Tonight: Walt Whitman Poetry Open-Mic in DC
Nov
16
6:00 PM18:00

Tonight: Walt Whitman Poetry Open-Mic in DC

Open-Mic performances interspersed with Leaves of Grass

aois21's monthly Poetry Open-Mic returns this month with a special reading of Leaves of Grass by famed American poet Walt Whitman. aois21 publisher Keith F. Shovlin and others will be reading from Leaves of Grass in between performances of new and original poetry by local poets.
Over the past few months, we have been gathering at Walls of Books every two weeks for this event as well as Literary Game Night and decided that the poetry night needed an additional boost. Several events were severely lacking in attendance after an initial success last December.
This month's event will be live-streamed on the aois21 Periscope feed and posted to the aois21 YouTube channel and video.aois21.com afterward. Individual performances will also be released as episodes of the Passion on the Page podcast, which is currently on hiatus.
If you can make it to Georgia Ave NW in DC, we'd love to see you, or watch it online and come out next month. Visit Walls of Books DC for more information!

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DC Podfest
Nov
10
to Nov 11

DC Podfest

DC PodFest is a two-day event held each fall, where podcasters from around the world gather to learn, network and express their passion for podcasting.

It’s two days of workshops, speaker sessions, social events, live shows and more. We focus on the business, creativity, and influence of podcasting in various ways.

Prepare to be engaged, entertained, and productive!

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Twelfth annual Western Maryland Indie Lit Festival
Oct
5
to Oct 6

Twelfth annual Western Maryland Indie Lit Festival

The Frostburg State University Center for Literary Arts, in partnership with the Allegany County Library System, is excited to announce that the eleventh annual Western Maryland Indie Lit Festival is scheduled for Oct. 5 & 6 on Main Street in Frostburg. The event brings together editors and publishers with writers and educators of the local community. Panel discussions and roundtable sessions include topics on various creative genres, revolutionary mothering, writing and the first amendment, writing about spirituality, telling the story through podcasting, and more! 

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Duende VOCES Poetry Feature with Julayne Lee & Michael B. Judkins
May
20
4:00 PM16:00

Duende VOCES Poetry Feature with Julayne Lee & Michael B. Judkins

Join us at our Torpedo Factory pop-up for a special poetry reading with Julayne Lee & Micahel B. Judkins to celebrate their new collections!

Lee's Not My White Savior: A Memoir In Poems, a provocative and furious book about race, culture, identity and what it means to be an inter-country adoptee in America. Not My White Savioris angry, brilliant, unapologetic, and unforgiving. A vicious ride of a book that is sure to spark discussion and debate.

Judkins' Interlude To Sentimental Me is a collection of emotionally driven poetry that covers the story of pain, tribulations, happiness, self-esteem and self-discovery through love and heartache.

This event is free & open to the public.

About the poets: Julayne Lee was given up for adoption in South Korea as a result of the Korean War. She was adopted by an all-white Christian family in Minnesota, where she grew up. She has spent over fifteen years working with Overseas Adopted Koreans (OAKs). She lived in Seoul and now resides in Los Angeles, where she is a member of the LA Futbolistas and Adoptee Solidarity Korea—Los Angeles (ASK-LA). She is also part of the Adoptee Rights Campaign working to pass the Adoptee Citizenship Act to ensure all inter-country adoptees have US citizenship. This is her first book.

Born in the Bronx, NY, along with his four brothers and sisters, Michael B. Judkins' childhood memories, although bittersweet, provided a rich foundation for him to draw upon later in life as an accomplished author. After spending years immersed in typical, reactive adolescent behaviors, Michael began experimenting with other alternatives to developing new relationships and helping resolve social issues. As he took these first, proactive steps, the germ of the idea for his first book – Introduction to Sentimental Me! – was born. Michael now resides in Allentown, P.A., and welcomes all readers to feel free to contact him at judkins_michal@yahoo.com to discuss your reaction to his work, or learn more about upcoming releases.

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Gaithersburg Book Festival
May
19
10:00 AM10:00

Gaithersburg Book Festival

The Gaithersburg Book Festival is a celebration of the written word and its power to enrich the human experience. Our mission is to foster an interest in reading, writing and literary conversation.

Since its inception in 2010, the Festival has quickly become one of the nation’s top literary events, attracting hundreds of award-winning and best-selling authors, poets and songwriters from across the country to its quaint, park-like setting in the heart of Olde Towne Gaithersburg.

The event was conceived and introduced by Gaithersburg Mayor (then council member) Jud Ashman, with the support of the Mayor and City Council and the Cultural Arts Advisory Committee. The Festival is produced by a core committee comprised of city staff and a dedicated group of volunteers who donate their time and talent.

Funded in part by generous sponsors and supported by the City of Gaithersburg, the Festival offers programming for all ages, is free to attend and is open to everyone.

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Kensington Day of the Book
Apr
22
11:00 AM11:00

Kensington Day of the Book

April twenty-third (the festival is on the nearest Sunday) is a symbolic day in world literature. Declared as International Day of the Book by UNESCO in 1995, this celebration of books and literature draws its inspiration from a Catalan tradition, the Festival of the Rose.

Legend has it that Saint George, Patron Saint of Catalonia (Spain) and international knight-errant, slew a dragon about to devour a beautiful Catalan princess. From the dragon’s blood sprouted a rosebush, from which the hero plucked the prettiest rose for the princess. Hence the traditional Rose Festival celebrated in Barcelona since the Middle Ages to honor chivalry and love. In 1923, this lover’s “festa” became even more poetic when it merged with “el dia del llibre”, or The Day of the Book, to mark the nearly simultaneous deaths of Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare, the two giants of literary history, on April 23, 1616.

On this day in Barcelona, bookstalls and street festivities run the length of the picturesque La Rambla, the old city’s main boulevard and, according to the Spanish author Garcia Lorca, “the only street in the world which I wish would never end”.

The Pauli Bellet Foundation Catalan Library, the Town of Kensington, and all our sponsors, invite you to celebrate this wonderful day on Howard Ave, our “La Rambla”.

Links for further reading about The International Day of the Book:
World Book and Copyright Day at UNESCO

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Fall for the Book
Oct
14
10:30 AM10:30

Fall for the Book

aois21 returns to our local book festival, the Fall for the Book! Join us on Community Day at George Mason University. We'll be setting up late, but ready to meet all of you that come out for the great day of programming and authors at George Mason!

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Walk to end Alzheimer's
Oct
14
8:00 AM08:00

Walk to end Alzheimer's

  • 4th Street & Madison Drive Washington, DC 20565 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

For the second year, team aois21 will be walking to end Alzheimer's on the National Mall. Donate today or join our team because we;re committed to raising awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support, and research.

Will you help me reach us fundraising goal of $1021 by making a donation today? Visit our fundraising page to make a secure, tax-deductible donation or download and print the paper form on my page to mail in with a check. All donations benefit the Alzheimer's Association — and every dollar makes a difference in this fight.

Together, we can end Alzheimer's disease! act.alz.org/goto/aois21 to donate or join our team!

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