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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

    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, hosted […]

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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

    m4s0n501 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 […]

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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   What’s 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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WV WRITERS’ WRITING COMPETITION ENTERING HOME STRETCH

West Virginia Writers, Inc. moves into the home stretch for the submission period for its annual writing competition, offering over $6000 in total cash prizes for the adult and student categories. Submissions are accepted from January 2 through March 15, although entries will still be accepted from March 16–31, with a $2 per entry late […]

Shepherd Offers Graduate Certificate in Appalachian Studies

Starting this summer, Shepherd University will offer coursework in its new Appalachian studies graduate certificate. The nondegree 15-hour program is designed to give working professionals and students a deeper understanding of the region where they live and work. Dr. Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt, professor of English and coordinator of the Appalachian studies program, said the idea […]

Last Call for Fifth Annual Art and Earth Entries: Deadline Feb 23

There’s just one week left to enter the Fifth Annual Art and Earth Juried Exhibit, to be held at the Berkeley Art Works in Martinsburg, West Virginia from April 2 through May 3, 2015.  The exhibit will have the theme “Art and Earth: My Art – My World” and entries should reflect the artist’s view […]

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