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 poet laureates) alongside up to 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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Emily Mitchell

is the author of The Last Summer of the World (Norton, 2007) and Viral (Norton, 2015). Her short fiction has appeared in Harper’s, Ploughshares, the New England Review, TriQuarterly and Alaska Quarterly Review, among other magazines. She has received fellowships from the Sewanee Writers Conference, the Breadloaf Writers Conference, Virginia Center for Creative Arts and the Ucross Foundation. She lives near Washington, DC and teaches writing at the University of Maryland.

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