Friday, January 13, 2017

Union Market's West Elm Lab 1270 Pop-Up to Host Free Poetry Event, January 14-15

From our friends at West Elm Lab 1270...

Union Market’s West Elm Lab 1270 Pop-Up to Host Free Poetry Event with Author Kia Dawkins January 14-15

Culinary and retail district in northeast DC to host two-day poetry reading, discussion and journaling event on self-care

Vibrant culinary and retail district Union Market welcomes poet and author Kia Marie Dawkins to the West Elm Lab 1270 pop-up location (1270 5th Street, NE) for a free two-day poetry event focused on community, productivity and self-care. The "Times of Poetry and Wine” sit-and-sip will take place on Saturday, January 14 and Sunday, January 15 from 1 to 4 PM.

Dawkins will lead the discussions, motivating attendees while allowing them to bring productive and healthy spirits into the New Year. “I’m so excited to host this reflective discussion through poetry at Lab1270,” says Dawkins. “A new year brings so much potential for a fresh start, and I wanted to host the event to inspire creative writing over glasses of wine and thought-provoking conversation.”

Light bites and wine will be served along with signed copies of Dawkins' book, To Be Drenched in Dreams, Delights, Downfalls, and Dos, which will also be available for purchase. To RSVP for “Times of Poetry and Wine,” click here and for more information, please visit

About Union Market:
The Union Market District is a 45-acre district in NE that is one of DC's most vibrant, diverse and thriving neighborhoods - a living laboratory for a sustainable urban community and place for creative minds and businesses to connect, thrive, launch and make DC their own. Since opening in September 2012, The Market at Union Market, the acclaimed food market with over 40 local scaleable businesses, averages 15,000 visitors per weekend and has hosted over 400 community and private events. On May 4, 2016 D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser hosted a private reception at Union Market’s Lab 1270 in honor of Small Business Week and signed the Made in DC Program Establishment Act of 2016 legislation on-site. For more information about Union Market, please visit

About Kia Marie Dawkins:
Kia Marie is a Washington, DC area-based artist and author committed to building a creative life. Her first book release, To Be Drenched in Dreams, Delights, Downfalls, and Dos, is filled with poetry, notes, and motivations for the dreamer. She is also the creator of the Youtube channel Hairitage93, which serves as a platform to give easy tips to enhance natural beauty, promote self-love, and have candid conversations about her life experiences. Kia attended Stevenson University and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Art and Visual Communication Design.

About West Elm:
Headquartered in Brooklyn, NY since 2002, West Elm opened its first store in DUMBO, the neighborhood it still proudly calls home. With the mission of helping customers express their personal style at home, work and away, everything West Elm does is designed to make an impact in everyday life, from creating unique, affordable designs for modern living to its commitment to Fair Trade Certified, from LOCAL and handcrafted products to community-driven in-store events and collaborations. The brand operates 98 retail stores in the United States, Australia, Canada and the UK, ships internationally to customers around the world and operates stores in Mexico, the Middle East and Philippines through unaffiliated franchisees. In addition to home furnishings retail, West Elm operates West Elm Workspace in the commercial furnishings industry and recently announced its expansion into the travel and hospitality industry with the launch of West Elm Hotels. West Elm publishes the blog Front+Main and is part of an active community on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube. West Elm is a member of the Williams-Sonoma, Inc. portfolio of brands.