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It’s not clear why LitAtlantic is making a play to be D.C.’s answer to South by Southwest: This three-day festival organized by the Writer’s Center, Round House Theatre, and the Songwriters’ Association of Washington is mostly about local arts, not national indie phenoms-to-be. Hence, a young songwriters’ showcase with local musician Margot MacDonald, a discussion on creativity with 9:30 Club founder and filmmaker Bill Warrell, and a chat with photojournalist, poet, and radio producer Askia Muhammad. LitAtlantic grew out of the Writer’s Center’s small press gathering, and one of the main events is the Hive, a resource fair for small presses, record labels, and arts education groups, where enterprising artists can trade manuscripts and demo CDs for pamplets and office supplies.

LITATLANTIC BEGINS AT 8 P.M. AND RUNS TO MAY 22 AT THE WRITER’S CENTER, 4508 WALSH ST., BETHESDA. FREE. (301) 654-8664.