CENTREVILLE — Linda Roy Walls, of Centreville and Galestown, is one of 28 poets in Maryland who has been selected for publication in the annual poetry anthology for 2019 titled, “The Maryland Bard Poetry Review” by Local Gems Press. Her winning poem, “Memories of the Moon” is a reflection of first love through the decades.

Walls has written poetry throughout her life, but is best known for her wildlife photography and nonfiction writing. As a high school and college student, Walls earned recognition for her poetry, including publication in the “National Collegiate Poets Anthology.” She was also published in 2013 in the “North Ireland Roots Journal” within a research article about the genealogy of the McGuires and their migration to Baltimore and the Eastern Shore. Application for inclusion in the Maryland anthology was Walls’ first attempt to publish poetry in North America since she was a college student in the latter 1970s. Today, in addition to writing poetry and taking photographs, Walls operates a consulting firm during the weekdays and an image and vintage gallery called Photographs & Memories on the weekends in Chestertown.

Co-sponsored by Carlo Parcelli, who is the State of Maryland’s Beat Poet Laureate, the book launch of the anthology will take place at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, in the Hampton Inn & Suites Hotel in Annapolis. Admission is $5.

The “Maryland Bard Poetry Review” may be purchased for $15 in advance and picked up at the launch party or shipped by visiting localgemspoetrypress.com. The anthology will also be sold via Amazon.com.

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