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The Ivy Bookshop    visit website


Independent bookseller serving the Baltimore community.
Modern Masters    visit website


The Modern Masters Reading Series, sponsored by the writing department and with support from the Center for the Humanities, brings nationally and internationally known writers to Loyola's campus. Using various forms, from small-group workshops to class visits to open question-and-answer sessions, participants have the rare opportunity to speak directly to successful authors.
University of Baltimore MFA Reading Series    visit website


The M.F.A. Reading Series brings renowned authors and poets to the UB campus to share words and insights in an intimate setting with Creative Writing and Publishing Arts students. Question-and-answer sessions following each reading allow students to prod the experts for the information that matters most to them.
Cobalt Magazine    visit website


Cobalt is a new literary journal in Baltimore that started on September 10, 2011.
Baltimore City Paper    visit website


Since 1977, Baltimore City Paper has been dedicated to giving the Baltimore metropolitan area an alternative source of news and opinions on local politics, communities, culture, and the arts. More than 300,000 readers turn to us every week for Baltimore's most comprehensive calendar of events; coverage of the latest in movies, music, visual arts, and the printed word; provocative voices on topics ranging from sports to sex to cyberspace to City Hall; and stories they won't find anywhere else. The paper is published weekly. Baltimore City Paper's innovative website, City Paper Online, easily reaches web users in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. metropolitan area, as well as around the country and world.
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators    visit website


Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators is run by volunteers who sponsor events for writers, illustrators, and those who share an interest in children's and young adult literature. When you join at the national level, you're an automatic member of our local chapter.
MidAtlantic Book Publishers Association    visit website
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The MidAtlantic Book Publishers Association is a community of independent publishers located in the Mid-Atlantic area. The MidAtlantic Publishers Association (MPA), founded in 1994, was reorganized and revitalized in 2004 as the MidAtlantic Book Publishers Association (MBPA). A regional affiliate of the Independent Book Publishers Association (PMA/IBMA) and the Small Publishers Association of North America (SPAN), MBPA is governed by a voluntary board of directors, and is maintained by active member volunteers. MBPA is committed to turning the tide for publishers by advancing the image and supporting the success of independent publishers in an increasingly competitive book publishing environment.
Small Press Expo    visit website


Small Press Expo (SPX) brings together over 400 artists and publishers to meet their readers, booksellers, distributors, and each other. There is an annual presentation of The Ignatz Awards for outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning. The Ignatz, named after George Herriman’s brick-wielding mouse, recognizes outstanding work that challenges popular notions of what comics can achieve, both as an artform and as a means of personal expression. The Ignatz is a festival prize, the first such of the United States comic book industry. Winners will be determined by ballot during SPX and presented at the gala Ignatz Awards ceremony. Profits from SPX will go to support the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, protecting the First Amendment rights of comic book readers and professionals.
Baltimore Book Festival    visit website


Located in historic Mount Vernon Square, the Washington Monument overlooks the Baltimore Book Festival site, whose manicured parks and cobblestone streets are the perfect location for a weekend outing. Dynamic, personal interaction between readers and authors is the hallmark of the festival. But the Baltimore Book Festival is a festival in every sense. It offers food, musical performances by local and regional acts, hands-on activities for the children, area restaurants and attractions, picnic tables for resting, and more.
Bay to Ocean Writers Conference    visit website


The BTO conference, entering its thirteenth year, is now sponsored by the Eastern Shore Writers' Association. The conference attracts writers and speakers from surrounding states and the District of Columbia to its base on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The one-day conference features workshops, speeches, and panel discussions on a wide variety of topics pertaining to the craft of writing, the publishing business, and the intricacies of particular genres.
The Book Escape    visit website
The Book Escape

The Book Escape carries a a huge selection of used books that are virtually indistinguishable from new. The large selection of new and used books is neatly shelved and arranged in a sensible manner. The shop is equipped with comfy chairs so you can peruse a selection before deciding. The Book Escape is determined to create the perfect environment for readers, with new improvements all the time and even better things to come.
Drusilla's Books    visit website


Drusilla's Books, in business for over 30 years, specializes in antiquarian, rare and out-of-print books. Drusilla's specializes in Children's and Illustrated books, folklore, fairy tales, and fables, but the store also carries leather bindings, sets, art and architecture, books on antiques, books about books, gardening, and cookbooks. The shop is located on Antique Row in downtown Baltimore, in the Cultural District and is easily reached from the Inner Harbor via the Light Rail which runs right in front of the shop. Walking time from the inner harbor is approximately 20 minutes.
Greetings & Readings    visit website
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Located in Hunt Valley, Maryland and part of Baltimore County, Greetings & Readings of Hunt Valley is the largest independent bookstore in Maryland. Proudly serving the Baltimore, Towson, and Cockeysville areas, Greetings & Readings offers a selection of books, cards, and fine gifts. Greetings & Readings provides a café with Wi-Fi service, great coffee, and desserts.
Reptilian Records and Comics    visit website
Reptilian Records Online

Reptilian Records opened its doors in Baltimore, MD in the fall of 1989 and has since slithered to the top of the heap of east coast independent record stores. Growing bored and jaded at the top, Reptilian Records decided that the next logical evolutionary step in Reptilian Domination was to release a bunch of kick-ass records.
Barnes and Noble Power Plant    visit website
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This branch of the nation's top book-selling brand is located in the Inner Harbor at Pratt and Market Streets in the Power Plant building.
Red Emma's    visit website


Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse is a worker-owned and collectively-managed bookstore and coffeehouse located in Baltimore's Mount Vernon neighborhood.
Maryland Writers' Association    visit website


The Maryland Writers' Association (MWA) is a voluntary, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the art, business, and craft of writing. MWA strives to bring together writers of all levels and disciplines, serve as an information resource, help members make contacts that lead to publication, encourage writers to reach their full potential, and promote writing within the community. MWA's diverse membership ranges from professional freelancers and published authors to writers aspiring to be published and those who write as a creative outlet.
Weekly Writing Assignment    visit website


PR executive Daniel Waldman created this web site because he loves to write, but sometimes life gets in the way of his own creative expression. He has always found that the best way to get his own creative juices flowing is to have an assignment, with a due date, and he's hoping that the assignments on this site spark some great works.
The Writer's Center: Poet Lore    visit website


Established in 1889, Poet Lore is the oldest continuously published poetry magazine in the United States. Under the stewardship of its present publisher, The Writer's Center, Poet Lore publishes semi-annual installments of the finest contemporary poetry both by established writers and by those breaking into print. Poet Lore also prints reviews of new poetry books and books about poetry and poets.
Little Patuxent Review    visit website


Reflecting the creativity and diversity of the arts and literature in Howard County and the region.
Potomac Review    visit website
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The Potomac Review is a yearly publication published by the Paul Peck Humanities Institute at Montgomery College. The publication is rooted in its region, reflecting its people, landscapes, habitats, values, and ethos. Potomac Review publishes a lively blend of writers and artists from the region and beyond.
Johns Hopkins University Press    visit website


A leader and innovator in scholarly publishing since 1878, the Johns Hopkins University Press publishes and distributes books, journals, and online collections for a worldwide audience of students, professionals, and general readers.
Howard County Arts Council    visit website
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The Howard County Arts Council was established to serve the citizens of Howard County by fostering the arts. The organization is devoted to nurturing local artists and arts organizations, furthering the public appreciation of the arts, and ensuring that the arts are accessible - regardless of age, ability, or economic status.
Frostburg Center for Literary Arts    visit website
FROSTBURG STATE UNIVERSITY

The Frostburg Center for Literary Arts provides a variety of opportunities in the literary arts for the greater Frostburg community (the Western Maryland panhandle, the Eastern West Virginia panhandle, and Southwestern Pennsylvania) including access to living writers, writing workshops, and radio programming. The Center also supports the publishing endeavors of living writers through the publication of two journals, on-line presentation of work, and programming that brings writers and publishers together.
The Writer's Center    visit website
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The Writer's Center is a non-profit community of writers supporting each other in the creation and marketing of literary texts. The Writer's Center annually conducts hundreds of workshops in various genres of writing. Workshop participants share with one another their work-in-progress under the guidance of an experienced instructor who is also a published author.
Towson Arts Collective    visit website


The mission of Towson Arts Collective is to provide a venue for artists while being an art education center. This organization seeks to promote the growth of greater Towson's art community by providing the knowledge and energy of its residents and students with working professionals.
Age 30+: A lifetime of books    visit website


What began as a simple catalog of all the books Heather Johnson read at age 30 has turned into a place to express her love of all things bookish. And guess what? There's a whole community of people just like her out there she discovered.
BitLit    visit website


A blog from the Rose O'Neill Literary House at Washington College.
Rose O'Neill Literary House    visit website


The Rose O'Neill Literary house at Washington College is a comfortable, sociable place that appeals particularly to creative writing minors, English and Drama majors, performance artists, and aficionados of the literary and book arts. This refurbished Victorian—with its rows of books, wraparound porch, quiet garret retreats, antique letterpresses and expansive outdoor deck—is the perfect venue for co-curricular activities that bring together students and faculty with visiting writers, scholars, editors, and other literary artists.
Beltway Poetry Quarterly    visit website


Since January 2000, Beltway Poetry Quarterly has published poetry by authors who live or work in the capital of the United States. They strive to showcase the richness and diversity of Washington area authors in every issue, with poets from different backgrounds, races, ethnicities, ages, and sexual orientations represented. The Quarterly has included Pulitzer Prize winners and those who have never previously published. They publish academic, spoken word, and experimental authors--and also those poets whose work defies categorization.
Frederick Reads    visit website
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Frederick Reads is a collaborative effort among Frederick County Public Libraries and local organizations to foster a love of reading within the community. With its inaugural event held in 2006, Frederick Reads was spearheaded by City of Frederick Alderwoman Marcia Hall, who formed the organizing committee.
Maryland Writers' Association Conference    visit website
Maryland Writers' Association

MWA's activities and services include monthly meetings with speakers, member newsletter, complimentary subscription to the creative journal Scribble, writing workshops. literary contests, writing projects for children, and an Annual Conference held typically in May.
Conversations and Connections    visit website


Conversations and Connections will help you get the connections and information you need to take your writing—and publishing—to the next level. Sponsored by Baltimore Review, Barrelhouse, Potomac Review, Johns Hopkins University, and Montgomery College.
Association of Writing Programs Annual Conference    visit website



Each year, AWP holds its Annual Conference in a different region of North America in order to celebrate the outstanding authors, teachers, writing programs, literary centers, and small press publishers of that region. The Annual Conference typically features 300 presentations: readings, lectures, panel discussions, and forums plus hundreds of book signings, receptions, dances, and informal gatherings. The conference attracts more than 5,000 attendees and more than 400 publishers. It's one of the biggest and liveliest literary gatherings in North America. Join the big literary conversation. Join us at the next Annual Conference.

Book Expo America    visit website
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A world of ideas, information and insights await at BookExpo America (BEA) when you discover all-new content rich education sessions that have been specially developed by industry experts.
National Book Festival    visit website
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The National Book Festival is organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress. Usually the last weekend of September, the National Book Festival will be held at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., between 7th and 14th streets. The festival is free and open to the public.
Annapolis Book Festival    visit website


The Annapolis Book Festival is an interactive, inter-generational celebration of the written word, fostering a love of literacy and learning in Anne Arundel County. The event is free and open to the public and underwritten by sponsors from our community.

Bethesda Literary Festival    visit website
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The annual Bethesda Literary Festival features novelists, journalists, poets, a poetry slam, adult and youth writing contests, and a comedy night! All events are free and are held at various locations throughout downtown Bethesda.
Frostburg Creative Writing Center: Nightsun Summer Writing Conference    visit website
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Nightsun provides participants with workshop opportunities, individualized attention, and feedback to their work, as well as initiates a larger writing community and craft session. The workshop is designed to generate new material and publications, and to hone the craft of creative writing.
Creative Alliance    visit website
CREATIVE ALLIANCE AT THE PATTERSON

The Creative Alliance builds communities by bringing together artists and audiences from diverse backgrounds to experience spectacular arts programs and engage in the creative process. The organization provides support for artists, promotes Baltimore as a center for creative production, acts as a positive force in the community, and advocates for cultural expression rooted in a sense of place.
Atomic Books    visit website


Located in the heart of Hampden, Atomic Books is an independent bookstore full of objects made of paper, vinyl, plastic, and various other hard materials at the edge of time.
Breathe Books    visit website


Breathe Books is designed to encourage conversation and exploration--an inward as well as an outward journey. At Breathe, you can browse the books, gifts, and music, meet like-minded people in a class author event or a workshop, or sit in silence in a weekly meditation session. Feel at ease and always welcome in Breathe Books oasis of calm.
Ukazoo Books    visit website


Ukazoo books has Baltimore's largest new and used book selection with over 100,000 new and used books to choose from on the shelves. The store has tens of thousands of out-of-print titles in stock. You're certain to find the right book for you!
Red Canoe    visit website
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Red Canoe is a locally owned bookstore and café with an outstanding selection of children's books.  Located in the heart of Lauraville in Northeast Baltimore, Red Canoe bakes one of Baltimore's best muffins.
The Children's Bookstore    visit website


The Children's Bookstore was founded in 1978 and specializes in fine children's literature and illustration. Sidelines include some licensed stuffed toys, Gund products, Folkmanis puppets, posters, seasonal items, cards, books on tape and CD, storytelling tapes, as well as children's music tapes and CDs.
Normals Books and Records    visit website
Normals Books and Records, Baltimore

Normals, a collectively run shop in Baltimore, opened in 1991. Overflowing with good stuff, Normals has been voted "Best of Baltimore" time and again by the City Paper.
Cyclops Books    visit website


Cyclops is at 30 West North (at the corner of Maryland, one block west of Charles) in the Station North Arts District, in the North Avenue Market (the other end of the same big building as Windup Space, and catty-corner from Joe2). Andy Rubin hosts literary and musical events all the time so keep checking the calendar.
Galleycat    visit website


Browse through nearly 30 categories on Galleycat, a literary blog. Its list of upcoming events, extensive coverage of publishing news, and carefully selected blogrolls make it a handy resource for information about the publishing business.
Bookslut    visit website
Bookslut

Bookslut is a monthly web magazine and daily blog dedicated to those who love to read. The site provides a constant supply of news, reviews, commentary, insight, and more than occasional opinions.
Bookninja    visit website


Bookninja is a premier Canadian literary site, and one of the top literary sites in the world. It is frequented by thousands of people from all around the globe and has become a nexus for literary news and opinion. The site's unique look, content, and acerbic presentation have garnered notice from mainstream media and literary personalities alike.The Bookninja Magazine presents original articles and reviews as well has humour and general interest pieces.
Flavorpill    visit website


Flavorpill is a consolidation of Artkrush, Earplug, and Boldtype that contains insightful art, music, and book content in weekly email publications.
Publishing 2020    visit website


A book publisher's future vision of print, online, video, and all media formats not yet invented.  Joe Wikert is General Manager and Publisher at O'Reilly Media, where he manages the sales and editorial groups. Prior to joining O'Reilly, he was Vice President and Executive Publisher at John Wiley & Sons.
Book Calendar: A Blog About Books    visit website


A blog about anything that has to do with books by a librarian who lives in New York.
Baltimore Writers' Conference    visit website


Sessions on fiction, poetry, non-fiction, free-lancing, social media, and more. Quick Critiques will be back, too. The BWC is the Baltimore area's longest running, most comprehensive writers' conference. Co-sponsored by Towson University's Professional Writing Program and Johns Hopkins University Master of Arts in Writing Program.
F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference    visit website


The F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference began in 1996 as a celebration of the centennial of Fitzgerald's birth. The Literary Conference is a rare opportunity for area writers and lovers of literature to meet and work with some of the best instructors and professionals in the writing world today. The conference day includes panel discussions, workshops, and publication conversations.
The F. Scott Fitzgerald Society    visit website


The purpose of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society is to assist and coordinate F. Scott Fitzgerald studies through (a) the organization of the Society's general meetings and other special conferences; (b) the publication of a newsletter; and (c) the support of similar activities approved by the Society. The Society customarily meets in locations biographically and artistically significant to F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.
The Academy of American Poets    visit website


The Academy of American Poets was founded in 1934 to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry. The organization offers a variety of workshops, online educational resources, and poetry recording archives.
HoCoPoLitSo    visit website


Founded in 1974, HoCoPoLitSo is a community-based not-for-profit arts organization that produces readings and other literary events for the general public, including students, seniors, and ethnic audiences.
Narrow House    visit website


Narrow House is an experimental writing publishing collective. Justin Sirois, the founder of Narrow House received Maryland State Art Council grants for poetry in 2003 and 2007. His books include Secondary Sound (BlazeVOX Books) and MLKNG SCKLS (Publishing Genius).
Publishing Genius Press    visit website


Publishing Genius Press specializes in the publication of short books. PGP was founded in 2006, when the first issue of Baltimore Is Reads was published.
Starts Here! Reading Series    visit website


Fiction reading series hosted by author, editor, and lit community builder Jen Michalski.
JMWW    visit website


JMWW is a quarterly journal of writing that publishes the best in fiction, poetry, flash, nonfiction, and art every April, July, October, and January (or thereabouts).
MWA, Baltimore Chapter    visit website


MWA strives to bring together writers of all levels and disciplines and serve as an informative resource  to help bring these writers to their full potential.  It supports several regional chapters, including one in Baltimore.
Smartish Pace    visit website


Smartish Pace works to publish contemporary poetry and translations of poetry, as well as host public poetry readings and maintain an informative and interactive website.
Maryland Humanities Council    visit website


The Maryland Humanities Council uses the humanities as tools for exploring critical issues and themes that bring communities together, promoting conversations about important issues. The organization encourages Marylanders with different backgrounds and viewpoints to see, hear, and learn more about others and themselves.
Baltimore Review    visit website


The Baltimore Review was founded in 1996 as a literary journal publishing short stories and poems, with a mission to showcase the best writing from the Baltimore area and beyond. Our mission remains just that. However, in our online format, we can now bring that fine writing to the world's attention, more frequently, and at less cost. We can also explore new ways to bring the world of writers and writing to the reader's attention.

In 2012, The Baltimore Review begins its new life as a quarterly, online literary. This doesn't mean that we've fallen out of love with the printed book. Work accepted for online publication will also be collected for annual print issues.

Poetryinbaltimore.com    visit website


Poetryinbaltimore.com's primary mission is to make poetry accessible and in demand. The organization is a place for poets to interact and encourage one another through forums, a calendar of poetry events in Baltimore that is open to the public, and a wealth of literary resources.
Enoch Pratt Free Library    visit website


The Enoch Pratt Free Library is one of the oldest free public library systems in the United States. Established in 1882 (first opened to the public in 1886) after a grant from philanthropist Enoch Pratt , the library now includes twenty branches in Baltimore, plus the Central Library. Pratt intended his gift to establish a library that "shall be for all, rich and poor without distinction of race or color, who, when properly accredited, can take out the books if they will handle them carefully and return them." The library's mission is to provide equal access to information and services that support, empower, and enrich all who pursue knowledge, education, cultural enrichment, and lifelong learning.
American Bookseller's Association    visit website

The American Booksellers Association is a national, not-for-profit trade association, and exists to protect and promote the interests of its members: independently owned bookstores, large and small, with storefront locations in towns and cities nationwide.

Project Gutenberg    visit website


Project Gutenberg is the first and largest single collection of free electronic books, or eBooks. Michael Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg, invented eBooks in 1971 and continues to inspire the creation of eBooks and related technologies today.
National Book Critics Circle Blog    visit website


The National Book Critics Circle, founded in 1974, is a non-profit organization consisting of more than 900 active book reviewers who are interested in honoring quality writing and communicating with one another about common concerns.
Mystery Reader's Journal    visit website
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MRI is the largest mystery fan/reader organization in the world, is open to all readers, fans, critics, editors, publishers, and writers. Started by Janet A. Rudolph in Berkeley, California, it now has members in all 50 of the United States and 18 foreign countries.
Indigenous Peoples Literature    visit website


Indigenous Peoples Literature is a non-profit educational resource and collaboration dedicated to the i ndigenous peoples of the world and to the enrichment it can bring to all people.
Electronic Poetry Center    visit website


The EPC was founed in 1995 and serves as a central gateway to resources in electronic poetry and poetics at the University at Buffalo, the University of Pennsylvania's PennSound, UBU web, and on the Web at large.
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