2024 DC Poet Project - Culminating Event

Sat May 04 2024 at 02:00 pm to 03:30 pm

Anacostia Neighborhood Library | Washington

Day Eight
Publisher/HostDay Eight
2024 DC Poet Project - Culminating Event Join the finalists of the 2024 DC Poet Project for the culminating reading and live vote to award one poet a $1,000 book contract!
About this Event

Come hear the finalists in the 2024 Poet Project perform their poetry and then live vote to select the winner, to receive a $1,000 book contract!

Only attendees who are at the reading for the entire event are allowed to vote at the end. You can not show up at the end and vote. If you are not in the room when the first finalist starts reading you will not be allowed to vote at the end.

Are you a poet? Day Eight produces the literary magazine, Mid Atlantic Review. Submit your poetry for publication here.

2024 DC Poet Project Finalists:

Kiarra Patterson, known as Ki, was bred in Southeast DC. She is a graduate of the first degree granting HBCU, Lincoln University, and completed her dual masters at Widener University. Kiarra is currently a sexual assault counselor with a special focus on the military community. Creatively, she is a poet, self published author, and certified teaching artist but knows there is no limit to further developing her craft. Ki believes poetry is a healing power and continues to create the space for expression and release in inclusive spaces. Kiarra received the 2021 DC Mayor’s Art Award for Emerging Creative. She was also nominated for the DMV Renaissance Awards for Best New Poet in 2022.

Amuchechukwu Nwafor is a local writer, educator and teaching artist in the Washington, D.C metropolitan area. She is a first-generation born Black American whose poetry touches on the diaspora, mental health, and the female experience. She considers her poems to be still life paintings of intimate experiences, emotions and observations. Amuchechukwu has performed at Towson University, Pentagon City Fashion Mall, the Show Place Arena and many other places in the DMV. Her poems were recently published in the Maryland Bards Anthology and Day Eight’s Mid Atlantic Review. Through her writing she aspires to heal, grow and inspire people from all different walks of life.

Jeffrey 'Big Homey' Banks has worked with America’s Got Talent champion Brandon Leake, New York Times best-selling author Jason Reynolds, and GRAMMY-Nominated artists Kevin Powell and Ethelbert Miller. He has performed nationwide, including at over 30 college campuses, and served as a Lead Teaching Artist with the DC Arts & Humanities Education Collaborative and Words, Beats and Life. He is co-editor, with Maritza Rivera, of Diaspora Café: D.C., an afro-latin poetry anthology. He was a finalist in the 2018 and 2021 DC Poet Project competitions, and hopes this will be an opportunity to produce his first full-length poetry collection.

CanMan Tha Poet is an emerging poet from Washington, DC. He graduated Luke C. Moore Academy SHS with the Eagle award for best character and NMTI with certifications in Swedish & Sports Massage. He's overcome his share of hardships along the way, like losing his parents before the age of 21, which helped him develop a deep passion for poetry. His writing style is diverse and intricate, creating vivid imagery that will leave you spellbound. CanMan Tha Poet is a storyteller who weaves together diverse themes in his poetry. His raw and unfiltered poetry will take you on an enthralling journey through the urban landscapes of his words. Follow him @CanManEnterprises on all socials.

About the DC Poet Project:

The DC Poet Project is a poetry series and open-to-all poetry competition culminating in publication of a new book of poetry by a DC author. Each preliminary-round event includes reading by featured poets and an open mic. And at each preliminary-round event, the featured poets select one open mic reader the winner. Those preliminary-round winners are then invited to compete in the culminating event (this event!) to win a $1,000 book contract.

The featured poets in the 2023 DC Poet Project reading series, who also served as judges selecting the finalists, were: Courtney LeBlanc,Kim B Miller, Teri Cross Davis Micah the Poet, C. Thomas, Pi-anir the poet, Holly Karapetkova, Shaquetta Nelson, John Johnson, Brandon Douglas, Rebecca Bishophall, Khadijah Ali-Coleman, Regie Cabico, Indran Amirthanayagam, and Pacyinz Lyfoung.

The 2024 Poet Project reading series was curated by Regie Cabico and hosted by Aaron Holmes and supported in part by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Past DC Poet Project winners include:

2024: Brandon Douglas, author of Dipped in Cerulean

2023: Dominic 'Nerd' McDonald, author I'd Rather Be Called a Nerd

2021: Jenn Koiter, author of So Much of Everything

About Day Eight:

Day Eight was founded to contribute to the healing of the world through the arts. Our progamming includes the literary magazine The Mid-Atlantic Review, the DC Arts Journalism Fellowship, exhibitions and performances, and education programming.

Looking for a creative opportunity for your middle school-aged child this summer? Register for Day Eight's summer 2024 Writing Camp at the Shepherd Park Library! Details available on the Day Eight website.

Event Venue

Anacostia Neighborhood Library, 1800 Good Hope Road Southeast, Washington, United States


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