Friday, November 21, 8:00PM (doors 7:00PM)
Doug Lang, David McAleavey, Lauren Roll, & David Meni
@ The Black Squirrel (upstairs lounge)


from HUGE HAIKU by David McAleavey

Unlucky thirteens


last year there were swans     this year we have to be swans     that's the difference

those from years gone by     they're mythic and marvelous     can't begrudge them that

we need grit to live     a little cracked corn, and grit     little bits of sand

I like shiny things     and I like smooth warm dark things     I'm a weather vane

I'm a rooster-doo     I flap my wings till dust blows     a tornado man


Doug Lang: Born and raised in Wales, came to DC in 1973, ran Folio Reading  series in the 1970s, edited and published Dog City magazine and Jawbone  Books, taught writing at the Corcoran 37 years, most recent book is Dérangé.

David McAleavey's poetry has recently appeared in journals such as Epoch, Poetry Northwest, Denver Quarterly, diode poetry journal,, Stand, and Drunken Boat. His fifth, most recent book is HUGE HAIKU (Chax Press 2005), and he teaches literature and creative writing at George Washington University in D.C.

David Meni is a Senior at the George Washington University, studying  Political Science with minors in Creative Writing and Music Performance. Much of David's poetry explores how we define and understand ourselves through others, the act of defining one's self, and how we locate empathy in lostness.David grew up in Princeton Junction, New Jersey and now lives in Dupont Circle with three roommates. He enjoys playing the trumpet, discussing  public policy, building bicycles, and discovering new corners of the DC  area. In between all these things, he fantasizes about having free time.

Lauren Roll is an artist and art educator based in Washington, D.C. She studies Fine Arts at the Corcoran.

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The Black Squirrel
2427 18th St NW

This reading will be held in the private lounge on the third floor.