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  • Date: March 8, 2005
    Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

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    Authors to Discuss Works and Writing Process at Montgomery College
    Poet Katherine Smith, Author Jabari Asim Visit March 16, April 13

    The Paul Peck Humanities Institute at Montgomery College invites the public to learn about writing and to speak with authors as part of its two remaining spring “Books and Ideas” reading series.  Award-winning poet Katherine Smith will speak at Montgomery College’s Takoma Park Campus on Wednesday, March 16, at 7 p.m. in the Bliss Room, located in the Campus Commons building, 7600 Takoma Avenue, Takoma Park.  Author and senior editor of the Washington Post’s “Book World,” Jabari Asim will close the spring series on Wednesday, April 13, at 7 p.m., at Montgomery College’s Rockville Campus, Campus Center Building, Student Lounge, located at 51 Mannakee Street in Rockville. 


    Katherine Smith, author of the poetry collection, “Argument by Design,” will give a talk about "Memory as Idea.  Her poetry collection was awarded the Washington Writers Publishing House poetry award for 2003.  Smith’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the publications Poetry, The Laurel Review, and the Southern Review, among many others.  Her essay, “The Artist as Single Mother,” appeared in “Sleeping with One Eye Open: Women Writers and the Art of Survival,” edited by Marilyn Kallet and Judith Ortiz Cofer (University of Georgia Press, 1999).  Born in California, raised in Tennessee, and a decade-long resident of France, she received her M.F.A. degree from the University of Virginia.  She is presently a professor of literature and writing at Montgomery College’s Germantown Campus.


    Author and senior editor of the Washington Post’s Book World, Jabari Asim will examine the subject of “Getting the News from Poems” in his presentation on Wednesday, April 13, at 7 p.m.  Asim has written several books, including “The Road to Freedom,” and “Not Guilty: Twelve Black Men Speak out on the Law, Justice and Life" (Harper Collins, 2002), which was prompted by the killing of Amadou Diallo and the acquittal of the four New York City police officers who mistook him for an armed criminal.  Asim’s next book, a study of race and popular culture, is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin.  A poet and a playwright as well as a full-time journalist, his poetry has appeared in Black American Literature Forum, Obsidian II, Painted Bride Quarterly, Catalyst and Shooting Star Review.


    The “Books and Ideas” series is funded in part by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.  For information or to request accommodations for a disability at the “Books and Ideas” series, please call 301- 251-7417.



    PHOTO EDITORS - high-resolution images to accompany this story:
    katherinesmith.tif -  poet Katherine Smith
    jabariasim.tif - author and senior editor of the Washington Post’s “Book World” Jabari Asim

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