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2016 Poetry Contest!

Poetry Contest 2016The Central Pen Literary E-zine and The Academy of American Poets is proud to present the 2016 Poetry Contest!  All current Central Penn College students are invited to participate.  The first place winner will receive a $100 prize, a one-year subscription to the Academy of American Poets, and publication in the e-zine.  Second place will receive $50 and publication in the e-zine.  Third place will receive $25 and publication in the e-zine.  Submit to TheCentralPen@centralpenn.edu before April 29, 2016 to be considered!

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by | March 30, 2016 · 1:14 pm

Send us your seasonal shots!

Spillway; Pine Grove Furance State Park

Spillway; Pine Grove Furnace State Park; Dr. Melissa Wehler

At The Central Pen, we are committed to all types of art and artists, including the visual arts.  We believe that creative expression, no matter the medium, has an important place in our education and in our lives.   Use our ‘Submission’ page to submit your best seasonal shots!

 

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by | August 1, 2015 · 8:00 am

Paperback Book Day

National Paperback Book Day

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.

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by | July 30, 2015 · 8:00 am

How to write a one-sentence story

You have probably heard of short fiction, short stories, and even flash fiction, but the ultimate reading materials for those of us with shorter attention spans is the one-sentence story. Yes, you read that right. A story comprised of a single sentence with all the bells and whistles of its longer relations: introduction, conclusion, plot twist, character development, suspense, and sentiment. Continue reading

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by | June 1, 2015 · 8:00 am

Photography Submission: Dr. Melissa Wehler

At The Central Pen, we are committed to all types of art and artists, including the visual arts.  We believe that creative expression, no matter the medium, has an important place in our education and in our lives.   With that said, please enjoy the following submission by a member of our creative community.


About the artist.

Dr. Melissa Wehler is the Dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences at Central Penn College.  When she is not teaching writing, literature, film, or cultural anthropology, she is an avid photographer and fiction writer, including the co-editor for The Central Pen.


Falling Creek; Little Buffalo State Park

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Autumn’s Last; Little Buffalo State Park

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Spokes; Little Buffalo State Park

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by | December 6, 2014 · 8:14 pm

10 Ideas to Help Inspire Your Award-Winning Poem

Poetry Contest

Want to submit to Central Pen’s Poetry Contest but don’t know where to start?  Check out these 10 ideas to help inspire your award-winning poem:

  1. What would your favorite word look like? Smell like? Taste like? Feel like? Who would it invite to lunch?  Would it be talkative or quiet?  Where would it go?
  2. Where is the last place you felt safe?  Who was there?  Who wasn’t there?  What did it look like?  Was it a physical space? Mental?  Emotional? Spiritual?
  3. When did you first fall in love with writing?  How young were you?  How old were you?  What inspired you then?  What inspires you now?  Did someone or something help you discover your inner author?
  4. What does spring taste like?  Is it earthy or fresh?  Is it smooth or gritty?  What does it feel like on your teeth, gums, and tongue?  What would happen if you swallowed it?
  5. How would you describe yourself using sounds?  Are you loud like BOOM?  Are you smooth like swoosh?  Do you clomp or swish when you move?  Are your dreams like plink or pow?
  6. What place symbolizes your childhood?  What does it look like? Smell like? Taste like? Feel like? Would you go back?  Would you live there?  Are you still living there?
  7. What is your favorite memory from the past year?  Who was there to share it?  Who wasn’t?  What did it feel like?  What did it look like?  How did it change you?
  8. What is sitting next to you?  Why is it there?  Is it important?  Useless?  Is it something you would like to share with someone?  Is it something you want to keep private?
  9. Who do you wish you were talking to right now?  What do they look like?  Why are they important?  Could you talk to them if you wanted?  Would they want to talk to you?
  10. How would you describe home using only tastes?  Is it a hot meal?  Is it dessert?  Is it something you want to eat as a snack or as a dinner?  Is it something you want to eat all the time or not very often?  How would it feel if you swallowed it?

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by | April 5, 2014 · 9:35 pm

Shaashawn Dial Gives Us Another Reason to Celebrate LGBTQIA History Month

Shaashawn's Wedding Passport to Love: Perfect Pairing Ceremony 8.24.2013

Shaashawn’s Wedding Passport to Love: Perfect Pairing Ceremony 8.24.2013

From radio broadcasting to mentoring students, Mrs. Shaashawn Dial-Snowden has achieved many memorable life-changing moments. Her nickname “The Voyce” is a symbol of independency and expression that portrays how closed mouths won’t get fed. Mrs. Dial-Snowden is the goddess sent from above to teach others how to express themselves with confidence and knowledge. Her ambition and success is like no one else. Her achievements display her motto: “the sky is the limit.”  Many know Mrs. Dial-Snowden as the Lead College Advisor & First Year Experience Coordinator at Central Penn College, but that’s not all that she wrote! Continue reading

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by | October 31, 2013 · 5:01 pm

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