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“Welcome Back” Open mic featuring Eva Freeman

August 30, 2011
by terpoets
September 6
Dorchester Basement Lounge
One hour open mic followed by a brief intermission and then reading by Eva Freeman. The open mic list will beavailable at 6:45 pm and sign ups are on a first come, first served basis.
Eva Freeman grew up in a small town outside of Boston and lived with her family at age ten on a Greek island two hours off the coast of Athens. During that year, her father’s sabbatical, she attended a local school and learned to read and write Greek with first graders. She majored in English at Yale and after graduation spent nine years in network news production at ABC News in New York. She is pursuing her MFA degree in fiction and is the coordinator of the Writers Here and Now Program.Questions:

Planning Meeting

May 9, 2011
by terpoets

Terpoets will be having an open board meeting tomorrow afternoon @ 4:00PM in Dorchester Hall Basement Lounge, all are welcome to attend.

Public Speaking feat. Fran Lebowitz

May 9, 2011
by terpoets

In Person: author Fran Lebowitz!

“Enormously enjoyable and perceptive. … Perfectly captures the pleasure Lebowitz takes in observing the world while subtly revealing the crippling dimensions of perfectionism, the outsize ego it requires to achieve a certain kind of creative failure.” – The New York Times

Wise, brilliant and funny, Fran Lebowitz hit the New York literary scene in the early ’70s when Andy Warhol hired her to write a column for Interview magazine. Today, she’s an acclaimed author with legions of fans who adore her acerbic wit. Director Martin Scorsese, displaying the energetic style of his early documentaries, captures the author in conversation at New York’s Waverly Inn, in an onstage discussion with longtime friend Toni Morrison, and on the streets of New York City. Lebowitz offers insights on timely issues such as gender, race and gay rights, as well as her pet peeves, including celebrity culture, smoking bans, tourists and strollers. A Rialto Pictures Release.

DIR/PROD Martin Scorsese; PROD Margaret Bodde, Graydon Carter, Fran Lebowitz. US, 2010, color, 85 min. NOT RATED

Thu, May 12, 7:00

Tickets $15 General Admission/$12 AFI Members

(Accessible via ShuttleUM)

Open Mic April 19th

April 17, 2011
by terpoets

National Poetry Month is going absolutely swell. Blogging every minute of it has been much easier said than done but, whatever. Come hang with us @ our open mic on Tuesday (7pm, Dorchester basement lounge) and we’ll TELL you what we’ve been up to in person.


Is that a poem in your pocket?

April 14, 2011
by terpoets

National Poetry Month is about sharing and celebrating the wonder of poetry, and what better way to celebrate than by putting poetry in a public place? Go one step beyond hopscotch squares and write a poem in chalk on the sidewalk! -From

A group of poetry enthusiasts will be meeting in the Dorchester Basement Lounge on April 14 (tomorrow) to go out around the mall from 2-3 pm. Bring chalk if you have it!

If you can’t make it, don’t forget to put a Poem in Your Pocket…


April 10, 2011
by terpoets

See what I did there? Because the event is over?

All failed attempts at humor aside, Sister Spit: The Next Generation was fabulous! The multimedia presentation took place in Hoff Theatre at the University of Maryland, College Park and featured many different artists, including a former teenage dominatrix. I will be perfectly honest with you, I’m extremely awkward and was a little at a loss on how to make conversation with a former dominatrix (it’s hard to believe they exist in real life). Good thing Shawna Kenney was so nice. Luckily, she answers some  FAQ’s about her former lifestyle in her memoir, which I started reading at the merch table and am adding to the top of my summer reading list…

Jenna Brager aka J Bee was in the house and introduced the group. Jenna really helped get the ball–or rather, van–rolling on this project during her tenure. We were so happy to have her back on campus (well, back on the  Terpoets stage since she actually has a grown-up job on campus).  In addition to being a talented creative writer,  Jenna is also a gifted scholar, artist,  and graphic designer. She did the artwork for that amazing Sister Spit flier (hopefully you guys grabbed one on your way out but we’ll also have them at our next event, on April 19th) that Marinaomi tweeted (that’s MY hand in the picture, everyone!) & Shawna blogged. Jenna’s artwork is also available on her etsy site and will be at the DC Zinefest this summer, which she is planning. Go check out her zines, it’ll be the best $2.00 + shipping and handling you ever spend!

The DC Zinefest is an independent event organized to provide a space for zine makers, self-published artists and writers to share their work with each other and the Washington D.C. community.  The main Zinefest will take place on July 30th, 2011 from 11 am- 4 pm at St. Stephen’s Church in Washington, D.C. See you there!


Sister Spit -4/9

April 5, 2011
by terpoets

Saturday, April 9th. Hoff Theatre

Special guest writer/journalist SHAWNA KENNEY (I WAS A TEENAGE DOMINATRIX) and writer/activist and Mothertongue founder NATALIE E. ILLUM!

The legendary, raucous, rowdy performance gang, Sister Spit, lands in COLLEGE PARK, MARYLAND with a vanload of multimedia, queer-centric brilliance! Don’t miss this multimedia explosion of taste-makers, novelists, fashion plates, painters, performance artists, poets and fancy scribblers.

Featuring queer luminary Michelle Tea (Best Music Writing 2010, Chelsea Whistle, Valencia, Rent Girl), writer and provocative performance artist Kirk Read (How I Learned To Snap), graphic novelist and visual artist MariNaomi (Kiss & Tell), award-winning poet laureate of the obsessed and tormented Ali Liebegott (The IHOP Papers, The Beautifully Worthless), novelist and film fodder Blake Nelson (Girl, Paranoid Park, Recovery Road), photographer and Original Plumbing transmale quarterly publisher Amos Mac and award-winning transmitter-writer of brilliantly terrifying fairy tales Myriam Gurba (Dahlia Season)!

National Poetry Month!

April 3, 2011
by terpoets

It’s National Poetry Month!  Yet another reason that I love Spring . This month, I’m going to try and be as poetic as possible (despite the enormous amount of school/work/internship stuff that will not pause, even for National Poetry Month). What exactly does “as poetic as possible” mean? For starters, I want to take some suggestions from the Academy of American Poets list of 30 ways to celebrate. This week, I’m going to check “organize a poetry reading”   “read at an open mic”, and “read a book of poetry” off my list. You guys should all check off “read at an open mic” @ Terpoets Tuesday night, too! It’s going to go for an hour and a half this week.

For that last one, I’m finally going to finish Loose Woman by Sandra Cisneros.

This Wednesday, I will also be ditching my internship for the day to attend the Lannan Symposium at Georgetown University (“Writing Dangerously in Immigrant America”) with literary luminaries like Edwidge Danticat. I still haven’t figured out how I’ll get there on Metro,  but rest assured that I will.

I thought it would be fun if our board members and friends of Terpoets blog about their NPM activities on our website! Some of my friends have taken on the 30/30 challenge–30 poems in 30 days. Is anyone doing this? As a prose writer, I’m going to try and adapt that challenge into something that I can do without tearing my hair out. But I guess the point of NPM is to step out of your comfort zone, right?

Conspiracy to cheat on poetry with fiction aside, the month has been off to a great start so far. Friday night, Pride Alliance hosted the Salt Lines Poetry Tour featuring Denise Jolly, Sonya Renee Taylor, and Tara Hardy. I was happy to attend with some of my Terpoets friends, who read from their work before the event began. Sadly, Andrea Gibson could not make it for whatever reason. Last year, I was introduced to (and fell in love with) her work at Salt Lines. However, this event was by no means a disappointment. I was introduced to a new (for me) poet, Tara Hardy. Once again, Sonya Renee brought me to tears with a new piece about her dog that she shared with us this year.  Even dog shit can be a blessing, people. Remember that! Go to facebook and “like” Salt Lines Poetry Tour.

As a treat, Chris August and Natalie Ilum opened up for Salt Lines this year. Natalie will be back on Saturday, April 9th as a part of Sister Spit–another amazing poetry tour that we will be hosting @ Hoff Theatre. It’s going to be wonderful! We’re teaming up with Pride Alliance yet again for this event–check out the sick calendar of all the Pride Month events that they put out. Spencer Brennen did the artwork, look out for them on campus! The image looks like a scene from a postmodern fairy tale (to find the events, which are on the reverse, click here ).

On Tuesday, April 5th we will be hosting an open mic and Artist Marketplace at our usual time and place. More information about any and all of these events is available at and on our website. Our facebook page & website will be updated regularly for the duration of April, so please keep talking back to us. We really do try and respond to all of our comments. As always,  feel free to share with us what you all are up to this month! Let me know what events (on campus or otherwise) you guys are attending…especially if you are wearing your Terpoets t-shirt!

Jihan A

Artist Marketplace II – April 5th

March 28, 2011
by terpoets

We will to showcase the work of four or five talented student visual artists. Each artist will give a 10 minute presentation on their work, background, inspiration etc.

Student art will be on display and for sale during the open mic (which will go for a whole hour and a half). Just sign the list if you’re interested in performing.

As always, everyone is welcome!

Email with any questions or concerns

7-9pm, Dorchester Basement Lounge

Terpoets Open Mic featuring E. Ethelbert Miller

February 21, 2011
by terpoets

E. Ethelbert Miller was born in New York City, New York, in 1950. He received his B.A. from Howard University. His poetry collections include How We Sleep On the Nights We Don’t Make Love (Curbstone Press, 2004), Whispers, Secrets, and Promises (1998), First Light: New and Selected Poems (1994), Where Are the Love Poems for D…ictators? (1986), Season of Hunger/Cry of Rain: Poems 1975-1980 (1982), The Migrant Worker (1978), and Andromeda (1974).

He is also the author of the memoir Fathering Words: The Making of an African American Writer (2000). His awards include the Columbia Merit Award and the O.B. Hardison Jr. Poetry Prize. In 1979, the Mayor of Washington, DC, proclaimed September 28, 1979 as “E. Ethelbert Miller Day.” Miller is the Founder and Director of the Ascension Poetry Reading Series, one of the oldest literary series in the Washington area, and the director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University, a position he has held since 1974. He and his wife live in Washington, DC

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Cosponsored by the English Undergraduate Association.

There will be a one hour open mic and a brief intermission before our featured performer takes the stage.

When: Tuesday, March 1 · 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Where: Ulrich Recital Hall, Tawes Hall, University of Maryland College Park