Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Essay: Close to the End: in District Lines 4

Those she loves are anointed in butter. Her daughter stocks the top shelf of the refrigerator door with slabs of Irish Kerrygold. Before we moved in together, my now husband spent a week with her between rental apartments. The first morning he came down to a big greasy breakfast, “Oh, you don’t have to make me breakfast,” he said to her. She said, “It’s not for you darling, it’s for my poodle." 
- Read Leeya Mehta's personal essay Close to the End in District Lines 4 (Politics and Prose).

Web site: http://www.politics-prose.com/event/book/district-lines-volume-iv
About: The fourth edition of the popular P&P anthology of work by local writers and artists testifies to the city’s diverse social and cultural range; as we know, there’s much more than politics going on here. Featuring both written and visual arts, from fiction, poetry, and essays to photography and drawings, this collection is a vivid kaleidoscope of District life. Join us for a reading by some of the contributors.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

The urban naturalist

Read Leeya Mehta's review of Saleem Peeradina's "Final Cut" in the amazing journal "The Missing Slate":

"He reminds me of strength, of the passing of time, the interconnectedness of our world and of my own journey to America...."

Don't you just love this cover!


Friday, September 30, 2016

In Vinyl - Two Poems set in Washington

"When has this man’s body ever been a sacred thing?
It remembers everything but laughter –
swallows disappearing into the evening sky."

Read the poems here: 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Reading at Joaquin Miller Cabin series: July 10th 2016

It was very exciting to submit and hear back from Kathi Morrison-Taylor that I will read at this wonderful local reading series, which began in 1973. I will be reading on July 10th in Rock Creek. Here is an interesting historical piece about the cabin and the series: http://washingtonart.com/beltway/jmiller.html

Joaquin Miller Poetry Reading Series, 2016

June 5:  Lesley Wheeler and winners of the Jacklyn Potter Young Poets Prize, Katherine Brown and Taylor Petty

June 12: Lois Marie Harrod and Martin Shapiro

June 19: Alan King and Ross White

June 26: Remica Bingham-Risher and Michael Brokos

July 10:  Hayes Davis and Leeya Mehta

July 17: Karren Alenier and Ayaz Pirani

July 24: Teri Ellen Cross and Richard Levine

July 31: Jason Gebhardt and Amie Whittemore

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Submit your best poems to Origins Journal

As guest poetry editor of Origins Journal, I'd love to read your best poems for the Fall theme: "Witness". Incredible poems that don't fit the theme will be considered for publication online. Send us some amazing work! http://www.originsjournal.com/submit