Date and Time
May 19, 2019 5:00 pm
14th & V
Sunday Kind of Love Open Mic Poetry features emerging and established poets from the Washington, DC area and around the nation. Each program includes one to two featured poets and an open mic segment. Co-sponsored by Split This Rock, Sunday Kind of Love was notably featured in the Washington, DC episode of the Travel Channel original series, Samantha Brown’s Great Weekends.
Hosted by Rasha Abduhadi and Lauren May
Rasha Abdulhadi is Split This Rock's Interim Executive Director. Rasha is a queer Palestinian Southerner who grew up between Damascus Syria and rural Georgia and cut their teeth organizing on the southsides of Chicago and Atlanta. Rasha brings more than 16 years' experience in strategic planning and organizational development for racial, economic, and environmental justice movements. They have worked as a popular educator, cultural organizer, community technologist, farmer, and bookstore manager. Rasha is the author of Shell Houses (The Head & The Hand 2017). Their writing has appeared in Strange Horizons, Mslexia, Mizna, Room, Plume, and |tap| magazine and is anthologized in Halal if You Hear Me (Haymarket 2019), Super Stoked (Capturing Fire 2018), and the Hugo-nominated Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia Butler (Twelfth Planet Press 2017). Alongside Sheree Renée Thomas and Erin Roberts, Rasha co-edited a special edition of Strange Horizons featuring speculative fiction by writers of color from the Southeastern US (July 2018).
Lauren May is a 21-year-old writer, artist, host, human rights advocate and french fry enthusiast born in DC, raised in Maryland. An alumna of the award winning DC Youth Slam Team, Lauren is part of Split This Rock’s Ushindi Performance Group. She has featured as a guest speaker at MCASA’s 10th Annual Women of Color Network Conference, the National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence, and The White House United State of Women Summit.
David Ebenbach is the author of seven books of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, including the new poetry collection Some Unimaginable Animal, which poet Rick Chess called “charming and wise,” adding, “Cling to this book. It will add life to your life.” His books have won such awards as the Drue Heinz Literature Prize, the Juniper Prize, and the Patricia Bibby Prize, among others. Born in Philadelphia, Ebenbach now lives with his family in Washington, DC, where he teaches creative writing and literature at Georgetown University. You can find out more at davidebenbach.com.
Gowri Koneswaran is a queer Tamil American writer, performing artist, teacher, and lawyer. Her advocacy has addressed animal welfare, environmental protection, the rights of prisoners and the criminally accused in the U.S., and justice and accountability in Sri Lanka. She is poetry coordinator at the nonprofit arts organization BloomBars and a fellow of the Asian American literary organization Kundiman. Previously, she was a poetry events host at Busboys and Poets, senior poetry editor at Jaggery, and associate editor of Beltway Poetry Quarterly.
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Sunday Kind of Love is held on the 3rd Sunday of every month at Busboys and Poets 14th& V from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM.
$5 Cover. On the day of the event, tickets can be purchased online starting at midnight and in the restaurant starting at 10:00 AM in the bookstore. No refunds. Ticket purchase limit of 4 per person. Tickets will be sold at the door if available.
Guests must have their wristbands (tickets) on upon entering the event.