Readings & Events


Arab-American Heritage Month Poetry Reading
Featuring Zeina Azzam, Rayan Afif, and Danielle Badra
Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Chantilly, VA
Saturday, April 15, 2023

To celebrate National Poetry Month and Arab-American Heritage Month, hear the works of local Arab-American poets Rayan Afif, Zeina Azzam (Alexandria Poet Laureate 2022-25), and Danielle Badra (Fairfax Poet Laureate 2022-24). Following the reading, parkgoers are invited to participate in a poetry writing workshop to learn and practice the Ghazal, an Arabic verse form with an intricate rhyme scheme.

Pride Month Poetry Reading
Featuring Sunu Chandy, Kim Roberts, Holly Mason Badra, and Malik Thompson
Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Chantilly, VA
Saturday, June 24, 2023

June is Pride Month, celebrated each year to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in New York City, which launched the queer liberation movement in the United States. Featuring some of the region’s most prominent LGBTQ+ poets, this reading lifts up a variety of voices and experiences to honor the rich legacy and contributions of poets and poetry in the queer community.

Poetry Beneath the Stars
Turner Farm Park
Saturday, August 19, 2023

Have you ever found yourself gazing at the stars and wonder, Where do I fit in to this great expanse? How was this most magnificent artwork created? Fairfax Poet Laureate Danielle Badra invites stargazers to contemplate the cosmos through poetic form. Attendees will be provided with examples of star-gazing poetry and then given writing prompts to generate poems of their own while staring up at the marvelous milky way. This event will include a telescope viewing in the Roll Top Observatory, weather permitting. Rain date is Saturday, August 26.

The first three events of more initiatives to come, these readings and workshops are programmed in close partnership with ArtsFairfax and FCPA. As with all FCPA programs, Poetry in the Parks was designed with accessibility in mind for visitors with disabilities.


March 19th, 2022: Virginia Festival For the Book, In Person, 2:00-3:00pm (ET)

April 5th, 2022: Fayetteville Library, Virtual, 6:00PM (ET)

April 10th, 2022: Politics & Prose, DC, 3:00pm (ET)

April 14th, 2022: 1455 Literary Series, Virtual, 7:00pm (ET)

April 22nd, 2022: Lost City Books, Adams Morgan (DC), 7:00pm (ET)

November 4th, 2021: 12:00noon (EST)

Middle East Institute of Art & Culture Center Presents: Poetry Reading & Conversation Featuring Etel Adnan Poetry Prize Winners Zaina Alsous & Danielle Badra

October 7th, 2021: 7:30pm (EST)

Fall for the Book: Mason MFA Alumni Celebration (In-Person & live-streamed)

June 11th, 2021: 6PM (EST)

RAWI fest 2021 (Virtual): Debuts Panel W/ Kundiman & Cave Canem

Join us for a panel on debuts from marginalized literary communities featuring Kundiman prize winners Janine Joseph and Adeeba Shahid Talukder, Cave Canem prize winners Julian Randall and Aurielle Marie, Etel Adnan prize winner Danielle Badra, and Walt Whitman prize winner Threa Almontaser! This event will include a reading from all poets, and will end in a Q&A  moderated by George Abraham on the debuts process, from writing to editing to submitting to publishing and beyond. This event has generously been co-sponsored by Kundiman.

February 27, 2021: 7:30pm (EST)

University of Houston Honor’s College: “Self-Portraits in a Time of Crisis: A Poetry Reading with Three Arab American Poets” Featuring Danielle Badra, Jessica Abughattas, & Hayan Charara