Sunday, February 21, 3:00 p.m.
Jay Deshpande, Tafisha Edwards, Natalie Infante, & Kevin Thurston
@ DC Arts Center

Jay Deshpande is the author of Love the Stranger (YesYes Books, 2015). He has held residencies at the Saltonstall Arts Colony and the Vermont Studio Center and was selected for the 2015 Scotti Merrill Memorial Award by Billy Collins. Poets & Writers named him one of the top debut poets of 2015. Poems have appeared in Boston Review, Sixth Finch, the PEN Poetry Series, Poem-a-Day, Prelude, and elsewhere. Essays and reviews have been published in Slate, The New Republic, The Millions, and Publishers Weekly. He holds degrees from Harvard and Columbia and has taught in Egypt, France, and the United States. Born in Austin, Texas, he now lives in Brooklyn.

Tafisha A. Edwards’ rising sign is Gemini, however her Venus is in Capricorn. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in several print and online publications including: The Offing, PHANTOM, Gigantic Sequins, Fjords Review, The Little Patuxent Review, and Bodega Magazine. She is a Cave Canem Fellow, the recipient of a Zoland Poetry Fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center, and a graduate of the University of Maryland College Park’s Jiminéz-Porter Writers’ House.

natalie infante is an interdisciplinary artist and designer working and living in baltimore. she isn't married, but she's currently working towards an afa at catonsville community college. she's the author of multiple chapbooks including 'shaken text message syndrome' and 'contemporary girl.' she finds her inspiration from nature, plastic, and sad women.

Kevin Thurston helped establish the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair with Chris Fritton, and has performed at assorted other places in the US and Canada. Along with Barbara Cole, he co-curates the STUDIO series in Buffalo. After taking a few years off, he is excited to be producing work again and looks forward to returning to DC.


2438 18th Street in Adams Morgan
(south of Columbia Rd. on the west side of the street)
All readings are on third Sundays at 3 PM, Admission $5, FREE for DCAC members