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News Release

Date: July 8, 2005
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

Montgomery College Publishes Spring/Summer Issue of Potomac Review
Literary Magazine Spotlights Essays, Artwork, Holocaust Survivor Photos, F. Scott Fitzgerald Short Story Contest Winning Entry

Journeys of many sorts are the theme for the new spring/summer issue of “Potomac Review,” a literary magazine published by Montgomery College.  The issue features Anca Nemoianu’s winning entry in the 9th Annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Short Story Contest, which took place at Montgomery College’s Rockville Campus.  Nemoianu teaches linguistics at The Catholic University of Washington, D.C. 

This issue also includes photographs from the “Portraits of Life” exhibit at Montgomery College, which pays tribute to Holocaust survivors living in and around Montgomery County, Maryland.  Also featured in this edition is:
• An essay by Anita Darcel Taylor, “Summer Storm,” that takes a look at the relationship between creativity and mental illness.
• Local poet and writer Elisavietta Ritchie’s poem, “Snow in Leningrad.”
• Pit Menousek Pinegar’s piece, “Filling in the Blank on Religion.”
• Silver Spring writer Christopher Conlon’s two poems, “Riding with Hitch” and “Political Poem.”
• Arlington poet Mel Belin’s contribution of “Twins.”
• Aleria Jensen, formerly of Takoma Park, but now living and working in Alaska, considers how to live with the steady drumbeat of gloom in the daily news in her fine poem, “Accounting.”
• Local residents Tom Navratil, author of “Playing Arlington,” and Jason Newport, “Spare Change,” who have penned two profoundly Washington stories.
• An essay by former Editor Eli Flam, who looks back at more than 10 years of history for the “Potomac Review.”

As always, artwork embellishes the pages of “Potomac Review.”  Art Editor Ken Jassie and Photography Editor Anne Benolken, both faculty members at Montgomery College, have selected powerful images garnered from students and faculty as well as selections sent in by artists from other areas. 

Copies of “Potomac Review” are available at all Montgomery College bookstores, at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, and by subscription.  For more information, visit the Potomac Review website at:

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