An­nual Nan­je­moy Her­itage Day set for Oct. 8

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On Satur­day, Oct. 8, the 16th an­nual Nan­je­moy Her­itage Day will be held at the Nan­je­moy Com­mu­nity Cen­ter (4375 Port To­bacco Road) from noon un­til 3 p.m.

The Depart­ment of Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Ag­ing Divi­sion is re­quest­ing old fam­ily pho­tos and Nan­je­moy ar­ti­facts to show­case. If you have a piece of Nan­je­moy her­itage to share, or you would like to be part of the pa­rade with a classic ve­hi­cle or an­tique farm equip­ment, con­tact the Nan­je­moy Com­mu­nity Cen­ter co­or­di­na­tor at 301-246-9612.

The fes­tiv­i­ties will be­gin with a pa­rade. Par­tic­i­pants will then en­joy live mu­sic, crafts for the kids, face paint­ing, area artists, lo­cal her­itage dis­plays, classic cars, games and more. Re­fresh­ments and sou­venir T-shirts will be avail­able.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 301-246-9612. Ci­ti­zens with spe­cial needs may con­tact the Mary­land Re­lay Ser­vice at 711, or Re­lay Ser­vice TDD at 800-735-2258.

Vol­un­teers needed for Com­mu­nity Re­source Day

The Charles County Home­less and Emer­gency Shel­ter Com­mit­tee is plan­ning its eighth Com­mu­nity Re­source Day to help those in need through­out Charles County. The event is sched­uled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Greater Wal­dorf Jaycees Com­mu­nity Cen­ter in Wal­dorf.

Cap­i­tal Club­house Bridal Show can­celled

The Cap­i­tal Club­house Bridal Show, fea­tur­ing Serendip­ity bridal fash­ion, sched­uled for noon to 3 p.m. Sun­day, Sept. 25, is can­celled. Email events@cap­i­tal­club­house for more in­for­ma­tion.

Li­braries seek art­work for new mo­bile site

Charles County Pub­lic Li­brary is look­ing for high-qual­ity graph­ics fit­ting the theme of learn­ing, dis­cov­ery and tech­nol­ogy to use on its new mo­bile li­brary that will de­but April 2017. Art sub­mis­sions may be sent to mar­ket­ing@cc­plon­line. org in a .tiff, .jpg or .psd for­mat no later than 8 p.m. Dec. 30. In­clude a name and con­tact in­for­ma­tion to be no­ti­fied if a piece is se­lected. All sub­mit­ted art must be orig­i­nal and un-copy­righted.

Veter­ans home to host artists re­cep­tion

In part­ner­ship with the Charles County Arts Al­liance, Char­lotte Hall Veter­ans Home will present its pub­lic art gallery, show­cas­ing 29 artists and 46 works of art, at a “Meet the Artists” re­cep­tion from 2 to 4 p.m. Satu­day, Sept. 24. The gallery is lo­cated along the E-Wing As­sisted Liv­ing Din­ing Hall­way at 29449 Char­lotte Hall Rd., Char­lotte Hall.

The re­cep­tion will be hosted in the E-Wing Mul­ti­pur­pose Room to honor all the artists par­tic­i­pat­ing in the show. The pub­lic is in­vited to this event and will have a chance to meet the artists while view­ing their works on dis­play. Light re­fresh­ments will be served.

The show’s theme is “Artist’s Choice” and in­cludes work from: Theresa Alo, Shirley An­drews, Anne Buff­in­g­ton, Sue Cas­sidy, Bill Cas­sidy, Tr­ish Clark, Fanny Cramer, Dorothy Crown, Ce­celia Du­nay, Greg Ford, Rita Fox, Penny Gold, Rox­ana Gon­za­les, Gor­don John­son, Alie Koroma, Ur­sula Lawrence, Ad­di­son Likins, Wil­lie Lowry, Bill Meck, Kathy Noel, Jonathan Nord­strom, Nadira Nunez, Joshua Owen, Nancy Owens, Ash­ley Radano, Ernest Sinnes, Ge­orge Skypeck, and Nancy Wal­cutt. Most art­work is avail­able for pur­chase; the E-Wing Se­cu­rity desk has a copy of the price list and artists bi­ogra­phies.

A flo­ral in­ter­pre­ta­tion will be pro­vided by the Cross­roads of Hugh­esville Gar­den Club.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Melissa Canada at 301-884-8171, ext.1468#, or Veter­an­

Free ra­bies clinic set for Oct. 23

Mary­land law re­quires all dogs, cats and fer­rets are vac­ci­nated for ra­bies. Pro­tect the loved ones and bring pets to a free ra­bies clinic 1 to 3 p.m. Sun­day, Oct. 23, at the La Plata Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment, 911 Washington Ave., La Plata.

Dog and cat li­censes will be avail­able for pur­chase. The fee for a pet li­cense is $5 if the an­i­mal is al­tered and $25 if the an­i­mal is not al­tered.

All dogs must be leashed and all cats and fer­rets must be con­tained in a car­rier.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact the Charles County Depart­ment of Emer­gency Ser­vices at 301-609-3425, or e-mail Deb­bie Yost at YostD@ CharlesCoun­ Ci­ti­zens with spe­cial needs may con­tact the Mary­land Re­lay Ser­vice at 711, or Re­lay Ser­vice TDD: 800-735-2258.

CSM Con­nec­tions se­ries hosts po­ets Shock­ley, Ben­jamin

The Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land will con­tinue its tra­di­tion of bring­ing en­gag­ing writ­ers to its cam­puses this fall with the an­nual Con­nec­tions Lit­er­ary Se­ries. The se­ries will show­case two na­tion­ally rec­og­nized po­ets. Evie Shock­ley, a Holmes Na­tional Po­etry Prize win­ner, will visit the Prince Fred­er­ick Cam­pus on Sept. 30, and Rick Ben­jamin, former state poet of Rhode Is­land, will be at the Leonard­town Cam­pus on Nov. 4.

Neal Dwyer, co­or­di­na­tor of the Con­nec­tions pro­gram and a pro­fes­sor in CSM’s Lan­guages and Lit­er­a­ture Divi­sion, be­lieves Shock­ley and Ben­jamin will be a good fit for the se­ries.

“I was struck by their com­mit­ment to us­ing po­etry as a way to build bridges and break down bar­ri­ers,” he said in a press re­lease.

Shock­ley will read from her col­lec­tion ti­tled “the new black” be­gin­ning at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 30, in Build­ing A, Room 119 on the Prince Fred­er­ick Cam­pus, 115 J.W. Wil­liams Road.

Born and raised in Nashville, Shock­ley earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree at North­west­ern Univer­sity, a ju­ris doc­tor de­gree at the Univer­sity of Michi­gan and a doc­tor­ate in English lit­er­a­ture at Duke Univer­sity. She is cur­rently an English pro­fes­sor at Rut­gers Univer­sity.

The au­thor of sev­eral col­lec­tions of po­etry, in­clud­ing “a half-red sea” (2006) and “the new black” (2011), Shock­ley is also the au­thor of the crit­i­cal vol­ume “Rene­gade Poet­ics: Black Aes­thet­ics and For­mal In­no­va­tion in African Amer­i­can Po­etry” (2011). Her po­etry and es­says have been fea­tured in sev­eral an­tholo­gies, in­clud­ing “Black Na­ture: Four Cen­turies of African Amer­i­can Na­ture Po­etry” (2009), “Po­ets on Teach­ing: A Source­book” (2010), “A Bro­ken Thing: Con­tem­po­rary Po­ets on the Line” (2011) and “Con­tem­po­rary African Amer­i­can Lit­er­a­ture: The Liv­ing Canon” (2013).

In prepa­ra­tion for Shock­ley’s visit, Dwyer has in­tro­duced his stu­dents to her work. He re­called a re­cent class where his stu­dents were re­spond­ing to the poem “im­proper(ty) be­hav­ior.”

“The topic of the poem is racism in Amer­ica. We dis­cussed how a poem can speak to is­sues in a way that news re­ports or other me­dia can­not. What I re­al­ized early on in our dis­cus­sion is that her work spoke to my stu­dents in a very per­sonal way,” he said in the re­lease.

The poem ends with “I some­times won­der how I get away with liv­ing while black.” That opened the flood­gates of in­tense re­flec­tion and shar­ing, Dwyer said.

“Not only were they re­spond­ing to Shock­ley’s

words, they were re­spond­ing to each other. It re­ally kicked in when they were asked to share their per­sonal sto­ries. Stu­dents need to be en­cour­aged to be­lieve their lives mat­ter, it’s hard for them, but once they buy-in, you find it’s like they’re just wait­ing for some­one to ask them to share their story, that’s all it takes, and that’s when learn­ing be­gins.”

Dwyer hopes Shock­ley’s pre­sen­ta­tion will serve as an op­por­tu­nity for the larger South­ern Mary­land com­mu­nity to join in the con­ver­sa­tion, not only about racism, iden­tity and so­ci­ety, but about the role po­etry and sto­ry­telling can play in trans­form­ing con­flict.

Ben­jamin will read from his work at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Leonard­town Cam­pus, Build­ing A, Au­di­to­rium, 22950 Hol­ly­wood Road, Leonard­town.

He has taught at Brown Univer­sity, the Rhode Is­land School of De­sign, the MFA Pro­gram in In­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary Arts at God­dard Col­lege, in many schools and in com­mu­nity and as­sisted liv­ing cen­ters — where, he said, “I have passed good time in the com­pany of peo­ple who range in age from 6 to 96.”

Ben­jamin also served as a Fel­low at New Ur­ban Arts, an af­ter­school arts men­tor­ing pro­gram for Prov­i­dence-area high school stu­dents. His po­ems and es­says have ap­peared in “PRØOF,” “Wa­ter­shed,” The Prov­i­dence Jour­nal, “Tongue,”, “The Writer’s Cir­cle,” “Amer­i­can Po­ets in the 21st Cen­tury: The New Poet­ics” (Wes­leyan Univer­sity Press), “Urthona: An In­ter­na­tional Bud­dhist Jour­nal of the Arts, Poem, Home: An An­thol­ogy of Ars Poet­ica” (Pa­per Kite Press) and “La Pe­tite Zine.”

Ben­jamin be­lieves that po­etry can play a pri­mary role in cre­at­ing vi­brant and con­nected com­mu­ni­ties. Dwyer said that is what drew him to Ben­jamin’s work.

“Rick is about build­ing com­mu­nity and us­ing po­etry as a way to bring peo­ple to­gether. That could be the theme for this season of Con­nec­tions: Po­etry’s role in bring­ing peo­ple to­gether,” Dwyer said.

Ben­jamin’s po­etr y classes at Brown and the Rhode Is­land School of De­sign al­ways in­cluded a com­mu­nity com­po­nent so that his stu­dents could more fully ex­pe­ri­ence what it means to cir­cu­late in com­mu­ni­ties out­side of higher ed­u­ca­tion, and his own cre­ative prac­tice in­cludes work in many schools, com­mu­nity and se­nior cen­ters.

Dwyer is ex­cited about the up­com­ing fall Con­nec­tions au­thors and the prospect that po­etry could be the force to ig­nite a com­mu­nity di­a­logue on im­por­tant is­sues.

“We can try it in many ways but, un­for­tu­nately for us in this cul­ture, po­etry has such a rep­u­ta­tion,” Dwyer said in the re­lease. “Most peo­ple would not think of it as a way to deal with a con­cern like racism, as Evie does, or in Rick’s case bring­ing com­mu­ni­ties to­gether.”

The work these po­ets are do­ing is im­por­tant and rel­e­vant, Dwyer said. He has seen the ex­tent to which a poem can ac­tu­ally be “a di­rect con­nec­tion to the lives that my stu­dents are liv­ing. These po­ets can in­spire an au­di­ence to be­lieve that there are other ways of deal­ing with con­flict, trauma and divi­sion — at very least, their works can serve to be­gin the con­ver­sa­tion.”

“As an ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tion, that’s a big part of our job,” he said, “… to be­gin the con­ver­sa­tion, to bring peo­ple to­gether over is­sues that mat­ter, to share sto­ries, to em­ploy words, po­etry to en­gage the larger CSM com­mu­nity … in terms of how we give back to the re­gion, that’s what we’ve been do­ing through the Con­nec­tions se­ries and the lit­erar y mag­a­zine for years.”

In ad­di­tion to the Con­nec­tions read­ings by Shock­ley and Ben­jamin, the Con­nec­tions Mag­a­zine is so­lic­it­ing sub­mis­sions. The mag­a­zine is a re­gional lit­er­ary jour­nal pub­lished twice a year that fea­tures po­ems, sto­ries, art­work and pho­tog­ra­phy of South­ern Mary­land residents. A read­ing by con­trib­u­tors to the mag­a­zine will take place at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 on the La Plata Cam­pus Cen­ter for Busi­ness and In­dus­try (BI) Build­ing, Rooms 103/104 at 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. The event is free. An­other read­ing will be held in May. To be con­sid­ered for fall 2016’s is­sue, the dead­line for sub­mis­sions is Oct. 31.

Since 1990, the Con­nec­tions pro­gram has fea­tured writ­ers such as Na­tional Book Award win­ners Tim O’Brien and Robert Stone, Pulitzer Prize win­ning po­ets Yusef Ko­mun­yakaa and Henry Tay­lor, and Mary­land Poet Lau­re­ates Lu­cille Clifton and Michael Glaser. Con­nec­tions read­ings of­fer the South­ern Mary­land com­mu­nity a chance to hear from and meet es­tab­lished and emerg­ing writ­ers up close and per­sonal.

Shock­ley’s read­ing is spon­sored in part by a grant from the Arts Coun­cil of Calvert County and the Mary­land State Arts Coun­cil. Ben­jamin’s read­ing is spon­sored in part by a grant from the St. Mary’s County Arts Coun­cil and the Mary­land State Arts Coun­cil.

The spring lit­er­ary se­ries will in­clude vis­its to CSM by au­thor Michael Archer on Feb. 17, nov­el­ist Su­nil Yapa on March 3 and Af­frilachian poet Frank X. Walker on April 7.

Tick­ets for the Shock­ley and Ben­jamin read­ings are $3 in ad­vance at the CSM box of­fice, $5 at the door and $3 with a CSM Stu­dent ID. For tick­ets, con­tact bx­offc@ or 301-9347828.

For in­for­ma­tion on Con­nec­tions, study guides and au­thor links, go to­nec­tions. Fea­tured books are avail­able at any CSM Col­lege Store or on­line at­legeS­tore.

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