Five leading arts organizations — American Independent Writers, Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Docs in Progress, Round House Theatre, Songwriters’ Association of Washington — and the Bethesda-based Writer’s Center have created a multi-day, multi-discipline festival to commence between May 20 and May 22. From literature to theater and film, LitArtlantic will feature panels, workshops, concerts, readings, and other performances.
Writer’s Center Director Charles Jensen says, “D.C. is the perfect region for an event of this magnitude. It is home to several lively nonprofit literary presses, an active live music scene, the second largest theater community outside of New York City, and attracts the independent voices of many aspiring documentary filmmakers and film writers.”
Tonight beginning at 8 p.m. at the Bethesda, Md., Writer’s Center will host Story/Stereo that brings together music and literature. The featured poet is William Archila and the featured fiction writer is Alison Amend. Archila fled his nation of El Salvadore during the civil war and immigrated to the United States in 1980 where he earned an MFA from the University of Oregon. Amend was born in Chicago and graduated from Stanford and earned an MFA from the University of Iowa. This event is free, though $5 donations per family are suggested, and will be in the Allan Lefcowitz Auditorium. Following the reading and performance is an optional happy hour at 10 p.m.
On Friday, May 21, the festivities begin at 7 p.m. with “Creativity Crossing Borders,” in which writers will discuss how they create their work. The event will feature 9:30 Club founder and filmmaker Bill Warrell, photojournalist-poet-radio producer Askia Muhammad, and writer and media producer Amy Souza of SPARK: art from writing: writing from art. The event will be held in the Jane Fox Reading Room at The Writer’s Center.
On Saturday, May 22, between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. artists and organizations will convene on Walsh Street outside the Writer’s Center in a tented outdoor space, allowing audiences and artists to connect with literary and other arts organizations.
Between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. in the center’s Jane Fox Reading Room, C.M. Mayo and others will hold a panel discussion, “The Writer’s Life: A Report from the Field,” to examine the business of living with one’s art, creative processes, and including stories in their careers.
Following the panel discussion, the Writer’s Center will host the “Young Songwriter’s Showcase” between 1 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. in the Allan Lefcowitz Auditorium. The showcase will help young artists display their talents as songwriters and singers.
Wrapping up the day of artist events, workshops sponsored by the Round House Theater will teach young people how to act, create plays, and perform in the Jane Fox Reading Room between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
For more information about the events, visit The Writer’s Center and the center’s blog, First Person Plural. Also consider joining the LitArtlantic Fan Page. For more information about the partners in this endeavor, click on the links: American Independent Writers, Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Docs in Progress, Round House Theatre, Songwriters’ Association of Washington.