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Terpoets and Trans U present: Johnna Schmidt and Dwayne Betts

November 13, 2010
by terpoets

Terpoets and TransU presents Behind the Octopus: An Evening With the Staff of the Jimenez-Porter Writers’ House.

Johnna Schmidt is a graduate of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at University of Maryland. Johnna has been at the Writers’ House since its inception in 2002, and has over ten years experience teaching creative writing. Johnna got her start in writing through an interest in theater, and has performed original work …across the U.S., mostly in San Francisco and New York City. Her work has been published in Beltway Journal for the Arts and Like Water Burning. Awards include the American Writer’s Program Intro to Journals Nomination in Fiction. Johnna resides in Hyattsville with her husband and two sons. She is the Director of the Jimenez-Porter Writers’ House.

Dwayne Betts is a poet, memoirist, and teacher. He is author of A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison (2009), and Shahid Reads His Own Palm (forthcoming 2010), winner of the 2010 Beatrice Hawley Award. His poems have been published in literary journals and magazines including Ploughshares, Crab Orchard Review and Poet Lore.

Open mic at 7pm, features at 8pm.

This event will benefit HIPS (Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive)
“HIPS mission is to assist female, male, and transgender individuals engaging in sex work in Washington, DC in leading healthy lives.

HIPS is a nationally recognized program that meets the needs sex workers and assists them in their efforts to eliminate the transmission of HIV, increase sexual health, and reduce violence and harm associated with sex work and drug use.

HIPS programs serve an estimated 2,000 sex workers a year on the streets and in our drop-in center, providing a full spectrum of programs to address basic & immediate needs, long-term goal setting and life skills development.”