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Washington is a city known more for its legal briefs than its artful verse, but the exuberant if somewhat uneven quarterly WordWrights! makes an earnest attempt to give the local literati their propers. Although its accompanying author photos and quirky back-page bios lend it a yearbookish feel, the journal remains true to its mission of giving largely unrecognized writers (especially poets) the scarce and sometimes deserved print exposure they all hope for; the publication has also sponsored readings by its Wrighters at DCAC, Grace Church, 15 Minutes, and Dark Horse Books. While the glossy recently dropped both the local and the global mention from its former subtitle (Poets & Writers From Washington, D.C., and the World) at the behest of its national distributors, WordWrights! publisher R.D. Baker says the editorial board intends to retain “a heavy D.C. presence” in its stable of writers, who are selected by a new guest editor each issue. There are also plans to spin off a series of poetry chapbooks under the Argonne Hotel Press imprint, named after Baker’s Adams Morgan base. WordWrights!‘ forthcoming third issue is slated for a mid-July release, and edited by local poet Sunil Freeman; would-be subscribers and contributers can contact the ‘zine at (202) 328-9769.