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Launch party held for HCC's Hedge Apple

Hagerstown Community College will hold a launch party for the most recent publication of its literary arts magazine, the Hedge Apple, on Mon., Oct. 12, at 7 p.m., in the Student Center.

The reception will begin with prose, poetry, and fiction readings by recent Hedge Apple contributors. Following the readings, a variety of workshops will be held, including a poetry workshop led by local poet Crystal Brown, of the Maryland Arts Council; a fiction workshop led by local novelist and poet Ardyce Ketterling, an assistant professor in developmental composition at HCC; and a charcoal drawing workshop led by local artist Thomas Seward, an associate professor in foreign language at HCC. Light refreshments will be served.

This event is free and is open to the public. Local writers and artists are encouraged to attend. Copies of the Hedge Apple are free and will be available at the launch party, as well as in various buildings around campus. If you would like to attend a workshop, please e-mail Amanda Skjeveland, HCC instructor of English, at skjevelanda@hagerstowncc.edu. The workshops are free and are open to the public.

The Hedge Apple was founded in 1999 by Askold Skalsky, former professor of English and foreign languages, now retired. Typically, the magazine is published once a year by the students and faculty of Hagerstown Community College and features poetry, short fiction, and artwork by HCC students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Submissions for the next edition of the Hedge Apple will be accepted until Dec. 1, 2009.