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2014/15 Season

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Dinaw Mengestu


Dinaw Mengestu, Ethiopian-American Novelist – Paris, 06/2007 © Mathieu Zazzo

Saturday, April 18, 2105 • 4pm
Oliver’s Carriage House

Presented in partnership with the Columbia Festival of the Arts.

Recipient of a MacArthur Foundation genius grant, Dinaw Mengestu’s route to America began when his family fled war-torn Ethiopia and immigrated to the United States when he was two years old. His novels and nonfiction pieces open a window into the little-explored world of the African diaspora in America. “This is not an immigrant story we already know quite well,” writes The Washington Post.

“Rapidly becoming a writer on the global stage” -The Guardian

 Oliver’s Carriage House, Saturday, April 18, 4 pm
Tickets $15

Post-reading talk-back and book signing.

SAVE THE DATE: Blackbird Poetry Festival with Taylor Mali – Thursday, April 23, 2015.

Last year, Howard Community College and HoCoPoLitSo teamed up to bring Billy Collins to the 6th Annual Blackbird Poetry Festival. Mark you calendar now. This year, the festival will feature poet, teacher, and internet sensation Taylor Mali — “Taylor Mali is one of the most well-known poets to have emerged from the poetry slam movement and one of the few people in the world to have no job other than that of poet.”


Already This Season:

A Word of Difference: Rita Dove and Joshua Coyne Celebrate History and Creativity

Wednesday,  October 22, 2014 • 7:30 p.m.
Monteabaro Recital Hall
Howard Community College

Rita Dove

Rita Dove

In celebration of HoCoPoLitSo’s 40th year, former National Poet Laureate Rita Dove will read from her acclaimed most-recent book of poems, Sonata Mulattica, about historical Afro-European violinist George Bridgetower. Violin virutuoso Joshua Coyne will play original music inspired by literature. Coyne’s story as a young African-American classical musician is juxtaposed with Bridgetower’s in the upcoming documentary film Sonata Mulattica, which also features Dove.


Joshua Coyne

Extended scenes from the film will premiere at the event, followed by a discussion with Dove, Coyne, and the film’s creators.

The book Sonata Mulattica has been described by the American Library Association as “a mischievous and sensuous cycle of linked poems that explores genius and power, class and race.”

Presented in partnership with Candlelight Concert Society, Columbia Film Society,  the Howard Community College Music Department, and the Columbia (MD) Alumnae Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.


E. Ethelbert Miller and HoCoPoLitSo Celebrate 40 years with the launch of 20 Years, 20 Poets,Vol. 2.

Friday,  January 23rd, 2015 • 6 p.m.
Howard County Center for the Arts.

1780643_10152624538113600_1943644175515385836_nHoCoPoLitSo, will launch its poetry anthology, Twenty Years, Twenty Poets, Volume II, in honor of its 40th anniversary, at a reception on Friday, January 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Howard County Center for the Arts. The launch will be held in conjunction with the Howard County Arts Council and Howard County Tourism opening of two exhibits, Ho Co Open 2015 and Poetic Energetic. The reception will feature E. Ethelbert Miller reading from the anthology, live music and light refreshments and is free and open to the public.

Snow date: Friday, January 30. For the HCAC release about the event, click here.

Click here to view a Facebook Gallery of photos from this event.


The 37th Annual Irish Evening with Emma Donoghue, the Narrowbacks, Stepdancing

Friday,  February 6, 2015 • 7:30 p.m.
Smith Theatre
Howard Community College


Emma Donoghue

HoCoPoLitSo’s guest for its 37th Annual Irish Evening is the international best-selling and award-winning novelist Emma Donoghue. Donoghue, called “one of popular fiction’s most talented practitioners” by Kirkus Reviews, and a writer with “ingenuity” by the New York Times, will read from Room and her other novels. Donoghue’s reading will be followed by Narrowbacks — Eileen Korn Estes, Jesse Winch, Terence Winch, Linda Hickman, and Brendan Mulvihill on fiddle in a concert of traditional Irish music with stepdancers from the Culkin School.

Donoghue has published eight novels and several pieces for radio, stage, and screen productions. Collectively, her works have won the Lambda Literary Award, the Stonewall Book Award for Literature, the Ferro-Grumley Award for Lesbian Fiction, and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. A film adaption of Donoghue’s highly praised 2010 novel Room is in production, with Lenny Abrahamson directing and Brie Larson set to star. Donoghue has also been in close running for the Giller Prize, the Man Booker Prize, the Governor General’s Award, and the Orange Prize.




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