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.

The schedule includes:

Tuesday, March 14, 7-8:30pm

Virginia Crawford imageCrawford, Poet in Residence with the Maryland State Arts Council, teaches through the Artists-in-Education program. Her book Touch was featured on WYPR’s “Maryland Morning.” A graduate of Emerson College in Boston, and the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, Crawford has co-edited the anthology, Poetry Baltimore: Poems About a City, with Sam Schmidt and an anthology of student poetry, Voices Fly, with Laura Shovan.

Sam Schmidt imageSchmidt’s first full-length book of poems, Suburban Myths, was published by Beothuk Books in 2012. Of this work, author Edgar Silex wrote, “…these poems are strung like iridescent and nacreous pearls, each carefully composed, each beautifully assembled, each a precious existential liberation.”

From 1993 to 2004, Schmidt edited WordHouse, a Baltimore newsletter for writers that he also founded.