Monthly Archives: August 2013

Join Us for the Poetry Slam on Thursday!

What: Join the Central Penn Community for a Poetry Slam and Multicultural Festival

Where: Outside of Scuzzi’s

When: 8 P.M.-10 P.M. this Thursday, August 29th

Why: $100 Cash Prize to the First Place Winner

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Bring original poetry and keep it under 3 mins.!

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Join Us for Another Write On Time Cafe!

The Central Pen E-zine presents ANOTHER Write On Time Cafe! a creative writing and slam prep workshop.  Join us on Wednesday, September 4th from 3.30-4.30 in the Charles Jones library. Refreshments will be served and there will be fun, free giveaways for the participants.  Come join club advisers, Professors Maria Thiaw and Melissa Wehler, as well as the Central Pen student editors for an afternoon of creating and crafting.  For more information, email us at thecentralpen@gmail.com.

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Fiction Submission: Timothy Kearney

We love fiction here at The Central Pen: micro, flash, sci-fi, fantasy, and everything in between.  No matter the genre, fiction requires writers to fashion characters that connect with the reader and compel them to care about what happens to them as they read through the plot’s twists and turns.  Many call fiction artful lying, and if that is true, then our creative minds are certainly the best at fanciful fibbing.  With that said, please enjoy the following submission by a member of our creative community.  

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About the writer.

Timothy Kearney is a student at Central Penn College’s Summerdale Campus majoring in Criminal Justice.  While at Central Penn, Tim has been active in creative arts including working with The Knight Writers creative writing club, submitting to The Central Pen, and even hosting a book reading for Maria James-Thiaw’s book launch.  Given his creative involvement, it is no surprise that he is an accomplished poet and fiction writer.

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Excerpt from “Ambition Through Silence” by Timothy Kearney

“Good morning class. I trust that you all did a great job on your research projects. However, I won’t be collecting them at this moment. Instead, we’re going to have a pop quiz.” The students then began to awkwardly look around the classroom. Cassie and Allen looked at each other nervously as Lauren began to hand out the test papers. Allen and Cassie received their test papers and grabbed their pens to start their quiz. “What the hell?” Allen thought to himself as he read the paper.

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Black Ice Performing in Harrisburg

On Sunday, August 25th, the PM Bistro and Lounge will feature the poet and poetry of Black Ice.  Black Ice performed as part of HBOs Def Poetry Jam series, and his performance on the show of his poem “Imagine” can be seen here.  

Black Ice will be performing alongside local talent including Tiger Rose, CM Spence, Amirh, and Soul Cry (whose new book, Passing Bi, was reviewed on our blog by Maria James-Thiaw).  The event will be hosted by Sankofa, another local poet and author.

Doors open at 8 p.m, reservations are accepted, and the cover charge is only ten dollars. Come out and support poetry, the spoken word, and local artists.

Love, peace, and poetry.

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by | August 16, 2013 · 1:14 pm

Join Us for the Write On Time Cafe

The Central Pen E-zine presents The Write On Time Cafe! a creative writing and slam prep workshop.  Join us on Wednesday, August 14th from 2.30-3.30 in the Charles Jones library!  Refreshments will be served and there will be fun, free giveaways for the participants.  Come join club advisers, Professors Maria Thiaw and Melissa Wehler, as well as the Central Pen student editors for an afternoon of creating and crafting.

For more information, email us at thecentralpen@gmail.com.

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Hate to Love Writing?

Writing is not just writing words on paper and composing text of fiction or nonfiction information–it is a form of art. It is not merely a way to deliver factual information but also a way to express ones’ thoughts and ideas. Unfortunately, writing is often perceived as something boring and life-less.  Sure, it may seem that way when you have to write about something that does not interest you, but that is when you have to discover and immerse yourself in your creative juices and let the piece reflect you. 

Informational and factual pieces can be boring to write about but there are still ways to be creative when delivering the information to your readers. One does not always have to present the information traditionally. One can get creative and use different words and writing formats to keep yourself and the reader interested.

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People do not tend to realize that it does not matter what type of written of work it is–the piece still reflects you because what you chose to write or how to write it either articulates how you think or reveals various personality traits.

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For instance, if one has to write an historical piece, that historical event can be delivered in a storyteller format. History is not just facts and information; there is a story behind every historical fact. These days, we are so used to boring trivia facts being thrown at us that we are expected to memorize but those are just the facts, but what about the story behind it?

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