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HoCoPoLitSo works with the Howard County Public Schools System to provide a writer-in-residence for high schools. The writer-in-residence visits each of the county’s high schools over the course of the school year to work with students in writing workshops.

Meet the 2019/20 Writer In Residence: Teri Ellen Cross Davis

Teri Ellen Cross Davis is the author of Haint, (Gival Press, 2016) winner of the 2017 Ohioana Book Award for Poetry. She received her Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from American University and is a former talk-radio show producer for WAMU’s The Kojo Nnamdi show. She is a Cave Canem fellow and a member of the Black Ladies Brunch Collective. She has received fellowships to attend the Soul Mountain Writer’s Retreat, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Hedgebrook, The Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She is on the Advisory Council of Split This Rock (a biennial poetry festival in Washington DC), a semi-finalist and finalist judge for the NEA’s Poetry Out Loud. She has received the Meret grant from the Freya Project and is an awardee of a 2019 Sustainable Arts Grant.

Her work has been published in many anthologies including: Bum Rush The Page: A Def Poetry Jam, Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade, Growing Up Girl, Full Moon on K Street: Poems About Washington, D.C., Check the Rhyme: An Anthology of Female Poets & Emcees, The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks, Not Without Our Laughter: poems of joy, humor, and sexuality, and The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic. Her work can be read online and in the following journals: Academy of American Poets, ArLiJo, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Delaware Poetry Review, Fledgling Rag, Gargoyle, Harvard Review, Kestrel, Little Patuxent Review, Natural Bridge, North American Review, Mom Egg Review, MiPOesias, Pacifica Literary Review, Poet Lore, Poetry Ireland Review, Raising Mothers, Tin House, Torch, and Sligo Journal. She is the Poetry Coordinator for the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. and lives in Maryland with her husband, poet Hayes Davis and their two children.


List of Writers In Residence by Year

  • 2019-2020 — Teri Ellen Cross Davis – poet
  • 2018-2019 — Alan King – poet
  • 2017-2018 — Joelle Biele – poet
  • 2016-2017 — Daniel Johnston – playwright
  • 2015-2016 — Laura Shovan – poet
  • 2014-2015 — Joseph Ross – poet
  • 2013-2014 — Jenny O’Grady – poet, artist
  • 2012-2013 — Derrick Weston Brown – poet
  • 2011-2012 — Sandra Beasley – poet
  • 2010-2011 — Marion Winik – essayist, novelist, professor
  • 2009-2010 — Terence Patrick Winch – poet, musician
  • 2008-2009 — Elizabeth (Liz) Reese – poet
  • 2007-2008 — Truth Thomas – poet, musician
  • 2006-2007 — Gayle Danley- slam poet
  • 2005-2006 — Kendra Kopelke – poet, professor
  • 2004-2005 — Dr. Michael S. Glaser – poet, editor, professor
  • 2003-2004 — Jean Nordhaus – poet
  • 2002-2003 — Grace Cavalieri – poet, editor, radio host
  • 2001-2002 — Reuben Jackson – poet, curator
  • 2000-2001 — Lybumir Nikolov- poet, journalist
  • 1999-2000 — Edgar Gabriel Silex -poet
  • 1998-1999 — Barbara Goldberg –poet, writer
  • 1997-1998 — Michael Collier – poet, professor
  • 1996-1997 — E. Ethelbert Miller – poet, editor, director
  • 1993-1994 — Li Young Li – poet
  • 1992-1993 — Michael Dirda – editor
  • Earlier — Lucille Clifton, Roland Flint

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