Award-winning poet and arts advocate Dr. Hiram Larew welcomed poets from around the world, including Maryland’s Poet Laureate Grace Cavalieri, at an inaugural poetry reading. Poets from Maryland, New York, and Ireland joined virtually at Langton Green Community Farm for this special event, held on December 9th.
Hiram Larew, co-moderator of Langton’s first virtual poetry event, is well-known as an advocate for the arts, and the power of poetry to connect and build communities. He is the author of four books of poetry and his award-winning poems have been included in numerous anthologies and literary magazines.
Larew’s leadership as a visionary and advocate for the arts is recognized throughout Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Langton Green Community Farm’s operations manager and Director of Development John Iaquinta and Day Services Director Diana Davis, co-moderated this mash-up of poetry and creativity in recognition of the individuals Langton Green supports.
“Poetry keeps us from being lonely. Without common spirits we would be in isolation from one another. . .I love everything I’ve heard today! I’m more alive now than I was when we began. . .”
-Grace Cavalieri, Poet Laureate of Maryland
They were joined by an amazing line-up of poets (view full recording) including: Maryland’s Poet Laureate Grace Cavalieri; Rena Fleming and Ryan Dennis, Ireland; Andre Taylor aka Brenardo and Susan Moger, both from Maryland; Dr. Michael Anthony Ingram, Washington, D.C.; Linda Trott Dickman, New York.
Langton Green’s Diana Davis and longtime Farm volunteer Colette Preis also shared their poems and haikus with this unique community of creative voices.