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Festival of Poets and Poetry and Literary Festival records

Identifier: RG 13

Scope and Contents note

Material for each festival may include: announcements, correspondence, lists of guest poets and writers, handouts, grant applications and reports, budget information, press releases and clippings, appreciations, and poet biographical sketches. There are some photographs. Most years include a booklet of poems written by the participants (guest poets and students) that was photocopied and distributed at each festival. Information about the intensive poetry writing workshops and fiction workshops includes lists of student participants, syllabi, and handouts. Beginning in 1995, contents include "Glaser's eschatological laundry list of writing truths" and Glaser's "Nifty quotes file."


  • 1979-2004

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open without restriction.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open without restriction.

Historical note

Begun in 1979, the Festival of Poets and Poetry (1979-1993) and Literary Festival (1994-2004) was directed by former SMCM English professor Michael S. Glaser. It was held annually from 1979 through 2000, and again in 2002 and 2004. Held for two weekends in late spring, it was designed to give poets and poetry enthusiasts from across Maryland and the greater Washington, D.C. area an opportunity for the formal and informal exchange of ideas. On each of the two weekends, guest poets led workshops, discussions, and seminars as well as open poetry readings on Friday nights and more formal invitational readings on Saturday nights. In conjunction with the festival, SMCM offered the Intensive Poetry Writing Workshop for interested writers (for credit or non-credit); the workshops lasted one to two weeks and included readings, small seminars, and opportunities for students to interact with guest poets from the festival. In 1993, two additional one- to two-week elements were created for the festival: the Fiction Writing Workshop, taught by Wayne Karlin, was designed for students interested in the art and craft of fiction writing, while the St. Mary's Writer's Community Retreat allowed participants the opportunity to join in the overall festival activities but in an unstructured, self-directed format.


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Processing Information

Processed by Katherine Ryner, circa 2004.

Festival of Poets and Poetry and Literary Festival records
Finding aid prepared by Katherine Ryner, College Archivist, and SMCM Archives Staff
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Repository Details

Part of the St. Mary's College of Maryland Archives Repository

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St. Mary's College of Maryland
47645 College Dr.
St. Mary's City MD 20686-3001 United States