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Blackbird Poetry Festival

The Blackbird Poetry Festival "Poetry: Revolution" featuring Marilyn Chin and Joseph Ross

 
Howard County Poetry & Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo), in partnership with Howard Community College’s Office of Student Life, English and World Languages Division, and Arts & Humanities Division, is thrilled to present the 10th annual Blackbird Poetry Festival on Thursday, April 26th, 2018. The all-day event will feature readings and workshops with poets Marilyn Chin and Joseph Ross. The festival will also include readings by student poets from HCC and on-campus patrols by the Poetry Police in recognition of National Poem in Your Pocket Day.
 

Festival Events

Poetry Police
Poetry police will report for duty at 10am in the Duncan Hall Lobby. Poetry Police Captain Rick Leith and his force, in celebration of Poem in Your Pocket Day, will distribute citations to students and staff who find themselves without a poem in their pocket and reward those who carry a poem. Please contact rleith@howardcc.edu to volunteer for a shift.

"Morning Songs" - DH 100
Featuring Marilyn Chin and Joseph Ross (see bios below)
A dynamic mix of readings and interactive poetry exercises for literature students. This event is open to the public.  Please RSVP to rmay@howardcc.edu

Sunbird: Smith Theater from 2:30pm-4:30pm
Marilyn Chin and Joseph Ross will be joined onstage by students, faculty, and staff for an afternoon of poetry. We'll also welcome some Blackbird poets featured during our ten year history. This event is free and open to the public.  You may bring your entire class - no need to RSVP! If you or your students would like to read during this event, please email rmay@howardcc.edu to get on the list.  Diversity credit is available for this event.  Register in MyHCC using index number 3131.

Nightbird: Smith Theater at 7:30pm
Marilyn Chin will read from and discuss her most recent work, Hard Love Province, and other works. Nightbird admission tickets are $20 each (seniors $15 and students $10) available on-line at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3209754 or by sending a self-addressed envelope and check payable to HoCoPoLitSo, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Horowitz Center 200, Columbia, MD 21044.  A book signing will follow. Diversity credit is available for this event.  Register in MyHCC using index number 3132.

For more information, call HoCoPoLitSo at (443) 518-4568 or email hocopolitso@yahoo.com.

Poet Bios

Chin     Award-winning poet and author Marilyn Chin headlines the 10th annual Blackbird Poetry Festival for HoCoPoLitSo. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Oregon, activist poet Chin unflinchingly explores the intersection of the Asian and American worlds. The Blackbird Poetry Festival, held April 26, 2018, on the campus of Howard Community College, is a day devoted to    verse, with student workshops, book sales, readings, and patrols by the Poetry Police. The Sunbird poetry reading, featuring Ms. Chin, as well as Washington, D.C., poet and educator Joseph Ross, local authors, and Howard Community College faculty and students, starts at 2:30 p.m. Ms. Chin will read from and discuss her poetry, including her most recent work, Hard Love Province, during the Nightbird Poetry Reading, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Smith Theatre of the Horowitz Center for Visual and Performing Arts. Hard Love Province won the 2015 Anisfield-Wolf National Prize for Literature that confronts racism and examines diversity. Former winners of this prize include Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, Toni Morrison and Maxine Hong Kingston, Gwendolyn Brooks and Oprah Winfrey.

    Marilyn Chin co-directs the MFA program at San Diego State University and has won numerous awards for her poetry, including from the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard, the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Stegner Fellowship, the PEN/Josephine Miles Award, four Pushcart Prizes, the Paterson Prize, and many others.

     Chin is the author of four poetry collections: Hard Love Province (2014), Rhapsody in Plain Yellow (2002); The Phoenix Gone, The Terrace Empty (1994); and Dwarf Bamboo (1987). She is also the author of a novel, Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen (2009). Pulitzer Prize-winner and Anisfield-Wolf juror Rita Dove noted about Hard Love Province,In these sad and beautiful poems, a withering portrayal of our global ‘society’ emerges – from Buddha to Allah, Mongols to Bethesda boys, Humvee to war horse, Dachau to West Darfur, Irrawaddy River to San Diego. In his review of The Phoenix Gone in The Progressive, Matthew Rothschild said Chin “has a voice all her own — witty, epigraphic, idiomatic, elegiac, earthy…She covers the canvas of cultural assimilation with an intensely personal brush.” Booklist contributor Donna Seaman described the tone of Rhapsody in Plain Yellow as “Chin paces the line demarcated by the words Chinese American like a caged tiger, fury just barely held in check.”

Photo credit: Walter Karshat

  

 

Ross

 

     Joseph Ross is the author of three books of poetry,  Ache (2017), Gospel of Dust (2013), and Meeting Bone Man (2012). His poetry has appeared in a wide variety of publications including The Los Angeles Times, Poet Lore, Tidal Basin Review, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, and Sojourners. His work appears in many anthologies including Collective Brightness, Poetic Voices without Borders 1 and 2, Full Moon on K Street, and Come Together; Imagine Peace. He recently served as the 23rd Poet-in-Residence for the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society, just outside Washington, D.C. He is a six-time Pushcart Prize nominee and his poem “If Mamie Till Was the Mother of God” won the 2012 Pratt Library/Little Patuxent Review Poetry Prize.

Photo credit: Ted Schroll

 

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