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.

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Oct 23 2015
Lucille Clifton Poetry Series with E. Ethelbert Miller

Poet E. Ethelbert Miller, known for his social activism will read from his work and discuss how poetry can address and foster conversations regarding today's social issues and challenges. A friend and colleague of Lucille Clifton, Ho Co Po Lit So is pleased to welcome him once again to the stage.

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Stanley Plumly
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Stanley Plumly

The author of numerous collections of poetry, Stanley Plumly's book Out-of-the-Body Travel received the William Carlos Williams Award and was...


          And what did you want?
          To call myself beloved, to feel myself
                 beloved on the earth.
                       --Ray Carver
He was in a hotel in Baltimore
in a suburb near Johns Hopkins. He would

give a talk there, and they would pay him for it.