The Maryland Writers’ Association created the Writers’ Round Table Program to encourage writers, poets, playwrights and authors through monthly articles and activities.

The Notable Maryland Author articles and associated Fun With Words writers’ prompts are the centerpiece of the program. Each month, The Independent and other newspapers in the state will feature a Maryland Writers’ Association article about an author. Marylanders are encouraged to read the articles and try their hand at the writing prompts each month.

Author Michael S. Glaser

“The darkness and cold is out there — and there is not a stranger among us.” Michael S. Glaser

Genre: Poetry is a form of literature that evokes a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience or a specific emotional response through language chosen and arranged for its meaning, sound and rhythm. Glaser firmly believes in the power of poetry to reflect upon what it means to be human.

A partial reading list of Glaser’s poetry includes “A Lover’s Eye,” “In The Men’s Room and Other Poems,” “Being a Father,” “Fire Before the Hands,” “Remembering Eden” and “Disrupting Consensus.”

Michael S. Glaser was born in Chicago in 1943, received his bachelor of arts from Denison University and his master of arts and doctorate degrees from Kent State University. Glaser served as Poet Laureate of Maryland from 2004 to 2009. Over 500 of Glaser’s poems have been published in literary journals and newspapers such as American Scholar, New Letters, Prairie Schooner, Christian Science Monitor, The Antioch Review, The Progressive Magazine and Sacred Journey. He is a professor emeritus at St. Mary’s College of Maryland where he served as both a professor of English and an administrator for nearly 40 years.

While at St. Mary’s College, he co-founded and directed the annual Literary Festival as well as the VOICES literary reading series. He is a recipient of the Homer Dodge Endowed Award for Excellence in Teaching as well as the Poetry Committee of the Greater Washington’s Columbia Merit Award for his service to poetry. Loyola College awarded him the Andrew White Medal for his dedication to the intellectual and scholarly life, and for his commitment to sustaining the poetic tradition in Maryland. He served as a Maryland State Arts Council poet-in-the-schools for over 25 years. He writes poetry reviews for The Friends Journal, and co-leads retreats which embrace the reading and writing of poetry as a means of self-reflection, personal growth and meaningful engagement in the world.

He lives in St. Mary’s City with his wife, Kathleen W. Glaser, an educator who works with the Center for Courage and Renewal. The Glasers have five grown children and 10 grandchildren.

Fun with words

Maryland Writers’ Association invites readers to have fun writing poetry using just 100 words. Use poetry to describe human emotions, feelings or soul inspiring interaction with nature.

Readers can submit their responses at the website www.marylandwriters.org/Notable_Maryland_Authors by the 20th of the month to receive an MWA Writers’ Round Table submission certificate. Selected prompts will be published next month.

Last month’s reader selections

In June, readers were asked to write part of a drama-family story using just 100 words. Pick and name two characters and show them dealing with realistic emotional issues that center around their need to define themselves in terms of family.

Here are some regional selections:

“Mom says, ‘Grandma took better care of you, than her own kids,’” the tiny voice states, while running her hands through fluffy fur. She scratches the top of the dog’s head, then whispers “Sadie, look at me.”

They both stare into each other’s eyes.

“I miss her too,” she said with tears falling, wetting the dog’s fur. Tears erased by a hearty lick, then a howl. The girl breaks into laughter, “Did you just say my name, Cleo?”

“Cleooooo,” she repeats, trying to howl, and wraps her arms tight around the dog.

“No matter what, we’re family now,” Cleo exclaimed.

Tara Lambert of La Plata, member of

Andrews AFB Creative Writers Club

Pap was scheduled for blood work and an X-ray, so Rose called Louisa to help. At the hospital, Louisa borrowed a wheelchair.

Parking the wheelchair close to the open car door, Rose had Pap put his arms around her, standing him up, then she pivoted depositing him in the chair. They proceeded through the parking lot with Louisa skipping in front.

“Ow” she exclaimed when Rose ran into her with the wheelchair. “What were you doing walking in front of us? Would you walk in front of a car?”

Rose ignored Louisa’s complaints and they continued forward to the hospital.

Patsy Snyder of Cumberland

Pop, pop, pop pop pop.

“Was that a gun?” Gram was walking down the driveway with her granddaughter Rachel.

“Fireworks,” said Rachel.

Three deer scattered into the woods. They noticed neighbor Mike Bradford disappearing into his garage with a BB gun swung over his shoulder.

“I don’t like him,” said Gram.

“I do. I invited him to our Fourth party,” said Rachel.

“He shoots guns,” said Gram.

“Grandpa was a skeet champion.”

“True.” Gram sighed. Mike was the first man Rachel had shown any interest in since her messy divorce.

“He’ll bring watermelon.” Rachel was determined.

Gram smiled.

Beth Smith of Hunt Valley