Friday, January 31, 2014

Open Mic Night: A Celebration of African-American Culture

Northern Virginia Community College
Manassas Campus
6901 Sudley Road


Open Mic Night: A Celebration of African-American Culture

WhatOn Feb. 18 from 6-8 p.m., the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College will hold an open mic event to celebrate African-American culture. The community is invited to share a favorite poem, literary passage or musical performance. All performances must be three minutes or less. Light refreshments will be served. The event is sponsored by the Office of Student Life. Register online at
Colgan Theater, Northern Virginia Community College, 6901 Sudley Road, Manassas

Free and open to the public


703-257-6665 or
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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America’s largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College’s website,

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Write by the Rails Endless Possibilities Blog Tour

Our group is getting more and more creative with each of our meetings (and Meet Ups)! Welcome to the start of our first Blog Tour. Maybe this will turn into a quarterly event with different members participating and sharing their work.

Over the next 8 weeks, you'll get to visit with Nick Kelly, Stacia D. Kelly, Tamela J. Ritter, Katherine Gotthardt, Dan Verner, Cindy Brookshire, Patricia Daly-Lipe, Jan Rayl, Kristie Feltenberger Gillespie, Angela Bryce, Shay Seaborne, Mary Rosenthol, Nancy S. Kyme, Linda S. Johnston, Tee Morris, and Phillippa Ballantine.

Make sure you stop by and visit on Tuesdays and Thursdays when the new posts from visiting authors go live. You never know what you'll get to read!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Current Calls for Submissions

San Pedro River Review is an international journal of poetry and art. They will consider up to three poems or pieces of art. Their theme is 'Work.' Representative poets include Ellen Bass, Naomi Shihab Nye, Afaa Michael Weaver, Marge Piercy, Alex Lemon, Joseph Millar, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Wendy Barker, Doug Anderson, Vivian Shipley, Adrian C. Louis, Keith Ekiss, and WD Ehrhart.
Deadline: January 31, 2015

Red Wheelbarrow cordially invites you to submit poems, stories, creative non-fiction, or short plays for their spring 2014 “national edition.” You are invited to submit up to five poems; one short story, play, or piece of creative nonfiction (each up to 4,500 words); up to three short-shorts; or one comic strip.
Deadline: February 15, 2014

For the Spring 2014 issue, they are still looking for fiction and nonfiction pieces about politics and activism. Please check the new submissions guidelines before sending out a piece.
Deadline: February 21, 2014

This will be a book of poems and letters edited by Marin County Poet Laureate Joseph Zaccardi. He is looking for a wide range of interpretations on the theme of bullies and bystanders. Submit up to five pages of poems and letters, one per page. For details email Joseph at
Deadline: March 31, 2014

Rattle publishes unsolicited poetry, translations, and essays. All submissions are automatically considered for the annual Neil Postman Award for Metaphor, a $500 prize judged by the editors.
Deadline: Open year-round

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Meet local writer Patricia Daly-Lipe

Meet local writer Patricia Daly-Lipe, Thurs., Jan. 16 from 2 to 3 p.m. at Grounds Central Station, 9360 Main Street, Old Town Manassas.

Patricia’s sixth book, Patriot Priest: The Story of Monsignor William A. Hemmick, The Vatican's First American Canon, has just been published; hear what she has to say about her great uncle, who interacted with some of the most extraordinary intellectuals of modern times, including Pope Pius X, Pope Benedict XV, Pope Pius XI, Pope Pius XII, Marshall Foch, artist Simon Elwes, Sir Shane Leslie, F. Scott Fitzgerald (who was once his student) and so many other notables of that era, and brought his considerable influence to several pivotal moments in world history, from World Wars I and II to issues during the Cold War.

Patricia is a member of Write by the Rails, the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club, which meets Thurs., Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 9325 West St. in Old Town Manassas. Have dinner in Old Town Manassas and then come to the chapter meeting and hear guest speaker Michael N. Pocalyko, investment banker and author of The Navigator. The title of his talk is “The Navigator in the Public Mind: Literary Thrills in Current Events and in Washington.” The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, visit or email

Friday, January 10, 2014

The Search

I peered into the deep reaches of the stars,
I listened to the waves by the shore,
And I touched the granite of the mountains
But I still could not find Him.

Yet in the witness of a stranger, I saw
He was more vast than the universe;
In pastoral words to a child, I heard
His voice roar louder than the ocean;
And in the touch of a fading loved one
He felt stronger than the Earth.

(c) 2014, Milton C. Johns

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Meet local writer Cindy Brookshire!

Meet local writer Cindy Brookshire, Thurs., Jan. 9 from 2 to 3 pm at Grounds Central Station, 9360 Main Street, Old Town Manassas. Cindy is a contributing writer for Prince William Living magazine, a local blogger and president of Write by the Rails, the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club. Frequently asked questions: Where can I find a writing critique group? How can I get published? How do I market my writing? For more information,