There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
When I first came to Washington five years ago and found myself constantly confronted with the same opening line, “So, what do you do?” I was ashamed to tell people I’m a writer. I had no book, no impressive list of recent publicationsjust a sheaf of poems at home in a folder. It wasn’t until I found a community of authors through attending workshops and teaching that I felt I could call myself a real writer. Fiction writers Amy Hempel and Steve Stern and poets Cornelius Eady (with whom I studied) and Carolyn Forché # will celebrate the traditions of writing and teaching when they read from Many Lights in Many Windows: Twenty Years of Great Fiction and Poetry From the Writers Community. This last reading of the current Folger Poetry Series’ season also honors the upcoming opening of a YMCA Writers Voice center in D.C. Hempel, Stern, Eady, and Forché# read beginning at 8 p.m. at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $10. (202) 544-7077. (Holly Bass)