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Poet and writer Bernadette Geyer of Vienna has been selected for the 2012 Hilary Tham Capital Collection for her poetry manuscript, “The Scabbard of Her Throat.”

The Tham Collection showcases outstanding poetry of writers in the greater Washington, D.C., area, and beyond.

Geyer is the author of a poetry chapbook, “What Remains,” and recipient of a 2010 Strauss Fellowship from the Arts Council of Fairfax County. Her poetry has appeared in Oxford American, North American Review, The Midwest Quarterly and Verse Daily.

Her nonfiction has appeared in WRITERS’ Journal, The Montserrat Review, Freelance Writer’s Report, World Energy Review and Marco Polo Magazine.

“The Scabbard of Her Throat” is published by The Word Works. Founded in 1974, The Word Works is a nonprofit literary and educational organization that publishes contemporary poetry in collector’s editions and presents public programs.

Lorton’s Art Monkeys coloring book inspires exhibit

Mary Gallagher-Stout and John Gascot, also known as the Art Monkeys, teamed up to write, “USA to Z: Artful ABC’s for Kids of All Ages,” a coloring book to inspire artistic expression in children.

This is the first published book for the artist team. Gallagher-Stout and Gascot collaborated on all but two pictures in the book. Inspiration came from their works for the “30x30: 30 Works in 30 Days” exhibit, which ran in December at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton.

At the back of “USA to Z” is a blank page, where children can draw a picture of their city and mail it to the Art Monkeys, who hope to create an online gallery with the responses.

Now through March 31, the Art Monkeys are showing larger renditions of the cities featured in the book in an exhibit called “City Works” in Building W-4. Gallagher-Stout and Gascot take visitors on a tour of personified U.S. cities, where styles collide in a visual conversation about urban life.

“USA to Z: Artful ABC’s for Kids of All Ages” is available for sale at www.etsy.com/shop/TheArtMonkeys.

Fairfax novelist aims for best-seller list, again

Fairfax-based author Joel C. Rosenberg is poised to pass 3 million copies sold after the release of his latest novel, “Damascus Countdown,” on March 5.

The story is set in the Middle East, where Israel successfully has launched a first strike on Iran, taking out all of its nuclear sites and six of its nuclear warheads – and causing The Twelfth Imam to order a full-scale retaliation. The U.S. president and the U.N. Security Council have been brought into the fray.

Rosenberg, now 46, has worked with some of the world’s most influential and provocative leaders, including Steve Forbes, Natan Sharansky and Benjamin Netanyahu. Rosenberg, who has served as a senior adviser for foreign policy on two U.S. presidential campaigns, founded and runs The Joshua Fund, an Israel-focused humanitarian nonprofit, and has organized several Epicenter Conferences.

Rosenberg’s career path has taken him from Rush Limbaugh’s monthly newsletter to the New York Times bestseller list. Eight of his 12 books – both fiction and nonfiction – have made it to the New York Times bestseller list since his first novel in 2002.

“Damascus Countdown,” available from Tyndale House Publishers, sells for $26.99.

Vienna author coaxes children to sleep

In her new children’s picture book, “Animals Need Zzz’s, Too,” author Pat Britz teaches 4- to 8-year-olds about the need for sleep by comparing their sleep habits to the fascinating ways that animals sleep: some standing up, others with their eyes open, and often in unusual places.

“Animals Need Zzz’s, Too,” illustrated by Kelly Carter, includes facts on how much sleep children need and what happens during sleep as well as tips for parents to help their children establish healthy sleep habits.

“This book offers a new and different perspective on the importance of sleep and will alert both parents and children to basic sleep facts,” said Meir Kryger, past chair of the National Sleep Foundation Board of Directors.

As program director at the National Sleep Foundation from 1998 to 2005, Britz of Vienna wrote articles and public education brochures on sleep, presented at national professional and scientific meetings, and lectured before state and local school boards. She developed NSF’s website, “Sleep for Kids,” and made presentations on establishing healthy sleep habits in children for more than 500 sleep centers across the country.

“Animals Need Zzz’s, Too” is self-published by PK Publishing House. To purchase a copy, email PBritz12@gmail.com.

Former Herndon teacher publishes curriculum guide

“Life is very sweet for this retired FCPS English teacher,” writes Connie Casserly, who taught at Herndon Middle School from 1988 to 1992 and at Herndon High from 1992 to 2011.

After she retired, Casserly chose to use the knowledge she gained while teaching to write curriculum. The result is “The House of Comprehension,” published by Compass, an imprint of Brigantine Media, and released March 1.

“The House of Comprehension” is designed to help English language arts teachers in grades 6 through 9 teach their students how to fully understand literature. The elements of literature – character, plot/conflict, setting, theme, symbols, point of view and tone – are the building blocks of the “house of comprehension.”

The book includes 40 activities and printable activity sheets for students. Each activity is aligned to the English Language Arts Common Core Standards as well as Bloom’s Taxonomy.

Casserly said she hopes the program will engage and inspire students and help to close the achievement gap for those working on or above grade level and those performing below grade level.

“The House of Comprehension” is available nationally for $24.95.

Coyner to lead transportation group

Kelley Coyner has been unanimously appointed to lead the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission as the new executive director.

She succeeds Rick Taube, who is stepping down from the post after 29 years of service.

“This is a critical time for transit in the region, and I am confident that [Coyner] will continue to lead NVTC in the right direction,” NVTC Chairman Jeff McKay said.

NVTC funds and promotes public transit in a district that includes the counties of Fairfax, Arlington and Loudoun and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church. Its board of directors comprises 20 local and state elected officials and a representative of the Virginia Secretary of Transportation.

Scholarship opportunities

Northwest Federal Credit Union Foundation is now accepting applications for the Ben DeFelice and Central Intelligence Retirees Association scholarship programs.

This year, NWFCU Foundation is set to award $115,000 to deserving students who demonstrate leadership, dedication and commitment in school, at home and in the community. To view eligibility requirements and to apply online, visit www.nwfcufoundation.org.