Due to the COVID-19 virus, the Poetry and Essay/Short Story Events have been cancelled.


Poetry Contest Award CeremonyPoetry Contest Awards Ceremony
Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 7pm
Gallery B - 7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E

The 2020 showcase included readings by Award-Winning Poets Grace Cavalieri, Nisha Chawla & Jose Padua, 

Grace Cavalieri, Maryland Poet Laureate

Cavalieri is the author of 20 books and chapbooks of poetry, the latest are OtherVoices, Other Lives and Life Upon the Wicked Stage: A Memoir. She's also written texts and lyrics performed for opera, television and film and has had 26 plays produced on American stages. Grace teaches poetry workshops throughout the country at numerous colleges. Grace has received the 2013 George Garrett Award, the Pen-Fiction Award, the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting Silver Medal, and awards from the National Commission on Working Women, the WV Commission on Women, the American Association of University Women, The DC Poet Laureate Award from Dolores Kendrick, the Paterson lifetime Achievement Award, among others. Cavalieri produced and hosted "The Poet and the Poem," weekly, on WPFW-FM (1977-1997) presenting more than 2,000 poets to the nation. She now presents this series to public radio from the Library of Congress via NPR satellite and Pacifica Radio, celebrating 42 years on air in 2019.

Nishi Chawla

Nishi Chawla is an academician and a writer. She has six collections of poetry, eight plays, one mime, and two novels to her credit. Her poetry has been published in various American journals such as Humanitas, Cathexis Northwest, Menteur, Silkworm, Wooden Teeth, Hamlet Studies, as well as in Sahitya Academy's journal, Indian Literature. Nishi Chawla holds a Ph. D. in English from The George Washington University. Nishi Chawla received a Citation from the state of Maryland in 2018 in recognition of her dedication to the arts and theatre.

Jose Padua

Padua’s first full length book, A Short History of Monsters, was chosen by former poet laureate Billy Collins as the winner of the 2019 Miller Williams Poetry Prize. His poetry, fiction and nonfiction have appeared in publications such as Bomb,, Beloit Poetry Journal, Exquisite Corpse, Another Chicago Magazine, Unbearables, Crimes of the Beats, Up is Up, but So Is Down: New York's Downtown Literary Scene, 1974-1992, and others. He was a featured reader at the 2012 Split This Rock poetry festival and won the New Guard Review’s 2014 Knightville Poetry Prize.


Bethesda Essay & Short Story Contest Awards CeremonyBethesda Essay And Short Story Contest Award Ceremony
Friday, April 17, 2020 at 7pm
The Writer's Center, 4508 Walsh Street