Explore how the craft of writing can inspire and fuel the imagination. This new monthly literary reading series features local poets and authors, as well as an open mic for interested audience members.

Free of charge. No reservation required. Columbia Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth in the Long Reach Village Center. 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.

Lucinda Marshall is a writer, artist and activist. Her poetry publications include Sediments, GFT, Tuck Magazine, Stepping Stones Magazine, Columbia Journal, Poetica and Haikuniverse, and she was included in Indolent Books’ “Poems in the Aftermath” anthology. Her poem “The Lilies Were In Bloom” received an honorable mention in Waterline Writers’ Artists as Visionaries Climate Crisis Solutions contest.

Pamela Murray Winters’ debut poetry collection, The Unbeckonable Bird, was published in summer 2018 by FutureCycle Press. Her poems have appeared in Gargoyle, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, The Gettysburg Review, Beltway Poetry, and numerous other journals and anthologies. She received a master’s degree in fine arts, specializing in poetry, from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and was awarded a 2017 Maryland State Arts Council grant for her poetry. She lives in Maryland, in deepest suburbia.