John Elsberg (1945-2012)

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John Elsberg (1945-2012) wrote more than 14 books and chapbooks of poetry. He also taught at the University of Maryland and edited Bogg, a magazine of modern writing from America and England. Elsberg started the open poetry readings at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD, and was fiction editor of the literary journal Gargoyle. He was an early member of the Eastern Shore Writers Association, as well as a founding advisor who helped create the regional literary journals The Delmarva Review and the Delaware Poetry Review. While at the Eastern Shore Writers Association, Elsberg judged the regional arts councils’ poetry competitions and open readings in Greensboro. He served as editor-in-chief of the US Army Center of Military History. His poetry, which makes interesting use of line breaks and brings out soft human details, has been published in many anthologies. A few of his poetry books include A Week in the Lake District (1998), Small Exchange (1999), and Sailor (1999). http://thewriterscenter.blogspot.com/2012/08/john-elsberg.html AND http://washingtonart.com/beltway/elsberg.html DC Writers’ Homes: http://dcwriters.poetrymutual.org/pages/elsberg.html

Written by Word Works intern Monica Root October 2013

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