Published on: Wednesday, May 3, 2023 Arts & Humanities

"Meeting the Muse in May" Poetry Reading on May 18


Free Poetry Reading

Thursday, May 18 at 7:30 pm 

Takoma Park Community Center

7500 Maple Avenue 

Please join us for the Meeting the Muse in May poetry reading where three local poets will share their diverse range of work. The featured poets include Ryan E. Holman, Carol Jennings, and Melanie Weldon-Soiset.

Ryan E. Holman ‘s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Maryland Literary ReviewCorvid Queen, Quail Bell Magazine, and other publications. She enjoys writing about mundane and fantastic life through the lens of the elements.

Carol Jennings is a retired lawyer who worked for the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection for more than 30 years. She has two published poetry collections, including The Dead Spirits at the Piano and The Sustain Pedal.

Melanie Weldon-Soiset is a #ChurchToo survivor, contemplative prayer leader, and poetry editor at Geez Magazine. She also is a highly sensitive person who struggles with insomnia, yet values insights gained through dreaming. She loves to write poetry that creates safe refuge for sleep and connects with beauty that rings true.

The Takoma Park Arts series includes free poetry readings, art exhibitions, film screenings, concerts, theater, and dance performances at the Takoma Park Community Center. Please go to for more info and to sign up for our e-newsletter.