Announcing WILL READ FOR WOMEN: A poetry reading and pantry drive to benefit local domestic violence shelter

Saturday, April 14th 8:30 pm
Johnson Center Bistro George Mason University, Fairfax Campus
Price of Entry:
Toiletry items and other pantry necessities to donate
A reading performance by D.C. poets:

Sarah Browning******Kateema Lee

Joe Hall*************Meg Ronan

& Bring your own creative work for the Open Mic to follow!

So to Speak is proud to host our first-ever donation drive. Hear great poetry from exciting writers and help women in your community! Audience members are asked to bring toiletry items and other pantry necessities to donate to the shelter, Bethany House.

Bethany House Mission Statement: Bethany House was organized to help women and their children who have suffered from domestic violence regain health and dignity and become re-established in their community by providing temporary housing and support.

The list of suggested items:

Bath soaps Shampoo Conditioner Lotion Combs & brushes Razors Dish & dishwasher detergents Bleach Laundry detergents Toilet paper Paper towels Tweezers Lip balm/Lip gloss Vaseline Toothpaste Toothbrushes Mouthwash Napkins Baby & adult wipes Diapers (size 3-6) Pull-ups (size 2T-5T)

Please stick to these domestic items. We thank you for food stuffs, but the shelter will not be able to accept it.

Parking is available nearby in the Mason Pond, Shenandoah, and Rappahannock parking decks. We’d appreciate your support in reaching out into the community and getting this event off the ground! Contact us at with any questions and follow us on Twitter for up-to-date announcements @SoToSpeakJrnl


Sarah Browning is director of Split This Rock Poetry Festival. Author of Whiskey in the Garden of Eden and co-editor of D.C. Poets Against the War, she is an associate fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies, poetry co-editor of On the Issues Magazine, and co-host of Sunday Kind of Love, a monthly poetry series at Busboys and Poets in Washington, DC. She has received fellowships from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities and the Creative Communities Initiative and is winner of the People Before Profits Poetry Prize.

Joe Hall was born in the woods and is devoted to Cheryl. Black Ocean Press published his first book of poems, Pigafetta Is My Wife, in 2010. With Chad Hardy he wrote The Container Store Vol. I (SpringGun 2012). His poems, fiction, book reviews, and essays have appeared in Gulf Coast, Octopus, HTMLGiant, The Colorado Review and elsewhere.

Kateema Lee is a Washington D. C. native. She is a University of Maryland graduate, a Cave Canem Fellow, and an associate editor for the Potomac Review. She’s also an English instructor, and she teaches women’s studies courses for the Montgomery College Women’s Studies Program.  Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in print and online journals such as Poet Lore, Word Riot, Pirene’s Fountain, So to Speak: A Feminist Literary Journal, and others.

Meg Ronan‘s poems can be found in West Wind Review, SpringGun, Shampoo Poetry, Cricket Online Review, Interim, LEVELER and other lovely journals. She teaches, sells things, and gives tarot readings in & around the DC metro area.







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