Since October 1998, mothertongue has encouraged women in the Washington, DC area to share their voices through monthly open mic and spoken word events. These performances have become a staple in the DC arts and women’s communities, providing much needed social and artistic space for women writers/performers and the people who support them. mothertongue continues to sponsor monthly open mic/spoken word events. The increased popularity of the events has indicated a need for even more opportunities for women in the Washington, DC area to showcase their own written work. We provide these spaces, as well as produce special showcases featuring invited guest writers from around the country.

mothertongue donates proceeds from its events to community-based nonprofit organizations (or projects of nonprofit organizations) that improve the lives of women and/or girls in the metro DC area. mothertongue is proud to have supported a diverse group of organizations, including the Black Lesbian Support Group, Dinner Program for Homeless Women, DC Rape Crisis Center, Hannah House, Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive, Lesbian Services at Whitman Walker, Tahireh, and Ophelia’s House. A complete list of beneficiaries is available at . mothertongue continues this commitment to the women of Washington, DC. If your organization is interested in becoming a mothertongue beneficiary, e-mail

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