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WVW eNEWS - January 19, 2007

West Virginia Poets Heat Up Winter: Poetry Contest, Readings, Workshop

West Virginia Annual Spring Writing
Contest Opens - Deadline March 15

West Virginia Writers, Inc. opened its Annual Spring Writing Competition this month, and all poets - including young writers - have ways to participate in the 2007 edition that offers $6,500 in cash prizes. The official deadline is a March 15 postmark date.
Poetry categories are:
- Long Poetry: Poetry over 20 lines in length; any form.
- Short Poetry: Poetry 20 lines or shorter in length; any form.
- Emerging Writers: Poetry. Any poetry form, any length.
- Young Writers Poetry: Any poetry form, any length.
- Poetry for Elementary G 1-4; Middle School G 5-8.

Complete details and official entry form can be printed from the WVW webpage - Questions? Email
Of course the WVW writing competition has many categories for writers of short story, novels, creative non-fiction, humor, scripts/plays, and children's books. Find out more at

Friday January 26 - WV Poetry Slam
Ravenswood, WV

A West Virginia Poetry Slam is scheduled for Friday Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m. at Fannin Chappel in Sherman, WV, ( just north of Ravenswood). There is no admission, though nominal donations would be gladly accepted by sponsors. If you're interested in participating, there will be more information on signing up. Sign up upon arrival. This event is open to all ages and please keep your hosts in mind when selecting works to recite, so try and keep it reasonably "clean". Questions? contact Andrea Parkins or,

Thursday - February 15 - Poetry Readings
Charleston, WV

Poetry and Storytelling: Affrilachian Poets
WV Cultural Center State Theater. Time: 6:30 p.m.
No charge for this event. Contact: 304-558-0220

Saturday - February 17 - Poetry by the Fire
Charles Town, WV

The Friends Wilderness Center (in cooperation with The Writer’s Center of Bethesda, MD) present Maryhelen ("Mel") Snyder, writer and educator, and Friends Wilderness Poet Ron Weber - plus other poets and poetry lovers - for a winter morning of reading and discussing poetry around the fire at Niles Cabin.

The theme will be "Finding God in Poetry." This will use the reading and writing of poetry to bridge the divide between theism and non-theism. Quoting the sponsor, "God has been depicted in poetry from its early beginnings in singing praise, yet as the poet Rile writes, God essentially remains "the nameless one." Readings of Whitman, Hopkins, Rile, others for inspiring your own poetry and poetic prose. Bring your own or other relevant poetry to read, if you like. Poetry listeners are valued as much as poetry readers. Show up at 9:30 a.m. at Niles Cabin at the Friends Wilderness Center. Program begins at 10 a.m. until mid-afternoon. There's a break or a bag lunch. A nominal case donation is suggested for participation.

LODGING OPTION - The Friends Wilderness Center ( sits on a forested mountainside - 1400 acres between the Appalachian Trail and the Shenandoah River - near Charles Town, WV, 60 miles northwest of the DC Beltway. Call Sheila Bach at 304-728-4820 to RSVP and directions. The Center has 2 guest rooms for "retreatants" -- for a $60/person one receives a dinner, bed with full glass door looking out into the wilderness, full breakfast. Sheila Bach is the contact person. Other options: Hilltop Inn in Harpers Ferry, maybe 15 miles away. Plus, the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club has cabins within an hour, and a big house in Harpers Ferry - all for rent. Camping is available at Friends Wilderness.

Saturday - March 17 - Poetry Workshop
Charleston, WV

The Cultural Center, in Charleston, is offering a series of creative workshops.
Discover Arts and Crafts: Poetry with Doug Van Gundy
Hours: 10am - 12:30pm and 2pm - 4:30pm
West Virginia Cultural Center. Registration: $25 per person.
CONTACTS: Call to register Bethany Cline 558-0220 ext 171,
or Pat Cowdery ext 130

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