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Literature & Lectures

Howard Community College’s Arts and Humanities Division offers programs for students and community members interested in the humanities.  In addition to fine arts courses, students and patrons can enrich their experience through lectures, creative writing and spoken word.

  • The Muse

    Since 2003, HCC's annual literary and arts magazine The Muse has featured selected poems, prose, and visual art of Howard Community College’s students, staff, faculty, and community. The academic divisions of English/World Languages and Arts & Humanities conduct a year-round call for submissions with a perennial March 1st deadline;  oversee editorial review, selection, design and publishing; and celebrate its writers and artists in a free, open-to-all launch event each May. In the spirit of humanistic inquiry and connection, The Muse invites everyone in the HCC community to create, appreciate, and celebrate the arts and the creative process. Please visit The Muse’s webpage for information on current and past issues and for submission guidelines. 

  • Academic Programs

    Humanities A.A. Degree, Transfer

  • Community Partners
    • ​Howard County Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo)

      The Howard County Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo) is a nonprofit organization designed to enlarge the audience for contemporary poetry and literature and celebrate diverse literary heritages.  For almost 45 years, HoCoPoLitSo has brought to Howard County audiences renowned poets and writers including Billy Collins, Marilyn Chin, Marie Howe, Tyehimba Jess, E. Ethelbert Miller, Frank McCourt, and Colm Tóibín.  Each season this HCC partner-in-residence enjoys the enriching atmosphere of the Horowitz Center for many of its annual events, such as the Lucille Clifton Reading Series, Irish Evening, the Blackbird Poetry Festival, and other partnership events with HCC’s Arts Collective.

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