Robbie’s first summer
we water impatiens, late blooming
in clay pots.
We pick dead heads:
day-glo orange, purple, marbled red
Under the browning
petals, a green pod swollen big
as his thumb.
I go to touch it and
the pod bares its lips
Sudden as an angry dog --
POP -- it scatters seed like
We hissss in a surprised mouth of air
ha-aaahh it back out, dig for another
Thursday, November 6,
7:00pm - 9:00pm Station
Building, Auditorium #3
Maryland State Arts
Council Poet & Peers
Laura Shovan became a
writer when her short story "Snow Flurry" was published in a school
newsletter in second grade. She studied dramatic writing at New
York University's Tisch School of the Arts, spending time as an intern
at Nickelodeon television. She enjoyed working with children
enough to pursue a master's degree in teaching.
As a high school English
teacher, Ms. Shovan worked with bright young writers as the adviser of
an award-winning newspaper and literary magazine. She also
became involved with the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation's Poetry
Program, attending poetry sessions for teachers, which encouraged her
to return to her own writing.
Through Dodge, she
studied poetry with Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Madeline Tiger, Laura Boss
and Renee Ashley. With her help, Ms. Shovan began to publish in
small presses and twice received an Honorable Mention in the Allen
Ginsberg poetry contest. Again, combining creative writing and
education, she coordinated the student-award-winner poetry readings at
both the 1996 and 1998 Dodge Poetry Festivals.
After moving to
Maryland in 1999, Ms. Shovan became a stay-home mother. This
gave her freedom to apply to be an Artist-in-Education through the
Maryland State Arts Council and devote more time to writing.
Sharing and writing poetry with elementary age children is a new and
exciting experience, and has inspired her to write short stories for
Ms. Shovan also
freelances for the Baltimore Sun in Howard County and Baltimore's
Child Magazine. Most of her feature articles cover local
education, but she has also written on the arts, religion and weddings
(for Baltimore Magazine).
Ms. Shovan is currently
working on a young adult novel about a student newspaper.
Adele Steiner is a
poet and teacher residing in Bethesda, Md. She received her
B.A. and M.F.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing at the
University of Maryland, College Park and is currently a
poet-in-the-schools for the Maryland State Arts Council. She
teaches for The Writer's Center in Bethesda, Md., and she is an
artist-in-residence at Georgetown University Hospital Center in
Washington, D.C. In these endeavors, as well as through
readings, lectures and panel discussions in and around the
Washington D.C. area, Ms. Steiner is committed to making poetry
accessible to young people. Her work has been published in
M Magazine, The Black Buzzard Review, So To Speak, The Maryland
Poetry Review, Wordwrights, The Lucid Stone, Smartish Pace,
Promise Magazine, Scribble, a chapbook, Refracted Love
(1993) and a full length book of poetry, Freshwater Pearls
Natalie Lobe's poems
have appeared in the George Washington Literary Review,
Ekphrasis, Chiron Review and others. She has received
awards for poetry and fiction and has been selected to participate
in several readings in the Baltimore area. Her most recent
award is third place in a national competition by Blue Unicorn.
Ms Lobe is a Poet in Residence for the Maryland State Arts Council
and, formerly, a poetry mentor in the Mount Hebron High School
Gifted and Talented Program.
Erin Murphy received
her MFA in Poetry from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst
where she was an MFA Fellow in Poetry. Her awards include an
Individual Artist Award in Poetry from the Maryland State Arts
Council; 2nd Place, Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award; Finalist, Sue
Saniel Elkind Award in Poetry; Finalist, Pablo Neruda Prize in
Poetry; Finalist, Four Way Books' Leis Prize (decision
forthcoming). She currently teaches creative writing and
literature at Washington College and lives on the Eastern Shore of
Maryland with her husband, son and daughter.
A native Baltimorean,
Zannino is a writer, educator, and photographer who guides
children and adults to their poet-within through workshops and
innovative writing workbooks. As a Poet-in-Residence with the
Maryland State Arts Council since 1989, Ms. Zannino shares the art
of creative thinking and expression with students and educators
from kindergarten through high school. In addition to her poetry
books for adults, most recently Red Curlers and Other
Brown-Eyed Poems, she has written a grief-assistance activity
book for children as well as inspirational books for budding
writers to co-author. A graduate of The Johns Hopkins University
and Towson University, she also teaches at the college level. Her
books are available at
teaches poetry to elementary school children through the
Poets-in-the -Schools program. She also teaches at The
Community College of Baltimore County. Her poems have appeared
in The Baltimore Review, Baltimore City Paper, Thy Mother's
Glass, September Eleven Maryland Voices and others. She
holds a masters degree in creative writing from the University of
St. Andrews, Scotland.
Award -winning teacher and
writer Felicia Morgenstern is author of the poetry collection
The Night Mother Earth Told Father Sky She Was Tired of the
Missionary Position. She is founder and executive director of
Poetic Passports, an integrated arts and educational nonprofit
organization. This year, she is poet-in-residence at the
Learning Bank, an adult literacy nonprofit organization.
was born and educated in Bulgaria. He is an author of five
poetry collections in Bulgarian, English and German. Recently
Nikolov, who has lived in America since 1990, gave a reading at the
Prague Writers Festival in the Czech Republic.
Rosanne Singer is a
poet and freelance writer living in Takoma Park, Md. She has
been a poet-in-the schools since 1990, and for several summers has
worked with the Maryland Artist/Teacher Institute (MATI). Her
poetry has appeared in Atlanta Review, Wisconsin Review, Mangrove
and other journals. She granted an Individual Artists Award
from the Maryland State Arts Council, and a Fellowship for
Literature, Language and Linguistics from the Arts and Humanities
Council of Montgomery County. Roseanne is currently working
towards certification as a poetry therapist, interning at Walter
Reed Army Medical Center and in a therapeutic boys home.
A collection of poetry by
Hillpoets, a group of poets that includes Laura Shovan.