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Atlas Obscura presents: Janaka Stucky in D.C.

  • Historic Congressional Cemetery 1801 E Street Southeast Washington, DC, 20003 United States (map)

Join mystic poet and performer Janaka Stucky in 200-year-old Historic Congressional Cemetery for an immersive, multidisciplinary performance involving light, scent, and sound to introduce his new book of poetry ASCEND ASCEND.

Written over the course of twenty days coming in and out of trance states while secluded in the tower of a 100-year-old church, Janaka’s new book ASCEND ASCENDis rooted in the Jewish mystical tradition of Hekhalot literature.  Equal parts Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” and Funkadelic’s “Maggot Brain,” this long poem documents the ecstatic destruction of the self through its union with the divine.

In partnership with Atlas Obscura and Third Man Books, two-time National Haiku Champion Janaka will be presenting his new work in its entirety on a 2019 tour to a series of stunning, viscerally appropriate venues in Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, and Seattle.  

In our nation's capital, Janaka will be performing inside of the beautiful, intimate chapel on the grounds of Historic Congressional Cemetery.  

Tickets to each event will include a copy of the book, with an option available to acquire a deluxe, limited-edition only available on this Atlas Obscura tour.  


  • There are two ticket prices for this event. Admission with the paperback edition is $38. Admission with the deluxe, limited edition, only-for-Atlas Obscura edition is $55.

  • This event is accessible via public transportation. It's about an 8-minute walk from the Potomac Avenue station and a 10-minute walk from the Stadium-Armory station on Metro's blue, orange, and silver lines. 

  • This event is family-friendly!