Washington, DC Walking Tour
Credits & Sources

With many thanks to all the poets, publishers, and estates that helped make the Washington, DC, Poetry Tour possible. A number of people provided invaluable background information, help, and assistance, including Grace Cavalieri, Katie Davis, Patricia Gray, E. Ethelbert Miller, and Beltway magazine editor Kim Roberts, without whom this tour could not have been created.

Elizabeth Alexander, Narrator
Curtis Fox, Narrator 

Anne Halsey, Executive Producer
Curtis Fox, Producer
Thomas Sayers Ellis, Photographs
Katie Hartsock, Researcher
Kristin Esch, Coordinator

The Washington, DC, Poetry Tour was created by the Poetry Foundation, in collaboration with Tierra Innovation.

Copyright © 2009 Poetry Foundation

Washington, DC, Poetry Tour Supplementary Links
Literary Rights
Audio Rights
Image Sources


Washington, DC, Poetry Tour Supplementary Links

www.asu.edu/brp
www.beltwaypoetry.com
www.busboysandpoets.com
www.cleispress.com
www.coas.howard.edu/afroamerican/recourcecenter.html
www.coffeehousepress.org
www.thecrisismagazine.com
www.curbstone.org
www.dcpoetry.com
www.eethelbertmiller.com
www.elizabethalexander.net
www.fiestadc.org
www.flickr.com/creativecommons
www.fsgbooks.com
www.graywolfpress.org
www.harpercollins.com
www.hmhco.com
www.jazzhouse.org
www.kessinger.net
www.thelincolntheatre.org
www.loc.gov/poetry
www.loc.gov/rr/print/catalog.html
www.michaellally.com
www.miporadio.libsyn.com
www.nasm.si.edu
www.ndpublishing.com
www.ninasimone.com
www.notellmotel.org
www.nps.gov
www.othervoicespoetry.org
www.poetlore.com
www.poets.org
www.poetsagainstthewar.org
www.randomhouse.com
www.reblivingston.net
www.sarahbrowning.blogspot.com
www.si.edu
www.splitthisrock.org
www.stelizabethswestcampus.com
www.sunypress.edu
www.terencewinch.com
www.thirdworldpressinc.com
www.time.com
www.ushmm.org
http://us.macmillan.com/henryholt.aspx
http://us.macmillan.com/picador.aspx
www.vehicleeditions.com
www.thewall-usa.com
www.wordworksdc.com
www.writer.org
www.wwnorton.com

 

LITERARY RIGHTS

ARCHIBALD MACLEISH

Archibald MacLeish, “Ars Poetica,” from Collected Poems 1917–1982. Copyright © 1985 by The Estate of Archibald MacLeish. Used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.


ELIZABETH BISHOP & EZRA POUND

Elizabeth Bishop, “Visits to St. Elizabeths,” from The Complete Poems, 1927–1979. Copyright © 1979, 1983 by Alice Helen Methfessel. Reprinted by permission of Farrar, Straus and Giroux. All rights reserved. www.fsgbooks.com.  


PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR & ROBERT HAYDEN

Paul Laurence Dunbar, “We Wear the Mask,” from The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar, published by Dodd, Mead and Company.

Robert Hayden, “Those Winter Sundays,” from Collected Poems of Robert Hayden, edited by Frederick Glaysher. Copyright © 1966 by Robert Hayden. Reprinted with the permission of Liveright Publishing Corporation.


WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS

William Carlos Williams, “It Is a Living Coral,” from Selected Poems. Copyright © 1991 by William Carlos Williams. Reprinted by permission of New Directions Publishing Corporation.


INAUGURATIONS

Elizabeth Alexander, “Praise Song for the Day,” from Praise Song for the Day: A Poem for Barack Obama's Presidential Inauguration. Copyright © 2009 by Elizabeth Alexander. All rights reserved. Reprinted with the permission of Graywolf Press.

Robert Frost, “The Gift Outright,” from The Poetry of Robert Frost, edited by Edward Connery Lathem. Copyright © 1942 by Robert Frost, copyright © 1970 by Lesley Frost Ballantine, copyright © 1969 by Henry Holt and Company. Used by permission of Henry Holt and Company, LLC. All rights reserved. CAUTION: Users are warned that this work is protected under copyright laws and downloading is strictly prohibited. The right to reproduce or transfer the work via any medium must be secured from Henry Holt and Company, LLC.

Linda Pastan, “Remembering Frost at Kennedy's Inauguration,” from Queen of a Rainy Country, published by W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. Copyright © 2006 by Linda Pastan. Reprinted by permission of The Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, Inc.


MYRA SKLAREW

Myra Sklarew, “Monuments,” from Beltway magazine. Copyright © 2004 by Myra Sklarew. Reprinted by permission of the author. Part of a celebration of Washington, DC, and the millennium with “Citypiece: DC Monuments,” a commissioned work by composer Robert Kapilow, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, June 28, 2000.


LINDA PASTAN

Linda Pastan, “At the Air and Space Museum,” from Heroes in Disguise, published by W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. Copyright © 1991 by Linda Pastan. Reprinted by permission of The Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, Inc.

Linda Pastan, “On the Steps of the Jefferson Memorial,” from Prairie Schooner (Summer 2007). Copyright © 2006 by Linda Pastan. Reprinted by permission of the author.


JANE SHORE

Jane Shore, “Holocaust Museum,” from Music Minus One. Copyright © 1996 by Jane Shore. Reprinted by permission of Picador USA.


ROBERT LOWELL

Robert Lowell, “July in Washington,” from Collected Poems. Copyright © 2003 by Harriet Lowell and Sheridan Lowell. Reprinted by permission of Farrar, Straus and Giroux. www.fsgbooks.com.


RANDALL JARRELL

Randall Jarrell, “The Woman at the Washington Zoo,” from The Complete Poems. Copyright © 1969, renewed 1997 by Mary von S. Jarrell. Used by permission of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC, www.fsgbooks.com. All rights reserved. CAUTION: Users are warned that this work is protected under copyright laws and downloading is strictly prohibited. The right to reproduce or transfer the work via any medium must be secured with Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC. 


YUSEF KOMUNYAKAA

Yusef Komunyakaa, “Facing It,” from Pleasure Dome: New and Collected Poems. Copyright © 2001 by Yusef Komunyakaa. Reprinted with the permission of Wesleyan University Press.


WALT WHITMAN & THE CIVIL WAR

Sarah Browning, “The Fifth Fact,” from Beltway magazine. Copyright © 2006 by Sarah Browning. Reprinted by permission of the author.

Walt Whitman, “The Wound-Dresser.”


POETS AGAINST THE WAR

Kenneth Carroll, “Snookie Johnson Goes Down to the Recruiter's Office Near Benning Road and Starts Some Shit,” from Beltway magazine. Copyright © 2000 by Kenneth Carroll. Reprinted by permission of the author.

David Gewanter, “War Bird: A Journal,” from Beltway magazine. Copyright © 2006 by David Gewanter. Reprinted by permission of the author.


U STREET & DC RENAISSANCE

Jean Toomer, “Seventh Street,” from Cane. Copyright © 1923 by Boni & Liveright, renewed 1951 by Jean Toomer. Used by permission of Liveright Publishing Corporation.


“THE WEARY BLUES”

Langston Hughes, “The Weary Blues,” from Collected Poems. Copyright © 1994 by The Estate of Langston Hughes. Reprinted with the permission of Harold Ober Associates, Incorporated.


GEORGIA DOUGLAS JOHNSON

Georgia Douglas Johnson, “Common Dust.”


WARING CUNEY

William Waring Cuney, “No images,” from Storefront Church, published in 1973 by Paul Breman Limited. Exhaustive efforts having been made to identify and contact a rights holder, this material is believed to be in the public domain. If you have information about rights to this work, please e-mail us at mail@poetryfoundation.org. 


REUBEN JACKSON

Reuben Jackson, “For Ben Webster,” from Beltway magazine. Copyright © 2002 by Reuben Jackson. Reprinted by permission of the author.


BRIAN GILMORE

Brian Gilmore, “Dreamy Blues,” from Jungle Nights and Soda Fountain Rags: Poem for Duke Ellington, published by Karibu Books. Copyright © 2001 by Brian Gilmore. Reprinted by permission of the author.


A.B. SPELLMAN

A.B. Spellman, “Groovin' Low,” from Things I Must Have Known. Copyright © 2008 by A.B. Spellman. Reprinted by permission of Coffee House Press.


THOMAS SAYERS ELLIS

Thomas Sayers Ellis, “Or,” from Poetry magazine. Reprinted by permission of the author.

Thomas Sayers Ellis, “Take Me Out to the Go-Go,” from The Maverick Room. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Sayers Ellis. Reprinted by permission of Graywolf Press.


STERLING BROWN

Sterling Brown, “Ma Rainey,” from The Collected Poems of Sterling A. Brown, selected by Michael S. Harper. Copyright © 1932 by Harcourt Brace & Co., renewed 1960 by Sterling A. Brown. Reprinted with the permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Sterling Brown, “Old Lem,” from The Collected Poems of Sterling A. Brown, selected by Michael S. Harper. Copyright © 1980 by Sterling A. Brown. Used by permission of Harper and Row.


MAY MILLER

May Miller, “Surrender your fancy dream of birth . . . ,” from Collected Poems, published by Random House, Inc. Copyright © 1970 by May Miller. Used by permission of The Estate of May Miller.


E. ETHELBERT MILLER

E. Ethelbert Miller, “Reading Another Poetry Book.” Reprinted by permission of the author.

E. Ethelbert Miller, “Why Is It Greek Omelet and Not Puerto Rican?” Reprinted by permission of the author.


NAOMI AYALA

Naomi Ayala, “Hole,” from This Side of Early. Copyright © 2008 by Naomi Ayala. Reprinted by permission of Curbstone Press.


QUIQUE AVILÉS

Quique Avilés, “My Tongue Is Divided into 2,” from The Immigrant Museum. Copyright © 2004 by Quique Avilés. Reprinted by permission of Raices de Papel.


THE KNICKERBOCKER THEATRE

Elizabeth Alexander, “Early Cinema,” from Antebellum Dream Book. Copyright © 2001 by Elizabeth Alexander. Reprinted by permission of Graywolf Press.


REB LIVINGSTON

Reb Livingston, “Seven Spell,” from Your Ten Favorite Words, published by Coconut Books. Copyright © 2007 by Reb Livingston. Reprinted by permission of the author.


MASS TRANSIT

Michael Lally, “So,” from Just Let Me Do It, published by Vehicle Editions. Copyright © 1978 by Michael Lally. Reprinted by permission of the author.

Terence Winch, “1920 S St NW: The Chateau Thierry,” reprinted by permission of the author.


ESSEX HEMPHILL

Essex Hemphill, “American Wedding,” from Ceremonies. Copyright © 1992 by Essex Hemphill. Reprinted by permission of The Frances Goldin Literary Agency.


ELIZABETH ALEXANDER

Elizabeth Alexander, “Ars Poetica #100,” from American Sublime. Copyright © 2005 by Elizabeth Alexander. Reprinted by permission of Graywolf Press.

 

AUDIO RIGHTS

John Adams and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, “The Wound-Dresser,” from Fearful Symmetries/The Wound-Dresser. Rhino Entertainment, 2005.

Pierre Boulez and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, “Pulcinella Suite” (Introduction), from Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite (1910); Pulcinella Suite; Suites Nos. 1 & 2 for Small Orchestra. Sony Classical, 2005.

Duke Ellington, “Black and Tan Fantasy,” from The Duke Steps Out – Duke Ellington in the Twenties. Sanctuary Classics: Living Era label, 2004.

Duke Ellington, “Choo Choo,” from The Duke Steps Out – Duke Ellington in the Twenties. Sanctuary Classics: Living Era label, 2004.

Duke Ellington, “Mood Indigo,” from Duke Ellington in the Thirties: Creole Rhapsody. Sanctuary Classics: Living Era label, 2007.

Dizzy Gillespie, “Groovin’ High,” from Groovin’ High with Dizzy Gillespie. Savoy Jazz, 1993.

Charles Mingus, “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat,” from Mingus Ah Um. Sony, 1999.

Nina Simone, “Images,” from Verve Jazz Masters 58: Nina Simone Sings Nina. Polygram Records, 1996.

Ben Webster, “I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good,” from Storyville Masters of Jazz, Vol 4: Ben Webster. Storyville Records, 2006.

 

IMAGE SOURCES


INTRODUCTION

Start page photo: Thomas Sayers Ellis
Aerial view, Washington, DC: steeleman204 (Flickr)
Elizabeth Alexander: CJ Gunther, Graywolf Press
US Capitol: Curtis Fox
Washington Monument, 1992: Jack Boucher (Library of Congress)
Robert Frost: Poetry Foundation
Langston Hughes: Library of Congress
Lyrica: Curtis Fox
Robert Lowell: Poetry Foundation
Sterling A. Brown: www.americanhistory.si.edu
Thomas Sayers Ellis: Poetry Foundation
National Mall: Curtis Fox
White House, 1976: Jack Boucher (Library of Congress)
Busboys & Poets Café: Curtis Fox
DC Poets Against the War: Curtis Fox
Jefferson Memorial: 8230This&That (Flickr)
David Gewanter: Poetry Foundation
View of the National Mall from the Capitol Dome: Jack Boucher (Library of Congress)


ARCHIBALD MACLEISH

Start page photo: Thomas Sayers Ellis
Library of Congress, stacks, ca. 1897–1910: Library of Congress
Library of Congress: Curtis Fox
Library of Congress, interior: Curtis Fox
Archibald MacLeish: Poetry Foundation
Poetry
magazine, June 1926: Poetry Foundation
Lyrica: Curtis Fox
Pegasus: Curtis Fox
Library of Congress, skylights: Curtis Fox
Archibald MacLeish: Library of Congress
Library of Congress: Curtis Fox
Library of Congress, inscription: Curtis Fox
Archibald MacLeish: Library of Congress
Library of Congress: Curtis Fox
Library of Congress, blueprints: Curtis Fox


ELIZABETH BISHOP & EZRA POUND

Start page photo: Thomas Sayers Ellis
St. Elizabeths, N Building, 1979: Library of Congress
Elizabeth Bishop: Poetry Foundation
St. Elizabeths, M Building, 1979: Library of Congress
Ezra Pound, ca. 1943: Poetry Foundation
Ezra Pound: University of Pennsylvania
St. Elizabeths, I Building, 1979: Library of Congress
St. Elizabeths, M Building, 1979: Library of Congress
St. Elizabeths, N Building, 1979: Library of Congress
St. Elizabeths, Q Building, 1979: Library of Congress


PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR & ROBERT HAYDEN

Start page photo: Thomas Sayers Ellis
Paul Laurence Dunbar: Blue Hydrangeas blog
Library of Congress stacks, ca. 1897–1910: Library of Congress
Yusef Komunyakaa: Poetry Foundation
Paul Laurence Dunbar: Ohio History Central
Brian Gilmore: Curtis Fox
Paul Laurence Dunbar: Library of Congress
Robert Hayden: Poetry Foundation


WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS

Start page photo: Thomas Sayers Ellis
William Carlos Williams: Poetry Foundation
US Capitol: Curtis Fox
Poetry
magazine, June 1913: Otto Sell
William Carlos Williams on phone: www.myplaceoryours.org.uk
US Capitol, entrance: Curtis Fox
Line of tourists outside the Capitol: Curtis Fox
US Capitol: Curtis Fox
Capitol Dome, interior: Curtis Fox
House of Representatives, opening ceremonies, 1928: Library of Congress


INAUGURATIONS

Start page photo: Thomas Sayers Ellis
Capitol steps: Curtis Fox
Inauguration of John F. Kennedy, 1961: Library of Congress
Capitol steps: Curtis Fox
John F. Kennedy at podium, 1961: Library of Congress
Robert Frost: Poetry Foundation
Robert Frost, Kennedy Inauguration, 1961: Syracuse University
Linda Pastan: Poetry Foundation
Kennedy Inauguration, 1961: www.syracuse.com
Robert Frost, Kennedy Inauguration, 1961: Wall Street Journal
Robert Frost: Poetry Foundation
Capitol steps: Curtis Fox
Inauguration of Barack H. Obama, 2009: Harvard University
Elizabeth Alexander: Poetry Foundation
Capitol steps: Curtis Fox


MYRA SKLAREW

Start page photo: Thomas Sayers Ellis
National Mall: Curtis Fox
Myra Sklarew: Poetry Foundation
National Mall: Curtis Fox
Washington Monument: Curtis Fox
Capitol under construction, July 1863: Library of Congress
Mary McLeod Bethune Statue, Lincoln Park: Mary Bethune Academy


LINDA PASTAN

Start page photo: Thomas Sayers Ellis
National Air & Space Museum: Curtis Fox
Linda Pastan: Poetry Foundation
Jefferson Memorial: 8230This&That (Flickr)
Statue of Thomas Jefferson, Jefferson Memorial: laura padgett (Flickr)


JANE SHORE

Start page photo: Thomas Sayers Ellis
United States Memorial Holocaust Museum: thisisbossi (Flickr)
United States Memorial Holocaust Museum: Curtis Fox
United States Memorial Holocaust Museum: Curtis Fox
Jane Shore: Poetry Foundation
United States Memorial Holocaust Museum: curtandrew (Flickr)
United States Memorial Holocaust Museum: Curtis Fox


ROBERT LOWELL

Start page photo: Thomas Sayers Ellis
Robert Lowell: Poetry Foundation
TIME
magazine, June 2, 1967: The New York Sun
US War Bond promotional poster, 1942: www.rare-posters.com
“Suppose they gave a war…And nobody came”: Library of Congress
Thomas Circle, 1992: Library of Congress
Thomas Circle, aerial view, 1992: Library of Congress


RANDALL JARRELL

Start page photo: Thomas Sayers Ellis
Northwest view from the Washington Monument, 1991: StevenM_61 (Flickr)
DC street scene, ca. 1918: Library of Congress
Munsey Trust Building, E Street NW, 1979: Library of Congress
Randall Jarrell: Poetry Foundation
Jane Shore: Poetry Foundation
Corner of 14th and F Streets NW, 1967: Library of Congress
“Supervisor of Operations”: Library of Congress
Randall Jarrell, 1945: Poetry Foundation


YUSEF KOMUNYAKAA

Start page photo: Thomas Sayers Ellis
Vietnam Veterans Memorial: Curtis Fox
Vietnam Veterans Memorial: Curtis Fox
Vietnam Veterans Memorial: Curtis Fox
Yusef Komunyakaa: Poetry Foundation
Vietnam Veterans Memorial: Curtis Fox
Vietnam Veterans Memorial: Curtis Fox
Vietnam Veterans Memorial: Curtis Fox


WALT WHITMAN & THE CIVIL WAR

Start page photo: Thomas Sayers Ellis
Armory Square Hospital, ca. 1861–69: Library of Congress
Armory Square Hospital chapel, 1865: Library of Congress
Civil War hospital tents, 1864: Library of Congress
Walt Whitman: Poetry Foundation
Walt Whitman, original steel engraving, Leaves of Grass, 1860: Library of Congress
Walt Whitman, 1863: Library of Congress
Hospital camp, ca. 1861–69: Library of Congress
Armory Square Hospital, patients in Ward K, 1865: Library of Congress
Officers at door of Seminary Hospital, Georgetown, 1865: Library of Congress
Sanitary Commission Home Lodge for Convalescent Soldiers, 1865: Library of Congress
Whitman and friend Pete Doyle, 1865: Library of Congress
Walt Whitman, 1881: Library of Congress
Walt Whitman, 1887: Library of Congress
Walt Whitman, ca. 1850: Library of Congress
Sarah Browning: Poetry Foundation
Abraham Lincoln: Library of Congress


POETS AGAINST THE WAR

Start page photo: Thomas Sayers Ellis
White House: www.visitingdc.com
White House, protesters, February 2006: Voices for Creative Nonviolence
David Gewanter: Poetry Foundation
Kenneth Carroll: Poetry Foundation
DC Poets Against the War: An Anthology
: Kim Roberts
Malcolm X, March 1964: Library of Congress
DC Poets Against the War: Kim Roberts
DC Poets Against the War, Busboys & Poets Café: Kim Roberts


U STREET & DC RENAISSANCE

Start page photo: Thomas Sayers Ellis
U Street NW: Curtis Fox
Duke Ellington, 1951: Library of Congress
Lincoln Theater: Curtis Fox
Duke Ellington mural, True Reformer Building: www.city-data.com
Jean Toomer: Poetry Foundation
Langston Hughes: Library of Congress
Seventh Street, ca. 1922: Library of Congress
Langston Hughes, typewriter: www.dailymarauder.com


LANGSTON HUGHES

Start page photo: Thomas Sayers Ellis
YMCA building, 1816 12th Street NW: Curtis Fox
YMCA lobby: Curtis Fox
YMCA room: Curtis Fox
Langston Hughes: Library of Congress
Wardman Park Hotel: Wikimedia
Vachel Lindsay: Poetry Foundation
Langston Hughes: Library of Congress
Mural of Langston Hughes as busboy: Curtis Fox
Langston Hughes: Library of Congress


“THE WEARY BLUES”

Start page photo: Thomas Sayers Ellis
Langston Hughes: Library of Congress
A.B. Spellman: Poetry Foundation
Langston Hughes: Library of Congress
The Weary Blues,
by Langston Hughes: Encyclopedia Britannica


GEORGIA DOUGLAS JOHNSON

Start page photo: Thomas Sayers Ellis
Former home of Georgia Douglas Johnson: Kim Roberts
Georgia Douglas Johnson: Poetry Foundation
Zora Neale Hurston: Library of Congress
Elizabeth Alexander: Poetry Foundation
The Plays of Georgia Douglas Johnson
: University of Illinois
James Weldon Johnson, editor of The Book of American Negro: University of Illinois
The Crisis
, March 1920: Beineke Library
Kim Roberts: Kim Roberts
Beltway
magazine: www.washingtonart.com


WARING CUNEY

Start page photo: Thomas Sayers Ellis
William Waring Cuney: Poetry Foundation
Opportunity
magazine, December 1925: Library of Congress
A.B. Spellman: Poetry Foundation
Nina Simone, 1969: This Wheel’s on Fire blog


BUSBOYS & POETS CAFÉ

Start page photo: Thomas Sayers Ellis
Portraits of Dalai Lama, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr., above the stage, Busboys & Poets Café: Curtis Fox
Intersection of 14th and U Streets NW: Curtis Fox
E. Ethelbert Miller: Poetry Foundation
Busboys & Poets Café: Curtis Fox
Busboys & Poets Café: Curtis Fox
Busboys & Poets Café: Curtis Fox
Mural of Langston Hughes as busboy: Curtis Fox
Bookstore, Busboys & Poets Café: Curtis Fox
Busboys & Poets Café: Curtis Fox
Music, Busboys & Poets Café: Curtis Fox
Busboys & Poets Café: Curtis Fox
Reuben Jackson: Poetry Foundation
Busboys & Poets Café: Curtis Fox


REUBEN JACKSON

Start page photo: Thomas Sayers Ellis
Reuben Jackson: Poetry Foundation
Reuben Jackson, far left, with Nikki Giovanni, Henry Taylor, Robert Hass, and participants of Bring in Da Slam fund-raiser: DC Writers Corps
Ben Webster: ArtsJournal
Ben Webster: Musica desde las Antipodas blog


BRIAN GILMORE

Start page photo: Thomas Sayers Ellis
Brian Gilmore: Curtis Fox
Duke Ellington: Library of Congress
Mood Indigo
album cover: 7digital
Duke Ellington and band members: Library of Congress


A.B. SPELLMAN

Start page photo: Thomas Sayers Ellis
A.B. Spellman: Poetry Foundation
Dizzy Gillespie, 1955: Library of Congress
Dizzy Gillespie, 1955: Library of Congress


THOMAS SAYERS ELLIS

Start page photo: Thomas Sayers Ellis
Thomas Sayers Ellis: Poetry Foundation
Go-Go Show on the National Mall: Thomas Sayers Ellis
Go-Go crowd: Thomas Sayers Ellis
Go-Go Poster: Thomas Sayers Ellis
Drums: Thomas Sayers Ellis
Niiki Pleading: Thomas Sayers Ellis
Tambourine Daze: Thomas Sayers Ellis
Obsession Conga: Thomas Sayers Ellis
Blue Peace: Thomas Sayers Ellis


STERLING BROWN

Start page photo: Thomas Sayers Ellis
Sterling A. Brown: Poetry Foundation
Oxford University Press, 2009, After Winter: The Art and Life of Sterling Brown: Heatstrings blog
Howard University: Curtis Fox
Howard University: Curtis Fox
Sterling Brown: Howard University
E. Ethelbert Miller: Poetry Foundation
Howard University gates: Curtis Fox
Howard University chapel: Curtis Fox
Sterling Brown: Fu Jen University


MAY MILLER

Start page photo: Thomas Sayers Ellis
May Miller: Poetry Foundation
Countee Cullen, 1941: Library of Congress
Howard University ca. 1920–50: Library of Congress
Howard University, Founders Library, Moorland-Spingarn Room, 1979: Dynecourt Mahon
Howard University, Founders Library, reference room: Dynecourt Mahon
Howard University, Founders Library, woodwork in reference room: Dynecourt Mahon
Myra Sklarew: Poetry Foundation
Founders Library, first-floor lobby: Library of Congress


E. ETHELBERT MILLER

Start page photo: Thomas Sayers Ellis
E. Ethelbert Miller: Poetry Foundation
Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, March 26, 1964: Library of Congress
Howard University: Curtis Fox
Sterling Brown: Library of Congress
E. Ethelbert Miller: Curtis Fox


NAOMI AYALA

Start page photo: Thomas Sayers Ellis
Fiesta DC Street Festival, Mount Pleasant: Mr. T. in DC (Flickr)
Dancers, Fiesta DC Street Festival, Mount Pleasant: Mr. T in DC (Flickr)
Naomi Ayala: Poetry Foundation
Mount Pleasant Library: Mr. T in DC (Flickr)
Mount Pleasant rowhouses: Mr. T in DC (Flickr)


QUIQUE AVILÉS

Start page photo: Thomas Sayers Ellis
Quique Avilés: Poetry Foundation
A People Without Murals Is a Demuralized People
: Curtis Fox
A People Without Murals Is a Demuralized People
: Curtis Fox
A People Without Murals Is a Demuralized People
: Curtis Fox
A People Without Murals Is a Demuralized People
: Curtis Fox
A People Without Murals Is a Demuralized People
: Curtis Fox


THE KNICKERBOCKER THEATRE

Start page photo: Thomas Sayers Ellis
Knickerbocker Theatre, October 1917: Library of Congress
Knickerbocker Theatre, interior, October 1917: Library of Congress
Knickerbocker Theatre Disaster, January 30, 1922: Library of Congress
Elizabeth Alexander: Poetry Foundation
Knickerbocker Theatre Disaster, January 30, 1922: Library of Congress
Knickerbocker Theatre Disaster, January 30, 1922: Library of Congress


REB LIVINGSTON

Start page photo: Thomas Sayers Ellis
Reb Livingston: Poetry Foundation
No Tell Motel: www.notellmotel.org
Reb Livingston reading: somechick.orangeoblivion.com


MASS TRANSIT

Start page photo: Thomas Sayers Ellis
2028 P Street NW: Curtis Fox
Michael Lally: Poetry Foundation
Terence Winch: Poetry Foundation
Mass Transit
magazine, 1973: Kim Roberts
Terence Winch’s apartment: Kim Roberts
1920 S St, NW: The Chateau Thierry: Kim Roberts
1920 S St, NW: The Chateau Thierry: Kim Roberts


ESSEX HEMPHILL

Start page photo: Thomas Sayers Ellis
Dupont Circle, aerial view, 1992: Library of Congress
Dupont Circle fountain, 1992: Library of Congress
Essex Hemphill: Poetry Foundation
E. Ethelbert Miller: Poetry Foundation
Essex Hemphill: Kim Roberts
Ceremonies: Prose and Poetry
, by Essex Hemphill: Cleis Press, 2000


ELIZABETH ALEXANDER

Start page photo: Thomas Sayers Ellis
Dupont Circle fountain, 1992: Library of Congress
View (looking west) from Dupont Circle, 1992: Library of Congress
Washington, DC, aerial view: steeleman204 (Flickr)
Elizabeth Alexander: Poetry Foundation

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