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October 2018

Revise, Rethink, Reveal: A Two-Part Poetry Workshop at Politics and Prose led by Rose Solari

October 18, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008 United States

OCT 18 10am-12:30pm & OCT 25 10am-12:30pm

This poetry workshop at Politics and Prose is led by Rose Solari, distinguished author of The Last GirlOrpheus in the Park, and Difficult Weather. It is designed to help experienced poets revise a “stuck” poem and bring it to a satisfying completion.

All poets have them. Whether stuffed in a drawer or buried in a computer file – those poems which started so promisingly, and then, somehow, stalled. This 2-session workshop will give you a chance to rethink a “problem” poem, and see it through to a satisfying revision in the company of other writers struggling with the same issue. The week before our first meeting, each participant will submit one such poem to the group. These poems will be the focus of our discussion, as we examine first the strengths of each, and then move to possible strategies for revision. Along the way, we’ll explore the elements of poetry, focusing particularly on line and stanza breaks, voice, and sound, and uncover how those elements come to form a unified, meaningful whole. The following week, we’ll meet again, revisions in hand, for more group discussion. Be ready to stretch your comfort zone, expand your poetry toolbox, and have fun.

Both meetings will take place at Politics and Prose in Washington, DC

Meeting one: Thursday, 10/18/2018, 10am-12:30pm

Meeting two: Thursday, 10/25/2018, 10am-12:30pm


More details will soon be available on the P&P site 

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Rose Solari and David Gewanter are reading at Second Story Books, Oct 21st, 8pm

October 21, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Second Story Books, 2000 P street
NW Washington, DC 20036 United States

Come join Rose and David for an evening of poetry at Second Story Books on Dupont Circle.

The Dupont Circle store, frequently cited as one of the best bookstores in the Washington metropolitan area by Washingtonian Magazine, The City Paper and various consumer polls, marks its 40th anniversary in 2018. An historic year calls for an historic reading series! For every month thus far of 2018 Second Story has hosted two noteworthy authors for intimate readings. For the month of October, David Gewanter and ASP’s Rose Solari will be swapping stories and poems in a unique and cozy environment, surrounded on all sides by rare and collectible books. Come out to support poetry at Second Story Books!

David Gewanter is the author of several collections of poetry, including In the Belly(1997), winner of Ploughshares’s John C. Zacharis First Book Award, and War Bird (2009). Gewanter writes a layered, lyrical poetry of ideas that often explores themes of family, nature, and reason. Reviewing The Sleep of Reason (2003), a finalist for the Academy of American Poets’ James Laughlin Award, poet David Orr described Gewanter as “a writer who seems to possess that most curious and necessary of literary attributes—a moral vision.”Gewanter’s honors include a Whiting Writers’ Award and a Witter Bynner Fellowship at the Library of Congress. His poetry has been included in The New American PoetsA Bread Loaf Anthology (2000, ed. Michael Collier) and New Voices (2002, ed. Heather McHugh).

Rose SolariRose Solari is the author of three full-length collections of poetry, The Last Girl, Orpheus in the Park, and Difficult Weather; the one-act play, Looking for Guenevere, in which she also performed; and a novelA Secret WomanShe has lectured and taught writing workshops at many institutions, including Arizona State University’s Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing; the University of Maryland, College Park; St. John’s College, Annapolis; the Jung Society of Washington; and The Centre for Creative Writing at Oxford University’s Kellogg College. Her awards include the Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize, and Academy of American Poets’ University Prize, The Columbia Book Award, an EMMA award for excellence in journalism, and multiple grants.

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November 2018

Rose Solari is reading poetry at Zed’s Cafe, Nov. 2, 6pm

November 2, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
Zed’s Cafe, 8225 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910 United States

Come join Rose for an evening of poetry at Zed’s Cafe on the 2nd of November. She will bePoetry at Zed's Cafe reading from her three poetry collections and novel. Zed’s is known for its delicious dark roast and Rose for her intimate reading style.

Grace Cavalieri says, “No one reads poetry like Rose Solari. She enters the essence of each word with a voice, making meaning become spirit. I think her great gift is the understanding that language can make you feel what the speaker experiences…so she proceeds to make you feel her passion, her wit, and love.”

Hear Rose read the title poem from her third collection, The Last Girl, Here

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February 2019

Rose Solari’s “A Poem A Day” Workshop is Back

February 4, 2019 @ 10:00 am
Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008 United States

February 4th-8th from 10:00AM to 12:30PM

This February poet and author, Rose Solari, offers a new version of her popular A Poem a Day workshop with an emphasis on what the great singer/songwriter Peter Gabriel called “Digging in the Dirt” — delving deep into memory and past experiences to find the materials for meaningful poems. The Workshop will take place at Politics and Prose. 

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Rose Solari Reading her Poetry in Alexandria, VA

February 28, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Martha Washington Community Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Rd
Alexandria, VA 22307 United States

Rose Solari will be bringing her poetry to the Martha Washington Community Library to read alongside some great DMV poets including, Anne Harding Woodworth,  Rocky Jones, and Anne Becker.

The event is titled: “Building to a Crescendo: A Poetry Reading”

The event will be hosted by Steve Allen May

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April 2019

“5 Great Poems” A Workshop by Rose Solari in Honor of National Poetry Month

April 13, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008 United States

In honor of National Poetry Month, Poet Rose Solari is teaching a one-session seminar, “Five Great Poems,” in which participants will read and discuss five poems by contemporary masters of the form: Tony Hoagland, Anne Sexton, Derek Walcott, Natasha Tretheway, and Stanley Plumly.

You can register here: https://www.politics-prose.com/class/five-great-contemporary-poems-1944

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September 2019

Rose Solari Presents the Wicked Woman Book Award to Linda Quinlan (Sept 12)

September 12, 2019 @ 12:00 pm
Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW
Washington, DC 20006 United States

Rose Solari recently judged a contest for Baltimore publishing house, Brickhouse Books, entitled “The Wicked Woman Book Prize.” She will be presenting the award to Linda Quinlan at the Arts Club of Washington. Free but RSVP required

“Brickhouse Books is proud to present Linda Quinlan, whose manuscript Chelsea Creek won the Wicked Woman Book Prize. Linda will receive her prize and read from her work at a luncheon at the Arts Club of Washington on September 12, 2019. The event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required at www.artsclubofwashington.org/events.”

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October 2019

Rose Solari and Reuben Jackson Reading Poetry for DiVerse Gaithersburg (Oct 13th)

October 13, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Quince Orchard Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Road
Gaithersburg, MD 20878 United States

Rose Solari and Reuben Jackson will be reading their poetry alongside sculptor and poet, Jay Hall Carpenter as part of the DiVerse Gaithersburg poetry series. An open mic will follow the reading.

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December 2019

Rose Solari and Reuben Jackson Read at the American Poetry Museum (Dec 14)

December 14, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
American Poetry Museum, 716 Monroe St NE #25
Washington, DC 20017 United States

Poet and novelist, Rose Solari, along with poet and jazz scholar, Reuben Jackson will be giving a reading at The American Poetry Museum in Washington, DC followed by a Question and Answer period.

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February 2020

Rose Solari reads her work as part of “Readings on the Pike” in Arlington, VA

February 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Acme Pie Co., 2803 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204 United States

Rose Solari will be reading with fellow poets Hildie Block, Hannah Grieco, Dave Housley, Brandon Johnson, Nathan Leslie, Ralvell Rogers II, and Alysia S

The reading will take place at Acme Pie Co.

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