of Poetry, The Raven’s Perch, Gargoyle 74, & other journals, and in over a dozen anthologies. In 2019, she read at Houston (TX) Poetry Fest and at DiVerse Gaithersburg (MD) Poetry Series. In December 2021, she won the Washington Writers Publishing House Winter Poetry Prize. Her autobiographical book of poems titled “I Rode the Second Wave: A Feminist Memoir,” was released in November 2022. Her first chapbook, “The Poet Who Loves Pythagoras,” (Finishing Line Press) was released in March 2023. Please visit

Serena Agusto-Cox, one of the first featured poets of the DiVerse Gaithersburg reading series in Maryland, coordinates poetry programming for the Gaithersburg Book Festival. Poems are in ArLiJo Issue #166, Live Encounters 13th Anniversary Edition The Curator, Poetry X Hunger, & more. Work also appears in the anthologies: The Great World of Days, This Is What America Looks Like, Mom Egg Review’s Pandemic Parenting, The Plague Papers, & H.L. Hix’s Made Priceless & Love_Is_Love: An Anthology for LGBTQIA+ Teens. She also runs the book review blog, Savvy Verse & Wit, & founded Poetic Book Tours to help poets market their books.


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