February 9, 2013
"I never really liked poetry until sometime around the beginning of this year," she said. "I began getting into it, and I've written about 60 poems since the beginning of December. " Stephane, 14, is a freshman and literary arts student at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts in Hagerstown. And now, she is a contest-winning poet. Her poem, "I Love You," was selected winner of the teen division of The Herald-Mail's first poetry contest. Stephane said she writes a lot. "I write six or seven poems a week.
February 9, 2013
"This was a few years ago at the day-care center at (Hagerstown Community College)," said Amanda Miller, Aidan's mother and a language arts instructor at HCC. "The teacher had asked about poems. I asked (Aidan) some questions and these were his answers. Verbatim. " Aidan, now 7, created his poem about one of the things he loved - and still loves - most in his life: the blanket he's kept near himself since he was a baby. "I was kind of describing Blue Blankie - what he's like, how he feels," said Aidan, now 7. "Normally, that's what poems are - describing something or telling how it feels.
January 11, 2013
Why is it that people captivated by love or another strong emotion so often turn to poetry to express their feelings? With its condensed form and layers of emotion, poetry is a great way to convey love in all its forms - romance, love of parents or children, brotherly love, patriotism, love for a pet or friend. The Herald-Mail invites readers to compose and enter love poetry in our first poetry contest. Our topic is love. Entries may be about any aspect of love - love lost, love found, love spurned, sexual attraction, love fulfilled, even a broken heart.
March 22, 2012
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is asking local poets to submit poems that will be displayed as part of its annual Wildflower Festival, on Saturday, April 14. The festival will be held at the Society's Yankauer Nature Preserve north of Shepherdstown. For the fifth year in a row, the festival events will include a Poetry Walk that will feature poems focusing on spring themes displayed along the preserve's Kingfisher trail. Those who wish to submit poems for display should email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 15, 2012
The American Pet Products Association is accepting poems for the fourth annual Pets Add Life Children's Poetry Contest through Jan. 31. Students in grades three to eight are invited to write a poem about their pets, what they love about them, the joys they bring and post them online at www.petsaddlife.org or mail their final poem and submission form to Pets Add Life, 661 Sierra Rose Drive, Reno, NV, 89511. Deadline for submissions is Jan. 31 at 5 p.m. One student from each grade level (six total)
January 12, 2012
The title of Simone Le Ann Byrd's recent book of poetry, artwork and random thoughts, "It Would Be Wise Not to Ask for Lemons" is more than a poem, it's a suggestion. "I got the title at a restaurant I used to work at where nobody washed the lemons before putting them in people's water," Byrd said laughingly during a telephone interview. In fact, real life has inspired all of the poetry and random thoughts found nestled among the drawings by Byrd herself. The book, which is under her pen name of Simone Le Ann, has about 80 poems in the 100 pages.
October 6, 2011
Gary Wayne Melton, 51, of Ware Shoals, S.C., and formerly of Leitersburg, Md., passed away on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, at Hospice House in Greenwood, S.C., after a long battle with cancer. Born in Edmundston, New Brunswick, Canada, on Dec. 20, 1959, he was the son of Bruce Melton and Pierrette L'Italien Melton of Leitersburg. Surviving him are his wife, Etta Melton and two daughters, Alexa and Larissa; his sister, Jocelyne Melton of Waynesboro, Pa.; and his brother, Mark Melton of Mercersburg, Pa. Gary was preceded in death by a baby daughter, Amber Marie, and two baby sons, Paul and Chris.
August 26, 2011
Writers of poetry, fiction and nonfiction are invited to submit their unpublished work for inclusion in Shepherd University's next Anthology of Appalachian Writers, scheduled for publication in spring 2012. Original works, including photographic art, with some connection to the region of Appalachia are preferred. Submissions set in other regions of the world will be considered. For information about submissions, see the anthology website at www.shepherd.edu/ahwirweb/anthology . The deadline for submission is Oct. 15.
May 4, 2011
The Rev. Anne Weatherholt, a local minister and Hancock correspondent for The Herald-Mail, is featured in a new book from Forward Movement Publications in Cincinnati, Ohio. Titled "Wisdom Found: Stories of Women Transfigured by Faith," the 128-page hardcover book is a collection of prose and poems from women — lay and ordained. Forty women tell of everyday challenges, life's most profound joys and its deepest sorrows. Copies may be ordered at a special Mother's Day price of $14.95 from www.forwardmovement.org . Refer to ISBN 978-0-88028-326-7.
March 4, 2011
Craig Kercheval is an artist. His apartment in Hagerstown is lined with his drawings of superheroes, some copies of favorite comic book characters, some original heroes and villains Kercheval came up with. But once, as a struggling, Christian teenager in Smithsburg, Kercheval turned to another creative outlet. He wrote a batch of inspirational poems as he worked through a troubling time in his life. Those poems are now available in a book, "They That Wait Upon The Lord ... " Kercheval is still a little surprised at what he produced three decades ago. "I wrote those between 10th grade and 11th grade," he said.