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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Maryland's Literary Legacy Lives in New Anthology

A new anthology, due out on September 15, celebrates the rich and diverse literary scene in the state of Maryland.

New Lines from the Old Line State: An Anthology of Maryland Writers features 36 pieces of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction by 29 Maryland authors.

The authors of New Lines have been featured in publications such as Potomac Review, the Baltimore Review, Christian Science Monitor, Chattahoochee Review, Slow Trains, the Arabesques Review, Poetry Online, Chesapeake Life magazine, the Washington Post, the Baltimore Sun, Writers Weekly, and have been winners of the Maryland Literary Arts Award, the Maryland Individual Artist Award, and awards from the Atlantic Monthly, among others.

A Maryland author is unique, just like the state itself. A person needs to spend a day in Maryland (or read an anthology of its writers) to understand what “Mid-Atlantic” means. There is an indefinable “something” in Maryland that makes it different than Northeast or South; it straddles both regions but can be claimed by neither. Each city and county has its own distinct character that further flavors the language and imagery of its artists. Lush, early springs to hot, sauna-like summers to long, beautiful autumns and mild winters. Harbors filled with boats. Rolling hills dotted with farms. Cicadas. Cherry blossoms.

Maryland’s cities and shores have inspired such literary greats as Edgar Allan Poe and Gertrude Stein, as well as more contemporary writers such as Madison Smartt Bell and Laura Lippman. The bombardment of Maryland’s Fort McHenry was even Francis Scott Key’s inspiration for America’s national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner.”

You’ll enjoy and celebrate the artistic vision of Maryland authors as they take you on a tour of the state and beyond. With seven essays, fourteen poems, and fifteen short stories in genres ranging from mystery to fantasy to literary fiction, New Lines from the Old Line State has it all.

Edited by Allyson E. Peltier, the anthology is $15.95. You can find it at your local bookstore or via the Maryland Writers’ Association’s website: www.marylandwriters.org


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