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Date: January 15, 2003 (03-05)
Contact: Dave Willingham, 240-567-7970; Pager: 301-930-0972
               Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

Montgomery College’s Potomac Review Honored by Public Radio
“Poet and Poem” Program Cites Review for Significant Contribution to American Letters 

          National Public Radio’s “The Poet and the Poem” program has placed Potomac Review, a twice-yearly regional literary magazine that recently became affiliated with Montgomery College, among three publications cited for “significant contribution to American Letters.”

            The citation reads: “The Annual Award for Excellence is given by Public Radio’s longstanding program ‘The Poet and the Poem,’ carrying forth the tradition---furthering established writers; presenting new literary voices.”

            “I’m so delighted to get this beautiful recognition,” said Dr. Myrna Goldenberg,   executive editor of Potomac Review.  “It gives me extreme pleasure that people are recognizing this magazine that contributes so much to the literary life of the Washington region.”

“The annual award by The Poet and the Poem to outstanding literary magazines

is a highly regarded benchmark in the field of literary endeavor,” said Editor Eli Flam.    “I’m deeply touched and honored, but not totally surprised; we’ve been hearing a lot of positive feedback about the magazine.”

 Dr. Goldenberg, director of Montgomery College’s Paul Peck Humanities Institute, cited Flam’s contributions, along with those of Senior Editor Christa Watters and Hilary Tham, the magazine’s poetry editor, for their part in earning the NPR honor. 

            The current issue of Potomac Review showcases the work of high finishers in its 7th annual writing contest.  The winning story, “The Wall,” by California writer Paul Michaelson, “is a compelling read,” writes Fiction Judge Gail Galloway Adams.  She says “it combines reportage of immediate events…in the Middle East…with timeless elements: friendship between disparate people, attraction and connection to the opposite sex, the asking of questions for which there are no answers.”

            “No Roe Today,” by Baltimore’s Elizabeth Moser, won top honors in the poetry competition.  “It is an indirect commentary on our ecological despair, while not preaching to the reader,” says Poetry Judge Grace Cavalieri.

            The issue of roe also materializes in area writer Mary Bruce Batte’s account of shad planking, another feature of the current Review, which also contains an extended theme section, “On Native Ground,” with poetry, essays, and fiction relating to American Indians.   

            For more information on Potomac Review, you may call 240-567-7147.  The magazine is available at the Montgomery College Rockville Campus Bookstore; The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD; Politics and Prose in Washington, D.C., and through the Web site          

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