where the writers are

Latest News & Events

"Minding the Stops, Minding the Line" master class


HoCoPoLitSo, Howard County Poetry and Literature Society will offer a poetry Master Class with Tara Betts” on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 from 7 -8:30 p.m., in the Monteabaro Recital Hall, the Horowitz Performing & Visual Arts Center, on the campus of Howard Community College.  Tickets are $15, $10 for seniors and students with valid student ID. For ticket purchases send a check payable and mailed to HoCoPoLitSo, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Duncan Hall-239, Columbia, MD 21044. Credit card orders accepted at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/193625. 

“Changing a line or playing with a sentence can alter the meaning and tone of a poem. We will write new poems and consider how certain poems use the arrangement of lines and sentences for evocative, effective writing, with model poems by writers like Nikky Finney, Sterling Plumpp, Aracelis Girmay, and Lucille Clifton,” says Cave Canem fellow Tara Betts, whose debut collection is Arc and Hue, has been featured at the Dodge Poetry Festival. The ninety-minute master class will conclude with a question and answer session.

Betts, a Chicago native was named one of Essence magazine’s 40 Favorite Poets, sharing company with poets Lucille Clifton, Gwendolyn Brooks and Tracey Smith. Martin Espada says, “Tara Betts is a poet who pays exquisite attention to the world. It’s high time the world repaid the favor.” Betts will join poet Terrance Hayes for an evening reading and discussion at ”A Promise of Poetry,” followed by a question and answer period, at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 in the Monteabaro Recital Hall.  A reception, book sale and signing will follow.  Hayes won the 2010 National Book Award for his 4th poetry collection Lighthead. Of Hayes poetry, Cornelius Eady has said: "First you'll marvel at his skill … his brilliant turns of phrase. Then you'll notice the grace … the unblinking truth-telling just beneath his lines, the open and generous way he takes in our world."

HoCoPoLitSo, Howard County Poetry and Literature Society, has been enlarging the audience for contemporary poetry and literature since 1974. HoCoPoLitSo is supported by the Howard County Arts Council through a grant from Howard County government, the Maryland State Arts Council through the State of Maryland and the Department of Business and Economic Development, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Columbia Foundation, Howard County General Hospital: a member of Johns Hopkins medicine, and Friends of HoCoPoLitSo.  

For more information visit and become a fan of HoCoPoLitSo on Facebook, phone 443.518.4568, or email information@hocopolitso.org.

Published Reviews

Arc & Hue
Published by http://www.siueblackstudies.com/2010/09/tara-bettss-arc-hue.html
Tara Betts’s volume Arc & Hue rhythmically and thematically explores life in its varied experiences and personal struggles. Betts creatively portrays the tensions of...