Mark McMorris is the author of Cafe at Light, The Blaze of Poui, The Black Reeds, and Moth-Wings. His book Entrepot will be available from Coffee House Press in February 2010. He teaches at Georgetown University.
Rod Smith is the author of Deed, Music or Honesty, The Good House, Protective Immediacy, and others. He edits the journal Aerial, publishes Edge Books, and manages Bridge Street Books in Washington, DC.
Cole Swensen teaches poetry in the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa. Her books include Ours, Goest, Such Rich Hour, Oh, Try, and Noon. She translates poetry from French and lives part-time in Paris.
John Taggart is the author of There are Birds, Crosses: Poems 1992-1998, Standing Wave, Pastorelles, When the Saints, Loop, and several others. His Songs of Degrees: Essays on Contemporary Poetry and Poetics was published by The University of Alabama Press in 1994. He lives in south central Pennsylvania.
Bridge Street Books is located 5 blocks from Foggy Bottom Metro, next to Four Seasons in Georgetown at the end of M street
Sunday: 12pm - 6pm
In business for over twenty years, Bridge Street is one of a rare breed these days--a successful independent bookseller. It has what is certainly the best poetry section in Washington, well-stocked in alternative poetry and poetics as well as mainstream. Bridge Street also has extremely good selections in Philosophy, Politics, Cultural Theory, Women's Studies, Film, Music, and other areas. They also have a plethora of quality sale books.
Manager (& well-known poet!) Rod Smith has been organizing readings in the Washington Area since 1988 and has brought Rae Armantrout, Charles Bernstein, Lee Ann Brown, John Cage, Kevin Davies, Lyn Hejinian, Lisa Jarnot, Alice Notley, Tom Raworth, Lisa Robertson, Leslie Scalapino, Chris Stroffolino and many other important writers to DC.