On the Joaquin Miller Cabin Poetry Series

What other poetry series shares its bug spray?

Every summer in June and July, poets come from the DC area and around the country to read in the Joaquin Miller Cabin Poetry Series. Past poets have included Kelly Cherry, Jennifer Militello, Stanley Plumly, Jericho Brown, Adam Vines, Brad Richard, Dan Albergotti, and Traci Brimhall. Readings have taken place in Miller’s Cabin, beside a stream, and inside a planetarium.

Washington, DC provides a home to many an important monument. Since 1883, Washington, DC has been home to Miller Cabin thanks to Joaquin Miller. And the city has been home to the Miller Cabin Poetry Series since 1978 thanks to founder Karren Alenier.

For this series, we have braved thunderstorms and bugs in order to listen to poetry. We have shared our food, our bug spray, and our disaster survival skills. When Luke Johnson read, a thunderstorm swept in fast. The audience ran for cover under a picnic shelter. With water swirling around our ankles—the rain was that heavy that fast—we moved to our backup location to finish the reading…Read more at the 32 Poems blog.