A public Reading & Reception for the 2014 Backbone Mountain Review (BMR) literary journal will be held on Sunday, March 9, at 2PM in the Allegany Arts Council's Community Room, located at 9 N. Centre Street in Downtown Cumberland's Arts & Entertainment District. Sponsored by the Allegany Arts Council, the Frostburg Center for Creative Writing, the Allegany County Library System, the Community Trust Foundation, and the NewPage Corporation, BMR is an annual literary journal showcasing the creative talents and cultural diversity of the people and places within the Appalachian Mid-Atlantic. For more information, visit the BMR website.
The Reading & Reception on March 9 is free and open to everyone, and complimentary copies of the 2014 Backbone Mountain Review will be available at no charge during the event. Please note that some language in this year's publication may not be appropriate for younger audiences.
A six-person editorial board, comprised of Brad Barkley, Amanda Bena, Jack DuBose, Lori Eby, Jennifer Merrifield (managing editor) and Steven Sherrill, reviewed all of the poetry and prose submissions and selected the accepted works for the 2014 publication. Special thanks to Ann Townsell, our graphic designer, Candis Johnson, our copy editor, and to Lisa Sheirer, our 2014 photography artist. The 2014 BMR Steering Committee would also like to thank all of the authors, poets, and playwrights who submitted work for consideration, and offer our CONGRATULATIONS to the following individuals who will have poetry and/or prose featured in the 2014 BMR:
Edward Bernton, "The Guest"
Alan Bogage, "On Not Really Fishing"
Alan Bogage, "Thinking about the Rain"
Jennifer Browne, "Matryoshka"
Jennifer Browne, "Sirens"
Robert Evory, "I write this"
Jamie M. Fisher, "Firefly Competition"
Nina Forsythe, "Love Is Not a Microscope"
Nina Forsythe, "Running into a Wall"
Vickie Griffiths, "Wax"
Nicole Houser, "The Apartment"
Donald Illich, "Antlers"
Anthony Mangos, "Sweet Gotham"
Richard Maslow, "Sign by that resort pool: No smoking, no coolers, no kids"
Melanie Michael, "Poems for Adults"
William "Buddy" Miller, "Just Doing My Job"
Corey Oglesby, "An Idea for a Tattoo"
Corey Oglesby, "Like a Lover, Like a Mother"
Corey Oglesby, "The Motor Mile"
Corey Oglesby, "Real Jazz"
Jolene Paternoster, "Sonnet After Nearly a Year"
Jolene Paternoster, "So Was I Driven"
M.C. Pratt, "Night Marsh"
Tiffany Santos, "Birthright"
Tiffany Santos, "On Looking for Answers in the Cereal Box"
Richard Schiver, "Forget Me Not"
Tracy Seffers, "Lessons in Ballad-Singing"
Tracy Seffers, "The resurrection, when it comes"
Sue Ann Simar, "Cancer"
Robert Spahr, "Samaritan"
Brendan Stephens, "Miles Measured in Hours"
Pia Taavila-Borsheim, "Massage Therapy"
Brittany Tabler, "Haven"
Jonathan Treece, "A Fire on a Snowy Day"
Jonathan Treece, "A Little Further"
Jonathan Treece, "Far and Away"
Mike Weddle, "Duplex"
Mike Weddle, "Eve"
Jennifer Whitman, "Where I Live"
Lori Wilson, "Bread Song"
Lori Wilson, "Peonies"
Lori Wilson, "The Rose"
Chikita Wright, "la musica dulce"
Sharon Yoder, "Ice-Walking"
Complimentary copies of the 2014 Backbone Mountain Review will be available to the general public at the Reading & Reception on March 2. After that date, additional copies will be available at no cost (while supplies last) from the Allegany Arts Council (located at 9 N. Centre Street in Downtown Cumberland's Arts & Entertainment District), the Frostburg Center for Creative Writing (located at 22 W. Main Street in Downtown Frostburg's Arts & Entertainment District), and the six branches of the Allegany County Library System. For questions about the 2014 Backbone Mountain Review, please call 301-777-ARTS (2787).