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Giving back to the Jiménez-Porter Writers’ House

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This year I served as the initial judge/reader in poetry for the Jiménez-Porter Writers’ House Literary Prize contest. Thank you, Johnna Schmidt, for the opportunity. Litfest is an annual literary contest and celebration. At the spring ceremony, awards are given out for the top three poems and short stories, honorable mentions, and the Writers’ House seniors […]

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The power of writers as activists

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The incredible Taylor Lewis reflects on the power of writers as activists, her experiences teaching abroad in France, going to grad school in Hawaii, and the current political climate in a recent article in The Writers’ Bloc. Back in 2011, at the Jiménez-Porter Writers’ House at the University of Maryland, Taylor had the great idea to […]

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Designing “a decade of scribblers”

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This year I was hard at work as the Social Media Manager for the Writers’ House. One of my projects this semester was acting as Design Editor for the Writers’ House tenth anniversary publication, “a decade of scribblers.” I worked with a staff of three to collect submissions from current and former Writers’ House students, […]

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Writers’ House preparing for 10-year anniversary

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By Marlena Chertock, Online Editor of The Writers’ Bloc You may have seen it posted in Dorchester hallways. Or on the door to the kitchen.  The Jiménez-Porter Writers’ House program has a special birthday this year, its 10th anniversary. To celebrate a decade of the Writers’ House program, the staff is planning a daylong event and a publication. […]