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Circle of Laureates

By Dan Verner Local writer and former teacher Alice Mergler laughs frequently for someone on a mission, but she, along with others, is decidedly on one. She’s part of a group that works to encourage the writing of poetry and to stage events where people come together to celebrate the art, the people who write it and those who appreciate it. To that end, …

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Spilling Some Ink

By Dan Verner Anyone walking by Jirani Coffeehouse in Historic Manassas on a  fourth Friday evening of the month will see the front room comfortably filled. Spilled Ink, an open mic opportunity started by John Dutton, a local teacher and writer, has drawn both writers and listeners. Dutton, who emcees the gathering, doesn’t look like anybody’s idea of a poet. The well-built, crew-cut wrestling coach has …

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Kathy Smaltz: Poet Laureate and Paradox

By Dan Verner Kathy Smaltz looks the part of the petite, energetic suburban mom and beloved language arts and former gifted education teacher at The Nokesville School that she is, but when she walks up to the mic at Spilled Ink, a local writers’ event, she doesn’t read or recite her poems: She performs them. And her poems are not …

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