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Poetry Reading at HEMPHILL Fine Arts

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Thursday, February 9, 2017, 6:00pm

We are delighted to present short poetry readings by four nationally recognized poets in conjunction with the AWP Conference in Washington DC (February 8 - 11, 2017):

Ari Banias
Carolina Ebeid
Charif Shanahan
Rosalie Moffett

Ari Banias is the author of Anybody (W.W. Norton, 2016). His poems have appeared in APR, Boston Review, Poetry, A Public Space, and the anthology Troubling the Line: Trans & Genderqueer Poetry & Poetics. The recipient of fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown & Stanford University, he lives and works in Berkeley, California.

Carolina Ebeid is a the author of You Ask Me to Talk About the Interior (Noemi Press, Fall 2016). She is a student in the PhD program in creative writing at the University of Denver, and holds an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers. She has won fellowships and prizes from CantoMundo, Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, the Stadler Center for Poetry, and the NEA. Her work appears widely in journals such as The Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, Colorado Review, and more recent work appears in Linebreak, Bennington Review, jubilat, and in the inaugural Ruth Stone House Reader. Her book was profiled in the Debut Poets feature in Poets & Writers.

Charif Shanahan is the author of Into Each Room We Enter without Knowing (SIU Press, 2017), winner of the 2015 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. His poems and translations have appeared in numerous publications, including Baffler, Boston Review, Callaloo, Literary Hub, New Republic, Poetry International, Prairie Schooner, and A Public Space. A Cave Canem graduate fellow, he holds degrees in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and Dartmouth College and an MFA from New York University. He has been nominated for the Puschart Prize and is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the Frost Place, the Fulbright Program/IIE, and Millay Colony for the Arts. Currently, he is a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University.

Rosalie Moffett is the author of June in Eden, winner of The Journal/Wheeler prize from OSU press. Her poems and essays have appeared in Tin House, AGNI, Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, Narrative, the anthology “Gathered: Contemporary Quaker Poets,” and elsewhere. She is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow, and the winner of the “Discovery” / Boston Review prize as well as the Ploughshares Emerging Writer prize. She lives in Athens, GA.

The Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) provides community, opportunities, ideas, news, and advocacy for writers and teachers of writing.

2017 AWP Conference & Bookfair
Washington Convention Center & Washington Marriott Marquis
February 8 - 11, 2017
Celebrating AWP's 50th anniversary!
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Performance with Zachary Fabri @ 1700 L

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Thursday, January 19, 2017, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Please join us at 1700 L Street for a performance with Zachary Fabri, New York-based performance artist. Torkwase Dyson will be in attendance at this event which coincides with her exhibition Illegal Abstraction: A Single Author, curated by Tosha Grantham at 1700 L Street.

Illegal Abstraction: A Single Author asks viewers to experience geometric forms—lines, grids, curves, optical illusions—and light as a way of seeing hidden histories in architectural space. Interested in how built and natural environments express power and how people negotiate freedom in unfamiliar terrain, artist Torkwase Dyson illuminates invisible stories by placing viewers in dialogue with her objects, history and the present. Her abstract sculptures, paintings and drawings consider the lives of Anthony Burns, Henry “Box” Brown, and Harriet Jacobs as 19th-century individuals who hid in architectural spaces—ship hulls (Burns), a shipping crate (Brown) and an attic crawl space (Jacobs)—on the path from enslavement to freedom. Dyson’s work explores how architecture participates in and resists freedom to revision of how Burns, Brown and Jacobs exchanged ownership for self-liberation and covert political action.

Presented by HEMPHILL @1700L. This project is supported by The Lenkin Company.
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Fall Reception for HER Resiliency Center

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Thursday, October 20, 2016, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Please join us for a reception and fundraiser for HER Resiliency Center.

HER Resiliency Center is an organization in Washington, DC that creates pathways to employment, housing, and personal wellness for vulnerable young women. They provide support in a safe, trauma-informed environment that propels women towards success.

Valet Parking
Wine and light refreshments
RSVP to (202) 234-5601 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you are unable to attend but wish to donate, please click here. HER is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, so 100% of your donation is tax deductible under the EIN 47-4406856.
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