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Lincoln’s Cottage Hosting Book Discussion on Lincoln’s Sexuality This Thursday

November 8, 2016


your-friend-foreverOn Thursday November 10th President Lincoln’s Cottage (on the corner of Upshur and Rock Creek Church in Petworth) will be hosting a book discussion on Lincoln’s sexuality. Join us as author Charles Strozier and consulting public LGBT historian Susan Ferentinos discuss Strozier’s book, Your Friend Forever, A. Lincoln: The Enduring Friendship of Abraham Lincoln and Joshua Speed.

Strozier and Ferentinos will discuss Lincoln’s lifelong friendship with Speed, and deeper examine how male intimacy has been treated in our country during the Civil War, and over time.
President Lincoln’s Cottage’s Cottage Conversations offer relaxing evenings to socialize and learn something new about our 16th president from authors, collectors, and artists. The program begins with a cocktail reception, is followed by the lecture, and concludes with a book signing.

For more information, or to reserve tickets:

A Pleasant Encounter — A Local Poet’s Work

July 21, 2015
A Pleasant Encounter and other poems.

A Pleasant Encounter and other poems.

On June 29th I posted a brief introduction to Elois Jones and a book of poems she wrote in 1964. I’ve learned that Ms. Jones lives on the 500 block of Lamont Street though I have not had the pleasure of meeting her.

I’ve also been able to track down a copy of her book, A Pleasant Encounter and other poems. To give you all an idea of some of her work, I’ve copied two of the poems and posted them below.

While most of them tend to focus on love, there were two that really intrigued me. The first is “Birmingham — 16 September 1963” and the other is “On Those Days — To the Memory of Our Beloved President, John F. Kennedy.”

Poem: To My Father


Poem: To the Love of My Life



New Online Resource Reveals Writers’ Homes and History in the Nation’s Capital

November 3, 2011

Here’s a great new resource for those interested in Washington’s literary legacy. It’s a Web site that lists prominent writers who have lived in the Washington area. In addition to a map that shows the location of literary houses, the site lets you search by various categories including general area of the city or various affiliations.

Entries provide a brief biography of the author, the years they lived at the residence, and a list of their more significant works. You can see a sample entry by looking at the one for Zora Neal Hurston, who lived at 3017 Sherman Avenue in 1922 or 1923 while she was a student at Howard University.

The complete announcement about the online resource is below:

New online resource reveals writers’ homes and history in the nation’s capital

A new online resource for lovers of literature and history has been launched in the nation’s capital.  DC Writers’ Homes, at, celebrates the rich literary heritage of Washington by mapping former homes of novelists, poets, playwrights and memoirists.  Some authors remain famous, such as Paul Laurence Dunbar, Zora Neale Hurston, Sinclair Lewis, and Katherine Anne Porter.  Others are rediscoveries. (more…)

Park View’s Kim Roberts Releases Latest Book of Poems

February 15, 2011

Kim Roberts, author of two previous books of poems, The Kimnama (Vrzhu, 2007) and The Wishbone Galaxy (WWPH, 1994), has a new contribution to the genre, Animal Magnetism (Pearl Editions, 2011) that was released on January 10th.

Roberts work was the winner of the 2009 Pearl Poetry Prize. The following description is from 2009 judge Debra Marquart:

“In Animal Magnetism, Kim Roberts investigates, in language as rich, complex, and nuanced as the body itself, the unlit interiors of physical and emotional anatomy…Borne out of the author’s own deep searching following a serious illness, each poem, each line, feels deeply earned…While these poems are beautifully-made and sometimes funny or painful, they are also brimming with information…Here the narrator functions as a trained docent, leading the reader on a private tour of the wonders and curiosities that document the early explorations of medicine and anatomy, in which the inner workings of the human body were first opened to the human eye.”

To celebrate the release of Animal Magnetism, Roberts will be on hand at Busboys & Poets for a book release reading. Details are below. You can read a sample of her poems here>>

Sunday, February 20 at 4:00 pm
Sunday Kind of Love reading series, hosted by Sarah Browning and Katy Richey
Busboys & Poets, 14th & V Streets NW, Washington, DC
(202) 387-POET
Free admission, but donations accepted


More Park View in Fiction

January 6, 2011

Nearly a year ago, I posted about the book D.C. Noir (2006), a book of short crime stories where each one is based in a particular Washington neighborhood. The lead story in that book is by Georgia Pelecanos and takes place in Park View.

Here’s another book by Pelecanos that should be of interest to readers who like crime stories, Drama City (2005).

Main character Lorenzo Brown is a street investigator for the Humane Society. Brown lives on the 700 block of Otis Place and much of the action takes place in this section of Park View or further up on Georgia Avenue. A few other locations are thrown in for good measure. Brown has recently completed an eight-year stretch in prison for narcotics and is determined to stay on the straight and narrow.

Rachel Lopez is Brown’s parole officer. Lopez has demons of her own. While she works her cases by day she spends her nights getting drunk and having sex with strangers.

The violence in the book is ignited from a mistake in territory between two drug lords at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Morton, escalating into a series of revenge killings. The homicides ultimately touch the lives of Brown and Lopez before coming to an end.

As with D.C. Noir, Drama City portrays a darker side of Washington that is hidden to many while existing in plain sight.


Park View’s Own Kim Roberts Compiles First Poetry Anthology Focused on Washington

February 9, 2010

With all the snow that’s been first and foremost in the news — not to mention the lack of newspaper delivery — this gem might have been lost in the shuffle.

Sunday’s Washington Post reviewed Full Moon on K Street, poems about Washington, DC. In describing the book, the Post called it “the first anthology of modern poetry to be wholly for, about and by current and former Washington residents — [teeming] with poets who’ve distilled the region’s lifeblood into verse over the past 50 years” … and we have Park View’s own Kim Roberts to thank.

Roberts has lived in Washington since 1987, with much of that time working out of her home in Park View. Its hard to believe that a work such as this could have been compiled and edited by anyone other than Roberts, an accomplished poet in her own right with a deep appreciation for the city she calls home.


Park View in Fiction: You’ll Sense You Were There

January 27, 2010

Here’s something on the lighter side for the middle of the week. A neighbor of mine brought this book to my attention, and its a good thing he did since I generally don’t gravitate to reading this genre.

D.C. Noir is a book of short crime stories, each based in a particular part of the city. It was originally published in 2006, but don’t let that cloud your impression of the content. Each story is by a different author, in a different part of town, and captures a particular era — from just after World War II to just after 9/11.

The lead story takes place in our own Park View. With the exception that Park Place is referred to as “Park Lane” three of the four times its mentioned (and that Park View is located too far south on the map in the front matter), it is generally well written. I found it easy to imagine all the places along Georgia Avenue, on Quebec Place, or even in the alleys where the action takes place.

Other neighborhoods represented in the book are Benning Heights, Chinatown, Shepherd Park, Hill East, Georgetown, Petworth, Chevy Chase, Congress Heights, Edgewood, Mt. Pleasant, Deanwood, Capitol Hill, Thomas Circle, Cardozo, and K Street.

Even if fictional crime is not your thing, you may find this an enjoyable read due to the familiarity with the neighborhood. You can read the first few pages here>>

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