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On Thurs we’re hosting a reading anchored by some best new poets in the area from the Best New Poets of 2010. Of course, we like to consider all of our readings Best Writers We Know of 20xx.  Details here:

Featuring Mark Cugini (prose) and local contributors to Best New Poets 2010: Eleanor Tipton, Melanie McCabe, & Jeff Baker

Thursday January 20th 2011 – 8PM
Big Bear Café
1st & R Streets NW
(now serving beer & wine)


Eleanor Smith Tipton is the poetry editor of So to Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art and an MFA candidate at George Mason University.  She is the recipient of the Virginia Downs Poetry Award, and her poetry has appeared in Front Porch, Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing, and Best New Poets 2010.Jeff Baker is a graduate of Tennessee Tech University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.  His poetry has been published widely, with recent  works appearing in The Cream City Review, Copper Nickel and Washington Square.  Jeff’s book of poems has been a finalist for the Bakeless Prize and the National Poetry Series, among others.

Melanie McCabe is a high school English and creative writing teacher in Arlington, Virginia. In addition to BEST NEW POETS 2010, her work has appeared on Poetry Daily, as well as in The Georgia Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Cincinnati Review, Shenandoah and numerous other journals. She won second prize in Literal Latte’s 2009 poetry contest and was a finalist for the 2010 Wabash Poetry Prize and the 2009 Pablo Neruda Prize. Her manuscript History of the Body was a finalist for both the May Swenson Award and the Walt McDonald First-Book Prize from Texas Tech University.

Mark Cugini keeps it thorough. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Stymie, Device, and Petrichor Machine, among others. He is working towards his MFA in Creative Writing at American University. The prose editor of Big Lucks, he lives, teaches and is writing a novel in Washington, DC.

Feb 3: Special Ahsahta Press Reading
Feb 17: David Berrigan, Arielle Bernstein, Jamie Gaughran-Perez
March 17: Rauan Klassnick, Buck Downs, Jeff Bagato, The Sweater Set
April 21: Kyoko Mori, Debrah Morkun
May 12: Art Taylor, Lauren Bender, Jennifer DePalma
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About the Author

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Joe Hall is the author of five books of poetry, including Someone's Utopia (2018) and Fugue & Strike (forthcoming). His poems, reviews, and scholarship have appeared in Poetry Daily, The Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day, Postcolonial Studies, Peach Mag,, PEN America Blog, Poetry Northwest, Ethel Zine, Gulf Coast, Best Buds! Collective, and Eighteenth-Century Fiction. He has taught poetry workshops for teachers, teens, and workers through Just Buffalo and the WNYCOSH Worker Center.

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