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Beans with No Salt: Poetry and Percussion
featuring Steven Leyva and Josh Soto

Kittleman Room of Duncan Hall
Howard Community College
February 6, 4-6 pm



Steven Leyva

Join HoCoPoLitSo for a coffeehouse afternoon of poetry and music, with a bit of Zydeco as a warm-up for Mardi Gras. Steven Leyva, author of Low Parish and a lecturer at University of Baltimore, reads his work centered around the tuneful town of New Orleans, his hometown, as well as from Willie Perdomo’s The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon. Josh Soto, a drummer and educator, will play congas and jazz drum set with Levya’s reading.

In Créole the word Zydeco could translate to “Green Beans,” but colloquially a better approximation would be “Beans with no salt,” which is a sly way of expressing hard times. The reciprocal movement between lack and plenty, famine and feast, often inspires innovation in literature and music, making the borders of genres porous. Using improvisation, audience participation, and bit of luck, Leyva and Soto seek to carve out a space in the ear and imagination where hard times breed a new music for the heart, and percussion becomes the poet’s blank page.

Coffee and snacks will be served before and during the performance, and a question and answer session follows. The event is Feb. 6, 2016, from 4 to 6 p.m., in the Kittleman Room of Duncan Hall on the campus of Howard Community College. Tickets are $15 for general audiences, $10 for students and seniors, available online here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2474220

The 38th Annual Irish Evening featuring Eamon Grennan.

Smith Theatre
Howard Community College
February 19th, 7:30 pm

Eamon GrennanEsteemed Irish poet Eamon Grennan will  from his work for HoCoPoLItSo’s 38th Annual Irish Evening. The reading will be followed by music from the Narrowbacks, featuring Eileen Korn Estes, Jesse Winch, Terence Winch, Linda Hickman, and Brendan Mulvihill in a concert of traditional Irish music with stepdancers from the Culkin School.

Grennan has published over twenty books of verse, along with translations and a collection of essays about modern Irish poetry. Hie most recent is There Now was released in July 2015. His works have won the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation for Leopardi: Selected Poems (1997), the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets for Still Life with Waterfall (2002),and Pushcart Prizes. His collection Out of Breath (2007) was nominated for the 2008 Poetry Now Award and he was a finalist for both the LA Times Book Prize for What Light There Is and Other Poems (1989) and So It Goes (1995) for the Paterson Poetry Prize.

Tickets are available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2465863

The 7th Annual Blackbird Poetry Festival with Marie Howe.


Howard Community College
April 28th, throughout the day

Mark your calendars and stay tuned for details, the 6th annual Blackbird Poetry Festival will bring Marie Howe to the campus of Howard Community College for a day of poetry on April 28th.

Tickets for the Nightbird reading with Marie Howe are available here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2476204



Already This Season:

Underground Rooftop Coffee House — Voices from the Edge

Rouse Company Foundation, Student Services Building Room 400
Howard Community College
September 10th, 7-9 pm

In partnership with HCC’s Arts Collective and the What Improv Group ?!?!? and the campus’s Creative Writers.

image026Please join us for an Underground Rooftop Coffee House, an event fuses W.I.G.’s underground, edgy take on improv with powerful and evocative stories inspired by poets and writers. W.I.G.’s cast features HCC students, staff and guest artists: Douglas Beatty, Noah Bird, Diego Esmolo, Doug Goodin, Daniel Johnston, Autumn Kramer, Terri Laurino, Scott Lichtor, Thomas Matera, Apryl Motley, Shannon Willing, Sierra Young… and a few secret-surprise guests! This event will also feature poetry and prose written by HoCoPoLitSo’s Nsikan Akpan and Katy Day and local Stoop star James Karantonis. You can’t have a coffee house without music, right? Chris Sisson and Steven Caballero will provide an acoustical array of songs for the evening.

Tickets: Includes Coffee & Treats!

$10 All Students with I.D., Seniors/Military/Groups
$15 General Admission

Parental guidance suggested. No one under 14 admitted. Seating is limited, reserve tickets now!

Special Event – Post-Show Discussion:
Following 9/10’s performance!

Click here for tickets.

Erase Hate Through Art Reading and Reception

Columbia Association Art Center
October 11 •
1pm – 5pm

EraseHateA gallery reception and reading with musical performances hosted by Ashlee Jozet Adam and Regina Jozet Adams. Musical performances by Terrell Brown, Laura Farrell, The Mosaic Harmony Gospel Choir, and debuting the music of Ben Harrell. Live Poetry presented in association with the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society.

A Little Patuxent Review Quartet:
Michael Salcman, M.D., Fred Foote, M.D.,  Ann Bracken, and Jen Grow

Howard County Library, Miller Branch
September 20th, 7-9 pm

In Partnership with Little Patuxent Review and the Howard County Library a reading by poets Michael Salcman, M.D., Fred Foote, M.D.,  Ann Bracken, and and short story writer Jen Grow.

E. Ethelbert Miller

Monteabaro Recital Hall
Howard Community College

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