Poetry Month in Gaithersburg, Maryland

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Poetry Month in Gaithersburg, Maryland


April is national poetry month, and Gaithersburg, which is quickly becoming the literary capital of the mid-Atlantic area, is celebrating with both a proclamation and a poetry contest, part of the 10th Annual Gaithersburg Book Festival. Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman issued the proclamation on April 15 to Lucinda Marshall, who coordinates Diverse Poetry readings at the Gaithersburg Library.

This year's Book Festival high school writing contest invited students throughout the DMV to submit original works of poetry. Ten finalists have been selected and Maryland Poet Laureate Grace Cavalieri, who will also present at the Festival, will select first, second and third place winners. A fan favorite will also be selected. View the works of the finalists and vote here.

This is a City of Gaithersburg, Maryland announcement.

Note that the Gaithersburg Book Festival will take place on Saturday, May 18, 2019


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Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
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Hi Roy, it must be an enjoyable, poetic festival. We learn this month of all the wonderful Poetry organizations and publications.

Apr 27, 2019 01:03 PM #1
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Wow, wow, Roy,

These finalists are amazing.  I read three of the poems, and will come back later for the rest.  These kdis are incredibly talented, and are deep, deep thinkers.  I am impressed. A

Apr 27, 2019 01:21 PM #3
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Roy... as much as I love to read, I have to admit that poetry was never quite my metier! But it's nice to know that Gaithersburg supports this literary art form.

Apr 28, 2019 04:16 AM #5
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Roy Kelley - Beautiful Lady Slipper!

Reading is a joy. I hope many people are reading more these days and taking advantage of book festivals. 

Have a nice day!

Apr 28, 2019 04:26 AM #7
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Reading was an important part of my young life.  It provided an opportunity to glimpse worlds not explored and unseen.  I also enjoyed writing, but wasn't much of a poet, but I didn't know it!

Apr 28, 2019 05:17 AM #8
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Your feedback is always welcome and is very much appreciated.

Apr 30, 2019 07:38 AM #15
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