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Become an official member of Terpoets

February 19, 2011
by terpoets

To become an official member of Terpoets, please email your name and @UMD email addresss to Jihan Asher ( While we welcome active participation, becoming an official member on STARS will NOT require any further commitment on your part and help secure funding for more great events next fall.

Terpoets presents Speakeasy DC

February 12, 2011
by terpoets

Open mic from 7-8pm followed by an brief intermission before SpeakeasyDC takes the stage along with two UMD student storytellers they’ve been training! Featured storytellers from 8-9pm. This event will be held at Dorchester Hall’s Basement Lounge at the University of Maryland College Park.

SpeakeasyDC’s Mission: Through the art of autobiographical story performance, SpeakeasyDC gives voice to the authentic experience of ordinary people, builds community, and promotes understanding. We have a three-part mission: to produce high quality storytelling performances; provide ongoing training and performance opportunities to the public; and preserve the oral tradition in a way that speaks to and enriches contemporary life

For more information:

First Event of the Semester: Open Mic feat. Kyle Dargan 2/10/11

January 28, 2011
by terpoets

7 PM-9PM, Dorchester Basement Lounge.
University of Maryland, College Park

Open mic followed by an brief intermission before AU Professor Dargan takes the stage.

Kyle G. Dargan is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently LOGORRHEA DEMENTIA (UGA,2010). His debut, THE LISTENING (UGA 2004), won the 2003 Cave Canem Prize, and his second, BOUQUET OF HUNGERS (UGA 2007), was awarded the 2008 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in poetry. Dargan’s poems and non-fiction have appeared in publications such as Callaloo, Denver Quarterly, Jubilat, The Newark Star-Ledger, Ploughshares,, and Shenandoah. While a Yusef Komunyakaa fellow at Indiana University, he served as poetry editor for Indiana Review. He is the founding editor of Post No Ills magazine and was most recently the managing editor of Callaloo.

Don’t miss it!


2010 in review

January 2, 2011
by terpoets

Crunchy numbers

Featured imageA Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,600 times in 2010. That’s about 4 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 8 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 45 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 22mb. That’s about 4 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was September 28th with 65 views. The most popular post that day was creative writing @ UMD.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for terpoets, tawes umd, silvana straw, saul williams umd, and

Cool! Stay tuned for more news and a full Spring calendar coming soon.

Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship

November 23, 2010
by terpoets

The new Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship for Graduate Studies in the Arts, which will provide up to $50,000 annually for three years of advanced study in PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS, OR CREATIVE WRITING.

Candidates for this award should be SENIORS currently applying for graduate study programs in the arts; should have EXCEPTIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND PROMISE AS ARTISTS; and should have a HISTORY OF SIGNIFICANT FINANCIAL NEED. Complete eligibility details are below.

The University of Maryland, College Park can nominate up to two students for this new award. The nomination process will be overseen by our faculty representative, Prof. Michael Collier (Creative Writing), and the deadline to apply for nomination by the University will be January 17, 2011.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Graduate Arts Award enables students or recent alumni with exceptional artistic or creative promise and significant financial need to pursue up to three years of study at an accredited graduate institution in the US or abroad.  Awards can be as much as $50,000 annually.  In 2011, the Foundation will select 10 recipients for this award.

Eligible fields in the arts include performing arts, visual arts, and creative writing.

**Candidates for the Cooke Graduate Arts Award must be nominated by the Foundation’s Faculty Representative at the University of Maryland, College Park. The University can nominate up to two candidates annually for the award. Minimum eligibility requirements are listed below.**

MINIMUM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS – To be eligible for nomination by the University of Maryland, College Park, candidates should meet the following requirements:

*   A demonstrated history of significant financial need.
*   Senior standing or have graduated from an accredited four-year US college or university within the past five years.
*   A major (or majors) in the performing arts, visual arts, or creative writing.
*   Evidence of exceptional accomplishment and promise in performing arts, visual arts, or creative writing.
*   A cumulative undergraduate grade-point average of 3.7 or better on a scale of 4.0 (or the equivalent).
*   Plans to begin first graduate degree studies at an accredited college or university in the fall of 2011 in the fields of  performing arts, visual arts, or      creative writing.

To learn more about the University of Maryland’s nomination process for the Cooke graduate scholarship in the arts please contact us at

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.”

Terpoets Presents: Silvana Straw

November 2, 2010
by terpoets

Silvana Straw, DC’s original Poetry Slam Champion performs on Tuesday, November 9th at 8 p.m. in Tawes Hall, Ulrich Recital Hall.

The Washington City Paper describes her as “a one-woman menagerie of growls, purrs, chirps, hisses, barks, and trumpeting roars, unabashedly funny and sexy and angry and lyrical…”

Her recent solo shows include Outerspace at GALA Hispanic Theater and Outerspace: Part II at Clarice Smith Performing Arts C…enter. Her collaborations with other artists include: The Dangerous Border Game and Apocalyse Manana with MacArthur Genius Fellow Guillermo Gomez-Pena.

Straw has performed at venues around the country such as The Nuyorican Poets Café, The Art Institute of Chicago and Galleria de la Raza in San Francisco. Her work has appeared in literary publications such as Gargoyle, The Indiana Review and Short Fuse Anthology. Over the past 25 years, she has been the founder and producer of numerous performance poetry events such as Poetry Bonanza at the Black Cat and the first poetry slams at the Kennedy Center and Smithsonian. She has also served as a coach/instructor for the DC Youth Poetry Slam Team.

You can hear her on the Library of Congress’s Poetry Webcast:

***NOTE: There will be an open mic in Dorchester Hall at 7PM. BE THERE.

Event cosponsored by The English Undergraduate Association, the English Dept, Terpoets, ARHU, Triota, Undergrounduates, and the Maryland Laboratory Theater.

Terpoets presents: An Evening with Saul Williams

October 21, 2010
by terpoets

Please join us for our next event as part of the Dean’s Lecture Series at the University of Maryland.

Slam poet, author and actor Saul Williams ( is coming to the University of Maryland Thursday, October 28th 7:30-9:30pm in the Hoff Theater, UMCP! FREE and open to the public! Free parking on campus is available in Lot 1 after 4pm.

The event will begin with performances by five of the most talented University of Maryland students, followed by a set by DC’s own Poem-cees ( Finally, Saul Williams will give a one hour solo set that is sure to be intimate and provocative. This event is brought to you by Terpoets, the College of Arts and Humanities, Student Entertainment Events, Student for a Democratic Society, Pride Alliance, Black Student Union, Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education, Nyumburu Cultural Center, VegTerps, C-Roots, Students for African American Studies, the Love Movement, Students for Justice in Palestine, Jimenez-Porter Writers’ House, Cooperative Housing University of Maryland and the English Undergraduate Association. This event is entirely free and open to the public. The Hoff’s 500 seats will fill quickly so get there early! Doors open at 7pm.

Please see our Facebook event and invite any and all interested parties:!/event.php?eid=150578731633402

Terpoets Open Mic and Artists Marketplace

October 8, 2010
by terpoets

There are lots (lots!) of talented artists doing their thing at UMD in a variety of media and styles. Since Terpoets is a marketplace of ideas, we would like to share the work of four or five talented UMD artists to have a gallery viewing of of their art and give a 10 minute presentation on their work, background, inspiration etc.

(More detailed artist info to come soon)

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.

Terpoets Presents: Latina Poetry Night feat. Liza Garza

September 20, 2010
by terpoets

Come to Latina Poetry Night on September 28th starting @ 7pm and listen to our feature Liza Garza strut her poetic stuff. We will be in Ulrich Recital Hall for this event (Tawes).

From :

“Emmy Award-nominated Liza Garza is a rare soul. An HBO Def Poet and vocalist, Liza possesses the uncommon ability to keep listeners captivated while provoking social change and action in the community.”

“Liza spends the balance of her time speaking on topics related to women, hip-hop and culture at colleges, universities and conferences.”

“Liza has shared the stage with several respected musicians and luminaries including Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack, Amir Sulaiman, and Jill Scott and was a featured poet on HBO’s Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry.”

Sounds awesome, right? Because it is.

Open Mic beforehand from 7-8pm. Come and read your stuff!

FREE dinner to follow in Dorchester Hall.