18th Poetry
"La Pluma y la Palabra"

In Spanish only

Friday, June 4, 2010 (1:30pm-3:30pm)

at the Library of Congress

Mary Pickford Theater  -  3rd Floor, James Madison Building

Independence Ave. & 1st Street, SE, Washington, DC

(Capitol South Metro Station – ‘Orange’ and ‘Blue’ Lines)

Saturday, June 5, 2010 (2pm-8pm)

at Casa de la Luna

4020 Georgia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20011

(Georgia Ave/Petworth Metro Station – Green Line)


The 18th Poetry Marathon celebrates

the centenary of the poets

Miguel Hernández (Orihuela, Spain, October 10, 1910)

José Lezama Lima (La Habana, Cuba, December 19, 1910)

Organized and Moderated by: Rei Berroa

The visiting poets who are bringing us and other faithful devotees of poetry the freshest in Hispanic poetry: Zulema Moret (Argentina), Fernando Cabrera (Dominican Republic), Miriam Ventura (Dominican Republic-USA), Aida Toledo (Guatemala), Leticia Herrera (Mexico), Raúl Castillo Soto (Puerto Rico) and Tina Escaja (Spain).

In this “celebration of words,” renowned Spanish-language poets are accompanied by audience members of all ages who recite, read or interpret their own work or that of well-known authors. This is the only Spanish-language poetry marathon in the country!

• Free Admission [Donations gratefully accepted]

• Free street parking

• Book show and sale

• Cash Bar

If you would like to share your own poetry in Spanish with the audience, or read your favorite poem, please send it by fax at 202-291-2357 or email: info@teatrodelaluna.org by June 1 (space is limited.)

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Friday, June 4

Library of Congress

1:30 - 3:30 pm

Library of Congress - Presentation of Poets' Books - Dialogue on Hispanic Poetry Today - Presentation of Poems and Comments by Poets and the Public [Mary Pickford Theater  -  3rd Floor, James Madison Building]

Saturday, June 5

Casa de la Luna

2:00 - 2:15 pm

Opening – Centenary Celebration of Miguel Hernández & José Lezama Lima

First Round of Invited Poets

2:15 - 2:55 pm (First Group)

Aida Toledo
Fernando Cabrera
Tina Escaja
Leticia Herrera

2:55 - 3:25 pm (Second Group)

Zulema Moret
Raúl Castillo Soto
Miriam Ventura

3:25 - 4:00 pm

The People's Voice: 1st Open Mike Session (previous sign up)

4:00 - 4:30 pm

Presentation of new books published by DC poets (previous sign up)

4:30 - 5:00 pm 

Invited poets from Washington, DC

Consuelo Hernández
Gladys Ilarregui

Carlos Parada

5:00 - 5:30 pm

The People's Voice: 2nd Open Mike Session (previous sign up)

Second Round of Invited Poets

5:30 - 6:10 pm (First Group)

Aida Toledo
Fernando Cabrera
Tina Escaja
Leticia Herrera

6:10 - 6:40 pm (Second Group)

Zulema Moret
Raúl Castillo Soto
Miriam Ventura

6:40 - 7:15 pm

The People's Voice: 3rd Open Mike Session (previous sign up)

7:15 - 8:00 pm

The People's Voice: Poems from all corners of the theater

8:00 pm

Farewell - Poetry is a festivity that transforms us and makes the world a better place in which to live.