DMV Summer Poetry Readings

Although DiVerse Gaithersburg will not resume readings until fall, there are numerous other readings in the DMV that will be offering programming this summer.  The following are some of the possibilities.  The information below is from the organizers or the readings. While every attempt was made to include all readings, there are likely some omissions. Please feel free to add other listings in the comments.

1. Readings on the Pike (Arlington):

2. Inner Loop:
June 16 – Featuring Lauren Francis-Sharma
August 18 – Featuring D. Watkins
September 15 – Featuring Kyoko Mori
October 20 – Featuring Jose Padua
November 17 – Featuring Marion Winik

More information on these events will be posted on our Facebook page:

We are also updating our podcast The Inner Loop Radio for creative writers, which is available on iTunes,  GooglePlay, SoundCloud, and most other podcast providers. We’re about to start our inspiration series, which will have writing prompts and ideas for writing routines and inspiration during the quarantine.

3. The Word Works:

Our monthly Café Muse program runs usually the first Monday of the month, including June 1 at 7 pm featuring Tommye Blount and Molly Spencer on Crowdcast.

Next up on Poets versus the Pandemic, a brand new series created by Henry Crawford for The Word Works, airs June 10 at 7 pm featuring Francisco Aragon on Crowdcast.

The Joaquin Miller Poetry Series will present four Zoom programs on Thursday evenings in June as follows and all at this link.

June 4 Barbara Crooker with our 2020 winners of the Jacklyn Potter Young Poets Competition Phoebe Price and Lauren Young with special guests Miles David Moore (reads Miller’s poem “Columbus”) and Hiram Larew (judge of the Potter Young Poets Competition) with hosts Karren Alenier, Rosemary Winslow and Julien Berman.
June 11 Henry Crawford and JoAnne Growney
June 18 Venus Thrash and Meg Eden
June 25 Terri Merz and Emilio Iasiello

4. Third Thursday Poetry Readings-Takoma Park:

The City of Takoma Park, after having to suspend its live Third Thursday Poetry Readings in March, began sharing recent poetry readings along with other recent arts performances at
and then starting in April, “gathering” the poets scheduled to read in March and April for on line readings.  There will be one more monthly reading in June, and we are exploring possible summer online poetry events. The public can find the previous readings on YouTube and on our Facebook page, and sign up at  to be notified of future readings.

YouTube link to the recent readings (corrected):

5. It Takes A Community :

June and July events are planned for Zoom, dates will be posted on Meetup when known.

6. Hyattstown Mill Open Mic:

4th Saturday of each month for the duration; 7:30 p.m.
Tentative dates: June 27th;  July 25th; August 22nd
This event takes place via Zoom; an RSVP is required in order to receive the access link which will not be posted on social media. Poets are asked to sign-up prior to the event.

7. Poetry Open Mic at the New Deal Cafe

3rd Saturdays 1pm-3pm
• Open Reading (poetry)
• Free event
• Cafe specialty: Vegan cuisine
• We do not screen material; may not be appropriate for minors. Our intended audience is adults.
Via Zoom video conference until further notice
Contact for questions and to be placed on the mailing list for Zoom details

8. American Poetry Museum:

Mother Tongue multilingual open mic on 2nd Fridays on Facebook Live.


The Writer’s Center-various, see their website
Split This Rock-various, see their website
Busboys and Poets-various, see their website