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Columbia, MD
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Blackbird Poetry Festival
Columbia, MD
Aug 17, 2014
Mariposa Poetry Reunion Reading
Bethesda, MD


Atomic Books
1100 W. 36th Street
Baltimore, MD 21211
(410) 662-4444

The Book Escape
805 Light Street
Baltimore, MD

The Book Escape
10 North Calvert Street
Baltimore, MD
(410) 929-7653

Busboys & Poets Hyattsville
5331 Baltimore Avenue
Hyattsville, MD
(301) 779-2787

Johns Hopkins University Bookstore
3330 St. Paul Street
Baltimore, MD
(410) 662-5850

Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse
800 St. Paul St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 230-0450

Second Story Books
12160 Parklawn Drive
Rockville, MD

Ukazoo Books
730 Dulaney Valley Road
Towson, MD
(301) 689-5605

Maryland Add to Notebook
Poet Laureate

Stanley Plumly
Appointed Maryland State Poet Laureate on September 29, 2009, Stanley Plumly has published nine books of poetry including In the Outer Dark, Out-of-the-Body Travel, and Old Heart. He has taught at a number of institutions including the University of Iowa, and Ohio University. He presently directs the creative writing program at University of Maryland.

Featured Poets

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe
One of the first American writers to garner world-wide attention, Edgar Allan Poe lived in Baltimore in the early 1830s. He was a precursor to the "art for art's sake" movement and was influential to French symbolists such as Mallarme.

Lucille Clifton

Lucille Clifton
Lucille Clifton is the author of several collections of poetry, including Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems, which won the National Book Award. She served as the Poet Laureate for the state of Maryland.

Linda Pastan

Linda Pastan
From 1991 to 1995 Linda Pastan served as Poet Laureate of Maryland, and she lives in Potomac. The author of eight collections of poetry, Pastan was awarded the 2003 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize and the Bess Hokin Award.

Sterling A. Brown
J.V. Cunningham
Frank O'Hara
Stanley Plumly
Adrienne Rich
Michael Collier
Stephen Dunn
Josephine Jacobsen
Mary Jo Salter
Elizabeth Spires
Literary Organizations & Centers

CityLit Project
Based in Baltimore, CityLit aims to increase public appreciation for literature, to build a community of writers, and to enhance the ability of local and area writers to create literature and reach larger audiences.

The Greenbelt Writer's Group
The Greenbelt Writers Group is a community group that encourages and supports the development of literary arts through open readings, writer critique groups, and other activities. Monthly events are held the third Friday of every month at the Greenbelt Community Center.

The Howard County Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo)
Founded in 1974, the HoCoPoLitSo is a community-based literary organization whose programs include readings by distinguished poets and authors; a writer-in-residency program in the 10 Howard County, MD, public high schools; an award-winning cable television series, The Writing Life, now accessible to 2.5 million viewers in Maryland; and Literary Book Prizes to Howard County, MD, high school students.

Maryland Center for the Book
The Maryland Center for the Book brings reading and discussion programs to libraries, senior sites, and work sites, poetry programs to community organizations, and local authors to communities throughout the state.

Maryland Writer's Association
MWA's diverse membership ranges from professional freelancers and published authors, to writers aspiring to be published and those who write as a creative outlet in multiple genres. They offer monthly meetings with speakers, an annual writers' conference, a bimonthly newsletter and a biannual literary journal, as well as writing workshops, literary contests, and writing projects for children.

Write Here, Write Now
Write Here, Write Now offers year-round workshops to the Baltimore area in an effort to create and sustain a community of writers, and to give each member a place to develop their voice and vision in an non-academic setting.

Readings Series, Conferences, & Literary Festivals

Baltimore Book Festival
Each September, the free Baltimore Book Festival offers a diverse array of 150 literary exhibitors, book signings, poetry readings, cookbook demonstrations, workshops, panel discussions, antiquarian dealers, storytelling, hands-on crafts for children, puppet-making and more.

Bethesda Literary Festival
The annual Bethesda Literary Festival features local and national authors, journalists and poets, as well as poetry slams, writing contests and a children’s book party. All events are free and are held throughout downtown Bethesda’s bookstores, community centers and art galleries.

CityLit Festival
This free literary festival presents readings and discussions with writers from several genres, and showcases authors, poets, self-published writers, literary magazines and journals, academic programs related to the literary arts, and numerous other literary arts organizations.

Day of the Book Festival
April twenty-third is a symbolic day in world literature. Declared as International Day of the Book by UNESCO in 1995, this celebration of books and literature draws its inspiration from a Catalan tradition, the Festival of the Rose. Events include meet and greets with local authors and book artists, workshops, writing exercises, readings, and open mic.

F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference
Celebrating the 106th birthday of the great American author and the art of writing, the annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference is a weekend conference in October offering workshops, roundtable discussions, and an evening awards ceremony, reading, and book signing.

Poetic History

The Graves of Poets
Dorothy Parker was cremated in 1967, but it took until 1988 for her ashes to be claimed. The NAACP, who inherited Parker's literary estate after the assasination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. built a memorial garden at the national headquarters in Baltimore, where the ashes were scattered.

Poems about Maryland

Blessing the Boats
by Lucille Clifton
may the tide / that is entering even now...

Writing Programs & Colonies

University of Maryland English Programs
The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is a 36-credit program whose course requirements include both writing workshops and literature courses. The program offers concentrations in fiction and poetry. Each year the program invites notable writers to visit campus and read their work in the Writers Here and Now Series.

The Writer's Center
A non-profit community of writers supporting each other in the creation and marketing of literary texts. It annually conducts hundreds of workshops in various genres of writing, and hosts literary events, readings and conferences; sells books and literary magazines; and offers a congenial, supportive environment for writing groups to meet. It is a voluntary, membership organization open to all skill levels. Located in a 12,200 square foot facility in the arts and entertainment district of Bethesda, Maryland, workshops are also offered at locations around the greater Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

Howard Community College
The creative writing faculty are published writers actively engaged in their art. In addition to courses taught in the traditional classroom, HCC offers an online creative writing section. Students also have the opportunity to share their work with the college community at poetry readings scheduled during our Fine Arts Week activities.

Chesapeake Bay Writing Retreat
The Chesapeake Bay Writing Retreat, led by Elizabeth Ayres and Tom Horton, is limited to 6 participants. 6 workshop conferences take place over three days on Maryland’s famous Eastern Shore. Home-cooked meals and private housing is included.

Frostburg Center for Creative Writing
The Frostburg Center for Creative Writing works to bring creative writing and writers to both Frostburg State University and the greater Frostburg community, including sections of Western Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. The Center also supports the publishing endeavors of living writers through the publication of two journals, on-line presentation of work, and programming that brings writers and publishers together.

Savage Mountain Summer Arts Academy
eld at scenic Frostburg State University, home to noted writers Barbara Hurd, Brad Barkley, and Gerry LaFemina, the Savage Mountain Creative Writing Workshop is an opportunity for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to spend a week of intensive study in fiction writing, poetry writing or creative nonfiction writing.

Literary Journals & Small Presses

Aerial Magazine and Edge Books
Website for Aerial Magazine, a DC poetry journal edited by Buck Downs, and the small poetry press Edge Books.

Apprentice House
The country's only student-staffed book publisher, based at Loyola College, Apprentice House also hosts an annual poetry chapbook contest.

The Baltimore Review
Published annually, The Baltimore Review is an online journal with themed contests. The editors accept poetry, fiction, and nonfiction as well as innovative photography, video, and animation.

Brick House Books
BrickHouse Books, Inc. (formerly New Poets Series, Inc.), is Maryland's oldest continuously operating small press. Founded in 1970, with Clarinda Harriss as its editor since 1973, BrickHouse publishes works of 64-112 pages, whether poetry, fiction, drama, or artistic nonfiction.

Dryad Press
Established in 1975, Dryad Press publishes poetry, chapbooks, translations, and literary prose.

Johns Hopkins University Press
Founded in 1878, Johns Hopkins University Press is the oldest university press in the United States. Today it is also one of the largest, publishing 58 scholarly periodicals and more than 200 new books each year.

Plan B Press
Plan B Press is an independent publisher of emerging poets. Specializing in chapbooks, Plan B Press produces high-quality, distinctive books by some of the best under-published poets.

Poet Lore
Established in 1889, Poet Lore is the oldest continuously published poetry magazine in the United States. Published by The Writer's Center, Poet Lore is a quarterly journal of poetry and poetry book reviews.

The Potomac Review
The Potomac Review: A Journal of Arts & Humanities invites submissions of poetry, prose, art, and photography that are expressions and voices of, or reactions to the human and physical terrain of the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond or work done by writers and visual artists living in the region.

Pretend Genius Press
Pretend genius believes in the essential value of contemporary literature to local culture. Founded in 2004 and incorporated in 2009, the organization’s mission is to foster the professional development of poets and writers; promote communication throughout the broader literary community; help create an environment in which poets and writers connect with a larger audience; and promote the literary arts so that they can be appreciated by the widest possible public.

Smartish Pace
Based in Baltimore, Smartish Pace is an annual poetry journal featuring poems, interviews, and reviews. The magazine's website also a unique Q&A section where readers can ask poets almost anything.

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