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December 27, 2011
Contemporary School of the Arts and Gallery Inc. held its monthly Jazz and Poetry open house Dec. 11. It was a full house with Art Page and George Carver presenting their Poetry in Motion. Music was by the River Knott Band, which included Kevin Hart, Tom Todran, Rasan Jones and Aaron Worthy. The next Jazz and Poetry event will be Jan. 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information, call 301-791-6191, email ronlytle3@netzero.net , or go to csagi.org . The gallery is at 4 W. Franklin St. in Hagerstown.
EDUCATION
May 13, 2012
The Washington County Free Library hosted a reception on May 4 honoring the winners of this year's Poetry and Short Story Writing Contest. The reception takes place the night before Washington County Reading Day, which is held the first Saturday in May. This year's winners include, Logan Barrett, Cheryl Barnes, Peyton Blood, Zach Wandalowski, Quinn Wandalowski, Jade Lee, Mayson Deighton, Joanne Lee, Mackenzie Shank, Sophie Scheck, Samantha Agostini,...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2012
The Hancock Arts Council is sponsoring a Poetry Writing Workshop from 1:30 to 4;30 p.m. Saturday, May 5, and Sunday, May 6, at the Hancock Town Hall, 126 W. High St., Hancock. Leading the workshop is Nan Fry who teaches at the Bethesda Writer's Center. Fry is the author of two books of poetry: "Relearning the Dark" and "Say What I Am Called. " Her work appears in numerous journals, anthologies and textbooks. She is a recipient of an EdPress Award for excellence in educational journalism.  The workshop is in memory of Ann Knox, who was a poet and member of the Hancock Arts Council for many years.
NEWS
by KAREN HANNA | October 19, 2005
Some blank looks greeted students' reading of poetry at Tuesday night's Washington Board of Education meeting. While some audience members struggled to recall rusty foreign-language skills, the board reacted with "ooh-la-la. " Williamsport High School freshman Shannon Draper, sophomores Hannah Garling and Kara Hardy, and junior Jenny Swecker shared their poetry - in French - and projects with the board, which honored them and teacher Paula Moore. Sophomore Brittany McHenry, who also was honored as a world-class student, could not attend the meeting, said Moore, who this summer was named one of seven finalists for Maryland Teacher of the Year.
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By EVA NIESSNER | July 10, 2007
A spiral down in D&G The songbird's a catastrophe We've got her talent's autopsy And have come to an epiphany She traded in her sweet six-string For a billion-carat diamond ring Her broken heart that made her sing Became a media-famished thing So return the posing and ennui Give the dark muse back to me And hope that her lyrics fly free We won't know 'til the next CD...
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by KATE COLEMAN | October 3, 2002
katec@herald-mail.com "Two meals and the muses," says Ethan Fischer of what the 14th annual Writer's Day offers. "A Day of Literary Discovery," presented Saturday, Oct. 12, at Hagerstown Community College's College Center, will indeed offer two meals - breakfast and lunch. The muses may also have their say. Participants in the fiction/short story, poetry and non-fiction workshops are encouraged to bring some of their work for review. New and experienced writers are encouraged to attend.
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LIFESTYLE
May 23, 2013
Jazz and poetry night was held April 14 at Contemporary School for the Arts and Gallery Inc., 4 W. Franklin St. in Hagerstown. Those in attendance included, from left, poet Art Page  and musicians Rob Earp and Christian Earp. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, call Ron Lytle at 301-791-619, send an email to ronlytle3@netzero.net or go to www.csagi.org.
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LIFESTYLE
February 26, 2013
Brianne Wade of Boonsboro High School took first place in the Region 1 Poetry Out Loud competition Saturday at The Palace Theatre in Frostburg, Md. Johana Gourdin of Dulaney High School placed second and Cameron Smith of St. Paul's High School took third place. Others who competed included Gary M. Hartman, Allegany High; Nicholas DeMichele, Mountain Ridge High; Airon Echavez Stevanus, Gov. Thomas Johnson High; Christine Fontaine, Brunswick High; Casey Garnett, Oak Grove Academy Homeschool Co-op; Danielle Hoppel, Oak Grove Academy Homeschool Co-op; and Collin Poyle, Heritage Academy.
LIFESTYLE
February 9, 2013
Runners-up in the adult division: “Sitting With My Daddy” Sitting with my daddy Beside the fishing hole, Sometimes talking, sometimes listening, Side by side, pole to pole. Sitting with my daddy Riding in the car, Sometimes talking, sometimes listening, Side by side, near and far. Sitting with my daddy Watching flowers grow, Sometimes talking, sometimes listening, Side by side, how to hoe. Sitting with my daddy Watching birds take flight, Sometimes talking, sometimes listening, Side by side, morn and night.
LIFESTYLE
By CHRIS COPLEY | chrisc@herald-mail.com | February 9, 2013
A poem of broken love written by a happily married woman. A poem titled "I Love You," in which the first line is "I hate you. " A love poem written about a blanket. Clearly, love is complicated for area poets. These poems - by, respectively, Greencastle, Pa., resident Christina Zink; Hagerstown high-schooler Stephane Mohr; and Hagerstown 7-year-old Aidan Skjeveland - were the winners in The Herald-Mail's first-ever poetry contest. Runners-up in the adult division were: "Sitting With My Daddy" by Kitty Harbaugh of Williamsport; and "Love's Path" by Ida Mae Hill of Hagerstown.
NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | February 9, 2013
Maria Edmonds, who has had literary works published in an anthology against domestic violence and Hedge Apple Literary Magazine, was preparing to recite two original poems for “An Evening of Music and Poetry,” put on Saturday night by students and staff at Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Center. “I think it's important that people are able to express their feelings,” she said. Edmonds, 34, was slated to recite a poem titled “The Stranger” over the piano and another poem titled “Store Birds Summer” over the guitar.
EDUCATION
January 30, 2013
Hagerstown Community College will hold “An Evening of Music and Poetry”  Saturday, Feb. 9, beginning at 7:30 p.m., at Kepler Center. Sponsored by a number of student clubs and the HCC music department, the event will feature classical compositions performed by HCC students and staff, as well as poetry readings. Readings will include work by well-known poets, as well as original pieces written by students, faculty and staff. Tickets cost $20 each and advance registration is required.
NEWS
January 18, 2013
Washington County Free Library has announced its annual Poetry and Short Story Writing Contest is under way. The contest includes five age divisions: children in grades two and three; grades four and five; grades six to eight; grades nine to 12; and adult. Entrants must be a resident of Washington County, or have a valid Washington County Free Library Card. Writers may enter up to two poems and one short story. Short stories can be up to five pages long. All entries must be original work and can be on any topic.
LIFESTYLE
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.
NEWS
Kristy Smith | Around Boonsboro | December 11, 2012
The Rohrersville Ruritan Club will host an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. Tickets cost $7 for adults and $3 for those ages 3 to 8.  The dinner will be held at the Rohrersville School House, 20123 Rohrersville School Road. The building is handicapped-accessible.  For more information, call J.R. at 240-818-1038. Poetry event planned at library A Taste of Poetry with local poet Adeline Foster will be Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Boonsboro Library.
NEWS
Lisa Prejean | November 29, 2012
I walked into the student lounge after school one day this week and was greeted with "Hey, Mrs. Prejean, Hope is the thing with feathers!' " I smiled, knowing that one of my students was teasing me with the first line of the poem he was memorizing for English class. As we were preparing for our school Poetry Out Loud recitation contest. Each student was required to memorize two poems. There was the usual moaning and groaning about having to learn poetry: "Tell me again, why do we need to do this?"
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