Bill Berkson is a poet, art critic, editor, curator, and professor emeritus of Liberal Arts at the San Francisco Art Institute. His books of poetry include Expect Delays, Portrait and Dream: New and Selected Poems, Saturday Night, Shining Leaves, Recent Visitors, Enigma Variations (with drawings by Phillip Guston), Lush Life, Serenade, Young Manhattan (with Anne Waldman), and Fugue State. From 1971 to 1978 he edited and published Big Sky magazine and books. He is a corresponding editor for Art in America, and a frequent contributor to Modern Painters, American Craft, Art on Paper, and other magazines. Pressed Wafer recently published a Berkson festschrift titled _For Bill, Anything_ featurig poets and visual artists such as John Ashbery, Amiri Baraka, Alex Katz, Bernadette Mayer, Frank O'Hara, and Ed Rushca.
Adam Robinson runs Publishing Genius, an award-winning small press, and Real Pants, a website about literature and the new literary community. He works as a publishing consultant and has taught publishing courses in the MFA program at University of Baltimore and Savannah College of Art and Design. His first book, Adam Robison and Other Poems, was nominated for the Goodreads Poetry Award, and he self-published his second book, Say Poem, in 2010. He is also the editor of Our Primary Focus, an e-book about small press culture as described in interviews with writers, book sellers and publishers.
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Bridge Street Books is located 5 blocks from Foggy Bottom Metro, next to Four Seasons in Georgetown at the end of M street
open Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 9pm
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.