A group that supports the D.C. Public Library is putting down some cash for rhyme masters to wax poetic about Shaw.
The DC Public Library Foundation is offering $125 to “performance poets” who recite poems about the neighborhood during walking tours this summer, according to an online notice.
The community walks, part of the group’s “Open Stories Exhibit Series,” are set to bring local poets and other D.C. residents to Blagden Alley, the Capital Pool Checkers Club and other parts of Shaw on June 4 and 11.
At each stop, poets will “perform a poem about the theme of community,” the Open Stories notice says. Attendees will be encouraged to join library employees in taking photos and videos, which will become part of an exhibit at the Shaw Library (1630 7th St. NW).
“With so many new residents, this exhibition is timely and necessary to highlight and celebrate the character of the neighborhood that has gone through a lot of change through the socially engaged art of the DC spoken word scene,” the Open Stories notice says. “Shaw has changed a lot, but it is still vibrant and full of culture.”
Locals interested in joining the walks as a poet or audience member can find more information online.