Area Happenings

The 2021 National Antiracist Book Festival

Saturday, April 24, 2021, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Washington DC (location TBA)

The Annual National Antiracist Book Festival celebrates the nation’s leading antiracist writers and helps to prepare the writers of tomorrow.

To see the AUTHOR LINEUP & SCHEDULE OF AUTHOR PANELS & WRITERS’ WORKSHOP, click the following link: The 2nd Annual National Antiracist Book Festival

Poetry Reading by Chiwan Choi

Please mark your calendars for March 29, 7-9 PM at the NOVA’s Lakeside Theater, Woodbridge Campus. Poet Chiwan Choi will read from his latest book, The Yellow House. 

Questions should be directed to Indigo Erickson 



AWP Conference & Bookfair:

Feb. 9, 2017 – Feb. 11, 2017

Visit us at Table 107-T!

Poetry Reading by J. K. Daniels  

LOCATION & TIME: 3-6 PM, Sunday, Dec. 18,  DC Arts Center 

$5 @ the door // free for DCAC members

J.K. Daniels will be featured with Kelly Chick and Michael Joseph Walsh at In Your Ear’s last event of the year.

Daniels’s poems have appeared in Queer South, Best New Poets, Calyx, The New Orleans Review, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, and elsewhere. Her first book, Wedding Pulls, was selected by C.D. Wright for the New Southern Voices Poetry Prize (2015) and published by Hub City Press (2016). She is a professor at Northern Virginia Community College, where she is on a hiatus from teaching creative writing and American Lit as she explores the dark side of academia as interim dean. She reads for The Northern Virginia Review.

Call for Poems: Moving Words 2017

Thousands of commuters could be reading your poetry!

Poetry in Arlington is on the move again!  The annual poetry contest Moving Words is now open for submissions. Deadline: January 12, 2017.  The work of six winning poets will be printed on colorful placards and displayed prominently inside area buses, enlivening the ride for thousands of commuters. This year’s Moving Words competition is juried by Arlington County’s Poet Laureate Katherine E. Young.

Six winning poems will be displayed inside Arlington Transit’s (ART) Buses for three months between April and September 2017 where they will be seen by thousands of riders. Each winning poet will also receive a $250 honorarium, and will be invited to give a public reading of their work in April 2017 during National Poetry Month.  The Moving Words Program was launched in 1999, conceived by award-winning poet and literary historian Kim Roberts (co-editor of Beltway Poetry Quarterly), who continues to consult with the program.

Poets who live in the D.C. Metro transit area and are over 18 years old are eligible to enter.  There is no fee to enter.
For the complete details on how to submit your poems, visit:

J. K. Daniels to be featured at Fall for the Book Festival’s “Poetry Night Out”

LOCATION & TIME: 7 – 8:15 PM, Sept. 30, Epicure Cafe (Fairfax)

Longtime TNVR board member J. K. Daniels will read from her recent work at Fall for the Book Festival’s “Poetry Night Out.” Daniels’s debut book of poetry, Wedding Pulls, won the 2015 New Southern Voices Prize. Poets M. Mack and Nancy K. Pearson will also read. See Poetry Night Out with M. Mack, J.K. Daniels and Nancy K. Pearson for more details.

TNVR Board Members are Among Featured Poets at NOVA Honors-sponsored event 

LOCATION & TIME: 7 PM, Sept. 28, Lakeside Theatre, NOVA Woodbridge

The Northern Virginia Review Editorial Board members J. K. (Jen) Daniels, Adam Chiles, and Nicole Tong will join Bob Bausch and others to read their work at the Woodbridge Campus’s Lakeside Theatre. This Fall for the Book event is hosted by Board member and Woodbridge Campus Honors Chair LeeAnn Thomas.

The Vienna Photographic Society Fall 2016 Event Schedule

LOCATION: Oakton Elem. School Auditorium, Rm. 123, 3000 Chain Bridge Rd. Oakton, VA, 22124

  • Photographic Composition Critique – On Wed. Sept. 21, 7:30 PM, expert Judge Denise Silva will critique member-submitted photographs. Photographers and artists are invited to learn about composition and photography techniques of portraits, especially black & white.
  • Photographic Portrait Composition Speaker – On Wed. Oct. 5, 7:30 PM, professional photographer Irene Abdou will speak about family portrait techniques. Photographers and artists are invited to learn about composition and lighting.
  • Photographic Composition Speaker for animals in zoos –  On Wed. Nov. 2, 7:30 PM, widely exhibited photographer Don Johnson will speak about photographing animals in zoos. Photographers and artists are invited to learn about composition techniques.
  • Photography Speaker on Photoshop techniques – On Wed. Dec. 7, 7:30 PM, the Vienna Photographic Society is hosting a speaker about Photoshop techniques and other software.

All events are free and open to everyone. Q&A sessions about the club start at 6:45 PM. For details about these and other events, please see

Split This Rock Social Justice Bookfair

Saturday, April 16, 10:00-3:30 PMSplit This Rock 2016

Charles Sumner School Museum & Archives, Room 300
1201 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036

The Northern Virginia Review will have a table at the Social Justice Bookfair, part of the Split This Rock’s 2016 Poetry Festival, featuring poets from all over the country, including U.S. Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera. Hosted in collaboration with the at the Charles Sumner School Museum & Archives, the Book Fair will feature over 30 socially engaged organizations, progressive presses, literary magazines, and independent newspapers.

Exhibitors include:

America SCORES
American University Department of Literature
Baltimore Review
Beltway Poetry Quarterly
BrickHouse Books
DC Writers’ Homes
District Lit
Flying Guillotine Press
Kore Press
Literary Hill BookFest
“On The Ground” radio show
Poet Lore
Poetry Foundation & POETRY Magazine
Poetry Mutual Press
Red Salmon Arts
RedBone Press
Resistencia Books
Rose Metal Press
Shout Mouse Press
Split This Rock
The Maryland Writers’ Association
The Northern Virginia Review
The Writer’s Center

For complete Split This Rock Poetry Festival details, see

Come Celebrate The Northern Virginia Review’s 30th Anniversary!

Thursday, March 24, 2:30-4:30 PM at the Ernst Cultural Center, Annandale TNVR 2016 launch.socialCampus

The Northern Virginia Review and NOVA’s  Lyceum Committee welcome internationally acclaimed storyteller Richard Bausch, reading from his latest novel, Before, During, and After, “an intensely personal drama set in motion by the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. 2001” (Boston Globe).

Bausch is the author of twelve novels and eight collections of short stories, including Something Is Out There, Peace, and Hello to the Cannibals. He is the past recipient of the PEN/Malamud Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and many others. He is also the editor of the Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. Bausch is currently a professor of creative writing at Chapman University in Orange, California.

Bausch’s reading will be followed by a question-and-answer session. Refreshments will follow the talk.

The Arlington Art Alliance: Call for Poems!

 DEADLINE:  JANUARY 11, 2016. Winners will be notified by March.

The 2016 MOVING WORDS Competition will be juried by Francisco Aragón, poet, editor, and literary curator. The Moving Words Program was launched in 1999, conceived by award-winning poet and literary historian Kim Roberts (co-editor of Beltway Poetry Quarterly), who continues to consult with the program.

PRIZES: Six winners will have their poem displayed inside Arlington’s ART Buses for three months between April and September 2016 where it will be seen by thousands of riders, will receive a $250 honorarium, and will be invited to give a public reading of their work in April 2016.

All entries must be received on or before the deadline.  Entries may be submitted to:

For more information, call 703-228-1854 or visit

Longtime TNVR Board Member Terry Alford to Discuss his Biography of John Wilkes Booth

November 10, 3 pm, President’s Dining Rm, Ernst Center, Annandale Campus

Terry AlfordTerry is America’s foremost scholar on John Wilkes Booth. Read more about Fortune’s Fool and Terry’s twenty-five years of research in The New York Time’s feature article For a Biography of John Wilkes Booth, Terry Alford Turns to Amateur Researchers.

 Robert Baush and LeAnn Bednar to Read from their New Books Offering Unique Perspectives on the West

Wednesday, October 21, 7:15 pm, Lakeside Theater, Woodbridge Campus, 

Way Through the West Reading

Award Winning Author Les Roberts to Discuss Mystery Writing at NOVA’s Loudoun Campus

Wednesday, October 7- 9 pm, HEC Event Space, Loudoun Campus

Les Roberts

Poet Chiwan Choi & Playwright Sam Chanse to Read from and Discuss their Lastest Works

Tuesday, September 29
Lakeside Theater
Woodbridge Campus
15200 Neabsco Mills Rd,
Woodbridge VA

Sam ChaseChiwan Choi

Chiwan Choi’s second collection of poetry, Abductions, explores the arc of his life and that of his family through an alien abduction mythology. He wrote his “science-fiction poetry book” saying he wanted to “take a crack at the sacred place of poetry.”

Sam Chanse’s most recent work is a one-woman play called Lydia’s Funeral Video, which has been turned into a book that includes the full script with stream of consciousness illustrations. Sponsored by Northern Virginia Community College Honors Program.


Fall for the book

The AWARE Project Presents Respect for Life Photography and Art Exhibit and Panel Discussion on Healthy Police-Community Relations within a Human Rights Framework

Tuesday, September 8,  4:30pm-6:30pm p.m. Fourth Floor Gallery, Woodbridge Campus

Panel Discussion: Healthy Police-Community Relations within a Human Rights Framework:

Respect for Life

Dora Muhammad’s Respect for Life exhibit has been curated to juxtapose initial photographs from “The Fire Shut up in Our Bones” documentary that she completed in Ferguson, August 2014, with advocacy outcomes that were propelled from that work. The exhibit seeks to raise an awareness that will inform our conversations and ground our actions around local public safety.

The Northern Virginia Review is now a media-sponsor of In the Company of Laureates

October 11, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., The Hylton Center, Manassas

Co-hosted by WRITE BY THE RAILS, the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club, and the Poetry Society of Virginia, this event brings together more than 20 current and past Poets Laureate from Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia in celebration of American poetry at the Hylton Center for the Performing Arts on October 11 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Hylton Center is located at 10960 George Mason Circle on George Mason University’s Science and Technology Campus, Manassas, Virginia.

Meet and mingle with award-winning Laureates and other regional poets and enthusiasts. Workshops, panel discussions, open mics, book signings and more. A teen program and activities are also scheduled throughout the afternoon. The event is free and open to the public.

For details and updates, visit the In the Company of Laureates event website at:

Rosemary Gallick’s Paintings Featured in Local Galleries

September 1-30, Fairfax Old Town Hall Gallery

Explosion by Rosemary Gallick

Explosion by Rosemary Gallick

The Northern Virginia Review’s 2015 cover artist Rosemary Gallick was the Featured Artist for the month of September at the Fairfax City Old Town Hall Gallery, located at 3999 University Drive. This exhibition included 22 of her paintings. Gallick has four additional, large acrylic and mixed media paintings on display at the Village Gallery also located in Fairfax City at 3950 University Drive. One of her larger works, Explosion, won the People’s Choice Award for the month of September. This exhibition is on display until November 5th. The gallery is open daily from 1-5PM and on weekends.