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Blackbird Poetry Festival

The 2022 Blackbird Poetry Festival: "Poetry for Every Body

Blackbird Poetry Festival

SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, April 28th, 2022

The Blackbird Poetry Festival will return with a day of events dedicated to Poetry for Every Body featuring Molly McCully Brown.  Please 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 28th, 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 Molly McCully Brown (bio below)
Festival poet Molly McCully Brown will lead a workshop on The Uses of the Body: "In many ways, every story is about the body. No one lives apart from theirs, and so no writer, speaker or character exists fully removed from the simultaneously fragile and indispensable fact of a corporeal existence. Stories are lived in bodies and made in them; language itself is created in breathing and muscle, in gesture, contraction, release. But In this generative workshop we’ll take a look at the way several poets have explicitly conjured the physical reality(ies) of the body on the page, in health and illness, in youth and aging, in joy and in grief. Then, we’ll use these models as a jumping off point to write and share our own poems in, and of, the body." - Molly McCully Brown

Participants should come prepared to write. For more information, contact Tara Hart ( or Brian Martin ( Diversity Index 5126 


Behind-The Scenes with The Little Patuxent Review 12:30-1:50 in DH 122

Join the editors from the Little Patuxent Review for a conversation and deep dive into the process of putting together a literary journal. The editors will share their perspectives on building a diverse and inclusive issue and will provide tips on how to submit your own work for publishing opportunities. There will be time for a Q&A session at the end.

Participants can come to Howard Community College Duncan Hall 122 and watch together or participate remotely via zoom. Computers are also available for individual log-in from DH 122.

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 868 6905 3565Passcode: 106184One tap mobile+16465588656,,86869053565#,,,,*106184# US (New York)+13126266799,,86869053565#,,,,*106184# US (Chicago)


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

Molly McCully Brown (bio below) 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 Brian Martin ( Diversity Index 5127 


Nightbird Reading 

Nightbird is a ticketed event presented by our community partners, The Howard County Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo)For more information, call HoCoPoLitSo at (443) 518-4568 or email

To purchase tickets, please follow this link:



Festival Poet

Molly McCully Brown

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