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By TIFFANY ARNOLD | November 15, 2007
Writing about death was productive for poet Michael Collier, who collected elegies for his book "Dark Wild Realm," but the writing certainly was not therapeutic. "These poems come from a profound sense of loss," Collier said of the book that is the cumulative effect of losing several close friends in a short period of time. "Writing about loss is a way of keeping alive what you felt for people you love and miss," he said. "That helps, but you never get over their dying. It's not therapeutic.
By PEPPER BALLARD | April 9, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. Ethan Fischer switched hats - taking off a wool driving cap and replacing it with a fedora - to get in character Saturday for a group of poets and authors gathered at Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Library. Wearing the fedora and holding a book of his own poetry, Fischer, an adjunct English professor at Shepherd University, explained his new role as Johnny Dime, Poet of Crime, telling the group that the character he created is tough - "takes a shower in a trench coat," often gets help from his mother to solve the case and has a cat who practices karate.
By Kevin Clapp | February 25, 2002
Walking Out Alone in Dead of Winter By Galway Kinnell Under the snow the secret Muscles of the underneath Grow taut In the pain, the torn love Of labor. The strange Dazzled world yearning dumbly To be born. By KEVIN CLAPP With ashes still smoldering and a buzz saw of activity at Ground Zero wreaking havoc on life at New York University, some students questioned the point of producing personal prose. But to Galway Kinnell, poet, professor, there was no more appropriate time.
by TIFFANY ARNOLD | January 14, 2007
FREDERICK, Md. - Andre Lewis, 21, had written so many poems about love, life and loss over the years that collecting them in a book seemed like the best way to manage them. "I've been writing since I was in middle school," said Lewis, who lives in Frederick. "They just started stacking up. " The on-demand company Publish America published Lewis' 122-page, 64-poem book of poetry, "Tribute: Love & Lost," in fall 2006. Lewis said his poems were meant to relate to anyone's daily life.
July 29, 2000
Works of poet revived in her hometown By CHUCK MASON / Staff Writer SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Jim Surkamp loves finding people. Recently, he found Caroline "Danske" Dandridge. She wasn't actually lost. The works of Dandridge (1854-1914), a widely acclaimed poet and author who grew up in Shepherdstown, fill 64 boxes at Duke University in Durham, N.C. Surkamp admits he's "smitten" with the poet, calling her an "Emily Dickinson, but with a lazy husband and three children.
by JULIE E. GREENE | July 23, 2006
Fifteen years ago, when Khary H. Tolliver started writing poetry, his poetry journal got in the hands of the wrong friend, who read the musings out loud in a joking manner. "He was kind of clowning me, and I didn't appreciate that. I stopped letting people read them," says Tolliver, who lives in Hagerstown. Now 33, Tolliver no longer fears feedback and is sharing his poetry in his first published book, "Poems from Khary's Poem Journal. " Tolliver decided to publish his poetry due to encouragement from his mother, Elizabeth Tolliver of Hagerstown.
by RICHARD F. BELISLE | March 30, 2004 MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Poetry, said Matthew Kearney, a Mercersburg Academy English teacher, in his introduction of former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky Monday, is "where the spoken word connects the speaker and listener so intimately. " Pinsky was the fourth of five speakers in the academy's 2003-04 lecture series. Pinsky's topic was ethics and morals and the first thing he told the audience that nearly filled the school's chapel was that he wasn't a Christian.
August 4, 2013
Maryland Poet Laureate  Stanley Plumly  spoke to the 10th and 11th grade English classes at St. Maria Goretti High School in May. A professor of English and head of the creative writing department at the University of Maryland, Plumly is a widely published poet and writer. His first collection, “In the Outer Dark,” won the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award. His third, collection “Out-of-the-Body Travel,” was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. “We (were)
February 21, 2011
The Washington County Free Library is inviting all writers and poets to submit an entries to the 2011 Writers and Poets contest. The library will be accepting poems and short stories from now until the end of March. Poems and stories will be judged in five age divisions: Grades second and third; grades fourth and fifth; grades sixth through eighth; grades ninth through 12th; and adult. Entrants may submit up to two poems and one short story for consideration. Poems may not exceed two typed pages.
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | | July 7, 2011
Frederick Ethan Fischer’s work showed in his poetry and writings, and was heard on his radio broadcasts, in his Shepherd University classroom and by children sitting on the grass. Fischer, better known as Ethan, died June 17 at his home in Bolivar, W.Va., after a year-and-a-half bout with cancer. He was 69. A memorial service will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church at Washington and King streets. It will be followed by a procession down Washington Street to Carlos Niederhauser’s and Liz Wheeler’s home at 202 S. Princess St., where a reception will be held.
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