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June 14th - June 16th, 2013 | Washington DC

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Gold Sponsor
Bus Boys and Poets
Bus Boys and Poets
Bronze Sponsors
Brother Help Thyself
Community Partners
Reel Affirmations

Host Committee
Paul Marengo

Capturing Fire is an international spoken word and poetry festival where queer-identified writers from around the world gather for poetry slam finals after three days of panels, workshops and performances. The missi...on of this event is to increase the visibility and exposure of GLBTQ performance artists. Capturing Fire aims to bring more credibility and awareness to the specific and diverse experiences of queer artists. A poetry slam is the competitive art of performance poetry. It puts a dual emphasis on writing and performance, encouraging poets to focus on what they're saying and how they're saying it. Poets are judged by members of the audience on a scale from 1 to 10. The slam is limited to 30 performers who identify as queer. The summit is open to everyone. Register for the summit here.

Capturing Fire Welcoming Reception

Fiday June 14th, 2013
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Busboys & Poets, 14th & V St. NW

DC Youth Slam Team, Dan Vera, Adam Stone, Theresa Davis, Nathan Say, Sheri-D Wilson, David Bateman, and more.

$10 (or included with Summit Registration)

Cupid Ain'T Shit Show followed by Erotic Open Poetry Mic Night

Friday June 14th, 2013
9:00 PM to 11:00 PM
The DC Center, 1318 U Street NW.

hosted by J Mase the III

$10 (or included with Summit Registration)

Busboys & Poets Queer Brunch

Saturday June 15tb, 2013
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Eatonville Restaurant, 2121 14th Street, NW


Capturing Fire Workshops

Saturday June 15th, 2013
1:00 PM - 5:15 PM
The DC Center, 1318 U Street NW

12-1:15pm Queer Latino Poetry Workshop led by Dan Vera

1:30-2:45pm Prose Poetry Workshop led by Brittany Fonte

3:00-4:30pm Performance Poetry Workshop led by Regie Cabico

Capturing Fire Poetry Slam Finals

Saturday June 15th, 2013
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Town Dance Boutique 2009 8th St. NW

Judson Lewis, Gabe Moses, Nathan Say, Adam Stone, J Mase the III, Spencer Retelle, Adele Hampton, Lisa Slater, Alessandra Naccarato, Tonda Henderson, Sophia Walker, Keith Jarrett, Sheri D Wilson, David Bateman, Brittany Fonte, Theresa Davis and more

Capturing Fire After Party

Saturday June 15th, 2013
11:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Busboys & Poets 14th & V St. NW

Musical and Spoken Word Performers Celebrate A Hot Night

$10 (or included with Summit Registration)

International Queer Poetry Panel & Donuts

Sunday June 16th
1:00 PM
The DC Center 1318 U Street NW

$10 (or included with Summit Registration)

Theresa Davis Poetry Workshop co-sponsored by Split This Rock

Sunday June 16th, 2013
2:00-4:00 PM
The DC Center, 1318 U Street, NW

$25 (or included with Summit Registration)
Event Registration

Sunday Kind of Love Presents Flicker & Spark Poetry Reading

Sunday June 16th
5:00 PM
The DC Center, 1318 U Street NW

$5 (or included with Summit Registration)