Takoma Park to Host April 20 Poetry Reading

Takoma Park will hold a poetry reading to mark April as National Poetry Month, city officials announced.

Four local poets will present a wide range of their work during the free event, which will take place at 7 p.m. on April 20 at the Takoma Park Community Center, located at 7500 Maple Ave.

The poets featured in the April 20 reading include David Dayton, Amy Eisner, E. Laura Golberg, and Bonnie Naradzay:

David Dayton specialized in technical and business writing for 30 years. After retiring in 2019, he revived an earlier career devoted to creative writing. Copper Beech Press published his first poetry book, The Lost Body of Childhood, which is available for free online at Google Books. A second poetry collection and a novel will be published soon on amazon.com.

Amy Eisner teaches creative writing at the Maryland Institute College of Art, helping students develop as poets and integrate writing into their art practices. Her poetry has appeared in Fence, The Journal, Nimrod, Reed, Sugar House Review, and other journals. She has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize.

E. Laura Golberg emigrated to America from England in 1969, and she has lived in D.C. since 1972. Her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net Prize, and her work has appeared in Barrow Street, Rattle, Poet Lore, and other publications. She won first place in the Larry Neal Poetry Competition in D.C.

Bonnie Naradzay’s poems have appeared in AGNI, New Letters, Tampa Review, Florida Review, Crab Creek Review, and other publications. She was awarded the New Orleans MFA program’s poetry prize in 2010 with a month’s stay in the castle of Ezra Pound’s daughter, Mary. She has led poetry sessions at homeless shelters and a retirement center in D.C.

The poetry reading is part of the Takoma Park Arts series of art exhibitions, film screenings, poetry readings, concerts, and theater and dance performances, organized by the City of Takoma Park’s Arts and Humanities Division.

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