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2017/18 Season

February 9 — The Fortieth Annual Evening of Irish Literature, Music and Dance — Featuring Novelist Mike McCormack

7:30 pm, Friday, February 9, 2018

Smith Theatre
Howard Community College
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD

HoCoPoLitSo’s annual Irish celebration will feature a reading by award-winning writer Mike McCormack, new and traditional Irish music by Narrowbacks, and step dancing. McCormack’s newest novel, Solar Bones, is long-listed for the 2017 Man Booker Prize. The Guardian’s review of Solar Bones was subtitled, “an extraordinary hymn to small-town Ireland.” Scones, beer, cocktails, Irish coffee, book sales and signing round out the night. 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $35, available at brownpapertickets.com/event/3099986

April 26 — The Blackbird Poetry Festival — Marilyn Chin.

Details to follow.


Already this season:

Life, Death, and Social Media: Staying Human in the Digital Age with Author Laurie Frankel

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 – 1:00 p.m.

Howard Community College – RCF 400
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD 21044

8966399If you could connect with your beloved dead through technology, would you? Laurie Frankel’s novel, Goodbye for Now, is a love story with technology at its heart. Join us to hear Frankel read from her ground-breaking book at HoCoPoLitSo’s series celebrating ground-breaking poet and HoCoPoLitSo artistic advisor Lucille Clifton. Gather with a group of curious minds for this intriguing discussion. The New York Times said Frankel’s book, “extends the reach of technology just beyond our fingertips, where it feels possible.” This program is brought to you by the Howard County Book Connection; a partnership between Howard Community College, the Howard County Public Library System, and the Howard County Poetry & Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo). A book signing will follow. Tickets not required.

Seniors can request transportation by calling 410.715.3087. For other accommodations, call 443.518.4568 by October 16.

This event is free. Click here to register and let us know you are coming.

Life In The Global Language
An International Diversity Week Event

November 14, 2017 1-2 pm, Duncan Hall Rm 100 (Kittleman Room)

Howard Community College
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD

HoCoPoLitSo and Howard Community College’s World Languages will present and facilitate audience discussion on literature as a “global language,” with immense power to connect, inform, and enlighten us across cultures, geography, and time periods. HoCoPoLitSo members and HCC faculty and staff will read poems as originally written in languages from around the world, followed by an English translation. The event will include a series of brief clips from HoCoPoLitSo’s TV show The Writing Life in which writers discuss a variety of works, such as Israeli poems of war and peace, Japanese internment, Latin immigrants, African American history, and issues of translation.

This event is free and open to the public.


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