Slocomb honored by writers group

Jack Slocomb

CUMBERLAND — Jack Slocomb has been recognized by the Maryland Writers’ Association Cumberland Chapter for his accomplishments in poetry.

Slocomb, of Cumberland, penned “Native Tongue,” which was released in October by Akinoga Press of Baltimore.

Known as the “Poet of the Alleghenies,” Slocomb’s work is inspired by the natural world found in the tri-state region and the greater Allegheny Mountains.

Slocomb, 74, has been writing poetry since college. He retired from a career in social work and said he draws inspiration from the rivers, mountains, fields and streams in New Germany State Park, along the C&O Canal towpath and other locations in the region.

His book of 30 poems was reviewed in Baltimore Magazine. Lauren LaRocca said, “In his debut collection, Jack Slocomb waxes poetic about the Allegheny Mountains, where he grew up. These poems are clearly written by a man who doesn’t just take note of, but closely observes and relishes the changing seasons.

“Slocomb’s expression of fall and winter can be distinctly felt, as if the reader were walking alongside him on a dank forest path among the autumn leaves.”

Slocomb can be contacted at jslocomb1@verizon.net.  

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