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Sunday Kind of Love

Co-sponsored by Split This Rock and Busboys and Poets, “Sunday Kind of Love” Open Mic Poetry features emerging and established poets from the Washington, D.C. area and around the nation. Hosted by Sarah Browning and Katy Richey, each program includes two featured poets and an open mic segment.  


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.)  


The next Sunday Kind of Love open mic is on August 17 and will feature poets Michelle Chan Brown, Kate Gale, and Douglas Kearney. The event is co-sponsored by Split This Rock and Busboys and Poets. 


Kate Gale is the Managing Editor of Red Hen Press, Editor of The Los Angeles Review and President of the American Composers Forum, Los Angeles.  She teaches in Low Residency MFA programs around the country and serves on the boards of A Room of Her Own Foundation and Poetry Society of America.  Kate is the author six librettos including Rio de Sangre, a libretto for an opera with composer Don Davis which premiered in October 2010 at the Florentine Opera in Milwaukee.  Her latest poetry collections are The Goldilocks Zone and Echo Light, forthcoming this September. She is also the editor of several anthologies and blogs for Huffington Post.

Poet/performer/librettist Douglas Kearney’s first full-length collection of poems, Fear, Some, was published in 2006 by Red Hen Press. His second, The Black Automaton (Fence Books, 2009), was Catherine Wagner’s selection for the National Poetry Series. It was also a finalist for the PEN Center USA Award in 2010. He has received a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Coat Hanger award, and fellowships at Idyllwild and Cave Canem. Raised in Altadena, CA, he lives with his family in California’s Santa Clarita Valley. He teaches at CalArts.

Michelle Chan Brown’s Double Agent was the winner of the 2012 Kore First Book Award, judged by Bhanu Kapil. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Blackbird, Cimarron Review, The Missouri Review, Witness and many other journals and anthologies. A Kundiman fellow, Michelle is poetry editor of Drunken Boat. In the fall, she'll head to Almaty, Kazakhstan on a Fulbright. Find her online at



September 21: Featured poets T.J. Jarrett and Hermine Pinson

October 19: Featured poets Tarfia Faizullah and Joseph Legaspi, co-sponsored by Kundiman

November 16: Featured poets Jody Bolz and Pages Matam