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Sunday Kind of Love

Sunday Kind of Love is a monthly open mic and reading series that features emerging and established poets from the Washington, D.C. area and around the nation. Hosted by Sarah Browning and Katy Richey, the August event features Alan King and Zahara Heckscher! An open mic segment will follow the readings. Co-sponsored by Split This Rock and Busboys and Poets.


Date: 3rd Sunday of Every Month (August 20)

Time: 5-7 pm

Location: Busboys and Poets (14th & V)  2021 14th St, NW, Washington, DC, 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.)  


August's Sunday Kind of Love features Alan King and Zahara Heckscher!

Photo collage Alan King (on the left) and Zahara Heckscher (on the right)










Alan King is the author of DRIFT (Willow Books, 2012) and POINT BLANK (Silver Birch Press, 2016). He's a Caribbean American, whose parents emigrated from Trinidad and Tobago to the U.S. in the 1970s. Alan's also a husband, father, and communications professional who blogs about art and social issues at A Cave Canem graduate fellow, he holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the Stonecoast Program at the University of Southern Maine. He’s a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee and was nominated three times for a Best of the Net selection. He lives with his family in Bowie, Maryland. Photo by Melanie Henderson.

Zahara Heckscher, daughter of an immigrant and a refugee, is a writer, educator, mother, and social justice activist. She is the Chief Poetic Officer of the Poetry Game Project, and the author of the poetry chapbook Forgetting is My Superpower (2017). Zahara is the co-author of How to Live Your Dream of Volunteering Overseas  (Penguin, 2002), a book Noam Chomsky called “informed, sensitive, and comprehensive.” Zahara writes about progressive approach to international volunteering as a contributing editor at Her articles have appeared in books, magazines, and newspapers including the Washington Post. Zahara’s activism dates back to her 4th grade classroom, where she removed her shirt to protest a sexist dress code. A Cancer Thriver, Zahara’s recent political work includes three arrests protesting the TransPacific Partnership. She facilitates Poetry Game workshops at public schools, faith communities, and the Writer’s Center.


September: Caits Meissner & Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib

October: Melissa Tuckey & Ruth Irupé Sanabria

November: Jeneva Stone & to be announced


Watch this video from the reading on March 19, 2017 which featured a special theme of migration as part the Because We Come From Everything Campaign.




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