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Sunday Kind of Love

“Sunday Kind of Love” is a monthly open mic that features emerging and established poets from the Washington, D.C. area and around the nation. Hosted by Sarah Browning and Katy Richey, the May open mic will feature poets Abdul Ali and celeste doaks co-sponsored by Public Conversations. An open mic segment will follow their readings. Co-sponsored by Split This Rock and Busboys and Poets. 


Date: 3rd Sunday of Every Month

Time: 5:00 - 7:00pm

Location: Busboys and Poets at 14th & V (2021 14th St, NW, Washington, D.C. 20009)

Cost: $5 (Tickets can be purchased online on the day of the event on Busboys' website.  As available, tickets may also be purchased at the door.)  


Featured Poets: Abdul Ali & celeste doaks

Date: May 17


Abdul Ali is the author of Trouble Sleeping that won the 2014 New Issues Poetry Prize and teaches in the English department at Towson University. His poetry, essays, and interviews have appeared in Gargoyle, Gathering of Tribes, National Public Radio, New Contrast (South Africa), The Atlantic, and the anthology, Full Moon on K Street, among other publications. He has received grants, awards, and fellowships from The DC Commission of the Arts and Humanities, American University, College Language Association, and the Mt. Vernon Poetry Festival at George Washington University. He is a member of the board of directors of the Hurston/Wright Foundation. You can visit him online at

Poet and journalist celeste doaks is the author of Cornrows and Cornfields, Wrecking Ball Press, UK (March 2015). In 2012 she received the Lucille Clifton Scholarship to attend Squaw Valley Writers Workshop.  Her work has garnered a variety of accolades including the 2009 Academy of American Poets Graduate Prize, the 2010 AWP WC&C Scholarship, and residencies at Atlantic Center of the Arts and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her journalism has appeared in the Huffington Post, Village Voice, Time Out New York, and QBR (Quarterly Black Book Review). Her poems have been published in multiple on-line and print publications such as Chicago Quarterly Review, Asheville Poetry Review, Bayou Magazine and Beltway Poetry Quarterly. Celeste received her MFA from North Carolina State University; currently, she teaches creative writing at Morgan State University.


June 21Jose Ballesteros & Sheila Moldonado, co-sponsored by Letras Latinas
July 19: L. Lamar Wilson & Kathi Wolfe
August 16: Leslie Anne McIlroy
September 20: Rachel Eliza Griffiths
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