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Like to play with words? Want to become a better writer? Spend a week this summer exploring the literary arts.

The writing camp will cultivate curiosity and creativity in young writers, offering them the skills and tools they need to strengthen their work. Students will study masterful texts, dissecting them in order to gain an understanding of what makes the writing powerful. Students will then create a body of their own work, including polished poems, stories, and essays.

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19 May 2013, by

Jennifer Groff

Jennifer Groff loves traveling and trying out different places which she documents on her blog. These poems are based on blog entries from her sojourn in Medellin, Colombia. She visited Lancaster in the spring of 2012, and attended the annual Spoken Word Festival and … she loved it! Now she lives here, and walks in the city, writes in parks, and bicycles on rural roads. She was featured in the 2013 Spoken Word Festival, performing these poems. 

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19 May 2013, by

Marla Kipp

Marla Kipp believes if you were ever a poet, you are always a poet; words run through your veins, images pirouette before your eyes, and ideas whisper from the edges of your mind. She’s building muscle to wrestle those word-picture-thoughts onto paper. She was Editor of Hinge literary journal and  has been featured in the annual Spoken Word Festival.

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15 May 2013, by

Chris Longenecker

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. 

 

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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.

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18 Mar 2013, by

Daniella Laudadio

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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