MotherTongue Ladies!!!

October 3, 2012

Poetry Writing Workshop with Sarah D. Lawson!
We’d love to see you at BloomBars on Thursday October 11th
  • 3222 11th St NW
  • Washington, DC 20010

Step One: Pick Up Pen- A Writing Workshop on Getting Started

Are you a writer who finds you don’t carve out enough time to actually put ink on your paper? Are you new to writing and want some tools to get started? In this workshop, led by Sarah D. Lawson, we will discuss ways to better evaluate ourselves as writers and tools to create effective workspaces for writing. We will also be working with several writing prompts to get our juices flowing and our pens ignited. All levels welcome.

$10 suggested donation

This is not a MotherTongue DC exclusive event.  All are welcome!



Do you have something to say? Come celebrate the women of DC and express yourself through poems, monologues, songs, and more at this year’s Women’s Spoken Word event! Free and open to all! Make sure to bring your own spoken word for our open mic.

Capital Pride is partnering with Mothertounge for this event. Mothertoung is a community-based organization that works to create a safe space where all women may speak freely and powerfully and have their creative and artistic voices heard. Through monthly women’s spoken word events and writing/performance workshops, mothertongue encourages women to use their voices, art, talents, and skills to build just and inclusive communities.

Mothertounge will be moderating the Women’s Spoken Word.

Where:  1640 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC

When:  7 – 9pm Tuesday June 5th 2012

Please take a moment to review and sign this petition.  The DC Center is home to many great events including many past and future MotherTongue DC events.  This effects us all and they need our support.  Sign Here.

Join us for our writing workshop at the DC Center 1318 U St NW.  Because of the input expressed by those wanting to attend the writing workshop, we will be focusing on writing new poems rather than critiquing poems.  Your voice matters.  Share it with us at mothertonguedc (at) gmail (dot) com

In case you haven’t heard, we have begun our new open mic events every second Tuesday at 8 pm we host our Open Mic for all women to share their work in a safe and supportive environment.  Join us for our writing workshops at the DC Center 1318 U St NW at 6 pm starting April 4th.

Mark your calendars:

Writing Workshop:  April 4th, May 2nd, June 6th,

Open Mic:  April 10th, May 8th, June 12th, July 11th

We are always wanting your input on these events and welcome your comments to mothertonguedc (at) gmail (dot) com

December Open Mic!

December 17, 2011

Join us this Monday, December 19th to kick off the holidays with estrogen and verse! Before you head off to your vacation (or stay-cation) come share your poetry, spokenword, rant, journal entry, or any words you can keep under 5 minutes really! We are a space for experienced poets and novices alike. We have a proud herstory of inspiring new poets from the beginning all the way to publication, slam success, or just self-actualization through the written word. So whatever your level of experience, get up on the mic! 

Where: Big Bear Cafe, 1700 1st St. NW, Washington, DC

What: Women-Only Open Mic!

Date: Monday, December 19th

Time: Doors at 7:30

Price: $8 Suggested Donation

And as if making your voice heard and supporting your fellow woman weren’t reason enough to show up, our featured poet for this show is the incomparable Ya-Ya! She’s one of DC’s own slam poets, having represented our city at the Women of the World Poetry Slam and on multiple teams at the National Poetry Slam. This year, Ya-Ya also helped coach the DC Youth Slam Team. Most importantly, she is a damn good poet. 

See you there! Questions? E-mail Don’t forget to like our Facebook page at


Join mothertongue @ the Black Cat for a post pride-weekend spokenword performance plus open mic at 8:30 PM on June 14, featuring Arden Eli Hill and youth from the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL).  This youth-friendly, all ages event is free and open to the public.  A suggested donation of $10 will be collected to benefit SMYAL—the Washington, DC metro area service organization solely dedicated to supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. 

Founded in 1984, SMYAL is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization.  SMYAL’s mission is to promote and support self-confident, healthy, productive lives for LGBTQ youth ages 13-21 as they journey from adolescence into adulthood.  For more information about SMYAL visit

Since its inception, mothertongue has been an inclusive community, welcoming trans and gender variant people who feel a sense of solidarity with mothertongue’s mission. mothertongue is honored to feature celebrated poet and writer Arden Eli Hill alongside the crucial voices of SMYAL youth.  For more information about mothertongue, visit or join the “mothertongue dc” Facebook group.  

Arden Eli Hill is an all-around queer with a MFA in creative writing from Hollins University. Ze is currently a poetry editor for Breath and Shadow, an online journal of disability culture and literature. In 2008, ze was a poetry fellow at the Lambda Literary Retreat for Emerging Writers. Arden’s essays have appeared in Transgender Tapestry, The 2008 Inglis House Poetry Chapbook, The Lambda Literary award winning anthology First Person Queer and its sequel, Second Person Queer. Hir first published short story will appear in the upcoming anthology Women’s Work from Girlchild press (ran by longtime mothertongue volunteer and host, Michelle Sewell).

Interested in signing up on the open mic!?  Email Danielle at