Through our Poet Laureate program and Third Thursday Poetry Readings, the spoken word has a home in Takoma Park. Established in 2005, our Poet Laureate program has celebrated Donald Berger (2005-2007), Anne Becker (2007-2011) and our current Poet Laureate Merrill Leffler.  

The popular "Third Thursday" poetry series features the work of a wide range of poets from across the region. Words begin at 7:30 pm on the third Thursday of the month in the Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium.

Thursday, January 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Joelle Bielle, Megan Eden, and Greta Ehrig

Thursday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Melanie Figg, Carol Jennings, Saundra Maley, and Bill Rivera

Thursday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Jill Raymond, Suzanne Zweizig, Linda Rabben, and Brian Gilmore

Thursday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Kati Nolfi, Elizabeth Rees, J.D. Smith and Gary Stein

Thursday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Poet Laureate Night

Thursday, June 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Open Reading