Three Tents Reading Series

is an award-winning monthly reading series hosted by K Tyler Christensen and Mark Cugini at The Big Hunt in Washington, DC. It was created to provide authors who have recently released novels, collections, or chapbooks with independent presses an opportunity to add a major metropolis with a rich literary tradition to their book tour. Three Tents also features upcoming local authors and graduate students, in hopes of bringing these communities closer together. Three Tents was awarded second place in LitBridge’s National Reading Series Contest in 2013 and was named DC’s Best Reading Series by Washington City Paper in 2014.

Please direct all inquiries to threetents[a]

Next Reading:

Sunday, May 18th
7 PM

Stephanie Berger is the creator and Madame of The Poetry Brothel and co-founder of the New York City Poetry Festival. She published a chapbook, In The Madame’s Hat Box, on Dancing Girl Press and just released a collaborative chapbook, The Grey Bird: thirteen emoji poems in translation on Coconut Books. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous publications, including Fence, Bat City Review, Styleite, Similar:Peaks, and H_NGM_N.

Carina Finn is the author of LEMONWORLD & Other Poems (Co.Im.Press, 2013), MY LIFE IS A MOVIE (Birds of Lace, 2012) and I HEART MARLON BRANDO (Wheelchair Party Press, 2010). Her work has appeared in TYPO, SUPERMACHINE, PANK, Storyglossia, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of Notre Dame, writes for Montevidayo, and lives in New York City, where she sporadically curates The Bratty Poets Series. Along with fellow poet Stephanie Berger, she is a member of the all-girl electrofolk trio, The London Skul of Economics.

Shelby Smoak is the author of BLEEDER (Michigan State University Press, 2013). His poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in journals and magazines such as Northern Virginia Review, Clues, Cucalorus, Juice, The Crutch, New Thought Journal, Cities and Roads, and Coastal Plains Poetry.  After a long tenure in higher education, teaching literature and writing, Smoak now works for BioRx as a patient advocate for persons with bleeding disorders. He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, Vicky Hawk.

Big Hunt
1345 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036


Upcoming Readings

June 22: Maureen Thorson, Danniel Schoonebeek, Cathy Alter, Alexandra Naughton
July 13: Mike Young, Aaron Burch, Dave Housley, Caleb Curtiss, Chris Tonelli
August 2: Christy Crutchfield, Mel Bosworth

Previous Readers 

include Roxane Gay, Matthew Zapruder, Matt Bell, Dorothea Lasky, Michael Kimball, Dan Magers, Noy Holland, Melissa Broder, Molly Gaudry, Joe Hall, Blake Butler, Mike Young, Amy Lawless, Laura Van Den Berg, Matthew Salesses, Megan Boyle, and a whole slew of other geniuses. Click here to see the full list.