May 20 13

Marilyn Morrison has been writing poems since she was a child.  She believes there is a transformative power in writing, and is currently involved in two small writing groups.  She writes poems about nature, family, growth and change, and stories for her grandchildren.  She has been published by La Leche League (1979), “Friends Journal” (2008), and local publications.

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May 20 13

Glen A. Mazis has published many poems in literary journals, including Rosebud, The North American Review, Sou’wester, Spoon River Poetry Review, Willow Review, The Atlanta Review and Ashville Poetry Review (best of 1994-2004). His book of poetry, The River Bends in Time was published by Anaphora Literary Press in March 2012,  and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. 

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May 20 13
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Billy Ryan graduated from Millersville University with a double-major in Spanish and English linguistics. He studied in Valparaíso, Chile for a year and was accepted into the Pablo Neruda Poetry Foundation at La Sebastiana, which hosted weekly poetry roundtables and three public recitals. He was on the staff of the George Street Carnival Literary Magazine and a tutor in the university’s Spanish Department. 

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May 20 13

 

Judith Kennedy sees poetry as a way of keeping soulfulness alive in our world.  Most recently, her poem, “In the Center of the Fire,” has been set to music for choir by composer Bruce Pennycook of the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music.  Her work also appears in Mythopoetry Scholar, Atlanta Review, Ellipsi  and other journals. Judith works at Samaritan Counseling Center in Lancaster, PA. 

May 20 13

Peggy Rushton is a Lancaster-based writer of short stories and poetry, with work published in the U.K. collections “Peering Crystalline” and “Words In Place”, as well in“Voices in Poetry“ and “Phase” magazine, both in the United States. She attended Temple University, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, and Emerson College, East Sussex, U.K. 

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May 19 13

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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May 19 13

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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May 15 13
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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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Mar 18 13

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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Jul 14 11
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Kate Brady is the current Poet Laureate of Hanover, PA, where she grew up.  She earned an MFA in Poetry from Columbia College Chicago in 2008, where she won the Lannan Poetry Award, and she has taken doctoral classes in Caribbean Literature in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Kate has taught college writing courses for four years and currently teaches for South University and HACC. Her work has been published in Sister Speak, The Evening Sun, Fledgling Rag, The Columbia Poetry Review, and Poetry in the Round Anthology.

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