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Blackbird Poetry Festival

The 2021 Blackbird Poetry Festival "(Re)Imagining Poetry

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SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, April 29th, 2021

The Blackbird Poetry Festival will return with a day of virtual events dedicated to (Re)Imagining Poetry featuring Ilya Kaminsky and Teri Ellen Cross Davis.  Please mark your calendars now for the virtual events below and check back soon for updated details. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact: rmay@howardcc.edu 

Festival Events 

Poetry Ambassadors

To celebrate National Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 29th, we're asking for Poetry Ambassadors to let poems loose into the world to work their magic! Here are some ways you can safely spread poetry:
  • Select a poem and share it on The Blackbird Poetry Festival Facebook page using the hashtag #pocketpoem
  • Record a video of yourself reading a poem, then share it on The Blackbird Poetry Festival Facebook page with the hashtag #pocketpoem
  • Email or text a poem to your friends or family and post a screenshot of the text to The Blackbird Poetry Festival Facebook page with the hashtag #pocketpoem​
  • Add a line from a poem to your social media profile and post a screenshot of the text to The Blackbird Poetry Festival Facebook page with the hashtag #pocketpoem​
  • Leave a poem somewhere out in the world for someone to find - along a walking path, for example - and post a picture of it to The Blackbird Poetry Festival Facebook page using the hashtag #pocketpoem

Poetry Ambassadors who post their efforts on Facebook will be entered into a drawing to win poetry-themed prizes! For more information, contact our Lead Poetry Ambassador, Rick Leith at rleith@howardcc.edu.

"Late Morning Songs" 12:30pm-1:30pm

Featuring Ilya Kaminsky (bio below)
Festival poet Ilya Kaminsky will lead a discussion on the art and craft of poetry in this virtual event. More details TBA. Diversity credit will be available for faculty and staff. Diversity Index TBA

Register Here for Morning Songs
 

Sunbird Reading 2:30pm-4:00pm

Ilya Kaminsky and Teri Ellen Cross Davis (bios below) will be joined by students, faculty, staff, and community members for an afternoon of poetry. This virtual event is free and open to the public. After the scheduled readings, there will be an opportunity to share your own poem during our 'open mic'!  More details TBA. Diversity credit will be available for faculty and staff. Diversity Index TBA.

Register Here for Sunbird

 

Nightbird Reading 

Nightbird is a ticketed virtual reading presented by our community partners, The Howard County Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo). More details TBA. For more information, call HoCoPoLitSo at (443) 518-4568 or email hocopolitso@yahoo.com.

 

Festival Poets

Ilya Kaminsky

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