Cafe Muse Literary Series

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In 1999 as part of the 25th anniversary celebration of The Word Works, Karren Alenier developed Cafe Muse, a monthly literary series prominently featuring poetry, at Strathmore Hall Arts Center in North Bethesda, Maryland. In the first year such poets as Kenny Carroll, Barbara Goldberg, Reuben Jackson, and Stanley Plumly presented their original work. In 2003, the program moved to the Friendship Height Village Center.

Hosts have included Karren Alenier, Carl Banner, Michelle Chan Brown, Adele Steiner Brown, Moira Burns, Andrea Collins, Bernadette Geyer, Cynthia Hoffman, Brandon Johnson, Hiram Larew, Greg McBride, E. Ethelbert Miller, Miles David Moore, Terence Mulligan, Yvette Neisser, Judy Neri, Maritza Rivera, Anne Harding Woodworth, and Katherine Young. Along with the policy of presenting excellent featured readers and performers, Michael Davis plays classical guitar for most programs, and Cafe Muse occasionally presents programs that showcase other literary venues and publications. Most Cafe Muse programs provide an opportunity for open mike readings by members of the audience.

written by Karren L. Alenier, The Word Works


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