Mark your calendars:
We are busy at work putting together the 2016/17 HoCoPoLitSo season. Here are a few dates you can set aside on your calendars already. Details and more exciting literary occasions to follow.
39th Annual Irish Evening
Friday, February 1o at 7:30 – Smith Theatre, HCC Campus
HoCoPoLitSo’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, and Brendan Mulvihill on fiddle.
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.
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
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 to come soon.
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.