Cafe Muse Literary Series
Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 South Park Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD. 7:30 pm with open readings after featured readers. Free. Michael Davis plays classical guitar at most programs starting at 7:00 pm.

9/18---Novelist Howard Norman and poet Terese Svodboda

10/17---Poets Michele Wolf, Ellen Sazzman in a publication reading of Proposing on the Brooklyn Bridge

11/20--- Poets James Hopkins and Suzanne Rhodenbaugh

The Iota Poetry Series
Iota Bar and Restaurant,
2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Virginia at 6 pm. Open readings follow. Admission free. For more information, call 703-522-8340 or 703-256-9275.

9/14---Ninth Anniversary Celebration featuring readers from the previous season

10/12---Ivan Amato, Michael Gushue, Karen Schwarz

11/9---Lola Haskins & Ruth Moon Kempher

Coming Events

2003 Writers & Art Retreat —will take place October 10-18, 2003.

Watch for news of upcoming publications and competitions.



Ron Mohring of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, has won the 2003 Washington Prize for his manuscript Survivable World. Judges Karren Alenier, Jim Beall, Bernadette Geyer, Cynthia Hoffman, and Ann Rayburn selected Mohring's manuscript for its literary craft and its finesse in handling difficult subject matter. Mohring has been published in such magazines as Alaska Quarterly Review, Hanging Loose, and Pivot. His chapbook Amateur Grief was selected by Maureen Seaton for the Frank O'Hara Chapbook Award and Grove Press published his chapbook Beneficence in 2002. He teaches at Bucknell University and serves as ssociate editor of the literary magazine West Branch.


The Word Works has received a grant from the DC Humanities Council in a partner project with Beltway: An On-line Poetry Quarterly edited by Kim Roberts. The grant award supports a special issue of Beltway called "Memory and Influence: The History of Poets in Washington, DC." Local writers will write essays on such writers as Langston Hughes, Sterling Brown, and Roland Flint who all lived in the Washington, DC area. Publication of these essays on Beltway is expected in October 2003. For more information, visit or contact Kim at


The Word Works proudly announces publication of Eight Pale Women by James Hopkins in the 2003 Capital Collection series. He has been published in Potomac Review, WordWrights!, Minimus and Frantic Egg. His chapbook The Walnut Waits for Its Bees was published by Mica Press in 1997. Walk with the poet through adventures in India, Nepal and the countryside of Virginia.


The Word Works proudly announces publication of Gilbert and Garbo in Love by Christopher Conlon in the 2003 Capital Collection series. Conlon, creator and host of the Nora School Poetry Series, is author of What There Is (Argonne House Press) and Saying Secrets: American Stories (Writers Club Press). His poems, stories, and articles have been published in such publications as: The Washington Post, Poet Lore, Filmfax, and the Tennesee Williams Annual Review. If you love film, this book tells the story of the transition from the silent movies to the talkies. Visit to read a review of this book.


The Word Works is pleased to announce that PHOENIX SUITES by Miles Waggener has been published and distributed to all 2002 Washington Prize entrants. Photographs by Matt Hamon printed on the cover make the book exceptionally intriguing and graphicaly attractive. For Miles, the editor of Prescott College's Alligator Juniper, this is a first book.


The story of how Gertrude Stein Invents A Jump Early On, an opera by poet Karren Alenier and composer William Banfield, is featured on This theater Ezine, which has 30,000 visitors per month, will present additional essays about the development of this opera in future issues.

To read a full report on what the opera collaborators have accomplished since the last public workshop presentation in New York City, visit

Find out more about this opera, Gertrude Stein, and how you can participate in the development of this new work at Special thanks to private contributors who are making Gertrude Stein Invents A Jump Early On possible.


Congratulations to Fred Marchant, the 1993 winner of the Washington Prize, for selling out two print runs of his book TIPPING POINT. The third print run is selling at a steady clip. In June 2002,the Dedalus press of Dubline, Ireland, published HOUSE ON WATER, HOUSE ON AIR, a new and selected collection of Fred Marchant. This book includes 15 poems from TIPPING POINT.


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