April 29, 2011
The Washington County Free Library announces the winners of the 2011 Writers and Poets contest. This year, there were 80 short stories and 250 poems entered into the competition. Works could be submitted by residents of Washington County or holders of a Washington County Free Library card. The judges of the competition selected two winning entries in the area of short stories and poetry from each of five age divisions. The winning entrants along with honorable mention works are as follows: Grades 2 and 3 Short Story winners: "Crazy Crafts," by Sophie Scheck, and "Pete's Wrong Turn," by Zachary Wandalow-ski Honorable mention: "The Firewall," by Sullivan McGee Poetry winners: "How I Love My Dog," by Karina Dekany, and "Fun," by Eli Singer Honorable mention, "Winter," by Merrick McDougal Grades 4 and 5 Short Story winners: "CinderRide," by Rebecca L. Snyder, and "The Raconza Sword," by Mya Rattay Poetry winners: "The Twilight Sled Ride," by Makenna Luzier, and "Dances of the Trees," by Lauryn Daniels Honorable mention, "Where Am I?
March 30, 2008
In celebration of National Poetry Month, Washington County Free Library, in partnership with the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, is pleased to present "A Reading and Conversation with Poet Linda Pastan. " Pastan will read her poetry at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts on Saturday, April 5, at 1 p.m. A reception will follow the reading. Maryland Poet Laureate from 1991 to 1995, Pastan has won a Ruth Lilly Lifetime Achievement Award for her work, among other honors.
September 23, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- "Writers see a little further than other people see," said Charles Carey, who is a writer, a Vietnam veteran, a father, a grandfather and homeless. Carey, 54, says he can see hardship on people's faces and probably recognizes it because he knows it himself. Now, he finds comfort in writing. He enlisted in the Army after graduating from high school in Jefferson County, W.Va. In Saigon for eight months in 1974, Carey remembers evacuating people. "War is not a pleasant thing, but I guess it's a necessary thing for us to be free, for other countries to try to be free," he said.
April 6, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- Linda Pastan's poems are like pages from an ordinary person's diary. There are thoughts about love and loss, children and spouses, and the mundane chores of the day. Some musings are sad, some are flecked with humor, others are a little irreverent. But all of her writings come from the soul. Pastan has been writing poetry since she was 10 years old. Now in her 70s, she has published 12 books, has won numerous awards, including, in 2003, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for lifetime achievement and was Maryland's Poet Laureate from 1991-95.
December 21, 2004
firstname.lastname@example.org MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Jeff Curtis keeps a tape recorder in his jacket pocket beside his desk in Martinsburg's City Hall. It's not there to record ideas about revitalizing the city's downtown commercial district through historic preservation - the crux of Curtis' job as executive director of Main Street Martinsburg, a not-for-profit program that also promotes the downtown area and raises funds for renovation projects through events, including concerts, classic car shows and holiday celebrations.
December 27, 2010
Shepherdstown musician Terry Tucker, who wrote a song for director Stanley Kubrick's 1972 violent and futuristic film "A Clockwork Orange," has released a new CD that puts to music the words of two late-19th- century poets. Tucker became interested in the poetry of Danske Bedinger Dandridge, (1854-1914) and her poet father, Henry Bedinger, a Shepherdstown native and one-time U.S. minister to Denmark. Dandridge eventually owned Rose Brake, an antebellum brick home outside Shepherdstown.
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.
June 3, 2011
Eastern Panhandle poets' work is on exhibit in the innovative show "Poetry Works on Walls" at the Fire Hall Gallery and Charles Town Visitors Center, 108 N. George St. in Charles Town, W.Va. The exhibit opens at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 5, and continues through August. A reception will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. "Poetry Works on Walls" is co-sponsored by the Bookend Poets - a monthly Eastern Panhandle workshop - and the Arts and Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County (AHA!
February 24, 2011
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is asking local poets to submit poems that will be displayed as part of its annual Wildflower Festival. The festival is set for Saturday, April 16. Send poems to pvnaturewriters@gmail .com. Poems may also be dropped off at the Four Seasons Bookstore in Shepherdstown or submitted by regular mail to Poetry Walk, c/o PVAS, PO Box 578, Shepherdstown, WV 25443. Deadline is 5 p.m. Saturday, April 9. For more information contact PVAS at 304-676-3397 or pvasmail@aol.
June 15, 2008
Winners of the 10th annual Washington County Poetry Contest were announced April 23 and a reception honoring the poets was held at the Central Library in Hagerstown on May 13. One hundred and forty-five poems written by residents of Washington County were sent in to the library between Jan. 15 and March 31. Ten poems, two in each of five age divisions, were awarded top prizes and one additional poem from each division was given honorable mention....