In 1959, Maryland established a state poet laureate position, which is currently held by Stanley Plumly. Plumly is the author of several poetry collections, including Orphan Hours: Poems (W. W. Norton, 2013).

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Dec 03 2018
Cafe Muse Reading Series: Hope Snyder and Michael Collier

Poets Hope Snyder and Michael Collier will read from their work, and an open mic will follow. The evening starts with classical guitar by Michael C. Davis and includes refreshments. The Village of Friendship Heights Center is a five-minute walk from the Friendship Heights Metro Rail station on the Red Line.

Cafe Muse is a longstanding, monthly poetry series in the Friendship Heights Neighborhood of Chevy Chase, MD, featuring nationally and internationally recognized poets. It is sponsored by The Word Works:

7:00pm to 9:00pm
4433 S. Park Avenue
20815 Chevy Chase, Maryland
Nov 25 2018
A Reading by Alicia Jo Rabins

In Alicia Jo Rabins' second collection, Fruit Geode, the terrifying power of maternal love coexists with sorrow for the loss of one's younger self. In lyrical, unflinching poems, Rabins investigates the passages of pregnancy, birth, and early infancy through a constellation of ancient and modern experience: Sumerian storm demons, astronauts, herbal medicine, Neanderthal DNA, Jewish mysticism, climate change. In tracing the ritual mysteries of motherhood, Fruit Geode examines what it means to be transformed, to leave behind our certainties and walk into the unknown. This is a book about what it means to live in a human body, how love changes us, and what we pass on from one generation to the next.

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6080 Falls Road
21209 Baltimore, Maryland
Nov 19 2018
Cafe Muse Reading Series: Anne Becker and Myra Sklarew

Anne Becker will read from their work, and an open mic will follow. The evening starts with classical guitar by Michael C. Davis and includes refreshments. The Writer's Center is within a 10-minute walk from the Bethesda Metro Rail station on the Red Line.

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7:00pm to 9:00pm
4508 Walsh St
20815 Bethesda , Maryland

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Stanley Plumly
Maryland poet laureate

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. 


He who thus considers things in their first growth and origin, whether a state or anything else, will obtain the clearest view of them.
—Aristotle, Politics (translated by Benjamin Jowett)


Look out across
the ridges of trees
flushed red
as if holding