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2016/17 Season


Presenting John Gregory Brown and Carrie Brown

Sunday, June 4th, 2017 at 4pm – Slayton House, Wilde Lake Village Center

HoCoPoLitSo’s Celebration of Columbia’s 50th Birthday brings back renowned authors and once upon a time Columbia residents John Gregory Brown and Carrie Brown. Presented in partnership with Wilde Lake Community Association. Ticket link: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2725249.




Already this season:

Carolyn Forché – The Lucille Clifton Reading Series

Sunday, October 30 at 4pm – Monteabaro Recital Hall, HCC Campus

HoCoPoLitSo presents An Unflinching Eye: Carolyn Forché and her Poetry of Witness for its annual Lucille Clifton Reading Series season opener.  Carolyn Forché, human rights activist and renowned poet of witness, will read and discuss her writing starting at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, in the Monteabaro Recital Hall of the Horowitz Center for Visual and Performing Arts.  General admission tickets are on a pay-as-you-can basis — $10 or $5 each or free for students under the age of 18 — and are available on-line at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2568971 or by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope and check payable and mailed to HoCoPoLitSo, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Horowitz Center 200, Columbia, MD 21044.

39th Annual Irish Evening

Friday, February 1o at 7:30 – Smith Theatre, HCC Campus

mckeon_mailchimpHoCoPoLitSo’s guest for its 39th Annual Irish Evening is novelist Belinda McKeon. She will read from her work starting at 7:30 p.m., February 10, 2017, at the Smith Theatre, Horowitz Center for Visual and Performing Arts on the campus of Howard Community College.
McKeon’s reading will be followed by the Narrowbacks in a concert of traditional Irish music with stepdancers from the Culkin School. The Narrowbacks are Eileen Korn Estes, Jesse Winch, Terence Winch, Linda Hickman, Dominick Murray, and introducing Michael Winch. The Narrowbacks will be performing music from their newly released CD This Day Too: Music from Irish America.

An award-winning playwright and journalist, Ms. McKeon’s first novel Solace won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and the Sunday Independent Best Newcomer Award and was named Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book of the Year in 2011. In 2015 her second novel Tender was published. Shortlisted for Novel of the Year at the 2015 Irish Book Awards, Irish Times, author John Boyne called Tender “the best Irish novel Ive read since The Spinning Heart, a work rich with wisdom, truth and beauty.”

Tickets will be on sale starting November 15 at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2716229.

Free Screening – Robert Bly: A Thousand Years of Joy

Thursday, March 9, 2017 –
from 7-8:30 pm
Miller Branch of the Howard County Library
Let us know you are coming: register through the Howard County Library or call 410-313-1950.

Robert Bly: A Thousand Years of Joy – Official Trailer (2014) from Haydn Reiss on Vimeo.

Join the Howard County Library and HoCoPoLitSo for a special screening of the documentary filmA Thousand Years of Joy, which charts the path of revolutionary poet Robert Bly from Minnesota farmer’s son to radical anti-Vietnam War activist to wild man of the 1990’s men’s movement. Best known as the author of the bestseller Iron John, which launched a million men drumming in the woods, Bly has been both celebrated and vilified, but above all has persisted in championing the power and importance of poetry in today’s America.

Robert Bly was a guest of the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society in June of 1997. During his visit, co-sponsored by the Columbia Festival of the Arts, he led a workshop at Howard Community College, presented a reading in the Smith Theatre and taped an edition of The Writing Life with Cornelius Eady.


9th Annual Blackbird Poetry Festival
Featuring Tyehimba Jess

Sunbird Reading: Thursday, April 27 at 2:30 – HCC
Nightbird Reading: Thursday, April 27 at 7:30 – HCC

tyehimbajessHoCoPoLitSo’s guest for its ninth annual Blackbird Poetry Festival is award winning writer and slam poet Tyehimba Jess. The Blackbird Poetry Festival, to be held April 27, 2017, on the campus of Howard Community College, is a day devoted to verse, with student workshops, book sales, readings and patrols by the poetry police. The Sunbird poetry reading, featuring Mr. Jess, as well as Washington, D.C., writer and literary activist E. Ethelbert Miller and Howard Community College students, will start at 2:30 p.m. Mr. Jess will read from and discuss his most recent work, Olio, as well as leadbelly, winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series, during the Nightbird Poetry Reading, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Smith Theatre of the Horowitz Center for Visual and Performing Arts. Nightbird admission tickets are $15 each (students and seniors are $10) available on-line at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2551545 or by sending a self-addressed envelope and check payable to HoCoPoLitSo, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Horowitz Center 200, Columbia, MD 21044. Tickets will be available at the door.

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