Join The Central Pen in celebrating Paperback Book Day! On July 30, pick up your favorite paperback (or maybe choose a new favorite!) from your local library or bookstore.
Central Pennsylvania’s arts scene is alive and thriving because it is held up by pillars like professional writer, Carla Christopher, York city’s Arts & Culture Liaison and host of Culture & Main. Carla is no stranger to Central Penn College. When she was Poet Laureate of York, PA she performed here in celebration of “Poem in Your Pocket Day, 2013.” Her small press, Poem Sugar, has published the works of some of our faculty and staff and she even gave our Corporate Communications students a taste of real world broadcasting by inviting them to a taping of her TV Show, Culture and Main. One of those students, Amanda Kloehr, read her poetry on the show.
This artistic entrepreneur is the glue that keeps Central PA’s cultural scene together. That is no easy task, especially when there are conflicts even within specific artistic genres. Take poetry for example, where traditional “page” poets and stage performers fight for domination, each one seeing their style as the only right way to do poetry. Regardless of this ongoing debate, Carla Christopher is a bridge between the two.
Our writer’s profile focuses on Bronwen Carlyle whose new book, Season of Shadow (The Equinox Chronicles Book 1), was recently published through the Amazon Kindle store. Carlyle was born in Augusta and grew up in North Georgia. As a young girl, she spent time with the creatures, gods, warriors, and sages found in the pages of Irish mythology and fairy tales, and has been weaving stories ever since. She currently lives near Pittsburgh, where you can find her dreaming up worlds and writing them down. You can visit her website at www.bronwencarlyle.com, or follow her on Facebook or Twitter @BronwenCarlyle.
It’s a young adult novel that takes place in both Georgia and a fantastical realm connected to our own. It follows the story of sixteen-year-old Everly Cotton, who has grown up in foster care, as she is caught in a battle between light and darkness.
I haven’t talked to or seen my dad in years
Is that weird? A ghost of my past that brings me tears?
One of my greatest fears is crying in front of people,
But who’s going to hear me when I’m a spirit, is that believable?
The life of a ghost, I got it genetically from my dad
If I told my mom that, she’d say “it’s just a fad”
She’s a nonbeliever, she doesn’t believe in ghosts
Not believing me or my dad, what a host
Can you be an apparition, but still be afraid of them?
Why am I not normal like the rest of them?
Ghosts scare people, but I’m alienated
I feel the hatred. Not because I’m a ghost, but because I’m a friendly one
Now isn’t that fun? I’m weightless but I feel like I weigh a ton
Like an automaton, an android, a robot
Feel like the world relies on me to save it, like an Autobot
I can now see through my eyelids, so I don’t sleep a wink
Surprised with the lack of sleep that I’m not a psychofink
Why bother try to sleep? It’s irrelevant to me now
I forgot the ability to sleep, so I don’t know how
If you were in my shoes would you feel the same way?
Probably not since I’m a ghost so I don’t wear them anyway
I’m just a shadowy figure lingering in the dark
Trying to make people see me to make my mark
People perform séances just to talk to me
And they always think my services are for free
Because I’m a friendly ghost, but I’m not Casper,
But I’m never happy so I’m not gay, like Family Guy’s Jasper
I can say whatever I want because who listens to what I say?
People noticing I exist? That’ll be the day
I’ll disappear forever into the shadows where I belong
Consumed by hatred and darkness, I knew it all along.
Dezmyn Edmond is an accounting major from Toms River, NJ who enjoys writing and performing. He is an active member of the Knight Writers Creative Writing Club and gave a moving reading of their prize winning poems at the Knight Writer’s “Take a Stand” event in June..
My city is known as the city of brotherly love
Yet we watch anxiously
As our brothers put guns to innocent temples and pull the trigger
Releasing their rights to freedom
Let us not forget the whips that were cracked against our brother’s bare black skin
The flesh that has been torn open at the expense
The generation that would save us all
Because after all we are the future.
But yet we are a disgrace in the eyes of our ancestors.
Can you picture it?
Emmett till spitting out our names in shame
Harriet Tubman turning her face disowning us.
Martin Luther king pulling the “I have a dream speech” from underneath our muddy undeserving feet.
Can you see it?
We are being stripped of our culture the more we embrace this city that’s not of brotherly love
But a city filled with brothers that embrace self hate.
Philadelphia native, Ayana Addison has been writing poetry for years and studied under JusGreg (aka Greg Corbin,) the award-winning spoken word artist and teacher from HBO’s Brave New Voices. She is an active member of the Knight Writers Creative Writing Club. “#Rep your city” won second prize in Central Penn College’s 6th Annual Poetry Contest in 2015 sponsored by the Academy of American Poets.
Subject to society’s unforgiving critique.
Though antagonists may find it quite debatable.
Opponents may cite previous attempts that failed.
A golden idea,
A universal panacea,
Many exist in a forgotten galleria.
Roman Alcazar is a Corporate Communications major with a background in radio. He’s also a proud dad-to-be. “Reception of Conception” won first prize in Central Penn College’s 6th Annual Poetry Contest in 2015 sponsored by the Academy of American Poets.
Want to write like Ginsberg? Take a shower.
Like most writers, I get my best ideas in the shower–one fist full of soap and the opening line to the next great American novel. ‘Shower thoughts’ have become such a cultural phenomenon that you can now buy waterproof writing pads. You can also watch your favorite celebrity, like Nick Offerman [warning: explicit language] or Anna Kendrick [warning: explicit language], talk about their most profound shower thoughts. [You can read more about the benefits of being bored at Bored, Brilliant and… Counterintuitively Interesting: A Reading List by Manoush Zomorodi and even try some of the boredom challenges.]
But why are you history’s greatest philosopher or the next Mark Twain when you’re in the shower? Recent studies look at the psychology of boredom to understand what your brain is doing while the shower is running. For you creative cleansers, the research suggests that your next novel might just be sitting in the suds.
The Central Pen Blog and E-zine celebrates its second birthday today! For two years, we have been bringing you, our readers, some great poetry, fiction, and photography submissions as well as profiles and writing advice from our Central Pennsylvania community.
We are so excited and proud to continue to serve the artistic community at CPC and in Central Pennsylvania with another year of creative expression!
The Central Pen Staff