News Release, College of Southern Maryland

The public is invited to meet the area’s most engaging and interesting authors, poets, photographers and artists as they read from, discuss and reflect on their latest works during the College of Southern Maryland’s (CSM) Spring “Connections” Literary Magazine Reading Series May 3.

“Connections” Literary Magazine is a regional literary journal published twice a year that features the very best poems, stories, artwork and photography of Southern Maryland. Contributors to the Spring 2019 “Connections” Literary Magazine will read and discuss their published works at 7:30 p.m. at CSM’s La Plata Campus, Center for Business and Industry (BI Bulding), Room 103/104, 8730 Mitchell Road in La Plata.

“Cupid’s Surprise” by Photographer Lena Hancock is one of 11 photographs chosen for the spring “Connections” Literary Magazine.

Featured contributors in the spring edition of “Connections” include: poets Annalise Grey, Kate Lassman, Raisa Lees, John Timothy Robinson, Shayla Herron, Sherbie Kardinal, Taitzion Johnson-Williams, Liane Beckley, Briana Bledso, Luis Damian, Kiara Miller, Dominique Payne, Grace Vangorden, Chris Williams, Joanne Van Wie, Cassandra Higgs, Nicholas Ritter, Christopher Wilkins, Katie Spivey Brewster, Patrick Allen, Bethany G. Gopinath, Nick Brady and Shayla Herron; prose writers Thomas Donohue, Benjamin Sonnenberg, Jim Payne, Dahlia Jackson, Karen D. McIntyre, James Burd Brewster and Michael J. Klotz; and photographers William “Ed Moroney, Mona Weber, Lena Hancock, Linda Cooke Smith, Omar Yunis, Judy Angleheart, Robin Karis, Richard Taylor, Diane Payne, Sherbie Kardinal and Corey Bernard.

The “Connections” Literary Series is sponsored by CSM’s English, Communication and Languages Division, and supported by grants from the Arts Council of Calvert Countythe Charles County Arts Alliance, the St. Mary’s County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council.

To view dozens of videos from past and recent CSM literary events, visit the college’s official YouTube Educational Channel, For information about CSM’s Connections Literary Series, visit

“Grandmother’s box,” by Photographer Judy Angelheart.


CSM Connections Literary Series: Magazine Reading. 7:30 p.m., May 3. College of Southern Maryland (CSM), La Plata Campus, Center for Business and Industry (BI Building), Room 103/104, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. Contributors will read and discuss their published works. Free. 301-934-7864,

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