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VA Poets Laureate Present: Art and War

“Poets Laureate on Art and War” is Free and Open to the Public

Former Poet Laureate of Virginia, Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, and former Daily Press Poet Laureate, Bill Glose, will present “Poets Laureate on Art and War”

Presented at:

Osbourn Park High School

8909 Euclid Avenue

Manassas, Virginia

 Saturday, February 14, from 1 pm to 3pm

Hosted by the Prince William County Poet Laureate Program


Appealing to lovers of the arts, Kreiter-Foronda’s readings and presentation will come from her latest book, The Embrace, and focus on the art of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.

Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera-Photo Credit: Nickolas Muray, 1940

Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera Photo Credit: Nickolas Muray, 1940


Bill Glose will feature his current book, Half a Man, and focus on his life as a paratrooper and combat platoon leader in the Gulf War.


About the Poets

Bill-editing-2013[1] Bill Glose is a former paratrooper, Gulf War veteran, and author of the poetry collections Half a Man (FutureCycle Press, 2013) and The Human Touch (San Francisco Bay Press, 2007). For the past eleven years, he has been the Books Editor for Virginia Living.

In 2011, Glose was named the Daily Press Poet Laureate.

Additional honors include the F. Scott Fitzgerald Short Story Award and the Virginia Press Association First Place Award for Sports News Writing. Now a full-time writer, he undertakes intriguing pursuits—such as walking across Virginia and participating in a world-record-setting skinny dip event—and writes about them for magazines.

His work has appeared in over 100 publications, including Army TimesThe WriterNarrative Magazine, and Southern California Review.

His website www.BillGlose.com includes a page of helpful information for writers.


Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda served as Poet Laureate of Virginia from 2006-2008. 

She holds a B.A. from the University of Mary Washington and a M.Ed., M.A. and a Ph.D. from George Mason University, where she received the university’s first doctorate and an Outstanding Academic Achievement and Service Award.

In 2007 both universities gave her the Alumna of the Year Award.

She has co-edited three anthologies and published seven books of poetry, including The Embrace: Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, winner of the 2014 Art in Literature: Mary Lynn Kotz Award from the Library of Virginia and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Her award-winning poems appear in numerous magazines, including Nimrod, Prairie Schooner, Mid-American Review, Best of Literary Journals, Poet Lore and An Endless Skyway, an anthology of poems by U.S. State Poets Laureate.

Visit her website at www.carolynforinda.com

February WbtR Meeting w/Guest Speaker Ian Moore of aim-VA

Mr. Moore is with the Division of Special Education and disAbility Research, formally known as the Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
AIM-VA is a free program that creates free accessible materials for qualified students and provides teacher training and technical assistance for their use.
Ian will explain the program and also some of the pitfalls that they have encountered in the schools, especially, lack of funding.
Come Join Us for this Informative Presentation!
Open to the Public
Date:  Thursday,  February 19th
Time: 7:00pm
Location:  Trinity Episcopal Church
                         9325 West Street
                          Historic Manassas, VA

Ellen Butler Releases Latest Novel “Planning for Love”

A modern day romantic comedy releasing just in time for Valentine’s Day.


Ellen Butler’s fourth novel, Planning for Love, (Book 2 in the Love, California Style Trilogy),  released on January 26, 2015, is now available  on Amazon and Barnes & Noble for your reading pleasure.

About “Planning for Love”:
Poppy Reagan is a Type A personality who runs her professional life with the precision of a Swiss watch. After catching her latest boyfriend cheating, she decides it’s time to take her dating life as seriously as she does her business. She swears off the bad boys and strategically maps out a plan to find an honest, attractive man to become her life partner.

As she works her way through a summer of dates ranging from crazy to plain boring, she begins to wonder if her soulmate’s even on the same coast. Her foolish emotional spirit secretly yearns for the sexy Ohio dermatologist she met on a trip to Hawaii last year. The one who she insists is “just a friend,” because she refused to engage in a long-distance relationship.

Will her heart overrule her head and move this California girl to the Midwest?

Enjoy a Short Excerpt from “Planning for Love”

To: Adam from Hawaii
From: Poppy Reagan
Subject: Don’t do drugs, kids.

Here to bring you today’s entertainment. So, my latest computer date was supposed to be a successful marketer. At least that’s what his profile indicated. He instead decided to visit an Ashram last week, and while there, apparently found the meaning of life through yoga and wacky tobacky. He’s quit his job, and while craving the munchies, decided to take me to a well-known eatery called … El Taco Bell. Yes, that’s right he offered to take me to the Bell, the place with the Chihuahua ads.

Adam, you know me. Do I look like the type of woman you should take, on a date, to the Taco Bell? I didn’t think so. Here’s the embarrassing part, I was actually buying his guru-intellectual-life-affirming crapola until I realized his serenity came from too many tokes from the bong. That’s it. I’m off computer dating and plan to start having my friends set me up with normal people.

To top off this fun-loving week, my mom announced she’s coming in for a visit after my trip to Denver. I’ve told you a little about her. I’m worried this is the beginning of her next divorce and all the accompanying drama that goes along with it. Ugh!

Looking forward Denver and connecting with a normal human being.



Read what the Reviewers are saying about “Planning for Love” :

“Poppy, a California party planner, stops by her boy friend’s apartment to drop off some items for their special Valentines Day dinner, she finds him cheating on her. What she does is priceless!! You gotta read it!” — 5 Stars from Harps Romance Book Review   –Read the Full Review–

“What a fun and entertaining read, with the perfect amount of romance and heat. This story was realistic and the characters were written beautifully. I could not put this book down.” — 5 Stars from A Beautiful Book Blog

About the Author:

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Ellen Butler lives in Prince William County and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Policy.  Her history includes a long list of writing and editing for dry but illuminating professional newsletters and public policy papers. The leap to novel writing was simply a creative outlet for Ellen’s overactive imagination to run wild.

Professionally, she belongs to the Virginia Writers Club, the Northern VA Writers Club and Write by the Rails. Ellen is admitted chocoholic and confesses to a penchant for shoe shopping.


More from Ellen Butler
Available on Goodreads

Also Available on Goodreads


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If you missed January’s WbtR Meeting…Here’s a Wrap-Up

Robert Bausch Author of "As Far as the Eye can See"

Robert Bausch, Author  ‘Far As The Eye Can See’


WbtR Monthly Meeting Wrap-Up for January 15th 2015

Last Thursday, we had the distinct pleasure of welcoming one of our own as a guest speaker, local author and teacher Mr. Robert Bausch.  Among other things he shared his experience as an author with candor, humor and profound sentiment.

Here’s What You Missed If You Didn’t Make It:

Robert Bausch, author of nine books one of which was made into the film ‘Bruce Almighty’ (Disney bought his book Almighty Me.) Sadly he sold his rights to Disney, so he lost his copyright and thus an additional income from the film.

But Mr. Bausch, a lively speaker, full of enthusiasm is clearly in love with the creative process of writing.

One his own favorite books is Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman which, he says, is better than War and Peace. A quote he loves from that book is: “Is there any limit to the human imagination?” Another example of great writing was Joseph Conrad who, he told us, was Polish but wrote everything in his second language, English.

Mr. Bausch says he writes from the point of view of the character. He warns against type casting characters. He adds, “Purity of writing is just for myself.” Underline purity and myself!

He and his twin, also a writer, born in 1945, will host Woodbridge Writers Retreat. Please check their site for details. Along with Mr. Zoellner for non-fiction, they will assist no more than 12 people, thus giving needed individual attention to each writer.

Mr. Bausch’s newest novel is ‘Far As The Eye Can See.’ This is an odyssey through the Old West. After the Civil War, a veteran who never knew his real name, takes the name Bobby Hale, and heads toward California only to find that rampant violence plagues both his dreams and the vast landscape unrolling before him. Meeting up with the native Indian tribes, he learns how to overcome the mistaken belief by the white race that all Indians must be viewed as dangerous and warriors.

Recorded By:

Patricia Lipe-Daly

Secretary, Write by the Rails


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Art Banner Project Deadline Extended to Feb. 1

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Caroline Shaaber, Arts Recreation Specialist for Prince William County Parks & Recreation, has issued an informative email regarding the Art Banner Project in Historic Manassas, Virginia.

Although the ‘Project’ website does not reflect this information, it has been confirmed that entries to the competition are now being accepted through Sunday February 1, 2015.

So dust off those art supplies and get creative!

Good Luck to All!

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