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

  • Duende District @ A Creative DC: Brookland 716 Monroe Street NE, Studio 8 Washington, DC USA (map)

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

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