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    Poetry: Cheryl Denise

    Cheryl Denise is the author of two books of poetry, What’s in the Blood and I Saw God Dancing, and a spoken word poetry CD with music, Leaving Eden. She and her husband live in a timber-frame home they built in the intentional community of Shepherds Field, WV, where they raise a small flock of […]

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    Coda: The Lennon Wall

    By  Keron Psillas   To read the complete article, please see the magazine. To view the  full photograph, please click on the image above.

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    Ears, Eyes & Soul: Meet Jim Cummins

    By Todd Coyle   Local musicians are more than just entertainment. They contribute more than mere notes. Family man, environmental guru, woodworker and hatchet thrower are just a few of the things Jim Cummins adds to our community. And he’s blows a mean harp, too. FLUENT Why the harmonica? Where did it all begin? FAT […]

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    Ed:Cetera: Swan Songs in the Key of Ray Baby

    m4s0n501 By Ed Zahniser   Decades before customized playlists there was Ray Baby. Decades before there was no iThing but iHOP, there was Ray Baby, aficionado and uber-hysterian of the Civil Wart. Ray Baby cut his playlist iTeeth in the sweet biz of 8-bit Atari “software sharing.” He early joined regionally renowned Saturday Morning Club, […]

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    Three Prose Pieces

    By Marc Harshman   One lane winding and twisting, following one creek then another  — slender threads of mirror flashing where the water moves beside me — one lane somewhere in Roane County between Johnson Creek and Left Hand. At one point I forge a low-water bridge flush with the stony stream, golden yellow shelves of poplar and hickory […]

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    Diana Suttenfield: Landscape & Light

    By Nancy McKeithen   The walls of Diana Suttenfield’s airy, light-filled Falling Spring Studio are as much canvas and easel for her as gallery: Finished paintings and current work hang side-by-side, two and three deep. The walls bear the pastel smudges, paint smears and pencil sketches from the different phases of her life as an […]

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    A Conversation with WV Poet Laureate Marc Harshman

    By Zach Davis   The following interview was conducted by phone in October 2014. A multitude of topics were discussed, many more than can be covered in this space. However, this transcription provides a glimpse inside the work of Marc Harshman, from conception to composition. FLUENT: I’d like to get a sense of who you […]

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    The Art of Film

    By Sheila Kelly Vertino   [dropcap]What’s[/dropcap] behind most every great film? The studio pedigree of a film —  whether indie or DreamWorks — is no sure indicator of its potential greatness, Rachel Krantz, PhD, Associate Professor, Shepherd University Language and Film Study, and Lex Miller, local film buff and popular discussion leader with the Shepherdstown Film Society, agree. […]

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    Striving for Authenticity: An Interview with Susan Carney

    By Nancy McKeithen   Painter and printmaker Susan Carney will tell you, “This is what I’m supposed to be doing.” Nearly two years ago, she left teaching to pursue her art full-time. And while she prints or paints every day, she hasn’t fully embraced being called a professional artist. “I’m an artist trying to make […]

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You Can Help Select Shepherd’s Next Common Reading Book

Shepherd University’s Common Reading program is asking students, faculty, staff, parents, and members of local community to help select the book for the 2015-2016 school year. For eight years Shepherd has offered a Common Reading program where everyone is encouraged to read the same book; 2015–2016 will be the ninth. “The Common Reading Program strives […]

2015 Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown Announces Mendez Award

The Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown has announced its recipient of the 2015 Mendez Award, the film festival’s highest honor. The Mendez Award, named in honor of American Hero Tony Mendez, is being presented to Nora Roberts. Nora Roberts, award-winning author, has significantly contributed to the field of literature. Nora Roberts was the first author to […]

Shepherd University’s Rude Mechanicals Medieval and Renaissance Players To Perform Four Plays

Shepherd University’s Rude Mechanicals Medieval and Renaissance Players will present performances of four plays, including three written by students, from March 27–April 4. The three student-authored plays that were written by three Shepherd English majors as part of a drama writing course in the fall semester are: “The Poet and the Muse” by LaShawn Tolson […]

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