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Third Thursday Poetry Series

Established in 2006 by Takoma Park Poet Laureate Donald Berger, the Third Thursday Poetry series gives local poets the opportunity to read their original work to a receptive audience. Some past readings may be seen on YouTube.

Call for Poets

We are not currently accepting submissions from poets. 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 held on the third Thursday of most months with an open reading held in June. Three or four poets are featured each month with each poet reading for about 15 to 20 minutes. The readings begin at 7:30 pm in the Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium with an informal reception following the reading. Featured poets receive no compensation but 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 is limited free parking available on site.

The auditorium has raked seating with a capacity of 160 with two aisles. It is ADA accessible and LEED-CI Silver Certified. The floating 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), web streamed on the City’s web site, and viewed on YouTube.

Promotion and Marketing

The City promotes all events on a variety of online and social media outlets: the City of Takoma Park website, CityTV, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, You Tube, the Takoma Park Arts e-newsletter, and various cultural arts calendars. Additional promotion efforts may include the publication of fliers and announcements in the Takoma Park Newsletter and the City Guide. Featured poets are expected to 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 before or 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 the City in its reasonable discretion. All efforts will be made to reschedule the reading in a timely manner.

Insurance

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 Takoma Park Arts at (301) 891-7119 or at arts@takomaparkmd.gov. 

Arts and Humanities Sections