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Holly Bass Poetry ephemera collection

Identifier: MS2224

Collection Scope and Content

This collection contains fliers and postcards related to Holly Bass' work as a poet and performer within Washington, D.C. The fliers and postcards serve as advertisements for poetry readings and performances and many of these events are associated with the African American artists community within the City. In addition to Holly Bass, other poets whose names are listed on these fliers include Joel Dias-Porter, Cornelius Eady, Toni Asante Lightfoot, Lori Tsang, Toni Blackman, and Brandon Johnson.


  • Creation: circa 1990-circa 2007

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

Restrictions on Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Historical or Biographical Note

Holly Bass has lived in the Washington, D.C. area since 1994. She has at numerous universities and performance spaces along the eastern corridor including St. Mark's Poetry Project, the Apollo Theatre, and the Nuyorcian Poet's Cafe. She performed as a member of the Modern Urban Griots Collective, a poetry performance troupe, and the SHE Company, an international collective of women artists. Ms. Bass has performed both dance and poetry at numerous readings and stage venues throughout the Districts including the Ascension Reading Series, the Kennedy Center, and the Zora Words and Voices Festival.

A Cave Canem fellow, Bass has published poems in numerous journals and anthologies. She studied modern dance (under Viola Farber) and creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College before earning her Master’s from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

As the the writing of this note in 2023, she is the national director for Turnaround Arts at the Kennedy Center, a program which uses the arts strategically to transform schools facing severe inequities.

Bass maintains the website Holly Bass with current biographical information and information about her work and art.


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Language of Materials



This collection contains postcards and fliers related to poetry readings and other performances by Holly Bass and other local poets and writers.

Collection Organization

This collection is one folder and does not have any separate series.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Holly Bass, 2007 (Accession 2007.045)

Guide to the Holly Bass Poetry ephemera collection, 1990 ca. - 2007 ca.
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

George Washington University Gelman Library
2130 H Street NW
Washington DC 20052 United States of America