Category Archives: Reading

“Rock Star” Billy Collins Delights Columbia Audience With Poetry.

It’s not often that Columbia hosts a national poet laureate. And even less frequently can we listen to a poet laureate whose publishing contract ran to six figures with Random House. Turns out, that’s not an oxymoron. It’s a Billy … Continue reading

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The Best of It According to Some of Us.

‘Tis the season for rankings and “best of”-lists.  Like this one by The New York Times or this one by Ron Charles for The Washington Post. Last Saturday, the members of HoCoPoLitSo’s Board of Directors and staff met for our … Continue reading

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The Event of the Season: Patricia Smith & Sage String Quartet

The Sound and Fury of New Orleans Thursday, June 27, 7:30 p.m. Monteabaro Recital Hall, The Horowitz Center at Howard Community College A look at Katrina New Orleans through a selection of Smith’s Blood Dazzler poems set to the music … Continue reading

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HoCoPoLitSo Recommends Free Readings: Pinsky, LPR, Artists’ Gallery

It’s happening again, but don’t worry… you’ll be home in time for the Super Bowl. In their annual Super Bowl Sunday event, Frederick Reads, the Weinberg Center for the Arts, and the C. Burr Artz Trust will host a free … Continue reading

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Poems of Pain, Times of Joy — Toi Derricotte and Lucille Clifton

Toi Derricotte’s poems speak pain plainly. A wince from long ago when her father dangled her by her hair for failing to clean her plate. The deep ache of her grandmother trying to pass for white in Saks Fifth Avenue … Continue reading

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HoCoPoLitSo Welcomes 2012 PEN/Voelcker Winner for Poetry

Toi Derricotte Celebrates Lucille Clifton Toi Derricotte, 2012 PEN/Voelcker Winner for Poetry, will read for HoCoPoLitSo 8 pm, November 2, at the Horowitz Center for Visual and Performing Arts’ Monteaboro Recital Hall on the Howard Community College campus. Tickets are … Continue reading

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Banned Book Profile: Naked Lunch

Would you have published this banned book? Book:  Naked Lunch Author:  William S. Burroughs Controversy:   First published in 1959 by Olympia Press in France, Naked Lunch (initially misprinted as The Naked Lunch) was banned in the United States because of … Continue reading

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Freedom to Read – Would You Print a Banned Book?

Freedom to Read – Would You Print a Banned Book? Book:  Tropic of Cancer Author:  Henry Miller Controversy:   First published in 1934 by Obelisk Press, Tropic of Cancer was banned in the United States for obscenity (graphic sexual content).  U.S. … Continue reading

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Check It Out: The Baltimore Sun Previews This Year’s Blackbird Poetry Festival

The Baltimore Sun‘s Explore Howard website has previewed this year’s Blackbird Poetry Festival. The article reports: HoCoPoLitSo executive director Carla Du Pree says her group “promises a night of poetry, slam and song from contemporary poets who aren’t afraid to … Continue reading

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This Thursday: The 4th Annual Blackbird Poetry Festival

Featuring the Nightbird Reading, Poetry in Harmony, and a day of workshops, talks, and readings, even the “Poetry Police,” the 4th Annual Blackbird Poetry Festival returns Thursday, April 26th, to the campus of Howard Community College, this year presenting Kim … Continue reading

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