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Takoma Park Arts Poetry Series

Established in 2006 by Takoma Park Poet Laureate Donald Berger, the Takoma Park Arts poetry series (formerly the Third Thursday series) gives poets from the D.C. area the opportunity to read their original work to a receptive audience in the Takoma Park Community Center auditorium. Some past readings may be viewed on YouTube.

Call for Poets

We are not seeking submissions from poets at this time. Please sign up for our Takoma Park Arts weekly e-newsletter to learn about our future calls for submissions and our upcoming events.



What to Expect

Poetry readings are usually held on Thursday evenings in the Takoma Park Community Center auditorium during most months except July, August, and December. Three or four poets are featured with each poet reading their work for about 15 minutes. Featured poets are paid an honorarium and are welcome to sell their poetry books after the reading.

Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium

The Takoma Park Community Center auditorium is located at 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, MD.  The facility is Metro accessible via the Red Line Takoma Station, and is served by the following bus lines: WMATA F4, F6 and RideOn 16, 17, 18, and 25. There also is  free parking on site.

The auditorium has raked seating with a capacity for 160 people with two aisles. It is ADA accessible and LEED-CI Silver Certified. The wood stage is approximately 18 inches off the floor and is 30 feet wide and 19 feet deep at the center. Two sets of two steps provide access to the stage from the audience.

The auditorium is equipped with a state-of-the-art lighting and sound system. A lectern and microphone are available for the readings.

Technical Support

The City will provide technical support for the reading including a sound engineer and lighting technician. Tech support assignments are the sole responsibility of the City.

Video Recording and Photographic Images

The City reserves the right to record the reading and, without limits or additional compensation, to broadcast, cablecast or in any other way display a video or photographic record of the event, including the use of social media outlets such as You Tube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Broadcasting and Online Viewing

The reading may be broadcast live on CityTV (Comcast Channel 13 / Verizon Channel 28), streamed on the City’s website, and viewed on YouTube.

Promotion and Marketing

The City promotes all events through a variety of online and social media outlets, including the City of Takoma Park website and newsletter, CityTV, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, the Takoma Park Arts e-newsletter, and various community and arts websites.

Featured poets must assist in the promotion of the reading through their contacts. Any promotional materials developed by participants should mention that the reading is sponsored by the City of Takoma Park’s  Takoma Park Arts cultural series.

Sale of Merchandise

Poetry books may be sold after the reading with a table provided upon request.  The City assumes no responsibility for the display, storage or safekeeping of any merchandise. Any sales are the responsibility of the poet.

Cancellation or Rescheduling of Event

The City may cancel or reschedule the reading in the event of inclement weather requiring the closure of the facility, use of the venue by the Takoma Park City Council, or other cause as determined by City staff. All efforts will be made to reschedule the reading in a timely manner.


No liability, workers’ compensation or other insurance coverage is provided by the City to, or for the participant, or any of its employees, volunteers or agents.

Contact Information

For additional information, please contact Arts and Humanities Coordinator Brendan Smith at or (301) 891-7266.

Arts and Humanities Sections