Core group of artists, writers serve up Hedge Apple magazine

Hagerstown Community College publication combines a number of disciplines

October 18, 2012|By C.J. LOVELACE |
  • Hagerstown Community College student Francesca Giustini read her poem "Sheen Heard Some Voices" Thursday night during the Hedge Apple launch party at the HCC Student Center.
By Colleen McGrath, Staff Photographer

Francesca Giustini gestured emphatically as she read her poem called “Sheen Heard Some Voices,” inspired by many of the “winning” yet bizarre comments made by actor Charlie Sheen when he denied having psychological problems in a 2011 television news interview.

“Sheen heard voices who were duh, winning,” Giustini read aloud. “... Sheen heard voices who had veins filled with tiger blood.”

Numerous Hagerstown Community College students and faculty members joined Giustini for an open mic reading session Thursday night during a launch party at HCC’s student center to celebrate the release of the school’s annual literary magazine, Hedge Apple.

About 20 people attended the fourth annual reception for the release of the magazine, which has been published for about the past 10 years, said Amanda Miller, an English professor at HCC and faculty advisor for the publication.

Miller said they typically receive about 200 pages of submissions for the Hedge Apple and about one-quarter of those make it into the finished product.


“I think it’s crucial for students to have an outlet for their work,” Miller said. “It’s also important for students to get to know other people who have the same interests that they do, to get practice speaking in front of a microphone, to see their work in print. All that is just great experience.”

Miller said it’s difficult for her to pinpoint any one composition as her favorite in this year’s 97-page edition, which features the work of more than 40 writers and artists, from poems and short stories to photography and drawings.

Audra Haddock Martenot, a photography and digital design professor at HCC, went up on stage after Guistini to highlight the three photographs she published this year, including “Moon Dance”, “Second Chance” and one called “Annette” that features her daughter.

Martenot called Hedge Apple one of the “best things on the planet” for students and other members of the community to get their work published.

“It’s wonderful that all these disciplines come together in this magazine,” she said.

After the open mic portion of the evening, three workshops were hosted to help writers and artists refine their craft and provide tips for submitting their work to other literary outlets, Miller said.

“We usually have a pretty good turn out for the workshops, too,” she said.

Miller said anyone who would like to check out color photographs and full stories from this year’s Hedge Apple can visit

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