Parkmont Launches New Poetry Reading Series



Come to Parkmont and hear two fine Washington, D.C. poets.

Joseph Ross and Michael Gushue


Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 7 p.m.


Parkmont School

4842 16th Street NW

Washington, DC 20011


The event is free, and an open mic will precede the readings.


Parkmont School, in its tradition of being a friend to poetry, is opening its doors to all poetry lovers of  D.C.’s metro area. For 35 years, the school has sponsored the Parkmont Poetry Festival, which is the culmination of an annual poetry contest among the District’s middle school and high school students. In D.C., Parkmont means Poetry.


Joseph Ross is the author of three books of poetry, Ache (forthcoming, 2017), Gospel of Dust (2013), and Meeting Bone Man (2012). His poems have appeared in many publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Poet Lore, and Beltway Poetry Quarterly. He teaches English and Creative Writing at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C.


from “Immigrants” (Ache)

No one loves

a border.


Closed roses,

an open fist.


We live on one side

or the other


of every ache.

Michael Gushue is co-founder with Dan Vera of Poetry Mutual Press. He co-curates the intermittent reading series Poetry at the Watergate with Deborah Ager. His chapbooks are Pachinko Mouth (2013), Conrad (2010), and Gathering Down Women (2007).


from “The Ghost Nebula” (Beltway Quarterly Poetry)

     . . .  every

word is a bullet of vibration and

music can swim toward us, weeping

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