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Lucille Clifton Reading


Lucille Clifton, the former Poet Laureate of Maryland, was a friend to HoCoPoLitSo for many years.  Lucille served as an artistic advisor to HoCoPoLitSo and helped the organization make connections with poets and create meaningful programming.  Since her passing in 2010, HoCoPoLitSo started a fall event called The Lucille Clifton Poetry Series, a free event open to the public, but donations to support the event and HoCoPoLitSo are enthusiastically accepted.

This season’s Lucille Clifton Reading:

POETRY POTLUCK Verse in Good Taste
Celebrating 30 Years of Writers in the Schools

Friday, November 5, 2021
Virtual, Live-Streamed Program 7 p.m.

HoCoPoLitSo opens its 47th literary season November 5 with Poetry Potluck, a program to celebrate its 30th year of providing a writer-in-residence to the Howard County public high schools. As part of the 2021 Lucille Clifton Reading Series, Poetry Potluck celebrates the beloved Lucille Clifton, who served as HoCoPoLitSo’s first writer-in-residence, and as its longtime artistic director. With technical and artistic support by HCC’s Arts Collective, this year’s program features four local poets, each of whom served as HoCoPoLitSo’s literary ambassadors, reading and discussing their food-inspired poetry.

The program, beginning at 7 p.m., will be live-streamed from kitchens of poets and former writers-in-residence Sandra Beasley, Steven Leyva, Alan King, and this year’s poet Naomi Ayala.
The evening will also honor Howard County teachers with FREE admission* and a special message from poet Taylor Mali, author of “What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World.”

10 general admission*
Reservations required via HCC Box Office — Click here: to make your reservation:

*Howard County teachers with a valid @hcpss.org email can request a complimentary ticket by emailing BoxOffice@howardcc.edu

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