Maryland

In 1959, Maryland established a state poet laureate position, which is currently held by Grace Cavalieri. Cavalieri is the author of several poetry collections, including Other Voices, Other Lives (Alan Squire Publishing, 2017.

upcoming events

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Jun 03 2019
Cafe Muse: Lisa Lewis & Margaret Mackinnon
Poets Lisa Lewis and Margaret Mackinnon will read from their work, and an open mic will follow. The evening starts with classical guitar by Michael C. Davis and includes refreshments, followed by the featured readers at 7:30 pm. The Writer’s Center is about a 10-minute walk from Metro Rail’s Bethesda stop on the Red Line. It is handicap accessible. There is ample, meter-fed or pay-by-app parking on a lot across the street.
 
Cafe Muse is a longstanding, monthly reading series in downtown Bethesda, MD, featuring widely recognized poets. It is sponsored by The Word Works (www.wordworksbooks.org) and hosted by The Writer's Center (www.writer.org). The Word Works is a non-profit literary organization publishing contemporary poetry, including translations, and sponsoring programs and contests for more than 40 years. The Writer’s Center has been hosting and providing literary porgrams and workshops in the Washington DC area since 1976.
 
7:00pm to 9:00pm
4508 Walsh St
20815 Bethesda, Maryland
May 06 2019
Cafe Muse: W. Luther Jett & Nomi Stone

Cafe Muse is a longstanding, monthly reading series in downtown Bethesda, MD, featuring widely recognized poets. It is sponsored by The Word Works (www.wordworksbooks.org) and hosted by the Writer's Center (www.writer.org). The Word Works is a non-profit literary organization publishing contemporary poetry, including translations, and sponsoring programs and contests for more than 40 years. The Writer's Center has been hosting and providing literary porgams and workshops in the Washington DC area since 1976.

Poets W. Luther Jett and Nomi Stone will read from their work, and an open mic will follow. The evening starts with classical guitar by Michael C. Davis and includes refreshments. Featured readings start at 7:30pm. The Writer's Center is about a 10-minute walk from Metro Rail's Bethesda stop on the Red Line. It is handicap accessible. There is ample, meter-fed or pay-by-app parking on a lot across the street.

7:00pm to 9:00pm
4508 Walsh St
20815 Bethesda, Maryland
Apr 25 2019
Blackbird Poetry Festival

The daylong festival, held in RCF 400, includes workshops, on-campus patrols by the Poetry Police in recognition of National Poem in Your Pocket Day, and poetry readings. Workshops are free and open to the public with RSVP to [email protected].  Workshops begin with Steven Leyva at 9:30 a.m. presenting “The Poetics of Anime.” Beth Ann Fennelly and Teri Cross-Davis will present a dynamic mix of readings and interactive poetry exercises from 11:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. 

The Sunbird Poetry Reading, open to the public with no reservations required, begins at 2:30 p.m., featuring Beth Ann Fennelly and Teri Cross-Davis joined onstage by students, faculty, and staff.   

The Nightbird at 7:30 p.m. in the Monteabaro Hall, features Beth Ann Fennelly, the Poet Laureate of Mississippi. 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. This ticketed event will include a book sale and signing.

9:30am
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway
RCF 400 and Horowitz Center
21044-3110 Columbia, Maryland

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Stanley Plumly

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poems

poem
          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. 
It
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 "Do not cheer, for men are dying," said Capt. Phillips in the Spanish-American War
 
Do not cheer, for men are dying
   From their distant homes in pain;
And the restless sea is darkened
   By a flood of crimson rain.
 
Do not cheer,
poem
The dying words of Goethe.
 
"Light! more light! the shadows deepen,
   And my life is ebbing low,
Throw the windows widely open:
   Light! more light! before I go."
 
"Softly let the balmy sunshine
   Play around my dying bed,