On September 16, Big Lucks literary journal hosted their inaugural Three Tents Reading Series at The Big Hunt in DuPont Circle.
Prose readers included Noy Holland, whose collections of short fiction and novellas include Swim for the Little One First, Begins With Bird, and The Spectacle of the Body (Knopf) and Sam Michel, author of Under the Light (short stories) and the novels Big Dogs and Fly Boys and Strange Cowboy: Lincoln Dahl Turns Five.
Three Tents is spontaneous and candid, and attendees are often unsure of the night’s happenings–halogen lights and Starbucks pastries have made appearances in the past.
The poet Joshua Young traveled from Chicago to perform impromptu, punk-rock inspired poetry. Young asked that the crowd join him by circling around him as he read his poetry. Participants were happy to join in and it was standing room only.
Poet Tim DeMay, an MFA student at the University of Maryland who lives in Washington DC, read from several original poems. His work has been featured in 491 and Big Lucks, and an essay on his time in Egypt is forthcoming in n+1.
The Three Tents Reading Series lineup shouldn’t be missed. American University alumni Mark Cugini hosts the series and this season promises to be eventful.
The Three Tents Reading Series has been featured in the Washington Post’s Going Out Guide.
Current lineup includes:
10/21- Dorothea Lasky, Karl Taro Greenfeld
11/18- Matt Bell, Robert Kloss, Amber Sparks
12/09- Laura van den Berg, K. Tyler Christensen
K. Tyler Christensen
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