A History of LGBTQ+ Authors from Washington, DC by Kim Roberts
Free to attend. Suggested donation $5.
Copies signed by the author will be available for sale.
Kim Roberts will discuss the history of LGBTQ+ authors from Washington, DC in a moderated discussion led by Gregg Shapiro.
The site of a thriving literary tradition, Washington, DC, has also been the home to many of our nation’s most acclaimed LGBTQ+ writers. From the city’s founding to the beginnings of modernism, literary luminaries including Walt Whitman, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Langston Hughes, and Zora Neale Hurston have lived and worked at their craft in our nation’s capital.
About Kim Roberts
Kim Roberts is the author of A Literary Guide to Washington, DC: Walking in the Footsteps of American Writers from Francis Scott Key to Zora Neale Hurston (University of Virginia Press, 2018), and five books of poems, most recently The Scientific Method (WordTech Editions, 2017). She co-edits the journal Beltway Poetry Quarterly and the web exhibit DC Writers’ Homes. Roberts has been the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, HumanitiesDC, and the DC Commission on the Arts, and has been a writer-in-residence at 18 artist colonies. Poems of hers have been featured in the Wick Poetry Center’s Traveling Stanzas Project, on the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day Project, and on podcasts sponsored by the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is currently serving on the Mayor’s Advisory Committee to select DC’s next Poet Laureate, and coordinating a two-week, city-wide festival, the Walt Whitman 200 Festival, to celebrate the poet’s 200 th birthday in May 2019. Her website: http://www.kimroberts.org