Here are the readers who will lead the celebration of Dead Poets Remembrance Day this year in Maryland.
Ned Balbo is going to present the poetry of former US Poet Laureate, Josephine Jacobsen and Jane Satterfield will read the work of Micheal Egan. CarlaJean Valluzzi will present the work of former MD Poet Laureate, Lucille Clifton. And Virginia Crawford and Sam Schmidt will present the work of Roland Flint.
Internationally-famed Poe scholar, Jeff Jerome, will give a spirited presentation on fascinating aspects of Poe's grave, and the numerous people who visit there.
The event will go forward rain or moonshine and we hope to have a gathering in a pub/place nearby at 7:30 where anyone can read a poem from their favorite MD poet.
(Below is a post from the 2010 "Baltimore Bash" event):
For the historic reading this Friday at Poe's grave, there are still other MD poets to choose to read who have not been spoken for.
You can see a list of them on this map. They include Lucille Clifton, John Tabb, Ebenezer Cook, Dr. John Shaw, Edward Pinkney, Sidney Lanier, and James Ryder Randall. Others are Dorothy Parker, Francis Scott Key, Ogden Nash, and Mattie Stepanek.
In fact, we would especially be pleased if someone would come and read the entire original version of "Maryland, My Maryland." Remarks about whether or not it should be the State song are fine as well. We are documenting the poetry of our dead poets, and sometimes that includes living issues.