2013 Festival: Poetry Seen
Presented by HoCoPoLitSo and Howard Community College
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The 2013 Blackbird Poetry Festival invites you to witness “Poetry Seen” – come explore the intersections of poetry and the visual arts.
At 11am, our Festival host Rives will hold court in the Burrill Galleria. Rives is one of a small, elite group to have not one, but five talks on TED.com: The 4am Mystery; Reinventing the Encyclopedia; A Story of Mixed Emoticons; If I controlled the Internet. To call him a staple is an understatement. He hosts, produces and is called in to perform at TED events globally. The topics he chooses seem as varied as they are clever. Click to view: Rives’ TED talks This event is free and open to the public.
The afternoon main stage reading at 2:30 in the Kittleman Room (DH 100) at Howard Community College features three outstanding poets of re-vision. Poet and photographer Rachel Eliza Griffiths is widely known for her literary portraits and is currently at work on her first extensive film project, P.O.P (Poets on Poetry); her most recent full-length collection Mule & Pear was selected for the 2012 Inaugural Poetry Award by the Black Caucus American Library Association. Kendra Kopelke, a widely acclaimed poet and powerful voice on the Baltimore literary scene was named 2001’s “Best Poet” by Baltimore Magazine and is the author of many books of poetry, including Hopper’s Women (inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper). Finally, Rives, a “2.0 Poet” and frequent TED contributor, innovates the art with new tools, technologies, and untrammelled topics as various as Wikipedia, emoticons, and PowerPoint. This event is free and open to the public.
Join us again at 7:30pm for the Nightbird Reading, sponsored jointly by HoCoPoLitSo and Howard Community College, a coffee-house style reading with refreshments and featuring poets Griffiths and Rives. There will also be music by “Rocket Sled.” The experimentation of the alt/rock/country music duo "Rocket Sled" draws heavily from numerous rock and popular idols ranging from Ryan Adams, Noel Gallagher, The Doves, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Presley and even Frank Sinatra. Founding member Ed Tetreault is the Manager of Johns Hopkins Peabody University Recording Arts and Sciences Department and Studio. Ed has been known to play with several local influential bands such as Shane Gamble, David Andrew Smith, The Donegal X-Press and Man Down. Co-founding member Will Hill has been involved with Baltimore's local music scene for years with a mix of promotions and marketing for many local bands.
►More information and how to purchase tickets for the Nightbird Reading can be found at www.hocopolitso.org
►Books are available for purchase and signing throughout the day.
►This event is co-sponsored by the Division of English/World Languages and the Office of Student Life at Howard Community College.