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Jun 24 2017

Shore Thing Writing Getaway

Treat yourself to a writing retreat at the shore. Down the block from Atlantic City's famous beach and boardwalk, this affordable workshop will energize and inspire you. Head home with sand between your toes, a few new pieces of writing and the glow that comes from spending the day with an encouraging community of writers. 

Admission fee: $80.00
9:15am to 4:30pm
Dante Hall Theater
14 N Mississippi Avenue
08401 Atlantic City, New Jersey
Jun 22 2017

25th Annual Poets House Showcase Opening Reception & Reading

Free and Open to the Public

Celebrate a quarter-century of the Poets House Showcase and surround yourself with poetry published in the last 18 months. Spend time with your favorite books and discover new favorites.

6:00pm
Poets House
10 River Terrace
10282 NYC, New York
Jun 12 2017

The 22nd Annual Poetry Walk Across The Brooklyn Bridge

The 22nd Annual Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge

As Poets House convenes the celebration of its 30th year, join us for our annual poetic pilgrimage across the East River by way of the historic Brooklyn Bridge. Celebrated poets including Billy Collins and Gregory Pardlo are joined by actor and poetry lover Bill Murray to read New York City-inspired poems under the arches of the Bridge. Poets lead the trek from Manhattan to Brooklyn, where dinner, wine, conversation, and poetic inspiration await. Proceeds help to make possible the many events and public programs Poets House presents each year, including its over 100 yearly programs for children and teens.

Tickets begin at $250 general; $225 for Poets House members. Reservations are required.

Admission fee: $250.00
7:00pm
Poets House
10 River Terrace
10282 NYC, New York
Jun 07 2017

Emerging Poets Fellowship hosted by R. Erica Doyle

Join us as we journey into the future of poetry. 2017 Poets House Emerging Poets Fellows read new work crafted during mentorship under their workshop leader, poet r. erica doyle. The Emerging Poets Fellowship, now in its sixth year, assists poets by providing writing instruction, mentorship, funding, and access to Poets House’s world-class poetry resources and programming. Presented with support from the Jerome Foundation.

7:00pm
Poets House
10 River Terrace
10282 NYC, New York
Jun 04 2017

Of Stars and Hurricanes: Two Columbia Novelists Return

Former Columbia residents Carrie Brown and John Gregory Brown will read from their work at a celebration of literature’s history in this planned city.

Carrie Brown’s most recent novel is The Stargazer’s Sister, historical fiction about a nineteenth-century astronomer’s sister.

John Gregory Brown’s newest novel, A Thousand Miles from Nowhere, follows the path of a Hurricane Katrina survivor seeking redemption.

At “Of Stars and Hurricanes," HoCoPoLitSo will also honor two of Columbia’s own forces of nature, Padraic and Ellen Kennedy, for their work creating a literary life in Howard County.

A reception will follow. Tickets are $20 and available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2725249.

Information about the event can be found at https://hocopolitso.org/john-and-carrie-brown.

Or visit us at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1175646235849426.

Admission fee: $20.00
4:00pm
Slayton House Theatre
10400 Cross Fox Lane
21044 Columbia, Maryland

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poems

poem
A friend called up saying he was in a pre-suicidal mood.
I told him to come over.
I'd pay for the taxi.
"Will you go back with me to my apartment if I start to panic?"
I told him I would.
He arrived feeling chipper.
He wanted some wine.
I gave him a little cold sauterne that had been sitting
around in the icebox
poem

The problem was how to begin with the end
and then it turned out there were two ends:
the end within the continuing
that, continuing, enveloped
the end. You passed yourself
coming and going, went through
one loop, then another,
what was behind drawn
through at a
slide

poem

The only clouds
forming are crow clouds,

the only shade, oaks
bound together in a tangle of oak

limbs that signal the wind
coming, if there is any wind

stroking the flat
fields, the flat

swatch of corn.
Far as anyone’s eye can see, corn’s

dying under the sky