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2014/15 Season

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

Friday,  February 6, 2015 • 7:30 p.m.
Smith Theatre (Click here for tickets)
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.

General admission tickets, available online through Eventbrite, are $35 each. Refreshments will be available in the lobby beginning at 7 p.m.

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


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.



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