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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Feb 09 2018
40th Annual Irish Evening of Music and Poetry featuring Mike McCormack

HoCoPoLitSo’s fortieth annual Irish celebration will feature a reading by award-winning writer Mike McCormack.  Hosted by Irish Evening Chair Catherine McLoughlin-Hayes, the evening also showcases new and traditional Irish music by Narrowbacks and Irish step dancing. McCormack's newest novel, Solar Bones, is longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize. The Guardian's review of Solar Bones was subtitled, “an extraordinary hymn to small-town Ireland.” A Kirkus starred review noted “For all his high artistic aims, McCormack is a wonderfully accessible, quick-witted writer … and a smartly contemporary one.” Scones, beer, cocktails, Irish coffee, book sales and signing round out the night

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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