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Blackbird Poetry Festival

The 2023 Blackbird Poetry Festival

Blackbird Poetry Festival

SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, April 27th, 2023

The Blackbird Poetry Festival will return with a day of events dedicated to PoetryPlease mark your calendars now for the events below and check back soon for updated details. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact Tara Hart ( or Brian Martin (

Festival Events 

Poetry Police 10am-11:30am

To celebrate National Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 27th, we're seeking a few volunteers for the Poetry Police Force. Poetry Police will roam the halls and outdoor spaces distributing rewards and (poetry) citations to encourage reading and sharing of poetry. Poetry Police receive an official festival t-shirt.  To volunteer for a shift or for more information, contact our Poetry Police Captain Rick Leith at


Morning Songs Workshop 11:00am-12:15pm in RCF 400

Featuring Noah Arhm Choi

Participants should come prepared to write. For more information, contact Tara Hart ( or Brian Martin ( Diversity Index TBA 


Sunbird Reading 2:30pm-4:00pm in RCF 400

Noah Arhm Choi will be joined by students, faculty, staff, and community members for an afternoon of poetry. This 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' session. For more information, contact Tara Hart ( or Brian Martin ( Diversity Index TBA 


Poetry & Pizza Workshop 6:00-7:15 pm HVPA-155

Come to this informal workshop to write and share your own poems in a welcoming space. Pizza provided! This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Tara Hart ( or Brian Martin (  


Nightbird Reading 

Nightbird is a ticketed event presented by our community partners, The Howard County Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo). This event is free for HCC students with a valid ID.  For more information, call HoCoPoLitSo at (443) 518-4568 or email


Festival Poet

Noah Arhm Choi 

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