|NW Quadrant, East of Rock Creek, Female, Hosts of Literary Salons, LGBTQ|
Natalie Clifford Barney
"Studio House," 2306 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Sheridan Circle, DC.
The American expatriate feminist and lesbian poet whose Paris salons were famous for drawing modernist artists (and which she hosted for over 60 years) spent early years, beginning at age 10, in this house with her mother, the painter Alice Pike Barney.
In 1900, Barney published Quelques Portraits-Sonnets de Femmes (Some Portrait-Sonnets of Women), becoming the first woman poet to write openly about lesbian love since Sappho. Over the course of her life, she wrote seven books of poems and plays (in English and French), as well as a novel, two memoirs, and two books of epigrams. Barney wrote, "If I had one ambition it was to make my life itself into a poem."