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Baltimore joins over 100 cities in presenting Dialogue Among Civilizations Through Poetry with special guest Maryland Poet Laureate, Michael Collier

The Baltimore Writers' Alliance and Spectrum of Poetic Fire will host Poet Laureate Michael Collier along with fifteen other talented regional poets in a worldwide dialogue through poetry on Monday, March 26 from 4-7 p.m. as part of the Spectrum of Poetic Fire's Creative Writing Seminar Readings at Maryland Institute College of Art. The readings will be held in Room 110 of the Bunting Center of the Maryland Institute College of Art, 1300 Mt. Royal Ave., Baltimore, Maryland.

Dialogue Among Civilizations Through Poetry is a cooperative response to the UN General Assembly's declaration that 2001 is a year to foster tolerance, respect, and cooperation among peoples. This event is one of a series of programs scheduled for the last week of March in over 100 cities worldwide from Amsterdam to Zilina. Over 200 readings have been scheduled with the Baltimore readings set to coincide with an international literary conference at the United Nations co-organized by Poetry International Rotterdam involving Australian poet John Kinsella, co-editor of Stand and Salt magazine (U.K.) David H. Lynn, editor of the Kenyon Review (U.S.A.), and editors from around the world.

Newly appointed Poet Laureate of Maryland and Director of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Michael Collier tops the list of poets scheduled to read for the Baltimore event. He serves on the faculty of the Department of English at the University of Maryland College Park where he is co-director of the Creative Writing Program. Collier's poems have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, New Republic, The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Poetry, and other magazines and periodicals. A Pushcart prizewinner and recipient of numerous awards, including the National Endowment for the Arts, Collier has published three collections of poetry and edited three highly acclaimed anthologies. He is a member of the writing faculty of the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers.

Joining with Collier is an impressive list of regional award winning poets, whose combined credits demonstrate a joint commitment to the craft of poetry and the importance of their individual and collective voices in the larger community. Those poets include: Chezia Thompson Cager, Ph.D.-winner of the 1999 and 2001 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards in Poetry, author of two poetry collections, and director of Spectrum of Poetic Fire; Linda Joy Burke-President, Baltimore Writers' Alliance; Gary Blankenburg-author of five books of poetry, founding editor of Electric Press, and a founding editor of Maryland Poetry Review; Peter Chapman-host of the WordHouse reading series at Minās Gallery; Marcus Colasurdo-author of seven books and executive director of Gimme Shelter Productions; Barbara Diehl-editor of The Baltimore Review; Michael Fallon-author of two poetry collections, editor of Puerto Del Sol, and founding editor of Maryland Poetry Review; Annette Gonzales-editor of Spiraeas: A Journal of Literature and Art; Kathleen Hellen, Ph.D.-Dialogue's Baltimore liaison and two time recipient of the James Still Poetry Award; Danuta E. Kosk-Kosicka, Ph.D.-author of one collection of poetry in English and of translations from Polish to English; Lalita Noronha, Ph.D.-widely published, award-winning poet and fiction writer; Sam Schmidt-Maryland State Arts Council grant recipient and editor of WordHouse; Edgar Silex- author of two volumes of poetry and an NEA and Maryland State Arts Council grant recipient; Kevin Thornton-host of Function at the Junction reading series in Catonsville, Maryland; and Chester Wickwire, Ph.D.-chaplain emeritus of Johns Hopkins University, author of two books of poetry, and member of the Maryland Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information about Dialogue Poetry events, visit .

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