1 Logan Circle NW – once the home of Gil Scott-Heron
Join DC Preservation League in celebrating the connections between the rich and lively literary history of DC and its built environment with a July 20th lecture by Kim Roberts and Dan Vera, co-curators of DC Writers’ Homes.
The talk will focus on nine writers, with information on their literary contributions and the architecture that influenced their connection to the city. The writers covered will be: Natalie Clifford Barney, Anna Julia Cooper, Betty Friedan, Carlos Fuentes, Juan Ramon Jimenez and Zenobia Camprubi Aymar, Christopher Hitchens, Sinclair Lewis, and Gil Scott-Heron.
DC Writers’ Homes is an online project that maps the former homes of novelists, poets, playwrights, and memoirists. Over 400 homes included on the website represent every major period of Washington’s history and span the range of urban architectural styles.
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 is the founding editor of the literary journal Beltway Poetry Quarterly. Roberts is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the DC Commission on the Arts, and Humanities DC, and has been awarded writer’s residencies from eighteen artist colonies.
Dan Vera is the co-editor of Imaniman: Poets Writing In The Anzaldúan Borderlands and author of two books of poetry, Speaking Wiri Wiri and The Space Between Our Danger and Delight (Beothuk Books, 2008). A CantoMundo and Macondo writing fellow, he’s the winner of the Oscar Wilde Award for Poetry and the Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize. He’s received grants and fellowships from the DC Commission of the Arts & Humanities, the Humanities Council of Washington, DC, the Ragdale Foundation, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. His work is featured in college and university curricula, journals, and anthologies including Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Anthology (University of Georgia Press). He is the former board chair of Split This Rock.
This event is free and open to the public.