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.


September 17, 7:30 p.m.

Roberta Beary, Howard Gofreed, Samantha Magrath, and Patricia VanAmburg

October 15, 7:30 p.m.

Abigail Beckel, Teri Ellen Cross, Michael Gushue, Kim Roberts, and Dan Vera 
November 19, 7:30 p.m.
Poetry and Music night with Dine Watson and Beth Palubinsky 
December 17, 7:30 p.m.
Open Reading! Bring a poem to share.