Café Muse present Jona Colson & Steven Leyva

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The Word Works and The Writer’s Center present poets Jona Colson and Steven Leyva. Café Muse opens at 7pm with refreshments and classical guitar by Michael Davis; readings begin at 7:30. Poetry open mic to follow. All Café Muse programs are free to the public and are handicapped accessible.


JONA COLSON is the author of Said Through Glass (Washington Writers’ Publishing House, 2018), which won the Jean Feldman Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, The Southern Review, The Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere. His translations and interviews can be seen in The Writer’s Chronicle, Tupelo Quarterly, and Prairie Schooner. He is associate professor at Montgomery College in Maryland and lives in Washington, DC.

STEVEN LEYVA was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and raised in Houston, Texas. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in 2 Bridges Review, Fledgling Rag, The Light Ekphrastic, jubilat, Vinyl, and Prairie Schooner. He is a Cave Canem fellow and author of the chapbook Low Parish. Steven holds a MFA from the University of Baltimore, where he is an assistant professor in the Klein Family School of Communications Design.

Attending poets are invited to participate in an open mic that concludes the Café Muse program. The Word Works is a nonprofit literary organization publishing contemporary poetry in artistic editions and sponsoring programs for more than 40 years. The Writer’s Center has been hosting literary programs in the D.C. area since 1976.