Poet with ties to Howard to be subject of conference County writers to address Library of Congress event

October 22, 1998

Distinguished Howard County poet Lucille Clifton will be a speaker and HoCoPoLitSo President Ellen Conroy Kennedy will be a panelist at a celebration in honor of the late poet Sterling A. Brown tomorrow at the Library of Congress in Washington.

The two-day conference, "Sterling Brown: American Poet and Cultural Worker," is sponsored by Callaloo magazine, a publication of the University of Virginia at Charlottesville and by the office of the U.S. poet laureate.

Clifton will speak at 6 p.m. tomorrow in the Montpelier Room in the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E.

Clifton, a distinguished professor of humanities at St. Mary's College of Maryland and former Maryland poet laureate, was a student of Brown's at Howard University in the 1950s.

Kennedy will participate in the panel discussion "Sterling A. Brown: His Life and Achievements" at 9: 30 a.m. Saturday in the Mumford Room of the James Madison Building.

Kennedy, also executive director of the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo), has contributed an article to the Callaloo issue devoted to Sterling Brown and timed to appear at the conference.

Titled "Looking for Sterling Brown's Howard County," the piece details HoCoPoLitSo's 1994 and 1995 celebrations of Brown's poetry, and it describes historical research by Howard County historian Joetta Cramm -- commissioned by HoCoPoLitSo -- that established the site of the family farm in North Laurel, where Brown spent summers and holidays from 1911 to the 1950s.

The events are free. Information: 202-707-5394.

Pub Date: 10/22/98

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