Tuesday, December 28, 2010

R.J. Ridgely

The last poet for 2010 was also the first!

Saturday, December 18, 2010


Local Poet Henry Ditman reads at the Arts Center.

Friday, December 10, 2010


Deanna Nikaido is the author of two volumes of poetry and is a graduate of Art Center College of Design with a degree in Illustration.

Friday, December 3, 2010


Gene Hosey has been published in a wide assortment of literary journals, including Fledgling Rag, Megaera, and Experimental Forest.

Friday, November 26, 2010

RJ & Ted

Local poet RJ Ridgely & Local artist Ted Daigle

Friday, November 19, 2010


To many in Lancaster, York, Harrisburg, Carlisle, Gettysburg, Frederick, Westminster and Hanover, Le Hinton is a poet's poet - according to an article in the Evening Sun.

Saturday, November 13, 2010


Danuta E. Kosk-Kosicka reads at the Arts Center.

Friday, November 5, 2010


R.J. Ridgely reads a Taylor Mali poem.

Monday, November 1, 2010

the Poets are coming...

M.S. Sanders with his unique style at Birdie's Cafe in Westminster.

Friday, October 29, 2010


Christopher Goodrich currently teaches in Montgomery County, Maryland. He has also taught for Frostburg University and New York University.


Gene Hosey is a well known poet in the area. He reads here as a feature poet during "The Corner of Poetry & Main".

Saturday, October 23, 2010


Lisa reads "How to eat crow on a cold Sunday morning".


Le Hinton reads during open mic at Birdies Cafe.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Special Request

Cliff pays tribute to the poetry of Peter McWilliams by reading selections from "Come Love with Me and Be My Life."


Award winning,
College of Notre Dame of Maryland Writer-in-Residence,
Shelley Puhak.

Friday, October 8, 2010


R.J. Ridgely reads about saying goodbye.


Alan reads at open mic during a poetry reading at Birdie's.

Saturday, October 2, 2010


Sarah reads a poem she wrote about her Mother.

Saturday, September 25, 2010


Angela reads during open mic at The Corner of Poetry & Main which is held at Birdie's Cafe.


Eric Poe is co-host of Spoken Word at Wine Me Up.

Saturday, September 18, 2010


Birdies offers a mix of poetry and music - here is Debbie's rendition of an old tune...

Friday, September 17, 2010


A gentleman of poetry - Hiram Larew was a featured poet at Birdies Cafe.


Award winning poet Hiram Larew has read widely across the U.S.
He lives in Upper Marlboro Maryland.

Friday, September 10, 2010


World renown Deanna Nikaido reads at Birdies Cafe.


RJ Ridgely reads at SPOKEN WORD.

Friday, September 3, 2010


Virginia read at Birdies Cafe during open mic. She is having her first collection of poetry published soon.


Open Mic at Birdies Cafe. Sandy was just visiting but promised to come back...

Friday, August 27, 2010


We'll end the summer with a HOT poem from M.S. Sanders.


Barbara DeCesare reads at Birdies Cafe.

Saturday, August 21, 2010


RJ Ridgely reading at Wine Me Up.


Kevin Thornton reading at the Carroll Arts Center.

Saturday, August 14, 2010


Here is M.S. Sanders at Birdies Cafe.


Cliff Lynn hosts readings in Annapolis as well as Westminster.

Saturday, August 7, 2010


Shawn Lockhart reads the work of Lidia Kosk at the Carroll Arts Center.


Westminster poet Carol Davis reads during open mic at Birdie's Cafe.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

A Political Poem

RJ and Eric have something to say about the oil spill.


Eric Poe reads at Spoken Word in Westminster which is held at Wine Me Up.

Saturday, July 24, 2010


M.S. Sanders is well known in the Baltimore area.
A featured poet, he really had Birdies heated up!


Westminster native, Barbara DeCesare is a writer whose work has been widely published. She was a featured poet at Birdies Cafe.

Saturday, July 17, 2010


Staci reads at Spoken Word which is held at Wine Me Up.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Art & Poetry

A fun mix of art and poetry. Local artist Ted Daigle draws an illustration as RJ Ridgely reads a Taylor Mali poem.

Saturday, July 3, 2010


Kevin Thornton at the Carroll Arts Center poetry reading.


Alan Bogage is the Senior Director of Library, Media, and Distance Services at Carroll Community College.


In addition to teaching at McDaniel College, Linda Van Hart is an accomplished jeweler and businesswoman whose designs are well-known throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

Saturday, June 26, 2010


Kevin Thornton - local writer of songs, blogs and poetry. He is reading one of Josh Isaac's poems.


New to the Westminster poetry scene - Stephen Malin reads a poem about his youth.


Henry Ditman reads his poem of Carroll County at the Arts Center.

Saturday, June 19, 2010


We have a good number of local poets in Westminster.
Here is RJ Ridgely reading his poem called TRUTH.


Danuta E. Kosk-Kosicka is a Bio-Chemist/Poet. She has written many collections of poetry and her mother who lives in Poland is also a poet.


UPDATE: for health reasons - Josh will NOT be traveling to Westminster but some of his poetry will be read.......
Here is Kevin Thornton at the Carroll Arts Center. Kevin will be the featured Poet at the June reading on Thursday along with Josh Isaac who will premier his documentary the next day at the center.....a busy week!

Saturday, June 12, 2010


There are two monthly poetry readings in Westminster that I know of. Let me know if there are others in the area. This is RJ Ridgely reading at the Carroll Arts Center.


Gordon is a regular at the Carroll Arts Center readings and well known in the area.


Emily reads a Taylor Mali poem at Spoken Word

Thursday, June 3, 2010

"J" reads at open mic

RJ Ridgely and Eric Poe host a poetry reading "Spoken Word" at Wine Me Up in Westminster. They mix in open mic readings through out the evening and these are a few of the participants. They also mix in a challenge - giving you three words to use to create a poem on the spot - J is reading his....The three words this time were clutch, empathy and foul.

"A" reads at open mic

open mic reading at Spoken Word

"N" reads at open mic

open mic reading at Spoken Word

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Stanley Plumly

Maryland Poet Laureate - Dr.Plumly - visits the Carroll Arts Center in Westminster Maryland. He is introduced here by Alan Bogage and reads "Infidelity".

Stanley Plumly

Dr. Plumly is the Director of Creative Writing at the University of Maryland

Stanley Plumly

Dr. Stanley Plumly reads "400 Mourners"

Saturday, May 22, 2010

RJ Ridgely

Here is RJ Ridgely reading some of his own work.
Karma bites back...
RJ's website is now up @ http://rjspeaks.com

Kevin Thornton

Well known in the Baltimore area, Kevin Thornton is a song writer as well as a poet. Check out Kevin's blog at www.thornton.blogdrive.com

Cliff and Deanna

Cliff and Deanna are reading Rumi.
Rumi was a Persian mystical poet and philosopher of the 13th century.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Kevin Thornton

Kevin C. Thornton is a Public Relations and communications professional with 25 years experience, most of it with a Fortune 500 firm. He is also a published poet whose work has appeared in a variety of publications including Baltimore Review and Maryland Poetry Review. The former host of Catonsville’s Function @ the Junction poetry series, he has served as a poetry advisor for the American Music & Arts Festival and editor of several poetry anthologies. Kevin is also a freelance writer who publishes a daily blog, “Nation of One” which can be accessed at: www.thornton.blogdrive.com. He is a songwriter with credits on recent CDs by The Willys, a Gettysburg, PA-based band, and wrote and recorded the soundtrack for My Left Hand, a cancer documentary by Seattle-native Joshua Isaac which has been featured in the Seattle Jewish Film and Tacoma Film Festival. Kevin lives in Westminster, Maryland with his wife Sue and three children .

Deanna Nikaido

This is Deanna at the Carroll Arts Center

Tamara Lowe

I'm going to sneak Tamara in among our local poets because I just love this one. Here is Today's Christian poet...

Saturday, May 8, 2010

RJ Ridgely

I went to check out the new poetry reading, "Spoken Word" at Wine Me Up that RJ Ridgely started. It's a great venue with a nice laid back crowd. Here he is with another Taylor Mali poem.

Eric Poe

I have seen Eric Poe at both the Arts Center and now at Wine me Up. A poet and song writer, Eric lives in Finksburg Maryland.


Emily lives in Westminster Maryland and has been writing poetry since elementary school.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Cliff Lynn

Cliff hosts poetry readings in Annapolis.
He has been an editor as well as as author and was the 2006 winner of the Maryland Writers Association's poetry contest.
This poem was written for his son and daughter-inlaw when they married.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

RJ Ridgely

I was recently at the Carroll Arts Center for a Thursday night reading where I heard RJ Ridgely read. I promise I will post some of his own work soon, but I just loved his take on this poem.
The life long Carroll County resident has recently started a monthly gathering for poets at Wine Me Up on Main Street in Westminster.