(v.) - Poetry Reading with Anastacia-Reneé
Award-winning poet Anastacia-Reneé, coming all the way from Seattle, stops by The Potter's House to read from her latest collection, (v.) (Gramma Poetry, 2017), alongside fellow poets Derrick Weston Brown and Venus Thrash.
Anastacia-Reneé is Civic Poet of Seattle and former 2015-2017 Poet-in-Residence at Hugo House. She is a hybrid genre writer, workshop facilitator and multivalent performance artist. She is the author of four books: Forget It (Black Radish Books), (v.), (Gramma Press), Answer(Me) (Argus Press), and 26 (Dancing Girl Press) and her poetry, prose and fiction have been published widely.
Derrick Weston Brown holds an MFA in creative writing, from American University. His work has appeared in such literary journals as The Little Patuxent Review, Mythium, The Tidal Basin Review, and Vinyl online. He has appeared on Al-Jazeera and NPR as well. In May of 2014 he was also the recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Grant. He is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, and resides in Mount Rainier, Maryland. His debut collection of poetry , Wisdom Teeth, was released in April 2011 on Busboys and Poets Press/PM Press. You can follow him on social media on Facebook and on Instagram @theoriginalDerrickWeston Brown.
Venus Thrash is the author of The Fateful Apple which was nominated for the 2015 PEN Open Book Award. She was a finalist for the 2012 Jean Feldman and the 2009 Arktoi Books Poetry Prizes. Her poetry appears in Public Pool, Beltway Quarterly and Split This Rock and in the anthologies, Resisting Arrest: Poems to Stretch the Sky and Full Moon on K Street: Poems About Washington, DC. She’s co-editor of Beltway Poetry Quarterly, co-director of the Joaquin Miller Poetry Series and teaches at Trinity Washington University.