The Word Works and The Writer’s Center will feature poets Ellen Cole and Kateema Lee. Café Muse opens at 7pm with refreshments and classical guitar by Michael Davis; readings begin at 7:30. Open Mic to follow. All Café Muse programs are free to the public and handicapped accessible.
ELLEN ARONOFSKY COLE is a poet, actress, teaching artist, and puppeteer. She is the author of Notes from the Dry Country (Mayapple Press, 2019) and Prognosis (Finishing Line Press, 2011). Her poems have appeared in The Bellevue Review, The Little Patuxent Review, The Potomac Review, The Innisfree Poetry Journal, The Washington Post Magazine, Bogg: A Journal of Contemporary Writing, and Pulse: Voices from the Heart of Medicine, and elsewhere. Ellen works as a medical actress, role playing with medical students at the George Washington University School of Medicine. She lives in Silver Spring, MD.
KATEEMA LEE is a Washington D.C. native and the author of Musings of a Netflix Binge Viewer (Finishing Line Press, 2018) and Almost Invisible (Kelsay Books, 2016). Her work has appeared in print and online journals such as Beltway Poetry Quarterly, African American Review, Gargoyle, Baltimore Review, and elsewhere. She is a Cave Canem Graduate Fellow, a Callaloo Fellow, and a participant of The Home School and Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. Kateema is an Associate Editor for Potomac Review and Associate Professor of English and Reading at Montgomery College. She resides in Germantown, MD.
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 over 40 years. The Writer’s Center has been hosting and offering literary programs in the D.C. area for over 40 years as well.