Chris Longenecker, Lancaster County Poet Laureate 2012-2014, began memorizing and performing poetry in high school. Raised as the daughter of Mennonite pastors, she lived in many states (Virginia, Oregon, Washington, DC and Pennsylvania) before moving to Lancaster in 1986. From 1988 until 2005, she worked as a legal counselor for refugees and immigrants in Lancaster, Harrisburg and Mechanicsburg. Her interests include poetry (especially traditional forms of poetry), theater, plants (especially trees), walking, biking and much more. Married to Rick Shoup, another thespian, in 2000, she now works at the YWCA. Since 2009, she and Rick have been performing Robert Frost poetry in a variety of venues. Her book of poetry, How Trees Must Feel, was published in 2011, and is available at DogStar Books on Lemon Street. Chris believes that poetry is meant to be learned by heart, spoken by the mouth and appreciated by the ear. She seeks ways to promote poetry as performance.
Celebrating the spoken word in verse, story, and song, 19 local performers will give breath to their original works at The Ware Center in the 11th annual Spoken Word Festival April 6-7.
Both new and familiar faces will grace the stage at 42. N. Prince St., Lancaster: from local high school and college students, to grandparents offering a lifetime of wisdom and wit.
Daniella Laudadio is a junior English major at Millersville University. As the eldest of five children, she most enjoys the hectic nature of life. She loves to read, hike, travel, and lose herself in live music. Writing is her favorite way to make sense of the world.
The work of ten Lancaster County poets will be featured at the Lancaster County Library during the month of April in celebration of Poetry Month. Poets featured include Lancaster’s three poet laureates: Christine Longenecker, Daina Savage, and Barbara Buckman Strasko. Also featured are Jeff Rath, Le Hinton, Daniella Laudadio, Mimi Shapiro, Anne Ginder, Kim Klugh, and Lara Dailey.
Poets, storytellers, playwrights, performers and other artists eager to give breath to words are invited to become a part of Word Play XI Spoken Word Festival. The Theater of the Seventh Sister will host its eleventh annual celebration of the spoken word April 6 and 7, 2013 at the Ware Center.
Daina Savage, Lancaster County’s poet laureate for 2010-2012, will give a 3:30 p.m. writing workshop for students and a 8 p.m public reading at Elizabethtown College’s Bowers Writers House Jan. 31. She will discuss how to craft a life as a writer.
Lancaster County’s first Poet Laureate, Barbara Buckman Strasko will celebrate the release of her new book of poetry, “Graffiti in Braille.” The reading at the Ware Center in downtown Lancaster has been reschedule for Nov. 8th at 7:30 PM. Please reconfirm your participation in the evening. The reading will be followed by a reception and book signing and is co-sponored by the Lancaster Literary Guild, The Millesville Creative Writers Guild and the Philadelphia Alumni Writers Hosue in conjunction with the Ware Center and the Millesville Universtiy.
This is a free event, however, if you are planning to come you should obtain free tickets at muticketsonline.com or call and RSVP at 717-872-3811.
Congratulations to Chris Longenecker who was selected as Lancaster County’s third Poet Laureate. An accomplished poet in her own right, witnessed by her most recent collection, “How Trees Must Feel,” Longenecker is also a gifted interpreter of Robert Frost’s poetry.
For the past decade she has performed in the annual Spoken Word Festival at the Theater of the Seventh Sister. Onstage, Longenecker imbues her poetry with such life and wit and deep, felt emotion that audiences can’t help but take the journey right along with her. A consummate storyteller, she has a quiet, self-assured presence that creates a feeling of warmth and wisdom, whether reading her own work or those in the classical canon.
Usher in autumn in poetic style with a celebration of poetry on a local scale. Instituted by York County’s poet laureate Carla Christopher and envisioned by poet advocate Keith Baughman, the month-long series of events will highlight some of the best voices in the region and invite those ready to try out their own work.
The organizers invite the public to help celebrate by bring writing poems, reading at an open mic, or simply sharing the work of local writers.
For more information and event updates, visit the group’s Facebook page.
Poetic installations abound in Lancaster city as Poetry Paths projects come to fruition. On August 15, artist Derek Parker installed his work: a playful, interactive sculpture inspired by the stitches on a baseball that features a poem by Lancaster poet Le Hinton.
Works in progress include: