We know D.C. Get our free newsletter to stay in the know.
To be a writer, a woman needs a room of her own and a steady income, said Virginia Woolf. “Home is where I want to be, but I guess I’m already there,” said Talking Heads in “Naive Melody.” Shelter as both place and concept is pursued by editors Deborah Pugh and Jeanie Tietjen in their new book, I Have Arrived Before My Words: Autobiographical Writings of Homeless Women. This collection of essays grew out of WritersCorps workshops with D.C.-area homeless and incarcerated women and features commentary by instructors Pugh and Tietjen. The voices of these five homeless women are manic and blissful, steely and overwhelmingly fragile. Get a rare glimpse into the psychic world more often manifested in streetside rants, as writers “Gayle” and “Angie” come indoors to read with their instructors at 7 p.m. at Chapters, 1512 K St. NW. FREE. (202) 347-5495. (Ginger Eckert)