Sunday, May 19, 3:00 p.m.
Lucy Biederman, Dr. Irène P. Mathieu, Indran Amirthanayagam and Rod Smith
@ DC Arts Center

Lucy Biederman is the author of The Walmart Book of the Dead, which won the 2017 Vine Leaves Press Vignette Award and was a Finalist for the Foreword Book of the Year in the Fantasy category. She has written four chapbooks of poetry, and her short stories, essays, and poems have appeared in The Collagist, AGNI, Ploughshares, and Pleiades. Her scholarship, which has been published in The Henry James Review, Women’s Studies, The Emily Dickinson Journal, and Studies in the Literary Imagination, focuses on how contemporary American women writers interpret their literary forebears. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio.

Dr. Irène P. Mathieu is a pediatrician and writer. She is the author of Grand Marronage (Switchback Books, 2019), orogeny (Trembling Pillow Press, 2017), and the galaxy of origins (dancing girl press, 2014). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Narrative, Boston Review, Southern Humanities Review, Los Angeles Review, Callaloo, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. Irène is on the editorial boards of Muzzle Magazine and the Journal of General Internal Medicine's humanities section. A member of Jack Jones Literary Arts' speakers bureau, she has received Fulbright and Callaloo fellowships. Her Twitter handle is @gumbo_amando

Rod Smith is the author of Touché (Wave Books, 2015), What’s the Deal? (Song Cave, 2010), Deed (University of Iowa Press, 2007), Protective Immediacy (Roof Books, 1999), In Memory of My Theories (O Books, 1996), and several other books and chapbooks. He edits the journal Aerial, publishes Edge Books, and manages Bridge Street Books in Washington, DC. He has taught writing at the Corcoran School of Art & Design, George Mason University, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and currently teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art. His work appears in The Penguin Book of the Prose Poem (2019), Flarf: An Anthology of Flarf (2017), American Hybrid: A Norton Anthology of New Poetry (2009), and several other journals and anthologies.Smith edited The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley (University of California Press, 2014) with Peter Baker and Kaplan Harris.

Indran Amirthanayagam ( writes poetry in English, Spanish, French, Haitian Creole and Portuguese. He has published fourteen books thus far, including the recently released Coconuts On Mars (, his latest in Spanish Ventana Azul, in French Il n’est de solitude que l’ile lointaine, The Splintered Face: Tsunami Poems and Uncivil War.  Mr.Amirthanayagam’s first book The Elephants of Reckoning won the 1994 Paterson Poetry Prize. He has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the US/Mexico Fund for Culture and the Macdowell Colony. His poem Juarez won the Juegos Florales of Guaymas, Mexico In 2005.


2438 18th Street in Adams Morgan
(south of Columbia Rd. on the west side of the street)
All readings are on third Sundays at 3 PM, Admission $5, FREE for DCAC members