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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 June open mic will feature poets Jose Ballesteros and Sheila Maldonado. 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: Jose Ballesteros and Sheila Maldonado

Date: June 21


Cacayo Ballesteros (José R. Ballesteros, Quito, Ecuador) is a Professor at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. He has a Ph.D. from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Kansas. Ballesteros' poetry has been published in several journals and has been anthologized in Al Pie de La Casa Blanca: Poetas Hispanos de Washington, DC (Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española, 2010). His first book of poems Lovedust/Polvo enamorado (Izote Press), was published in early 2014. He is the co-founder and chief editor for Zozobra Publishing (Hyattsville, MD; Brooklyn, NY), an independent press that publishes bilingual poetry in the US. Ballesteros is also a published translator of Latin American poetry. He is a co-author of the Spanish literary anthology Voces de España (Cenage, 2013) and has published several articles about the influence the contact with the “New World” had on Spanish letters of the XVIIth century.

Sheila Maldonado is the author of one-bedroom solo (Fly by Night Press/A Gathering of the Tribes, 2011), her debut poetry collection. She grew up in Coney Island across the street from the Atlantic. Her family hails from Honduras. Her poems have appeared in Rattapallax, Callaloo, Hyperallergic, Aster(ix) Journal, and Me No Habla with Acento: Contemporary Latino Poetry. She has been granted awards from the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance as well as residencies at the Rockefeller estate in New York and Fundación Valparaíso in Spain. She also served as a Cultural Envoy to Honduras for the U.S. State Department. She teaches creative writing for The City University of New York and Teachers & Writers Collaborative. She holds degrees in English from Brown University and poetry from The City College of New York. She lives in uptown Manhattan above the Hudson.



July 19: L. Lamar Wilson & Kathi Wolfe
August 16: Leslie Anne McIlroy
September 20: Rachel Eliza Griffiths
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