Brandel France de Bravo and Browning Porter at WriterHouse May 1

A WriterHouse public event:

Poetry and Story Double-header May 1 Washington, DC poet Brandel France de Bravo and local poet, singer, and monodramatist Browning Porter for a double-header of poetry and story on May 1, starting at 8pm at WriterHouse.

Brandel France de BravoBrandel France de Bravo’s poetry has appeared in Fugue, The Kenyon Review, Black Warrior Review, and The American Voice. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize in Poetry and her first collection, Provenance, won the Washington Writers’ Publishing House prize in 2008.

In Provenance, Brandel France de Bravo explores not only her own roots, but the roots of words. Taking her cue from Ralph Walso Emerson who said, “Every word was once a poem,” she has written 26 poems — one for every letter — inspired by etymologies. By braiding autobiography with the biographies of “Apricot,” and “Zygote” and everything in-between, the poet tells a story that transports us to places both familiar and far-away. Porter has been a poet, a singer/songwriter, and a graphic artist, but for the last several years he has been writing and performing monologues in the tradition of Spalding Gray or David Sedaris. He’s appeared at venues such as Live Arts, Gravity Lounge, and the Barksdale Theater in Richmond.

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