2015 UNDER A NEW MOON 2016



24th Poetry


"La Pluma y la Palabra"


In Spanish only


Friday, June 10, 2016 (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 11, 2016 (2pm-8pm)

at Casa de la Luna

4020 Georgia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20011

(Georgia Ave/Petworth Metro Station - ‘Green & ‘Yellow’ Lines)


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 May 31 (space is limited.)

This year’s marathon includes readings by guest poets:
Spain: Francisco Álvarez, Koki
Argentina/USA: Luis Alberto Ambroggio
El Salvador: Manlio Argueta
Dominican Republic: León Félix Batista
Dominican Republic: Tomás Modesto Galán
Argentina/USA: Gladys Ilarregui
Chile: Amado Lascar
El Salvador: Carlos Parada Ayala
Spain/Colombia/USA: Ivonne Sánchez Barea


In this "celebration of words," our guest 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.


● Free Admission (Donations gratefully accepted)

● Street parking   ● Book show and sale   ● Cafeteria

INFO/RESV.:  202-882-6227 / 703-548-3092

The 24th Poetry Marathon is supported in part by

BANCO POPULAR DOMINICANO, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.




Poetry is language at its

most distilled and most powerful.

Rita Dove, U.S. Poet Laureate

Every year, Teatro de la Luna is proud to host its Spanish Poetry Marathon La Pluma y la Palabra (The Pen and the Word). This year – the 24rd marathon – is no exception. The unparalleled two-day event, which opens at the Library of Congress at noon on Thursday, June 10 and continues at Casa de la Luna on June 11, celebrates the best in Spanish-language poetry and is dedicated to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the passing of Miguel de Cervantes and 100th of Rubén Darío.

Poetry inspires, illuminates, builds language and connects communities. Well-known Hispanic poets, accomplished local poets and open-mike readings are featured at the Marathon. Being this event free of charge, it is an act of love supported by volunteers. Nonetheless, there are expenses that must be covered. Please help us defray the cost of this dynamic annual event making your donation by clicking HERE.

Support Spanish-language poetry,

culture and performing arts.




Friday, June 10

Library of Congress

Mary Pickford Theater,

3rd Floor, James Madison

Building, LM 302

1:30 - 3:30 pm

Metting of the Poets, Reading of Poems and Discusion about
"El lugar de la poesía hoy."

All the invited poets participate on the disscussion


Saturday, June 11

Casa de la Luna

coordinated and conducted by poet Rei Berroa.

2:00 - 2:15 pm

Inauguration of the 24th Poetry Marathon: Rei Berroa & Mario Marcel

First Round of Invited Poets

2:15 - 2:45 pm (First Group)

2:45 - 3:15 pm (Second Group)

3:15 - 4:00 pm

Round of poets from the Metro Area (by invitation)

4:00 - 4:30 pm

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

4:30 - 5:00 pm

Other art forms: music, performances. Poetry in native languages: Guarani, Nahuatl, Maya, Aymara

5:00 - 5:30 pm

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

Second Round of Invited Poets

5:30 - 6:00 pm (First Group)

6:00 - 6:30 pm (Second Group)

6:30 - 7:00 pm 

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

7:00 - 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.