The Arts in the DMV

Looking for a local poetry reading? Maybe a DC arts exhibit to visit on the weekend? Are you looking for a summer internship or other opportunities to get involved in the arts in DC, Maryland, or Virginia? Here is an extensive list of resources to fit all your literary and artistic needs.

The Arts in the DMV

The Austringer Staff

A Creative DC: An online feed that showcases and supports all kinds of artistic pursuits in the area.

Arlington Arts: Events and opportunities in the arts in the Arlington area.

Beltway Poetry Quarterly: An award-winning online poetry magazine, showcasing poets from specifically the DC area.

Bethesda Arts & Entertainment: An updated website of events supporting the arts in Bethesda, MD.

Busboys and Poets: Hosts poetry readings, open mic nights, and other artistic endeavors at the 4 different DMV venues.

Cafe Muse Literary Salon: Featured poets and open mic nights, supported by the literary non-profit organization, Word Works.

District of Columbia Arts Center: An arts gallery that provides a forum for cultural and educational exchange in DC.

DC Lit: An extensive site with literary resources in DC, including literary magazines, bookstores, reading series and events, workshops, and more.

DC Lit

DC Poetry: A website that promotes 3 main poetry reading series in the DC area.

District Lit: An online journal of poetry, prose, and visual arts. Updated on a rolling basis.

826DC: A non-profit organization promoting creative and expository writing skills for students ages 6-18.

About 826DC


The Federal Poets: The oldest active poetry group in Washington, D.C. Members of the Federal Poets meet at the Tenley Public Library on the third Saturday of every month to read, analyze and discuss their poetry.

FOLIO: American University’s nationally acclaimed literary journal.

Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop: An organization that empowers young inmates to find their voice through writing. This includes maintaining a poetry journal and blog, book clubs for inmates, and youth violence prevention.


Free Minds Book Club Home


Lines and Stars: A new DC literary journal, featuring poetry and short fiction of new and seasoned voices.

Literary Hill Bookfest: An organization that supports local writers by providing a venue for book publishers, libraries, and book sellers to showcase their work.

Little Salon DC: An eclectic monthly “get together” that features artistic performances ranging from poetry readings to comedy, opera, and puppetry.


The Mock Turtle: A DC reading series featuring writers from the University of Maryland’s MFA Program.

The Newseum: One of the most interactive museums in the world, the Newseum takes visitors through the history and milestones of the free press.


Passenger: A small DC-based literary journal, encouraging artists to share writing that speaks to how they see the world, reminding us to “listen to our fellow passengers.”

PEN/Faulkner: A vital organization in support of the arts in DC. PEN/Faulkner hosts events with renowned writers and supports writing in schools.

Pleasant Plains Workshop: An “arts incubator” with a gallery and shop that showcases work from DC residents. Also hosts poetry readings, art critiques, cd release parties, and other unique events.

Politics and Prose: A renowned bookstore hosting an array of events, including world-famous writers and artists.

The Shakespeare Theatre Company: A theatre company that produces and presents classic Shakespearean works, as well as other works of contemporary relevance.


Split This Rock: An organization that cultivates poetry focused on social change and empowerment. Hosts poetry events, youth programs, writing workshops, awards, and their annual “split this rock festival” in DC.

Stylus: The University of Maryland’s undergraduate journal of literature and art.

Washington Independent Review of Books: A non-profit website dedicated to posting daily high-quality book reviews.

Washington Writers’ Publishing House:

Welcome to the Washington Writers’ Publishing House

The Writer’s Center: A non-profit organization in Bethesda, MD which hosts literary workshops and events, as well as teen writing workshops.