Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Poem Walk 2011 Map

Click on the pin to see where the poems are located. Each pin represents a Towson business that is displaying one of the poems. Please visit the business website for hours of operations and let them know you are there to find a poem. Stay, eat, drink, enjoy a month of poetry!

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Monday, March 14, 2011

MWA Books is thrilled to announce the publication of its first all-poetry anthology, Life in Me Like Grass on Fire: Love Poems

***Pre-order special: 20% off at http://marylandwriters.org/publications.html

Love does more than make skin tingle and cheeks flush. It creates an interior heat that can stoke the furnace of inspiration and communion, giving us fuel to get through our daily lives. That heat can also be wild as grass on fire, burning us to ash.

Editor Laura Shovan and fifty poets guide us through a seven-fold expression of love Life in Me Like Grass on Fire: Love Poems. This collection explores:

First Love, Lost Love
Love of Art and Work
Friends and Family
Love of Nature
Love Floods the Senses
The Madness of Love
Love as We Age

Without the dreaded saccharine of so many love poems, these reveal a depth of experience, fresh and unexpected perspectives, and no lack of pain and joy. With insight, wit, and honesty, Life in Me Like Grass on Fire creates a view of love that is playful, resigned, passionate and, ultimately, hopeful.

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Life in Me Like Grass on Fire
publishes just in time for National Poetry Month in April. Why not celebrate this month-long event and support Maryland poets at the same time by purchasing a copy (or more!) of our anthology? Order now to take advantage of our pre-order special.


Books start shipping April 1, 2011. Order online at http://marylandwriters.org/publications.html

What People Are Saying

"This collection offers dazzling variety…riches to the senses, an abundance of wonderful `stuff.' I HEART Life in Me Like Grass On Fire."—Clarinda Harriss, author of Mortmain, co-editor of Hot Sonnets: An Anthology

"Life in Me Like Grass on Fire is the confluence into which the many streams of love flow. Ride the current of these words through rapids and still waters to places new yet familiar with these poets as your able guides."—Gregg Wilhelm, Executive Director, CityLit Project

Laura Shovan is a Maryland State Arts Council Artist-in-Education and editor of the art and literary journal Little Patuxent Review. Her chapbook, Mountain, Log, Salt and Stone, won the inaugural Harriss Poetry Prize in 2010.

The Maryland Writers' Association (MWA) is a voluntary, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the art, business, and craft of writing. For more information, please visit www.marylandwriters.org. The publication of this book was made possible by the Mildred Werba Fund. MWA thanks the Werba family for its generous support.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Life In Me Like Grass on Fire

Life in Me Like Grass on Fire: Love Poems features poetry by 50 members of the Maryland Writers Association. Reviewer Clarinda Harriss said, "It was Valentine’s Day Eve when I sat down to read a new anthology of love poems. My heart dipped, if not sank, at the prospect. I thought about how saccharine makes my teeth ache. Thus it is with great delight that I say 'I HEART Life In Me Like Grass On Fire.' Orchestrated around seven broad themes—'First love, Lost Love,' 'Love of Art and Work,' 'Friends and Family,' 'Love of Nature,' 'Love Floods the Senses,' 'The Madness of Love,' and 'Love as We Age,' with each section introduced by one of the anthologized poets, the collection offers dazzling variety."

The 6th Annual Cruellest Month Reading Festival
April 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2011 / 6:30PM to 8:30PM
Towson Library / 320 York Rd, Towson, MD 21204

April 25
Join the Maryland Writers’ Association (MWA) for a reading and book launch party. A baker’s dozen of poets will share their work from Life in Me Like Grass on Fire: Love Poems, a poetry anthology published by the MWA in celebration of National Poetry Month featuring 50 Maryland poets.