Simeon Marsalis in conversation with Shanon Lee
Oct
21
6:30pm 6:30pm

Simeon Marsalis in conversation with Shanon Lee

Simeon Marsalis, As Lie Is To Grin ($16.95, Paperback, Catapult, 9781936787593), Oct. 10, 2017

Simeon Marsalis’s debut, A Lie Is To Grin, has captured Duende District’s crown for this Fall’s best novel with his lyrical voice and fresh take on the coming-of-age story. The University of Vermont is the backdrop for narrator David as he navigates his way through being black on a white college campus. The fact that he chose the alma mater of his former girlfriend’s grandfather, along with a singular lie he first told her about who he was, twists his journey toward unraveling his true identity.

He will be in conversation with local storyteller & survivor activist Shanon Lee!

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Duende VOCES Presents Tongo Eisen-Martin & Elizabeth Acevedo
Oct
24
7:00pm 7:00pm

Duende VOCES Presents Tongo Eisen-Martin & Elizabeth Acevedo

Duende District, in partnership with the Anacostia Arts Center & MahoganyBooks, presents a powerful night of poetry with Tongo Eisen-Martin, author of the new poetry collection Heaven Is All Goodbyes, from City Lights Press. He’ll be joined by one of the DMV’s fiercest dynamic poets, Elizabeth Acevedo, author of the poetry chapbook, BeastGirl, out from YesYesBooks

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Duende VOCES Poetry Series Presents Gowri K. & Tommy Pico
Oct
16
7:00pm 7:00pm

Duende VOCES Poetry Series Presents Gowri K. & Tommy Pico

Join us at The Writer's Center from 6:30 – 7 p.m. for light drinks & conversation in the lobby of The Writer’s Center, followed by a special Duende VOCES poetry feature with phenom Tommy Pico, for his latest collection, NATURE POEM, from Tin House

He’ll be joined by local poet Gowri K.

NATURE POEM is book-length poem about how an American Indian (or NDN) writer can’t bring himself to write about nature, but is forced to reckon with colonial-white stereotypes, manifest destiny, and his own identity as an young, queer, urban-dwelling poet.

Tommy “Teebs” Pico is the author of IRL (Birds LLC, 2016), Nature Poem (Tin House Books, 2017), Junk (forthcoming from Tin House Books), and the zine series Hey, Teebs. He was the founder and editor in chief of birdsong, an antiracist/queer-positive collective, small press, and zine that published art and writing from 2008–2013. He was a Queer/Art/Mentors inaugural fellow, 2013 Lambda Literary fellow in poetry, and a 2016 Tin House summer poetry scholar. Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now lives in Brooklyn where he co-curates the reading series Poets With Attitude (PWA) with Morgan Parker, co-hosts the podcast Food 4 Thot, and is a contributing editor at Literary Hub. @heyteebs
 

Gowri K is a Tamil American poet, performing artist, teacher, and lawyer whose family immigrated to the U.S. from Sri Lanka. Her advocacy has addressed animal welfare, the environment, the rights of prisoners and the criminally accused in the U.S., and justice and accountability in Sri Lanka. Her publications include two peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and poetry appearing in Split This Rock’s The Quarry, Drunk In A Midnight Choir, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Bourgeon, Lantern Review, and Washington City Paper. Gowri is a 2016 Kundiman fellow and serves as poetry coordinator at BloomBars, a poetry events host at Busboys and Poets, senior poetry editor at Jaggery: A DesiLit Arts and Literature Journal, and associate editor of Beltway Poetry Quarterly. She tweets and instagrams on-the-spot haiku (senryu, really) @gowrimozhi.

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Killing Summer Book Launch + Dance Party
Oct
9
5:00pm 5:00pm

Killing Summer Book Launch + Dance Party

We are very excited to announce Duende District's first book launch party with the amazing Sarah Browning, a huge supporter and advocate for PoC poets in the DMV and nationwide. Now it's time to celebrate her!

Award-winning poet Sarah Browning, co-founder and Executive Director of Split This Rock, will launch her second book of poems, Killing Summer (Sibling Rivalry Press), with a reading and dance party at Tryst Café, Friday, October 20, 8 pm. Browning writes at the intersection of the personal and the political, calling American history to account. 

National Book Award finalist Tim Seibles says of Killing Summer, “With both tender ferocity and subtle elegance, this book helps to sustain us.” 

Longtime Split This Rock poet-activists Yael Flusberg and Dan Vera will also be part of the program, with Flusberg acting as MC and Vera, chair of Split This Rock’s board of directors, introducing Browning. Free and open to the public. Duende District will sell books.

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Duende @ TWC Opening Reception + Poetry Reading with Gowri K & Tommy Pico
Oct
9
12:00pm12:00pm

Duende @ TWC Opening Reception + Poetry Reading with Gowri K & Tommy Pico

Join us from 6:30 – 7 p.m. for light drinks & conversation in the lobby of The Writer’s Center, then move on to our special event feature with phenom poet Tommy Pico, for his latest collection, NATURE POEM, from Tin House Press!

He’ll be joined by local poet, Gowri K, for a night of powerful poetry. You don't want to miss it!

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Spanish Hot Topic Café
Sep
29
6:30pm 6:30pm

Spanish Hot Topic Café

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Join us for dinner & conversation about challenges facing the Latinx community, including immigation & DACA. The evening's discussion will be facilitated by the Link Education language instruction team.

Link Education is a Hyattsville-based language school that provides people of all ages an opportunity to enrich their lives through language learning and cultural exchange in order to foster connection between individuals fromdifferent backgrounds.

Free & open to the public! More details to come - check our Facebook page for updates.

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Sep
21
to Sep 30

Duende District @ Hyattsville

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Hyattsville, Here We Come! 

We've planned a very special pop-up in partnership with Hyattsville Mayor Candace B. Hollingsworth & the City of Hyattsville to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 21 - Sept. 30!

Find our usual high-quality, well-curated selection of general, new trade books, including Fiction, Poetry, Memoir/Essay, Graphic Novels and children’s books — all by authors and illustrators of color.   

The Mayor's Office is located at 5412 Queens Chapel Road, Hyattsville, MD 20782.

Join us for a soft open on Thursday, September  21, 2 - 7 p.m. and our opening reception on Friday, September 22 from  5 - 7:30 p.m.!

Our Hispanic Hertiage Fiesta will be Friday, Sept. 22, 5 - 7:30 p.m., featuring live music & food, & special guests, the CALLALOO team, to perform a bilingual English-Spanish puppet show at 5 p.m.!

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Duende @ Hyattsville Artist In Residence

Christopher John Hoppe, a DMV-based artist & poet, originally from New Mexico, will create a special Duende District Todas Las Voces painting on the store-front window and show four of his pieces in the pop-up.

Hoppe will also lead a children's art mural activity at on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

Hours:
Tuesday - Friday, 11 - 7 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Closed on Monday, Sept. 25

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Adventures With Luna & Friends Coloring Extravaganza!
Sep
16
11:00am11:00am

Adventures With Luna & Friends Coloring Extravaganza!

Join Adventures with Luna and Friends creator Alejandra Santaolalla as she leads children’s coloring activities in the Duende @ A Creative DC Pop-Up during the Brookland Arts Walk Farmer’s Market.

We'll have a coloring book station for kids to color and learn their ABCs. We'll also have plenty of chalk for kids to create their very own art masterpiece. 

Alejandra Santaolalla is the creator of Adventures with Luna and Friends. We spark the next generation of changemakers by inspiring kids to be bold + mighty. Alejandra lives in Arlington and works in DC. When she's not exploring either city, she enjoys watching episodes of Tiny Houses and having a nice cup of tea.

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Adventures With Luna & Friends Coloring Extravaganza!
Sep
16
10:00am10:00am

Adventures With Luna & Friends Coloring Extravaganza!

Join Adventures with Luna and Friends creator Alejandra Santaolalla as she leads children’s coloring activities in the Duende @ A Creative DC Pop-Up during the Brookland Arts Walk Farmer’s Market.

We'll have a coloring book station for kids to color and learn their ABCs. We'll also have plenty of chalk for kids to create their very own art masterpiece. 

Alejandra Santaolalla is the creator of Adventures with Luna and Friends. We spark the next generation of changemakers by inspiring kids to be bold + mighty. Alejandra lives in Arlington and works in DC. When she's not exploring either city, she enjoys watching episodes of Tiny Houses and having a nice cup of tea.

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VOCES Poetry Feature & Open Mic, hosted by Derrick Weston Brown with featured poets Alan King & Celeste Doaks
Sep
15
6:00pm 6:00pm

VOCES Poetry Feature & Open Mic, hosted by Derrick Weston Brown with featured poets Alan King & Celeste Doaks

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Join Duende District for a special night of poetry, hosted by Derrick Weston Brown (Wisdom Teeth, PM Press) and featuring Alan King (Point Blank, Silver Birch Press) and Celeste Doaks (Cornrows and Cornfields, Wrecking Ball Press & Not Without Our Laughter, Mason Jar Press).

There will also be a poetry open mic – sign up starts at 5:45 p.m.

Derrick Weston Brown holds an MFA in Creative Writing from American University. He is the founding Poet-In-Residence of Busboys and Poets. He is a graduate of the Cave Canem and VONA summer workshops. His work has been published and featured in such journals and publications as The This Mag, JoINT, Colorlines and The Tidal Basin Review. His debut collection of poetry, Wisdom Teeth, was released in 2011 by Busboys and Poets Press/ PM Press. He resides in Mount Rainier, MD.

Alan King is the author of two poetry collections: Point Blank (Silver Birch Press, 2016) and Drift (Willow Books, 2012). A Caribbean American, whose parents emigrated from Trinidad and Tobago to the U.S. in the 1970s, he is a husband, father, and communications professional. He is a Cave Canem graduate fellow, and holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the Stonecoast Program at the University of Southern Maine. King is a three-time Pushcard Prize nominee and was also nominated three times for a Best of the Net Selection. He lives with his family in Bowie, MD, and blogs about art and social issues at alanwking.com.

Poet and journalist celeste doaks is the author of Cornrows and Cornfields (Wrecking Ball Press, UK, 2015). Cornrows was listed as one of the “Ten Best Books of 2015” by Beltway Quarterly Poetry. Doaks garnered a 2015 Pushcart Prize nomination. Her most recent poetry project is as editor of Not Without Our Laughter (Mason Jar Press, 2017). Her poems have appeared in Asheville Poetry Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, and Bayou Magazine, among others; Doaks currently teaches creative writing at Morgan State University. Find out more at www.doaksgirl.com.

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Adult Coloring & Multidisciplinary Art Showcase with Yandeh Sallah-Muhammed
Sep
14
6:30pm 6:30pm

Adult Coloring & Multidisciplinary Art Showcase with Yandeh Sallah-Muhammed

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Join us for a talk & interactive art event with Yandeh Sallah-Muhammed, creator of adult coloring book, African Guardians. Yandeh will speak about their art and experiences creating African Guardians, as well their art print series “Out of Africa,” lead a coloring session with a special Duende District edition drawing, and perform African artist music from their tribe.

 

Yandeh Sallah-Muhammed is a multinational interdisciplinary artist creating a cultural dialogue using various forms of media to build awareness for minority communities with emphasis on indigenous communities on a global perspective, Ai Wei Wei, Faith47, Rumi, Soraya Syed and Salvador Dali are all sources of inspiration for the artist. They focus on cultural preservation, eco-accountability and de-colonization in the mind, centers of education and our government systems.

 

Their work has been featured in festivals of various disciplines – from their performance art as their stage alias, Rivolta Sata, to their artwork in numerous art shows and their protest work for marches internationally. They currently have a color book series highlighting various ethnic groups throughout the African continent. They are also working on a video project looking at indigenous communities in Africa and how they thrive and survive in the face of neo-colonization & modernization in Africa.

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Sep
8
to Sep 18

Duende District @ A Creative DC

Duende District has partnered with A Creative DC for a pop-up Sept. 8-17!

Find our usual high-quality, well-curated selection of general, new trade books, including Fiction, Poetry, Memoir/Essay, Graphic Novels and children’s books — all by authors and illustrators of color.   

Hours: Wed-Sun 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.   

We will also feature work by local artists Lory Ivey Alexander & Aliana Grace Bailey!

Launched in January 2015 by Morgan H. West, A Creative DC promotes emerging, established, and diverse DC perspectives across new media, showcasing and acknowledging the city’s creative community and local creative economy to an online audience of ~100k.  

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