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Literary magazine on shelves

July 11, 2005|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

HAGERSTOWN

andrews@herald-mail.com

Those who picture actor James Earl Jones with short salt-and-pepper hair and wire-rimmed glasses might not recognize him on the cover of this year's Antietam Review.

Larry Schiller's photograph shows Jones decades ago, without hair or glasses, shirtless and muscular. He's gripping his own neck from the front and the back, looking to the side, expressionless.

The image is from when Jones was in the 1970 boxing movie "The Great White Hope," said Philip Bufithis, Antietam Review's executive editor.

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The 2005 Antietam Review, which is published by the Washington County Arts Council, features Bufithis' interview with Schiller, along with some of Schiller's photos of Hollywood stars. It has long fiction and short poetry, along with reviews, interviews, a memoir and photographs.

The magazine is on sale for $8 at the council's office at 41 S. Potomac St.

At a reception Sunday celebrating the release of this year's edition, Bufithis said Antietam Review "gives talented writers a place, a start. It helps them launch. Ultimately, that's what we're most pleased about."

Managing Editor Mary Jo Vincent said Antietam Review started in 1982, which pushes it well past the average lifespan of eight to 10 years for a literary magazine.

For many years, Antietam Review was regional, accepting work only from Maryland, Washington, D.C., and several surrounding states.

Bufithis, a retired Shepherd University English professor, said that four years ago he thought the magazine could do well nationally, so it expanded its boundaries.

Vincent said editors selected about 40 written entries for print out of more than 1,000 that were submitted.

She said about 100 pictures were sent in. Twenty-eight made it into the magazine, plus six of Schiller's with Bufithis' interview.

Dawn Welsh of Kearneysville, W.Va., said she was pleased her photo of a young Native American girl was accepted.

But she also was surprised. She thought the other two she submitted were better.

"It's a hobby, but it's really starting to take wings and fly," Welsh said of her photography. She's happier since she switched to a digital camera, which she thinks captures depth better.

Welsh, an eighth-grade language arts teacher at Harpers Ferry Middle School in Jefferson County, W.Va., said the girl was at the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

The girl, about 4 years old, smiled and posed each time Welsh wanted to make a picture. Welsh said she waited until the girl was listening to her mother and not paying attention to the camera.

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