Vona Groake to read at HoCoPoLitSo’s 41st Irish Evening of Music and Poetry on February 8, 2019
HoCoPoLitSo’s guest for its annual Irish Evening on February 8, 2019, is the award-winning poet Vona Groarke, recipient of the 2017 Hennessy Hall of Fame Award for Lifetime Achievement. Groarke’s reading will be followed by a concert of Irish music and championship step dancing. During intermission, complimentary snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be available. Irish coffee, specialty cocktails, and Guinness will be offered for sale beginning at 7 p.m. and during intermission. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Smith Theatre of the Horowitz Center for Visual and Performing Arts on the campus of Howard Community College. A special two for one ticket promotion is in effect through January 8, 2019, with two tickets for $40. After January 8th, general admission tickets are $40 each. Tickets are available on-line (starting Nov. 23) https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3905864, by phone or mail. To purchase by phone, call 443-518-4568 or by mail, send a check and self-addressed envelope to HoCoPoLitSo, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Horowitz Center 200, Columbia, MD 21044.
Vona Groarke’s most recent collection, Selected Poems, won the 2017 Pigott Prize for the best collection of poetry by an Irish poet. Noted as “brilliant and original” by the Irish Times, Groarke writes haunting and candidly sensual poems. At Irish Arts Center’s annual PoetryFest in New York, organizer and author Nick Laird extolled Groarke’s voice as “always modulated beautifully, assured and daring, often wry, (that) in the end keeps faith with the world.”
Groarke has published ten books, including a 2016 book-length personal essay, Four Sides Full and one translation, Lament of Art O’Leary (from an eighteenth-century Irish classic). A new collection of poems, Double Negative, is due in 2019. Her work has been recognized as one of Irish poetry’s “most consistently satisfying voices” (Agenda magazine) and “among the best Irish poets writing today” (Poetry Ireland Review). She has been the recipient of many prizes and grants, including the Brendan Behan Memorial Prize for her first collection, Shale (1994), the Michael Hartnett Award for Flight (2002), and is currently a Cullman Fellow at New York Public Library.
Groarke joins the long list of illustrious Irish authors HoCoPoLitSo has brought to Howard County audiences, including Frank McCourt, Colm Tóibín, Anne Enright, Colum McCann, and Emma Donoghue. For more than 40 years, HoCoPoLitSo’s Irish Evening has celebrated the substantial impact of Irish-born writers on the world of contemporary literature.
Save the date:
Thursday, April 25, 2019 — 11th Annual Blackbird Poetry Festival
Wilde Reading Series — Monthly
Columbia Association Arts Center
Long Reach Village Center, Columbia
Wilde Readings is a free monthly literary reading series that provides local writers — poets, fiction, non-fiction — a chance to share their work with the community. The format showcases featured authors, as well as an open mic for interested audience members.
The open mic session offers a safe and supportive environment for teens and adults to share writing of all different forms. Open mic presenters are asked to keep their readings to five minutes or less. Come explore how a range of creativity can inspire and fuel the imagination and nurture one’s one craft and well-being.
Wilde Readings is sponsored by HoCoPoLitSo and coordinated by Laura Shovan, Ann Bracken, Linda Joy Burke, and Faye McCray.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 7-8:30PM
Lady Di, Sistah Joy and Brenardo
Collective Voices is a Washington, D.C.-based ensemble of poets known for its messages of inspiration and social consciousness. Founded in 1995, the group’s members include Ladi Di, Brenardo and Sistah Joy. Of particular note, for nearly 20 years (1997-2016) Collective Voices presented Poetry Extravaganza, a free literary tribute honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event was attended by hundreds annually at the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Library in Downtown Washington.
Tuesday, October 9, 7-8:30PM
Steven Leyva and Joseph Ross
Steven Leyva was born in New Orleans and raised in Houston. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in 2 Bridges Review, Fledgling Rag, The Light Ekphrastic, The Cobalt Review, Vinyl, and Prairie Schooner. He is a Cave Canem fellow and author of the chapbook Low Parish. Steven holds a master’s degree in ne arts from the University of Baltimore, where he is an assistant professor in the Klein Family School of Communications Design.
Joseph Ross is the author of three books of poetry: Ache (2017), Gospel of Dust (2013)
and Meeting Bone Man (2012). His poems have appeared in many places, including The Los Angeles Times, Xavier Review, Southern Quarterly, Poet Lore, and Drumvoices Revue. In the
2014-15 school year, he served as the 23rd poet-in-residence for the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society. He teaches English at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C., and writes regularly at JosephRoss.net.
Tuesday, November 13, 7-8:30PM
Jay Hall Carpenter and Yvette Neisser
Jay Hall Carpenter has been a professional artist for more than 40 years, beginning as a sculptor for the Washington National Cathedral, and winning numerous national awards for his work. His rst poetry collection, Dark and Light (2012), was followed by 101 Limericks Inappropriate For All Occasions (2107), and will be followed next year by a third, as-yet-untitled collection. He has written poetry, plays, and children’s books throughout his career and now sculpts and writes in Silver Spring.
Yvette Neisser is the author of Grip, winner ofthe 2011 Gival Press Poetry Award. Her translations reading features local from Spanish include South Pole/Polo Sur by María Teresa Ogliastri and Dif cult Beauty: Selected Poems by Luis Alberto Ambroggio. Her poems, translations, essays, and reviews have appeared in such publications as Foreign Policy in Focus, Virginia Quarterly Review, and the Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry. She is a founding Board Member of the D.C.-Area Literary Translators Network (DC-ALT) and has taught writing at George Washington University and The Writer’s Center.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 7-8:30PM
Lucinda Marshall and Pamela Murray Winters
Lucinda Marshall is a writer, artist and activist. Her poetry publications include Sediments, GFT, Tuck Magazine, Stepping Stones Magazine, Columbia Journal, Poetica and Haikuniverse, and she was included in Indolent Books’ “Poems in the Aftermath” anthology. Her poem “The Lilies Were In Bloom” received an honorable mention in Waterline Writers’ Artists as Visionaries Climate Crisis Solutions contest.
Pamela Murray Winters’ debut poetry collection, The Unbeckonable Bird, was published in summer 2018 by FutureCycle Press. Her poems have appeared in Gargoyle, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, The Gettysburg Review, Beltway Poetry, and numerous other journals and anthologies. She received a master’s degree in ne arts, specializing in poetry, from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and was awarded a 2017 Maryland State Arts Council grant for her poetry. She lives in Maryland, in deepest suburbia.
Already this season:
Ordinary Wonder: Three Poets On Writing and Reality
Michael Collier, Elizabeth Spires, and David Yezzi
Friday, October 26, 2018 – 7:30 p.m.
Monteabaro Recital Hall at the
Horowitz Center for the Performing Arts
Howard Community College
Michael Collier, Elizabeth Spires, and David Yezzi open HoCoPoLitSo’s 45th Season with “Ordinary Wonder: Three Poets on Writing and Reality”. The season’s 2018 Lucille Clifton Reading Series event features these three Maryland poets, each with new, acclaimed collections. Collier, Spires and Yezzi will read and discuss their work beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Monteabaro Recital Hall of the Horowitz Center for the Performing and Visual Arts on the campus of Howard Community College. Join us in celebration of HoCoPoLitSo’s forty-five years of literary programming at this year’s Lucille Clifton Reading Series. A book signing and wine and cheese reception will follow. The suggested donation for this event is $5.