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.

upcoming events

Apr 28 2016
Histories and HerStories: The Sixth Annual Blackbird Poetry Festival

Writing worshops, readings, and book sales featuring former New York State Poet Laureate Marie Howe.

Sunbird Reading  at 2:30 pm - Free

Nightbird Reading at 7:30 pm - Ticketed- $20 general admission, $15 students and seniors

10901 Little Patuxent Parkway
21044 Columbia, Maryland
Feb 19 2016
Howard County Poetry and Literature Society's 38th Irish Evening of Music and Poetry

Poet Guest Eamon Grennan will read from his work , followed by Narrowbacks Eileen Korn Estes, Jesse Winch, Terence Winch, Llinda Hickman, and Brendan Mulvihill on fiddle in a concert of traditional Irish music with stepdancers from the Culkin School and Irish coffee and beer for sale in the lobby.

10901 Little Patuxent Parkway
21044 Columbia, 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.