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October 12 Writer Birthdays

Petry - The Street

October 12 Writer Birthdays

  • 1875 - Aleister Crowley, an English occultist who wrote books on the subject; he was also a novelist, poet, painter, and magician.

  • 1896 - Eugenio Montale, Nobel Prize-winning Italian writer, poet, editor, and translator who is considered the greatest Italian lyric poet since Giacomo Leopardi.

  • 1904 - Lester Dent, American pulp fiction author, best known as creator of the character Doc Savage.

  • 1908 - Paul Engle, American poet, editor, teacher, literary critic, novelist, and playwright who is best known as the director of the Iowa Writer's Workshop.

  • 1908 - Anne Petry, American author who became the first black woman writer with sales topping a million copies (for her novel The Street).

  • 1910 - Robert Fitzgerald, British poet, educator, journalist, author, and translator whose translations of the Greek classics became the standard texts.

  • 1912 - Alice Childress, American playwright, actor, and author of young adult literature.

  • 1921 - Logie Bruce-Lockhart, British writer, headmaster, Scottish rugby player, and author of books about fishing.

  • 1925 - Robin Skelton, British poet, professor, anthologist, professor and editor who was a practicing Wiccan and often wrote on neopagan religions, but who was best known as an authority on Irish literature.


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Busking Begins

October 12th, 2017 (07:03 pm)

We have kicked off the 2017-18 busking program for the T.C. High School Orchestra! Last weekend was our first official busking date, with seven students performing outside the King Street Metro station during evening rush hour. They played for 90 minutes and pulled in $362.36 in donations, to be used toward the orchestra's spring trip to Chicago.

Eliza, Kristiansen, Thomas, Jonathan, Nichole, Teddy, and Emory, all sophomores in the orchestra, played Dvorak's New World Symphony, Libertango, the Patriotic Medley, Bach's Organ Fugue in G Minor, and more. The orchestra director had provided some simple arrangements, but most of the kids preferred the busking binders I brought along, that I'd compiled several years ago, when five of the seven were busking for the George Washington Middle School orchestra.

Upcoming dates include this Saturday afternoon on the boardwalk near the Torpedo Factory, Sunday, October 29, following the Del Ray Halloween Parade, and Election Day outside the Chinquapin Rec Center precinct. (That one will be combined with a bake sale.) If you're a TC Williams orchestra student or parent, check the TCW Orchestra Facebook page for links to sign up for future busking events.

















(The starling fluttered over when the teens started playing and hopped around nearby, apparently listening, until a train arrived and commuters poured out of the station, forcing it to fly away.)

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