July 22, 2021 | Gracie Tanner

Takoma Park Imprints Local Poems in New Sidewalks

While walking around Takoma Park, look down at your feet to see poems written by local residents imprinted on new sidewalks across the city. So far, three poems have been set in stone as part of an interactive public arts project organized by the City of Takoma Park’s Arts and Humanities Division. Earlier this year, […]

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January 27, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

UPDATED: Inaugural Sensation Amanda Gorman’s Poetry Reading with Montgomery College Postponed

Update (1/27): Amanda Gorman’s virtual poetry reading with Montgomery College has been postponed due to a scheduling conflict, the college said in a message to students and employees Wednesday. The college said it is corresponding with Gorman’s representatives and is confident a new date will be announced soon. The poetry reading was originally scheduled for […]

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April 7, 2020 | Alexandra Macia

Gaithersburg Book Festival Selects Poetry Contest Finalists

The Gaithersburg Book Festival has selected the finalists for their second annual high school student poetry contest. The book festival – originally scheduled for May 16 at Bohrer Park – was cancelled due to the coronavirus health crisis but the poetry contest is going on as planned. The first, second and third place winners will […]

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January 24, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

How Poetry Gave Voice to Three Men Who Grew Up in Prison

For three Washington, D.C. men who were incarcerated during their youth, poetry is a powerful means of self expression. Nokomis Hunter, Shannon Battle, and Cliff Yarborough all grew up in the criminal justice system, where they were introduced to Free Minds Book Club. Hunter, Battle, and Yarborough all participated in The City of Takoma Park’s […]

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December 23, 2015 | Elaine Blackman

‘Season’s Greetings’ to DOD (the year was 1983) (PHOTOS)

  Several people who follow this blog knew Harry Zubkoff at the Pentagon. So you folks may remember his annual Christmas parties — and his “Season’s Greetings” poems to the Department of Defense. He wrote the poem below three years before he retired from government. It was the same winter I brought my 13-month-old daughter […]

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December 17, 2015 | Elaine Blackman

Harry the Poet — Yes, He was That, Too (PHOTOS)

How long do you save old letters and poems from others? (Or emails in today’s world.) When I started this blog, several of my dad’s friends told me they would look for the poem he’d written in their honor, “if I can find it,” they said. Sure enough, I found a copy of their poems […]

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August 27, 2015 | Aline Barros

Teen Writers’ Club Formed at Silver Spring Library

Library officials invite all teens in the Silver Spring area who like to write fiction, nonfiction or poetry for an opportunity to develop their writing skills through the Teen Writers’ Club at the Silver Spring Library. The workshop is open to teen writers ages 13 to 18 and is scheduled to meet twice a month […]

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July 1, 2015 | Staff Writer

Poetry in Place in Twinbrook (PHOTOS)

Arriving on a flatbed truck, Poetry Stones, the first of three new public art pieces curated for JBG in Twinbrook is in place at The Terano, JBG’s new mixed-use community in Rockville. Kenneth Goldsmith, poet laureate of New York’s Museum of Modern Art created the piece, according to a news release from JBG. “Poetry Stones […]

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April 3, 2015 | Aline Barros

County Honors Holocaust Victims with Remembrance Day Proclamation (VIDEO)

County Council officially proclaimed April 12 as Holocaust Remembrance Day in Montgomery County and urged residents to remain “vigilantes to the principles of justice.” “Our awareness of history is certainly more important today; certainly as important as it ever was,”  said Montgomery County Council President George Leventhal. Members of all faith communities are also invited to honor […]

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