D.C. Mondays: By Broad Potomac's Shore: Great Poems From the Early Days of Our Nation's Capital

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Josephine Watkins Lehman, Paul Laurence Dunbar, c. 1890-1900.


Explore poems by both well-known and overlooked poets working and living in Washington, D.C., from the city’s founding in 1800 to 1930. Kim Roberts, editor of By Broad Potomac’s Shore: Great Poems From the Early Days of Our Nation’s Capital, will present the works of such celebrated writers as Francis Scott Key, Walt Whitman, Henry Adams, Frederick Douglass, Ambrose Bierce, James Weldon Johnson and Paul Laurence Dunbar. Roberts will also explore the work of lesser-known poets — especially women, writers of color and working-class writers — as well as writers who were born enslaved, including Fanny Jackson Coppin, T. Thomas Fortune and John Sella Martin. 

About Kim Roberts

Kim Roberts is the author of A Literary Guide to Washington, D.C.: Walking in the Footsteps of American Writers From Francis Scott Key to Zora Neale Hurston (2018) and editor of two anthologies, By Broad Potomac’s Shore: Great Poems From the Early Days of Our Nation’s Capital (2020) and Full Moon on K. Street: Poems About Washington D.C. (2010). Poems written by Roberts have been featured in over 40 anthologies and in literary journals throughout the world. She is also the author of six books of poems; her newest book, Corona/Crown, comes out in November 2023.  

How to Participate

This program will take place on Zoom. To participate, please register online, and we will email you a link and instructions for joining. Simply follow that link at the time the program starts (12 p.m. EST / 9 a.m. PST). When you register, you can also request to receive a reminder email one day before the program with the link included.

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