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Poet Mary Jo Salter to speak April 28

Mary Jo Salter

Hagerstown Community College will present its annual Kreykenbohm lecture series on Sat., April 28, 8 p.m., in the newly renovated Kepler Center on HCC’s main campus.

This year’s lecture will feature New York Times Book Review author and award-winning poet Mary Jo Salter. Salter is an accomplished poet, essayist, lyricist, and playwright, who has received numerous awards for her work. She has served as co-editor of The Norton Anthology of Poetry and currently serves as a professor and co-chair of the writing seminars department at Johns Hopkins University. Her sixth volume of poetry, “A Phone Call to the Future: New and Selected Poems,” was published in 2008.

The lecture series is named after Helen Kreykenbohm, a retired professor of foreign languages and former humanities division chair at HCC. Held annually each year, the Kreykenbohm lecture series seeks to promote the arts and humanities in the local area.

“Helen Kreykenbohm and her family have been an important part of Washington County education for three generations,” says Joan Johnson, chair, English and humanities division. “We are proud to continue providing a high quality lecture series in her honor. This year’s guest, Mary Jo Salter, continues the tradition of bringing nationally known writers, historians, poets, and artists to Washington County.”

An opening reception will be held at 7 p.m. prior to the event. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served. Salter will begin her poetry reading at 8 p.m. A book signing will be held immediately following the reading.

This event is free and is open to the public. For more information, call 240-500-2245, or email To learn more about Mary Jo Salter, visit