Duende @ BloomBars Pop-Up
Feb
5
to Apr 8

Duende @ BloomBars Pop-Up

Duende District Bookstore has partnered with Columbia Heights’ BloomBars, a non-profit arts community space, for a two-month pop-up with a full slate of events & programs, from Feb. 5 - April 8.

Located at 3222 11th St. NW, Washington, D.C., 20010, Duende @ BloomBars’ operating hours will be Monday-Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 12 - 4 p.m., on the second floor of the BloomBars space.

With a selection of adult and children’s titles in English and Spanish, we'll host author events for adults, teens & children, offer a multi-week workshop class and a weekly children's Spanish storytime in collaboration with BloomBars!

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Duende Latinx Book Group Series: A Craft Talk with Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes
Feb
25
4:00 PM16:00

Duende Latinx Book Group Series: A Craft Talk with Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes

We're debuting our new Duende Latinx Book Group Author Series in collaboration with Latinx In Publishing! Join us Sunday, Feb, 25, from 4 - 6 p.m. for a reading & craft talk + writing exercise with Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes, author of our February book group pick, The Sleeping World

The event is free and open to the public.

About The Sleeping World: n this “astonishing and haunting debut” (Publishers Weekly), a young woman searching for her lost brother is willing to risk everything amidst the riots, protests, and uprisings of post-Franco Spain.

Spain, 1977. Military rule is over. Bootleg punk music oozes out of illegal basement bars, uprisings spread across towns, fascists fight anarchists for political control, and students perform protest art in the city center, rioting against the old government, the undecided new order, against the universities, against themselves…

Mosca is an intelligent, disillusioned university student, whose younger brother is among the “disappeared,” taken by the police two years ago, now presumed dead. Spurred by the turmoil around them, Mosca and her friends commit an act that carries their rebellion too far and sends them spiraling out of their provincial hometown. But the further they go, the more Mosca believes her brother is alive and the more she is willing to do to find him.

The Sleeping World is a “searing, beautifully written” (Cristina Garcia, author of Dreaming in Cuban) and daring novel about youth, freedom, and our most visceral need: to keep our loved ones safe.

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Engaging With Identity & Race In Poetry: A 5-Week Workshop
Feb
26
to Mar 26

Engaging With Identity & Race In Poetry: A 5-Week Workshop

Five Mondays, 5-7 p.m., Feb. 26-March 26

$75 per student, limited space available. Reserve your space here!

Course Description: At a time when race and identity politics are front and center on the national and political stage, this writing workshop aims to explore and experiment with issues of identity, race, culture, and language in poetic form. In class, students will read examples from contemporary poets such as Claudia Rankine, R. Zamora Linmark, Morgan Parker, and Martha Collins, and draw inspiration from essays by poets and scholars of color on the intersection of race and poetry to help develop their own ideas for writing. Students will then workshop poems in a safe and supportive space in order to collectively examine the impact race and multiculturalism has played (or not yet played) in their writing, discuss challenges faced when writing from, for, or about race, and engage in experimental approaches to poetry.

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Shaheen Qureshi is a literary agent, poet, and editor. Formerly the managing editor of Middle East press Tadween Publishing, as agent she now actively seeks diverse and underrepresented voices in fiction and nonfiction. She has taught writing workshops at Politics & Prose and is an 826DC writing mentor. She received her BA from Bard College.

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Letras Latinas & Duende District Present Javier Zamora
Feb
28
7:30 PM19:30

Letras Latinas & Duende District Present Javier Zamora

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Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, and Duende District Bookstore, are pleased to present a poetry reading featuring Javier Zamora on February 28 at 7:30 PM. The reading will be followed by a moderated Q & A.
This is a public event, but space is limited and an RSVP is required HERE.

Doors open at 7:00 PM.
Books will be on sale and a book signing will take place after the event.

Javier Zamora will be reading from his book UNACCOMPANIED and debuting new poems in association with “Where My Dreaming and My Loving Live: Poetry and the Body”

—the 2018 program of the Poetry Coalition.

This event is also in collaboration with:

Casa de la Cultura El Salvador, Split This Rock, Notre Dame Club of Washington, D.C., American University Creative Writing MFA Program, University of Maryland MFA Program in Creative Writing, Jiménez-Porter Writers’ House at the University of Maryland, and the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice at Georgetown University.

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Elizabeth Acevedo, THE POET X, Pre-Orders & RSVP Here!
Mar
23
6:00 PM18:00

Elizabeth Acevedo, THE POET X, Pre-Orders & RSVP Here!

Duende District, in partnership with the Latin American Youth Center and Harpercollins, present Elizabeth Acevedo in a reading and audience Q&A for her teen verse novel, THE POET X! Pre-order the book here.

The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited, so you must RSVP here

About THE POET X: 

Fans of Jacqueline Woodson, Meg Medina, and Jason Reynolds will fall hard for this astonishing #ownvoices novel-in-verse by an award-winning slam poet, about an Afro-Latina heroine who tells her story with blazing words and powerful truth.

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about.

With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself. So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out. But she still can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.

Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.

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Black Man White Paint
Feb
16
6:00 PM18:00

Black Man White Paint

Artist Kyrae Cowan produces paintings engaging contradictions within intimate and familiar relationships innately hindered with out the liberation of individual freedoms and duties amongst woman and man unalike. Rooted in romanticist understanding his minimalist videos rather elude to the seemingly mundane challenges of human relationships. 

Join the production team in analyzing the formal and conceptual elements of the video in concept in contrary to popular screen politics.  This forum will focus on the male character engaging an array of ideas about contemporary masculinity. 

The event is free and open to the public. A forum by a circle of chairs will await attendees. 

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Duende @ BloomBars Children's Literary Festival
Feb
10
11:00 AM11:00

Duende @ BloomBars Children's Literary Festival

Duende @ BloomBars and will officially celebrate its opening with a Children’s Literary Festival, on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. We invite all the families in the Columbia Heights (and DMV) communities to bring los niños & browse our book selection.

The day will feature Wit’s Ends Puppets’ Cecilia Cackley, author Stephen McGill of Stephen Has Powers, coloring activities with Alejandra Santaollala of Color With Luna & creative writing fun with 826DC.

We'll also have vegan treats by local baker and kindergarten teacher, Ashley Chu of Brown Box Cake Stand!

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An Afternoon of Romance: A Discussion with WoC Romance Writers
Dec
3
2:00 PM14:00

An Afternoon of Romance: A Discussion with WoC Romance Writers

We are thrilled to present our epic WoC Romance event as our final author event of 2017! Eight of the hottest PoC romance writers are joining us for a panel discussion co-moderated by Priscilla Oliveras (His Perfect Partner) & Mia Sosa (Acting On Impulse), and featuring Michele Arris (Devil's Gamble), Andie Christopher (Break of DayNina Crespo (Dalir's Salvation), Robin Covington (The Convenient Husband), Tracey Livesay (Love Will Always Remember) & Tif Marcelo (East In Paradise). We'll have also have a swagbag raffle!

Stock up on their books to keep yourselves warm through the cold this holiday season and don't miss your chance to see your favorite (or discover your new favorite) authors!

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Duende VOCES Presents Tongo Eisen-Martin & Elizabeth Acevedo
Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

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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Simeon Marsalis in conversation with Shanon Lee
Oct
21
6:30 PM18:30

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 Poetry Series Presents Gowri K. & Tommy Pico
Oct
16
7:00 PM19:00

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
5:00 PM17:00

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
12:00 PM12:00

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
6:30 PM18:30

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
11:00 AM11:00

Adventures With Luna & Friends Coloring Extravaganza!

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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
10:00 AM10:00

Adventures With Luna & Friends Coloring Extravaganza!

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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
6:00 PM18:00

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
6:30 PM18:30

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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