Blackbird Poetry Festival
The Blackbird Poetry Festival "Poetry of Wit and Wonder" featuring Beth Ann Fennelly and Teri Ellen Cross Davis
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer for a shift.
"The Poetics of Anime" - RCF 400, 9:30-11am
Featuring Steven Leyva (see bio below)
Poet and professor Steven Leyva will lead an interactive discussion on the transformative, lyrical possibilities of anime. This event is free and open to the public. Diversity credit is available for faculty and staff. Diversity Index #2158. Please RSVP to email@example.com
"Morning Songs" - RCF 400, 11am-12:30pm
Featuring Beth Ann Fennelly and Teri Ellen Cross Davis (see bios below)
Two master poets will lead an interactive workshop with a dynamic mix of readings and poetry exercises. This event is free and open to the public. Diversity credit is available for faculty and staff. Diversity Index #2160. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunbird Reading - RCF 400, 2:30pm-4:30pm
Beth Ann Fennelly and Teri Ellen Cross Davis will be joined onstage by students, faculty, and staff for an afternoon of poetry. 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 email@example.com to get on the list. Diversity credit is available for faculty and staff. Diversity Index #2163.
Nightbird Reading: Monteabaro Recital Hall at 7:30pm
Beth Ann Fennelly will read from and discuss her work, including Unmentionables (2008), followed by Q&A, reception, and book signing. Nightbird admission tickets are $15 each (seniors and students $10) available online or by sending a self-addressed envelope and check payable to HoCoPoLitSo, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Horowitz Center 200, Columbia, MD 21044. Diversity credit is available for faculty and staff. Diversity Index #2164.
For more information, call HoCoPoLitSo at or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo Credit: Mike Stanton
Poet Laureate of Mississippi, headlines the 11th annual Blackbird Poetry Festival for HoCoPoLitSo. The Rumpus noted Fennelly’s most recent “collection will invite you into the delicate balance between the challenging, sometimes squalid, human condition and the beauty and sadness of the transcendent.” Fennelly’s newest book, Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs (2017), was selected as one of the ten best Southern books of 2017 by the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “Readers, you are in for a hootenanny of a wild ride. This is Fennelly at her most laid-bare, wickedly funny, and irrepressibly poetic best,” raves Kirkus Reviews. Beth Ann Fennelly teaches and directs the MFA Program at the University of Mississippi, where she was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year. She’s won grants and awards from the National Endowment of the Arts, the United States Artists, a Pushcart, and a Fulbright to Brazil. Fennelly has published three poetry books: Open House (2002), Tender Hooks (2004), and Unmentionables (2008). Her book of essays, Great with Child: Letters to a Young Mother” (2006), “may be the best book ever to give for a baby shower” noted the Tampa Tribune and The Tilted World (2013), a novel she co-authored with her husband, Tom Franklin. Fennelly and Franklin live in Oxford with their three children.