Reflections on Orlando


The Pulse club shooting in Orlando recently served as a stark reminder that, while gay marriage is now legal, the fight for LGBTQA safety  is not yet over. BHB author Kathi Wolfe reminds us in her article “Orlando bursts our bubble of complacency,” published by the Washington Blade, that “love must carry the day” as the modern gay rights movement continues to pursue equality. See her full article here.


Summer Events

Summer is the season for festivals and we have some great events coming up! Please see below for a quick summary or check our Events calendar for a more extensive list.


Painting by Zsudayka Nzinga. For more, see her online gallery at

July 8 (6-9pm) – Zed’s Cafe July Open Mic – Featuring two husband and wife duos, poets Teri Cross Davis and Hayes Davis and artists Zsudayka Nzinga and James Terrell. Enjoy readings by the poets and live painting by the artists in this cozy Silver Spring cafe. Don’t forget to bring your own work to share after the reading! For more information, see the event’s Facebook page or the Zed’s Cafe website.

July 23 (1:30-3:30 pm) – A Poetry Extravaganza – Poems will be read by a diverse spectrum of poets at George Washington University’s Estelle & Melvin Gelman Library. There will also be a music demonstration “On Synchronization Of Poetry Imagery”by Wing-chi Chan. The event will be followed by a reception. For more information, see our Events Calendar.

August 4 (7-9pm) – Cracks in the Road – An open mic for people of color & allies responding to recent acts by law enforcement. Read your own work or the work of others, sing, or support by listening. Sign up begins at 6:30 pm. Co-hosted by Regie Cabico, Doritt Carroll, and Teri Cross Davis.

August 5 (6-9pm) – Zed’s August Open Mic – This month’s open mic will feature Kathi Wolfe as the opening reader and former featured reader Cort (CL) Bledsoe as an MC. Bring some of your own work to read after the features or just stop by and listen.

Disabilities, Poetry, and Kathi Wolfe

Kathi Wolfe is well known for her series of poetry, entitled “The Uppity Blind Girl Poems.” In this latest article describing the beauty and complexity of poetry based upon writers with disabilities, Wolfe joins a plethora of other gifted writers who chose to depict the life of those who face unique challenges on a daily basis.

To read the full article, check out the link below!