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Center for Creative Writing: Love Poetry Workshop

Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 6:30pm

Creative Writing Center Frostburg

On Thursday, Jan. 30, at 6:30 p.m., the FSU Center for Creative Writing will present a workshop about inspiring participants to write about love. Love poetry is not always just about falling in love with another person; it can also be about love of family, the struggle with loving family or our most beloved pet. Participants will be led through brief discussions between writing exercises, discussions of work and more writing.

The Love Poetry Workshop will be led by Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, author of four books of poetry: "Where the Road Turns," "The River Is Rising," "Becoming Ebony" and "Before the Palm Could Bloom: Poems of Africa." Her first children’s book, "In Monrovia, the River Visits the Sea" was published in 2012. She has won several awards and grants, including a World Bank Fellowship, a 2011 Barack Obama Award from Blair County NAACP and the 2010 Liberian Award for her poetry. In 2012, she received a Penn State University Institute of Arts and Humanities Resident Scholar Fellowship. Her second book of poems, "Becoming Ebony," was winner of the 2002 Crab Orchard Award Open Competition Award. Wesley is a regular, featured poet/study abroad speaker, and her poetry has been critically acclaimed by many reviewers and scholarly publications worldwide. She is an associate professor of English and creative writing at Penn State University’s Altoona campus.

The Love Poetry Workshop participants are invited to present their work at the Valentine’s Day Reading on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the Arts Council's Community Room at 9 N. Centre St. in Downtown Cumberland's Arts & Entertainment District.

For info, contact the Frostburg Center for Creative Writing at 301-687-4340 or

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