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Monthly Reading Series

A City Full of Literary Talent

The cornerstone of our community is our reading series. Held monthly in local bars, cafes, and other small businesses around the city, the series gives both emerging and established writers in a variety of genres the opportunity to read their work aloud and hear the work of their peers in a comfortable environment, without the formal structure of more traditional outlets. Each reading event features one celebrated writer from the region (including Pulitzer Prize winners and poets laureate) alongside nine local writers in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Featured readers read up to 15 minutes, while our regular readers read for five minutes each, giving the audience a taste of their writing style.

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Upcoming Readings

  • The Inner Loop March Reading
    The Inner Loop March Reading
    Tue, Mar 19
    Shaw's Tavern
    Mar 19, 2024, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
    Shaw's Tavern, 20 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
    Celebrate the written word with us at Shaw's Tavern featuring Helena Andrews and 9 incredible local writers in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry!
  • The Inner Loop's Tenth Anniversary Reading
    The Inner Loop's Tenth Anniversary Reading
    Tue, Apr 16
    Sonny's Pizza
    Apr 16, 2024, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
    Sonny's Pizza, 3120 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010
    Celebrate The Inner Loop's 10th year with us at Sonny's featuring Alice McDermott and 9 local writers in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry!
  • The Inner Loop May Reading
    The Inner Loop May Reading
    Tue, May 21
    Shaw's Tavern
    May 21, 2024, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
    Shaw's Tavern, 20 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
    Celebrate the written word with us at Shaw's Tavern featuring Rabih Alameddine and 9 local writers in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry!
  • The Inner Loop June Reading
    The Inner Loop June Reading
    Tue, Jun 18
    Shaw's Tavern
    Jun 18, 2024, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
    Shaw's Tavern, 20 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
    Celebrate the written word with us at Shaw's Tavern featuring Kim Roberts and 9 local writers in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry!
  • The Inner Loop August Reading
    The Inner Loop August Reading
    Tue, Aug 20
    Shaw's Tavern
    Aug 20, 2024, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
    Shaw's Tavern, 20 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
    Celebrate the written word with us at Shaw's Tavern featuring Helena Andrews and 9 local writers in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry!
  • The Inner Loop September Reading
    The Inner Loop September Reading
    Tue, Sep 17
    Location is TBD
    Sep 17, 2024, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
    Location is TBD
    Celebrate the written word with us featuring Sarah McCammon and 9 local writers in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry!
  • The Inner Loop October Reading
    The Inner Loop October Reading
    Tue, Oct 22
    Washington
    Oct 22, 2024, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
    Washington, 520 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
    Celebrate the written word with us at Shaw's Tavern featuring Carol Mitchell and 9 local writers in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry!
  • The Inner Loop November Reading
    The Inner Loop November Reading
    Tue, Nov 19
    Sonny's Pizza
    Nov 19, 2024, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
    Sonny's Pizza, 3120 Georgia Ave NW Washington, DC 20010
    Celebrate the written word with us at Sonny's featuring A. B. Spellman and 9 local writers in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry!
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