Shepherdstown Resident and poet Hope Maxwell-Snyder established the Sotto Voce Poetry Festival in 2005, with the intent to add a missing element to this arts-rich area: a large-scale annual poetry event with free readings and inexpensive workshops. For people with full-time jobs, it's a chance to drop out of the stressful world of making a living and drop into a three-day weekend of poetry- lectures, readings, workshops, and casual conversation with well-known poets and writers: this year, Ellen Bryant Voight, Andrew Hudgins, Michael Collier, Stanley Plumly, Peter Stitt and Hope Maxwell-Snyder. It's a chance to meet fellow writers who are just getting started or editors from journals where you would like to see your own work published- and to put lines on paper. I can promise this, because I attended the first Sotto Voce- Italian for "soft voice" or "under the voice"- Poetry Festival in 2005, and every one since.
P.O. Box 3602
Sheperdstown, WV 25443