Upcoming Events

Nov 14 & 16, 12 pm Self-Care Through the Arts in Healthcare, Professional Well-Being Initiative Series, George Washington University School of Nursing. First part of a cool collaboration I can’t wait to tell you all more about!

March 10 1:30-2:45 Teaching Poetry to the (Initially) Resistant with Taylor Mali, Jon Sands & Mahogany L. Browne, Room 16 Tampa Convention Center

April 19-21, Carved from the Rock: WOC Poets on Expanding Sanctuary, with Cynthia Oka, Mahogany L. Browne, and Yessenia Montilla at Split This Rock Poetry Festival. Details TBA


Past Events

October 12, 12 pm Reading at Fall for the Book @ Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson Center North Plaza

October 20, 7 pm Sent and Received Art Exhibition & Reading by Veterans & Service Members at Gallery B in Bethesda. 7700 Wisconsin Ave #E Bethesda

August 7th 2017 9pm Feature, Busboys & Poets Brookland tickets-$5

August 11th 7 pm Combat Paper/Warrior Writers Exhibition at the Torpedo Factory Arts Center, 105 N. Union Street Alexandria VA

August 18-20 Power of Words Conference, Saco Maine

June 16th 10 pm Feature, Friday Night Slam at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York City. Tickets: $13-25

June 8 2017 7 pm The Mansion at Strathmore Combat Paper/Warrior Writers Exhibition & Reading. Veteran artists read their writing and exhibit artwork on paper made from used military uniforms during the preceding week. You should come.

May 20th 2017 11:15 am Rachel Carson Pavilion at the Gaithersburg Book Festival A Conversation with Betty Hafner (Not Exactly Love), Joan Rough (Scattering Ashes), and Seema Reza (When the World Breaks Open), moderated by Larry Matthews.

April 25th 2017 Poetry Out Loud Semifinals Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University. So this is not officially an event of mine, but I’m honored to be a judge in the semifinals (region 3, I’ll be there from 5-8 pm) and it’s such a cool event–I’ve seen some of the kids prepping perform in other years, and it’s so damn cool. Come out, it’s free and open to the public.

March 22 2017 6 pm Challenge into Change Ceremony at Virginia Festival of the Book, Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903 This Virginia Festival of the Book event will feature a reading by Seema Reza, author of “When the World Breaks Open,” a memoir of essays and poetry. Winners of the Challenge into Change Writing Contest will be announced and will read from their work. We will also honor all of the authors who contributed stories of women turning life challenges into opportunities for change.

March 23 2017 12:30-2 pm Women’s History Month Reading at Old Dominion University,Lecture Hall 244, ODU Virginia Beach. Free and Open to the Public

April 7 2017 7 pm Lorton Workhouse Arts Center, building W-16-Combat Paper/Warrior Writers Exhibition & Reading. Veteran artists read their writing and exhibit artwork on paper made from used military uniforms during the preceding week. You should come.

March 10 2017 7 pm Lorton Workhouse Arts Center-I’m hosting the most incredible Music&Words event featuring emerging Veteran poets and accomplished musicians Christylez Bacon and Wytold. It coincides with the opening of the Look at Me Again exhibit. You should come.

March 12 2017 2 pm Reading with Annie Kim at The Writer’s Center 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD 20815

February 22nd 2017 7 pm Reading at One More Page Books 2200 N Westmoreland Street #101 Arlington VA  22213

February 24th 7 pm Asian Arts Initiative Sanctuary Poets Workshop Series Reading 1219 Vine St Philadelphia, PA

February 9th 2017 9 pm Driftwood DC Reading Steamroller: A Night of Unapologetic Art with readings by poets Mahogany L. Browne, Yessenia Montilla, Cynthia Oka, and Seema Reza. Featuring the artwork of DC artists Kanchan Balse and Jessica Valoris.

February 11th 2017 9:00 am to 10:15 am Putting Madness to Work: The Poetics and Politics of Recovery Room 202A, Washington Convention Center, Level Two
Panel with Cynthia Oka, Rickey Laurentiis, Jeffery Renard Allen, and Vincent Toro. Madness is a construct often attached to the work and lives of writers. How do writers working at the intersections of race, gender, and class utilize it to orient toward contemporary discourses of mental health that disproportionately target their communities, for instance, around colonial erasure, sexual violence, police brutality, war? Panelists explore how their work is informed by and/or subverts the politics by which trauma is linked to social identity and prescribed strategies of recovery.

February 11th 2017 2 pm Reading & Discussion with the incredible Liz Kay (Monsters, A Love Story) at East City Bookshop 645 Pennsylvania Ave, Suite 100 Washington DC 20004

January 18th 2017 7:30 pm Lansburgh Theatre 450 7th St NW Washington DC 20004 “We Are Not Done Yet” An original multimedia performance by veterans directed by actor Jeffrey Wright about the intersection of grief, trauma, and survival in civilian and combat settings. The performance is a culmination of a workshop hosted by the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore. The evening will include performances by contemporary dancer Tiffanie Carson, violinist Patmore Lewis, vocalist Be Steadwell, six-string electric cellist Wytold, and short films by Syrian youth refugees. Seating is on a first-come basis. Reservations are required. 

September 23rd, 2016 7 pm Open Mic at Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA

September 24th, 2016 8 pm The Living Stage at RL Baltimore with Amelia Bane! Details to come!

August 26th, 2016 7 pm Combat Paper/Warrior Writers Exhibition + Short Film Screening at Workhouse Arts Center 9601 Ox Rd Lorton, VA

August 16, 2016 Red Hen Press in Bryant Park, NYC, for a reading featuring Victoria Chang, Andrew Lam, Seema Reza, Brynn Saito, and Tess Taylor. This is a free event. Read the authors’ bios here:

August 12-14, 2016 Power of Words Conference at Ferry Beach in Saco, ME.

June 21, 2016 Red Hen Reading at Annenberg Beach House, Los Angeles

May 22, 2016 @ 3pm Panel Discussion after matinee performance of “The Body of An American” at Theater J

June 9, 2016 Reading with the amazing Temim Fruchter at The Potters House details TBA

May 12, 2016 @7pm Writing to Heal Strathmore Arts & The Brain Lecture Series, at the Mansion at Strathmore.

April 8, 2016 @7pm Combat Paper/Warrior Writers Exhibition & Reading at Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Rd Lorton, VA

April 22-23, 2016 Power of Poetry at the Hocking Hills Festival of Poetry 

March 20th, 2016 @1pm When the World Breaks Open Book Launch at Politics and Prose

March 25th, 2016 @7pm Music & Words Culminating Performance with Christylez Bacon, Wytold and Mahogany L. Browne at Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Rd Lorton, VA

March 26, 2016 @8pm Reading at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center 681 Venice Blvd Venice, CA

Thursday, March 10 (7-8:30pm) Arts in the Veteran Community – Don’t miss this panel discussion hosted by the Kimmel Center in conjunction with the upcoming performance of Holding It Down: The Veterans’ Dreams Project at the SEI Innovation Studio! Warrior Writers founder and director Lovella Calica and veterans from Warrior Writers and Combat Paper NJ will read poetry to open this insightful discussion on arts in the veteran community, moderated by Dr. Gala True. Dr. True’s research focuses on improving post-deployment health of veterans who served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. A short Q&A will close the evening. 

February 26th, 2016 @7pm Open Mic–bring something to share! at Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Rd Lorton, VA

January 15th, 2016 @7pm Open Mic–bring something to share! at Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Rd Lorton, VA

December 16, 2015 @ 8pm Let’s Talk TLA Conference Call, Open Mic & Interview with Kelly DuMar  Register!  Read a Poem!  Let’s all wear our pajamas!

October 9, 2015 @7 pm free with a one drink minimum– featuring Brian Turner, Seema Reza, Bryan Hurt, and Lillian-Yvonne Bertram.  KGB Bar & Lit Journal is located at 85 E. 4th Street, New York, NY 10003 Facebook event page here.

October 30, 2015 @ 7 pm Courage Has a Voice at the Mansion at Strathmore.  Free. RSVP here.

September 18th-20th 2015- Power of Words Conference in Kansas City, MO.

June 12th 2015 7-9 pm at Washington Art Works, in the downstairs gallery. 12276 Wilkins Ave Rockville, MD 20852 Join USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore, Combat Paper and Warrior Writers for a veteran reading and art exhibit.

April 24 2015- 7-9 pm at Chevy Chase Cars 7725 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814 Join USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore, Combat Paper and Warrior Writers for a veteran reading and art exhibit…in a car dealership, thanks to Bethesda Urban Partnership.

April 3rd, 2015 Combat Paper NJ + Warrior Writers exhibition and reading. Join us at Lorton Workhouse Arts Center for the culmination of a week of art making at the USO Warrior and Family Center at Ft Belvoir. That sentence makes no sense, the flier is above.

Past Events

March 26th, 2015 2nd Annual Virginia Statewide Student Veteran Conference, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. “Writing for Veterans and Students,” ODU Virginia Beach Higher Education Center  This writing workshop, open to writers at any stage of their practice, will offer techniques to enter into your individual story and highlight the benefits and challenges of doing so.  3:00 – 4:30 p.m. “Bridging: Using Arts to Build Community and Understanding” by Seema Reza ODU Virginia Beach Higher Education Center.  Seema Reza will share how the same principles that build unit cohesion in the military can be applied to creating community in arts workshops, and discuss the idea that artists and veterans are essentially linked through a willingness to observe, to wonder, and to contribute.  Register for free through the conference website, linked above.

February 13, 2015 7:15-8:45 pm at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont: What Story are You Changing?: Challenging Dominant Stories Through Art, Activism, and Community; a panel discussion with faculty members Ruth Farmer, Jim Sparrell, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg; students Seema Reza and Jennye Patterson, and alumni Patricia Fontaine, followed by book signing by co-editors of Transformative Language Arts in Action (Rowman & Littlefield, November 2014)

July 24th 2014 at 7pm, after a week of collaborative workshops, DC Area Veterans and Service Members will perform along with accomplished performing artists Mahogany L. Browne, Christylez Bacon and Wytold at the Mansion at Strathmore.  Free and open to the public.  Come be a part of this magic.
February 27th, 2014 8:30-10:00 am Join me for breakfast and a writing prompt and a short talk about the power of writing for personal and community change.  Media Rise is excited to launch “Early Rise 2014,” a worldwide series of morning mixers for people committed to inspiring media for social good.  Our first event will be held at the Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington, D.C.  Join us for an inspiring talk, meditation and networking over healthy breakfast & coffee.  Mix & mingle with storytellers, designers, activists, business leaders & educators who share your passion & energy for meaningful media.  Get inspired by changemakers who use media effectively to accelerate social transformation at the individual & community level.
Saturday, March 29th, 11:30am – 1pm

Super excited to be reading at the 2014 Split This Rock Poetry Festival with Wendy Babiak, Rosebud Ben-Oni, Hila Ratzabi, Metta Sama and Arisa White.

Hope to see you at our “From Transgressive to Divine Feminine: Female Poets as Rebels and Miscreants” Human Rights Campaign, Room 1.

Check out the Festival!

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