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There was a joke going around at the Furious Flower conference of black poets that took place in Atlanta a few years ago: If somebody dropped a bomb on the hotel, they’d erase black literature as we know it today. Not to give any crazed bibliophilic terrorists any wild ideas, but 360 A Revolution of Black Poets is another historic conference. It brings together 36 literary heavyweights from the past four decades for critical discussions, performances, films, and an open mike. Young heads like Saul Williams (featured in the Sundance filmfest winner Slam) share the stage with seasoned word warriors like Quincy Troupe, Amiri Baraka, and Sonia Sanchez. Writers of every black aesthetic will represent from Black Arts to Beats, political to performance, jazz to blues to hiphop and back. The first part of the two-day event takes place Friday at the Baltimore Museum of Art, and the second begins today with free panels and interviews at 10 a.m., culminating in a festival night (followed by a midnight open mike) at 8 p.m. at the University of Maryland at College Park’s Inn & Conference Center Main Auditorium, University Blvd. & Adelphi Road., College Park. $8-12. (301) 314-8587. (Holly Bass)