Duende District, in partnership with BloomBars, is proud to present our newest Artist in Residence, Samuel Miranda! His show will be on display at the Duende @ BloomBars pop-up through April 10, on the 2nd floor of BloomBars.
We're back with our third installment of our Latinx In Publishing partnered Latinx Book Group Author Series! Our April featured author is Malka Older, author of the speculative fiction Centenal Cycle books.
Join us at BloomBars on April 22nd, 4-5 p.m., for a reading & discussion of Older's books, Infomacracy and Null States. This event is open to the public & we ask for $5 donation to BloomBars.
We will Facebook livestream the event via the #LxP page.
About the author:
Malka Older is a writer, aid worker, and PhD candidate. Her science fiction political thriller Infomocracy was named one of the best books of 2016 by Kirkus, Book Riot, and the Washington Post. She is also the author of the sequels, Null States (2017) and State Tectonics (2018), as well as of short fiction appearing in WIRED, Twelve Tomorrows, Reservoir Journal, Fireside Fiction, Tor.com and others. Named Senior Fellow for Technology and Risk at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs for 2015, she has more than a decade of field experience in humanitarian aid and development. Her doctoral work on the sociology of organizations at the Institut d’Études Politques de Paris (Sciences Po) explores the dynamics of post-disaster improvisation in governments using the cases of Hurricane Katrina and the Japan tsunami of 2011.
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An intersectional history of the shared struggle for African American and Latinx civil rights
MahoganyBooks & Duende District are excited to announce our April book club selection, An African American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul Ortiz. On April 24, 2018, from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM MBBxDD will host a community book discussion with author and educator Dr. Paul Ortiz at MahoganyBooks.
We encourage students, educators, history buffs, and activists alike to join us for an interactive community read & discussion about the various ways Latinx and African American civil rights activists, labor organizers, and intellectuals have worked to resist the widely taught formulations like “manifest destiny” and “Jacksonian democracy.” Dr. Ortiz will also share from his book a way forward in the continued struggle for people of the diaspora for universal civil rights against today’s “America First” leaning.
There are several ways to participate:
- General Admission: Join us at the store for the live book discussion with Dr. Ortiz. Book club participants must first register to reserve your seat for the live discussion.
- Live Participant: Receive access to both the live discussion with Dr. Ortiz as well as the online conversation leading up to the event. Stop by MahoganyBooks to register and take home your book the same day or register online and pick up your book at the store at your convenience.
- Online Participant: Register online to join the online discussion, view the live streamed event, and receive an autographed copy of the book.
Note: Books purchased from outside vendors are prohibited and will not be autographed.
About the Book
Spanning more than two hundred years, An African American and Latinx History of the United States is a revolutionary, politically charged narrative history arguing that the “Global South” was crucial to the development of America as we know it. Ortiz challenges the notion of westward progress, as exalted by widely taught formulations such as “manifest destiny” and “Jacksonian democracy,” and shows how placing African American, Latinx, and Indigenous voices unapologetically front and center transforms American history into the story of the working class organizing against imperialism.
In precise detail, Ortiz traces this untold history from the Jim Crow-esque racial segregation of the Southwest, the rise and violent fall of a powerful tradition of Mexican labor organizing in the twentieth century, to May 1, 2006, International Workers’ Day, when migrant laborers–Chicana/os, Afro-Cubanos, and immigrants from nearly every continent on earth–united in resistance on the first “Day Without Immigrants.”
Incisive and timely, An African American and Latinx History of the United States is a bottom-up history told from the viewpoint of African American and Latinx activists and revealing the radically different ways people of the diaspora addressed issues still plaguing the United States today.
About the Author
Paul Ortiz is an associate professor of history and the director of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida. He is the author of Emancipation Betrayed: The Hidden History of Black Organizing and White Violence from Reconstruction to the Bloody Election of 1920 and coeditor of the oral history Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Tell About Life in the Segregated South. He lives in Gainesville, Florida.
This event is for all ages. It is free & open to the public.
About the authors:
Elsie Guerrero is a children’s book author. She writes stories about children with special needs and the Latino community. Her six published books about children with special needs include: Dancing Luna, a story about dyslexia; I am Unique, a story about cerebral palsy; Goodbye Long Hair, a story about leukemia cancer; and two stories about autism: How Emily and Eli Became Friends and The Beauty in Me; and ABC Now I Know Common Disabilities. Her first Latino topic book is called A New Life in America, a story about a boy who migrated to the United States with his father from Honduras. All the stories are based on true stories. Elsie is also a contributing author in the book called Today’s Inspired Latina. Elsie’s goal with all her books is to spread awareness and promote inclusion.
Alejandra Santaolalla is the founder of Adventures with Luna & Friends.
She is an entrepreneur, a women + girls empowerment champion, and a nonprofit strategist. She has a Master's Degree in Nonprofit Management and a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts.
Alejandra Santaolalla lives with her partner in Arlington and regularly commutes back and forth between Arlington and DC. When she's not exploring either city, she loves re-watching Harry Potter movies, scrolling through Instagram for corgi pictures, and drinking copious amounts of tea (not necessarily in that order).
This is event is free & open to the public.
The Pieces of Eight Reading Series is a monthly curated reading with one featured artist, an audience assisted interview and limited open mic. Hosted by Derrick Weston Brown, this month's reading will kick off with Derrick sharing his own work with us.
The Pieces of Eight Series takes its name from the extremely influential and nearby, that Rock Community Center that birthed the 8 -Rock Collective, workshop & reading series in the early 90’s in historic Anacostia SE.
Bring It Back, Come Rewind: The Remix
April 8 @ 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM EDT
“A fixture on the D.C. MD VA scene since 1999, Alan has at one time blessed every Open Mic spot throughout the area. Mangoes, he was there; Brookland Cup Of Dreams, he was there. The “first” Java Head Cafe in College Park, he was there. The first Mocha Hut on 14th St, he was there. Yogi’s Records, he was there; Harambe’s in Adams Morgan, he was there. Teaism, he was there; and Bar Nun, he was there. This cat is a walking history book of D.C. poetry. Not only that, he’s a dynamic performer and prolific writer” — Derrick Weston Brown, poet-in-resident at the 14th and V streets Busboys and Poets.
About the Workshop:
Have Writer’s Block? Too often, writers find themselves in a space where the words won’t come, can’t come. There are other times where writers find themselves in a space where they are not satisfied with what they are writing, or even how the words are arriving to the page. Poet and journalist Alan King will give you a few ways to jump start your creativity and generate new work.
About the Facilitator:
Alan King is the author of POINT BLANK (Silver Birch Press, 2016) and DRIFT (Willow Books, 2012). King’s honors include fellowships from Cave Canem and Voices of Our Nations Arts (VONA) Foundation, three Pushcart Prize nominations as well as three nominations for Best of the Net selection. His poems and short stories appear in various literary journals, magazines and are featured on public radio.
He’s a husband, father and communications professional who blogs about art and social issues at alanwking.com. A Cave Canem graduate fellow, he holds an MFA from the Stonecoast Program.
Duende District, a collaborative pop-up bookstore for & by people of color, where all are welcome, has partnered with PEN/Faulkner for a new series, In Cultural Conversation. This monthly series features writers of color from all cultural backgrounds using literature to begin bridge-building conversations about the challenges all our communities face today.
Duende District & PEN/Faulkner present Naima Coster, author the novel HALSEY STREET, in conversation with Natalie Hopkinson, author of A MOUTH IS ALWAYS MUZZLED, on Saturday, April 7, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Duende @ MahoganyBooks in the Anacostia Arts Center!
Coster and Hopkinson will discuss HALSEY STREET, which Kirkus Review describes as a "quiet gut-punch of a debut...a family saga set against the landscape of gentrifying Brooklyn."
Books will be available for purchase the day of the event. The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited so an RSVP is required.
About the authors:
Naima Coster is the author of Halsey Street, a story of family, loss, and renewal, set in a rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Arts & Letters, Lit Hub, Catapult, The Rumpus, Aster(ix), A Practical Wedding, Guernica, and has been anthologized in The Best of Kweli and This is the Place: Women Writing About Home. Naima is the recipient of numerous awards, most recently the 2017 Cosmonauts Avenue Nonfiction Prize, judged by Roxane Gay. Naimastudied creative writing at Yale, Fordham University, and Columbia University, where she earned her MFA. She has taught writing to students in prison, youth programs, and universities. She currently teaches at Wake Forest University and is a Senior Fiction Editor at Kweli. Naima tweets as @zafatista and writes the newsletter, Bloom How You Must.
Natalie Hopkinson is a writer whose work explores the arts, media, public policy and cultural identity. She is an assistant professor in Howard University’s doctoral program in Communication, Culture and Media Studies, a columnist for the Huffington Post, and a fellow of the Interactivity Foundation. A former staff writer, editor and media and culture critic at the Washington Post and The Root, she is author of Deconstructing Tyrone (with Natalie Y. Moore on Cleis Press), Go-Go Live (Duke University Press). Her latest book released in February 2018 on The New Press is A Mouth is Always Muzzled: Six Dissidents, Five Continents and the Art of Resistance.
Join us for our second installment of the Latinx in Publishing & Duende District Latinx Book Group Author Series, featuring Daisy Hernández, author of the memoir and book group selection, A CUP OF WATER UNDER MY BED.
We will Facebook livestream the event via the #LxP page.
About the author: Daisy Hernández is the author of A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir and coeditor of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism. The former editor of ColorLines , a newsmagazine on race and politics, she has written for The Atlantic, The New York Times, and NPR's All Things Considered. Her essays have appeared in Brevity, the Bellingham Review, Fourth Genre, Gulf Coast, Hunger Mountain, and the Rumpus. She is a regular contributor to the Buddhist magazine Tricycle, and her writing was nominated for a 2009 GLAAD Media Award. She is an Assistant Professor of creative writing at Miami University in Ohio. To see more of her work, visitwww.daisyhernandez.com.
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! 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.
Bring It Back, Come Rewind: A Poetry Workshop with Derrick Weston Brown: Restorative Practices for Poets & Writers to Keep Their Writing Fires Burning When Inspiration Ain’t Enuf!
Cost: $15, limited to 10 spaces, register here!
Too often, writers find themselves in a space where the words won’t come, can’t come. There
are other times where writers find themselves in a space where they are not satisfied with what they are writing, or even how the words are arriving to the page. There are other times when writers find themselves grappling with the unnerving reality that their beloved genre, may not be the accurate vehicle for the words they need to write. Each of these moments can stall one’s writing momentum and in some cases torpedo enthusiasm. This two-hour workshop facilitated by Poet and Cultural Curator Derrick Weston Brown, will discuss the ways in which writers can both return to the source of their writing fire by utilizing a series of exercises and resources to engage writers in finding their own way back from a loss of words.
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 print journals and online publications as, The This Mag, JoINT, Colorlines and The Tidal Basin Review. His debut collection of poetry, Wisdom Teeth was released in 2011 through PM Press. He resides in Mount Rainier MD. You can follow him on social media on Facebook, Instagram @theoriginalDerrickWestonBrown or through DerrickWestonBrown.com
Historical accounts of racial discrimination in transportation have focused until now on trains, buses, and streetcars and their respective depots, terminals, stops, and other public accommodations. It is essential to add airplanes and airports to this narrative, says Anke Ortlepp. Air travel stands at the center of the twentieth century’s transportation revolution, and airports embodied the rapidly mobilizing, increasingly prosperous, and cosmopolitan character of the postwar United States. When segregationists inscribed local definitions of whiteness and blackness onto sites of interstate and even international transit, they not only brought the incongruities of racial separation into sharp relief but also obligated the federal government to intervene.
Ortlepp looks at African American passengers; civil rights organizations; the federal government and judiciary; and airport planners, architects, and managers as actors in shaping aviation’s legal, cultural, and built environments. She relates the struggles of black travelers—to enjoy the same freedoms on the airport grounds that they enjoyed in the aircraft cabin—in the context of larger shifts in the postwar social, economic, and political order. Jim Crow terminals, Ortlepp shows us, were both spatial expressions of segregation and sites of confrontation over the re-negotiation of racial identities. Hence, this new study situates itself in the scholarly debate over the multifaceted entanglements of “race” and “space.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Anke Ortlepp is Professor of British and North American History at the University of Kassel. She received her PhD from the University of Cologne in 2000 and completed her Postdoc degree (Habilitation) at the University of Munich in 2009. From 2005 to 2010, she was a Research Fellow at the German Historical Institute Washington, D.C., where she also served as Deputy Director (2007) and Acting Director (2007-2008). Leaving the GHI, she joined the University of Munich as Professor of American History in 2010. In 2013, she moved on to the University of Kassel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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 Day) Nina 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!
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
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.