This free literary reading features local poets and authors, as well as an open mic for interested audience members. Please check out the winter lineup. Free of charge. No registration necessary. (Note: Open mic presenters are asked to keep their readings to five minutes or less.) Sponsored by Howard County Poetry and Literature Society and coordinated by Laura Shovan, Ann Bracken and Linda Joy Burke.

Featured Authors:

Host: Faye McCray

Dr. Dorothy Adamson Holley, aka Drum Dr. Dot, is a developmental psychologist and a licensed clinical social worker. She is the cofounder of Nyame Nti Cultural Healing Arts Therapy, a nonprofit organization that integrates mental health and the arts to promote healing. Dr. Holley is the creator of Drumetry™, an art form that integrates two of her passions, drumming and poetry, and she is a proud member of the Baltimore-based band Roses n Rust.

Gregory Luce, author of Signs of Small Grace (Pudding House Publications), Drinking Weather (Finishing Line Press), Memory and Desire (Sweatshoppe Publications), and Tile (Finishing Line Press), has been published widely in print and online. He is the 2014 Larry Neal Award winner for adult poetry, given by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. He is retired from National Geographic, works as a volunteer writing tutor/mentor for 826DC, and lives in Arlington, Virginia.

Host: Linda Joy Burke

Andria Nacina Cole’s short stories have appeared in The Feminist Wire, Baltimore City Paper, and Ploughshares, among others. She has received multiple grants from the Maryland State Arts Council, including the organization’s top prize for fiction. She is the 2010 recipient of the Cohen Award, a Rubys Award grantee, and Baltimore’s Best Storyteller (2017). She cofounded A Revolutionary Summer in 2015 in response to the murder of Freddie Carlos Gray.

Lisa Vihos is the poetry and arts editor at Stoneboat Literary Journal (LINK TO and an occasional guest blogger for The Best American Poetry. Along with two chapbooks — A Brief History of Mail (Pebblebrook Press, 2011) and The Accidental Present (Finishing Line Press, 2012) — her poems have appeared in numerous print and online journals. She has two Pushcart Prize nominations and received first-place recognition in the 2015 Wisconsin People and Ideas poetry contest for her poem “Lesson at the Checkpoint.” She is active in the 100 Thousand Poets for Change global movement and recently returned home from the group’s first world conference in Salerno, Italy. Visit her blog at Frying the Onion.