Published on: Friday, November 4, 2022 Takoma Park Newsletter

Poetry Resonates through the Takoma Park Community Center


“Poetry is above all a concentration of the power of language, which is the power of our ultimate relationship to everything in the universe.” – Adrienne Rich

Eight poets will take listeners on a literary journey across the world and through the inner workings of the soul during two free poetry readings in November at the Takoma Park Community Center.

The readings are part of the City’s Takoma Park Arts series, which includes free poetry readings, film screenings, art exhibitions, concerts, and other events at the Takoma Park Community Center at 7500 Maple Avenue. Please go to for more info and to sign up for our e-newsletter.

More than 100 poets from the D.C. area submitted applications to take part in upcoming readings, with 36 poets selected for nine readings that will be held over the next eight months. The poets are paid a small honorarium, and recordings of the readings are posted on the Takoma Park Arts YouTube channel at

Poetry Without Borders

Thursday, November 3, 7:30 pm

Four poets will share work featuring a global perspective: David Camero, Kim B. Miller, Victoria Moten, and Thu Anh Nguyen.

Camero started writing poetry when he was a teenager in France and then in Venezuela, where he received a BA in literature. Miller is a spoken word and haiku poet who has performed in person across the country and online internationally. Moten is an award-winning poet and middle school English teacher. Nguyen writes about equity, justice, and community, and her work has appeared in many journals.

Words Have Power Poetry Reading

Thursday, November 17, 7:30 pm

Four poets will share their work branching across various topics: Hazel Cherry, Amy Eisner, Katherine Smith, and Pamela Murray Winters. Cherry’s writing centers on Black women and serves as a source of empowerment and liberation. She received an MFA in creative writing from American University. Eisner’s poetry has appeared in many journals, including Fence, Poet Lore, and Valparaiso.

Smith is a teacher at Montgomery College and a senior poetry editor of the Potomac Review. She has published three books of poetry, and her work has appeared in various journals. Winters received an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has published one book of poetry and was awarded several State of Maryland arts grants.


This article was featured in the November 2022 Newsletter. Visit the Takoma Park Newsletter webpage to see the full list of past newsletters.