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CityLit Project's Poets and Authors Bureau showcases the region's diverse range of literary artists.  These writers are available for events, readings, and possibly workshops. Want to be considered for the P&A Bureau? Categories include Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Young Adult, and Children's. Send your name, contact e-mail, web site address, JPEG headshot, and a brief (75-100 word) biography to

Cherrie Amour
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Baltimore-based poet/author Cherrie Amour writes about love, life and relationships. She recently released her first book of poetry, Free to Be Me, Poems on Love, Life and Relationships (one of the poems, "Hermoso Negro" won a 2013 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award and will be featured in the 2014 Paterson Literary Review). Amour also has two CDs "Love's Journey" and "ilovemesomewords." She was born in the Caribbean, raised in Canada and has lived in the U.S. for 14 years. Her eclectic background serves as a strong influence in both her performances and her writing.
Elizabeth Arnold
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Elizabeth Arnold’s third collection of poems, a book-length sequence entitled Effacement, will be published by Flood Editions in 2010. Poems from Effacement have also appeared or are forthcoming in Paris Review, Poetry, Chicago Review, Oxford University Press's Literary Imagination, and Gulf Coast. Arnold’s other books are Civilization (Flood Editions 2006) and The Reef (University of Chicago Press 1999). She has received a Whiting Writers Award and fellowships from the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown. She is presently on the MFA faculty at the University of Maryland and lives in Hyattsville, Maryland.
Angela Balcita
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Angela Balcita holds degrees from Loyola University Maryland and The University of Iowa. Her nonfiction work has been anthologized in Fourth Genre: Contemporary Writers of/on Creative Nonfiction (Longman 2005) and Waking Up American: Growing Up Biculturally (Seal Press 2005). Other essays have appeared in The New York Times, Utne Reader, The Iowa Review, The Florida Review, Geez Magazine,  among other publications. She has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and the Prague Summer Program. Her first book, Moonface: A True Romance, will be published by Harper Perennial in February 2011.
Evan Balkan
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Evan Balkan teaches writing at the Community College of Baltimore County. His fiction and nonfiction, mostly in the areas of travel and outdoor recreation, have been published throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, England, and Australia. A graduate of Towson, George Mason, and Johns Hopkins universities, he is the author of The Best in Tent Camping: Maryland, Shipwrecked! Deadly Adventures and Disasters at Sea, Vanished! Explorers Forever Lost, and, most recently, 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Baltimore (all published by Menasha Ridge Press).
D.R. Belz
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D.R. Belz has been writing professionally for more than thirty years. His essays, poetry, and fiction have appeared in such publications as The Baltimore Examiner, The Baltimore Sun, The Evening Sun, The City Paper, The Southern Literary Messenger, The Oregon Review, The Antietam Review, The MacGuffin, and The Cynic. He graduated from Loyola College with a B.A. degree in English and Creative Writing and earned a master's degree in the Great Books from St. John's College in Annapolis. He has taught writing since 1977. An anthology of his work, White Asparagus, was published by Apprentice House.
Jessica Anya Blau
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Jessica Anya Blau was born in Boston and raised in Southern California.  She attended The University of California, Berkeley and lived in the Bay Area for eight years until she moved to Toronto, Canada. She applied to graduate programs and was accepted into The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.  She was awarded scholarships for Bread Loaf and the Sewanee Writers' Conference.  It was while she was at Sewanee that Jessica got the idea for her first novel, The Summer of Naked Swim Parties, which was published in the summer of 2008 by HarperPerennial. The book was named a Top Summer Read by "The Today Show," The New York Post, and New York Magazine.
Betsy Boyd
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Betsy Boyd’s short story, “Scarecrow,” received a Pushcart Prize in 2009. She has published stories most recently in Shenandoah, Unpleasant Event Schedule, and Verb: An Audioquarterly. Betsy was born and raised in San Antonio and now lives in Baltimore. She has received an Elliot Coleman Fellowship in fiction writing and a James A. Michener Fellowship in screenwriting. As an Alfred and Trafford Klots artist-in- residence last summer, Betsy spent a month writing fiction in Rochefort-en-Terre in Brittany. The 2010 recipient of an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council, she is at work on her first novel.
Linda Joy Burke
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Linda Joy Burke is a 2002 Distinguished Black Marylander Award recipient, and a 2004 People’s Poetry Legacy Award Recipient, from Poetry for the People Baltimore.  Her work appears in numerous publications, including Gargoyle 54, Beltway: An On-line Poetry Quarterly, The Little Patuxent Review, Obsidian II Black Literature in Review, in the books Healing Design - Practical Feng Shui for Gracious Living, and When Diva’s Laugh, and at  aka the bird talks blog, or aka Moods, Minds, and Multitudes. (Photo: David Hobby)
Michael Lee Cook
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Michael Lee Cook was born and raised in Baltimore. He is a freelancer who has written for, B, and Style, as well as others. He also writes fiction that is often about love and sometimes about ninjas. has published his short fiction under the name Lee Future, an occasional pen name. He's working on a novel, but then, who isn't? Michael read at the first CityLit Project's Lit's Not Dead reading as well as the first Last Sundays Last Rites reading. Though he doesn't read often, he puts on a good show when he does.
Elisabeth Dahl
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Elisabeth Dahl's first book, a novel for children entitled Genie Wishes, will be published by Amulet Books, an imprint of Abrams, in spring 2013. Elisabeth has just completed her second book, a novel for adults entitled Brood. Her shorter fiction and essays have appeared at, at, at Baltimore Fishbowl, and in Urbanite. A Baltimore native, Elisabeth returned to the city in 2003, after a decade in Berkeley and DC. She is a graduate of Johns Hopkins and Georgetown.
Jane Delury
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Jane Delury’s fiction has appeared in The Southern Review, Narrative, Crazyhorse, Prairie Schooner, StoryQuarterly, The Sun Magazine, and other publications.  Her work has been anthologized in IOU: New Writing on Money (Concord Free Press) and My Word! Contemporary Writers on the Words They Love or Loathe (Sarabande).  She has received an artist award from the Maryland State Arts Council and a fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.  A graduate of the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars, she is on the faculty of the University of Baltimore’s MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts program. 
Robert Deluty
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Robert H. Deluty is the Associate Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He has been a psychology professor at UMBC since 1980, and was named Presidential Teaching Professor in 2002. Dr. Deluty’s poems and essays have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Baltimore Sun, Voices: The Art and Science of Psychotherapy, Welcome Home, Mediphors: A Literary Journal of the Health Professions, Muse of Fire, Earth’s Daughters, and many other newspapers, journals, and anthologies. His twenty-second book, “Unfolding,” was published in September 2009.
Michael Downs
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Michael Downs’ book, House of Good Hope (University of Nebraska Press, 2007), won the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize. He has received fellowships from National Endowment for the Arts and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, and his short fiction and nonfiction have appeared or are forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, The Georgia Review, Gettysburg Review, The Missouri Review, Five Points, River Teeth, and other journals. He lives in Baltimore and teaches creative writing at Towson University where he directs the school’s reading series.
E. Doyle-Gillespie
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E. Doyle-Gillespie is a Baltimore poet whose work has appeared recently in the Smile Hon series. He had been published in the US, Canada, and UK, and had won several writing awards, including one from The Atlanta Review. A Baltimore City police officer, he holds a BA in History from George Washington University and an MLA from Johns Hopkins University. While at Hopkins he recieved a Snow Fellowship. He is the author of the chapbook Masala Tea and Oranges.
David Eberhardt
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David Eberhardt has worked in the field of criminal justice since 1974 and at Baltimore City Jail's Inmate Programs Department. He was incarcerated for twenty-one months at Lewisburg Federal Prison for pouring blood on draft files in 1967 with Father Phil Berrigan and two others to protest the Vietnam war (and pardoned by President Reagan in 1983).  He collects books, plays the piano, and has penned two books of poetry, The Tree Calendar and Blue Running Lights. David has written numerous essays on art, music, poetry, and book collecting. He co-wrote "The Poetry Scene in Baltimore from 1964-2007" for Loch Raven Review.
Raven Ekundayo
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Raven Ekundayo considers himself the ultimate "artrepreneur." This CEO, poet, editor, and host is determined to create a media empire that will promote knowledge and peace. In November 2006, Raven founded Ravolution Multimedia, LLC. That same year he created the online magazine,, which now has writers and readers spanning the globe. Featuring stories on everyone from Cornel West to George Carlin, ETM's mission is to wake up the masses and show that we are all far more alike than we know.  In September 2008, Raven opened the doors to an eXperience called "Storytellers," which takes place every third Sunday of the month at the Eubie Blake Center. Storytellers promotes the importance of reading and sharing your art (your story) and has brought artists from all over the country to perform in one space. It continues to further Ravolution's mission of bringing everyone together for peace and knowledge.
Merrill Feitell
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Merrill Feitell’s first book, Here Beneath Low-Flying Planes, won the Iowa Award for short fiction. She has received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Byrdcliffe, Bread Loaf, and the Taos Writers Conference, and her short stories have been short-listed in
Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Awards. She teaches in the MFA program at University of Maryland in College Park and is Fiction Editor at Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking, and Light Industrial Safety. She lives in Baltimore.
Kathy Flann
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Kathy Flann’s fiction has appeared in Shenandoah, Crazyhorse, Quarterly West, The North American Review, New Stories from the South, and other publications. Her short story collection, Smoky Ordinary, won the 2008 Serena McDonald Kennedy Award and was published by Snake Nation Press. A novella entitled “Mad Dog” won the AE Coppard Award at White Eagle Coffee Store Press. For five years, she taught creative writing in England, where she created mini-courses for the BBC’s Get Writing website and served on the board of the National Association of Writers in Education. Currently, she is an assistant professor at Goucher College.
Jen Grow
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Jen Grow has had her fiction and nonfiction appear in The Writer’s Chronicle, Other Voices, The Sun Magazine, The GSU Review, Indiana Review and others. She’s received two Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council and her stories have been nominated for both the Best New American Voices of 2001 and for a 2005 Pushcart Prize. Her story collection, O.K., Goodbye, currently under consideration with several publishers, was shortlisted for both the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Fiction and the Spokane Prize. She holds her MFA from Vermont College and taught for several years at Goucher College and MICA.
Dan Gutstein
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Dan Gutstein works at Maryland Institute College of Art, and teaches at George Washington University. His first collection, non/fiction, a book of short/short stories, was published in April 2010 by Edge Books. His fiction, poetry, drama, and memoir have appeared or will appear in more than 65 publications, including Ploughshares, American Scholar, The Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, and Best American Poetry. He has received grants and awards from the Maryland State Arts Council, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Universithy of Michigan, and other organizations.
Piotr Gwiazda
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Piotr Gwiazda is a poet, critic, and translator who is interested in modern and contemporary US poetry and poetics, especially in relation to the idea of Empire. He also works on poetic theory, intertextuality studies, world literature, and Polish emigre writing. Piotr is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) where he teaches courses on Analysis of Literary Language, American Poetry, Contemporary Poetics, Studies in World Literature, and America through the Eyes of Others.

Reggie Harris
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Reginald Harris is program manager for "Poets in the Branches" at Poets House in New York.  For many years, he was Systems Department Help Desk and Training Manager for the Pratt Library in Baltimore. Finalist for a Lambda Literary Award for 10 Tongues: Poems (Three Conditions Press, 2001), he is currently pretending to work on two manuscripts; "12 Rounds: Of Boxers and Other Fighters" and "Autogeography."  Reggie serves as series editor of CityLit Press's "Black Infinity" chapbook contest.

Clarinda Harriss
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Clarinda Harriss teaches poetry, poetic structure, and editing, and, for decades, has been the faculty adviser to Grub Street, Towson University’s literary magazine, which has recently won both Gold and Silver Awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Her most recent collections are Dirty Blue Voice and Mortmain, both published by Half Moon Editions. Harriss serves as editor/director of BrickHouse Books, Inc., Maryland’s oldest literary press. Her poems as well as her essays and reviews appear frequently in magazines and newspapers both locally and internationally.
Michael Hughes
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Michael M. Hughes is a writer, photographer, and performer. His feature articles have appeared in City Paper, Urbanite, and Alternet, among others, and his most recent short fiction can be found in the anthologies Legends of the Mountain State and Terrible Beauty, Fearful Symmetry. He has performed as a mentalist and storyteller, and frequently gives talks on the paranormal and other fringe topics. His debut novel, Cabal, is currently represented by Sanford J. Greenburger and Associates.
Christopher Justice
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Christopher Justice is Director of Expository Writing at the University of Baltimore, where he teaches writing, literature, and linguistics courses. A doctoral student in the University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s Language, Literacy & Culture Program, he studies the rhetoric of ecological narratives and fishery discourse. He is also a film scholar: Wallflower Press, McFarland, and Routledge have published his book chapters about horror films, eco-trauma, exploitation films, and auteur studies. As a blogger, technical writer, columnist, reporter, scholar, and storyteller, his more than 200 articles, reviews, essays, and stories have appeared in numerous publications.
Nadia Kim
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Nadia Kim is a Romance/Urban Fantasy author. A Towson University alumni, she went to school to be a journalist, but her passion drew her more toward the creative side. Inspired by Anne Rice, Nadia knew that one day she would write her own books. A resident of the Baltimore suburbs, she spends her time writing, playing softball, and taking care of her three kids when not at her full time job.
Michael Kimball
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Michael Kimball’s third novel, Dear Everybody, was recently published in the US, UK, and Canada. The Believer calls it “a curatorial masterpiece.” Time Out New York calls the writing “stunning.” And the Los Angeles Times says the book is “funny and warm and sad and heartbreaking.” His first two novels are The Way the Family Got Away (2000) and How Much of Us there Was (2005), both of which have been translated (or are being translated) into many languages. He is also responsible for the collaborative art project--Michael Kimball Writes Your Life Story (on a postcard).
Amy King
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Amy King's most recent book is I Want to Make You Safe (Litmus Press), forthcoming November 2011. She is currently preparing a book of interviews with the poet, Ron Padgett, co-edits Esque Magazine with Ana Bozicevic and works with VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. She also teaches English at SUNY Nassau Community College and conducts workshops at such places as the San Francisco State University Poetry Center, Summer Writing @ Naropa University and Rhode Island School of Design. Her poems have been nominated for numerous Pushcart Prizes; she was a Lambda Literary finalist and the recipient of a MacArthur Scholarship for Poetry. Amy founded and curated the Brooklyn-based reading series, The Stain of Poetry (2006-2010).

Nik Korpon
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Nik Korpon is from Baltimore, MD. His stories have appeared in Out of the Gutter, 3:AM, Featherproof Books’ Triple Quick, Cherry Bleeds and Everyday Genius, among other places. His novel Stay God will be released in December 2010 by Otherworld Publications, as well as Old Ghosts, a novella published by Brown Paper Publishing. He reviews books for the Outsider Writer Collective, is a Fiction Editor for Rotten Leaves Magazine and co-hosts Last Sunday, Last Rites, a monthly reading series in Baltimore. He teaches writing at the Community College of Baltimore County.
Paul Lagasse
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Paul Lagasse is an award-winning freelance writer whose articles have appeared in local, regional, and national periodicals and on the Web. His YA historical novel, Seeing Through Clouds: The Story of an Airship Apprentice, follows a sixteen-year-old Zeppelin apprentice as he makes his stand against the encroaching Nazis.

Victoria Lancelotta
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Victoria Lancelotta is the author of Here in the World: 13 Stories, and the novels Far and Coeurs Blesses. Her fiction has appeared in the Mississippi Review,, the Best American Short Stories 2009, McSweeneys, and other magazines, both print and electronic. Her work has been anthologized in The Best of Literal Latte and Blue Cathedral: Short Fiction for the New Millenium. She has been a fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the Djerassi Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony. Before moving back to her hometown of Baltimore, she was a 2009 recipient of the Tennessee Individual Artist Fellowship.
Katherine Lashley
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Katherine Lashley self-published her first memoir, My Younger Older Sister, which shares her experiences of growing up with her older sister who has aspergers. Katherine holds a BA in English and an MA in Contemporary Communications, both from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. She teaches college writing courses, including creative writing, at Towson University. She writes a variety of pieces including memoir, poetry, fantasy, mystery, and suspense. Stay tuned for more publications.
Arthur Magida
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Arthur Magida is author of Opening the Doors of Wonder, The Rabbi and The Hit Man, Prophet of Rage, and How To Be a Perfect Stranger. He is a professor at Georgetown University as well as writer-in-residence at the University of Baltimore. Magida has been a contributor to PBS, a consultant to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, editorial director of Jewish Lights Publishing, and senior editor of the Baltimore Jewish Times. He has appeared on Dateline, the CBS Early Show, and other programs. He has received multiple awards for his work. He is currently at work on a biography of Erik Jan Hanussen, “Hitler’s Jewish clairvoyant.”
James Magruder
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James Magruder’s stories have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Bloom, Subtropics, The Normal School, Mary, and the anthologies Boy Crazy and New Stories from the Midwest. His debut novel, Sugarless, was shortlisted for a Lambda Literary Award, the Cabell First Novelist Award, and the William Saroyan International Writing Prize. He also wrote the book for the Broadway musical Triumph of Love. His writing has been supported by the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Maryland State Arts Council, the MacDowell Colony, the New Harmony Project, the Ucross Foundation, the Blue Mountain Center, and the Jerome Foundation. He teaches at Swarthmore College and the Yale School of Drama.
Jen Michalski
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Jen Michalski's collection of short fiction, Close Encounters, is available from So New Media. Her work has appeared widely, including McSweeneys, Failbetter, storySouth, Hobart, Pindeldyboz, Potomac Review, and more. She is the editor of the online lit zine jmww and the co-host of the 510 Reading Series in Baltimore.

Thomas F. Monteleone
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Thomas F. Monteleone has published more than 100 short stories and 25 novels including the bestseller and New York Times Notable Book of the Year, The Blood of the Lamb. His third collection of short fiction, Fearful Symmetries, won the Bram Stoker Award. His omnibus collection of Cemetery Dance columns about writing, genre publishing, television, film, and popular culture also won the Stoker for non-fiction. He is also co-editor of the award-winning anthology series of imaginative fiction, Borderlands. He is also the author of the bestselling The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Writing a Novel.
Liz Moser
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Liz Moser writes poetry, fiction, essays, book reviews and memoirs. Her chapbook, Spirit Pond and Other Maine Poems focuses on mid-coast Maine. Other published works reflect her Maryland upbringing and residence. She received a 2003 F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference fiction award and The Potomac Review’s 2002 Poetry Prize. She is well represented in national and regional journals and magazines, including Off the Coast, Wolf Moon Press Journal, Northwoods Journal, Down East, Goose River Press Anthology, Passager, and Urbanite. Two of her poems are in the Poets Against the War website anthology and a memoir, “Growing Up in Two Families” is published in Generations (Jewish Museum of Maryland).
Gregg Mosson
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Gregg Mosson is the author of Season of Flowers and Dust, a book of nature poetry from Goose River Press, and Questions of Fire, a book of poetry forthcoming from Plain View Press that tackles some of the social dilemmas around us. He has published several issues of Poems Against War, a journal with national contributors. His reporting and commentary have appeared in The Baltimore Sun, The Oregonian, The Baltimore Review, The Cincinnati Review, and Loch Raven Review. He has an MA from the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars, where he was a teaching fellow.
Michelle Antoinette Nelson
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Michelle Antoinette Nelson, also known as LOVE the poet, is a prominent poet/author on the national performance and literary art scenes, and in the field of creative writing education. She has appeared on CNN Live, authored the book Black Marks on White Paper, released multiple spoken word CDs, and has performed on college campuses nationwide. Michelle is also an active member of the Maryland Speaker's Bureau, a member of the Punany Poets (as seen on HBO), the creator of Live Lyrics! Creative writing workshops, host of BE FREE Fridays open mic, and an active member of Poetry for the People Baltimore.
Lalita Noronha
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Born in India, Lalita Noronha has a Ph.D. in Microbiology and is a widely published scientist, poet, and writer. Her literary work has appeared in over forty journals and anthologies, including The Baltimore Sun, The Christian Science Monitor, Catholic Digest, Gargoyle, and Serenity Prayers (Harper Collins.) She has twice won the Maryland Literary Short Story Award, a Maryland Individual Artist Award, the National League of American Pen Women, and other Awards. She is a science teacher at St. Paul’s School for Girls, a fiction editor for the Baltimore Review, and a humanities teacher (Glimpses of the Culture of India) which is based on her collection of short stories, Where Monsoons Cry. (Photo: Howard Korn)
Felicia Pride
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Felicia Pride is a writer, speaker, and author of the motivational hip-hop book The Message: 100 Life Lessons From Hip-Hop’s Greatest Songs. She’s also the coauthor of Hallway Diaries, the author of two children’s books for Simon & Schuster, and the forthcoming young adult novel Patterson Heights. Felicia has been featured by prominent media outlets like USA Today and NPR’s “Talk of the Nation.”  She speaks on an array of topics including writing, publishing, media, popular culture, hip-hop, and literacy.
Lia Purpura
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Lia Purpura’s recent books include On Looking (essays, Sarabande Books), a Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and King Baby (poems, Alice James Books), winner of the Beatrice Hawley Award. Her awards include the AWP Award in Nonfiction, the Ohio State University Press Award in Poetry, NEA and Fulbright Fellowships, three Pushcart prizes, and five "Notable Essay" citations in Best American Essays. Recent work appears in Agni, Field, The Georgia Review, Orion, The New Republic, The New Yorker, and The Paris Review.  She is Writer in Residence at Loyola University, Baltimore, MD and teaches in the Rainier Writing Workshop MFA Program.
Angela Render
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Angela Render has been designing and maintaining web sites for over a decade. She is a self-taught programmer who started out creating websites for herself, then moved on to programming for others. She was the Web Editorial Assistant for Smithsonian Magazine for two years before she was promoted to Web Developer. Angela published her first novel, Forged By Lightning: A Novel of Hannibal and Scipio, in the spring of 2006. Her short story, "The Dryad" was featured in the Maryland Writers' Association's 2008 Anthology, New Lines from the Old Line State.
Adam Robinson
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Adam Robinson runs Publishing Genius, a small press that has released fourteen books since 2006. His own work has been published numerous places online and in print journals. In 2010, he published two books of poetry: Adam Robison and Other Poems (Narrow House Books) and Say, Poem (self-published). Robinson's also wrote and produced two full-length plays and is working on a collection of short stories called Art and Other Stories. He plays guitar in Sweatpants, a rock band.
Adeke Rose
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Adeke Rose believes poetry can heal our past, help us cope with the present, and bring hope for the future.  Adeke Rose is the chosen name of Karen Crawley-Buckholtz.  Adeke Rose returned to writing after a disabling illness forced her into medical retirement.  She has used this opportunity to advocate on disability issues and to encourage healthy relationships.  Adeke Rose released a CD  in 2010,  two chapbooks, and recently released a book of poetry titledWounded Kings and Warrior Women; Poetry on Love, Culture and CommunityAdeke Rose holds  BA  from University of Maryland Baltimore County, and an MA in counseling psychology  from Bowie State University.
Deborah Rudacille
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Deborah Rudacille is an independent journalist and science writer. Her first book, The Scalpel and the Butterfly (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2000), was named one of the year's best nonfiction books by the Los Angeles Times. The Riddle of Gender (Pantheon, 2004) was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. Her new book, Roots of Steel: Boom and Bust in an American Mill Town will be published in January 2010. She also contributes to local and national publications, including SEED, The Defenders Online, Maryland Commons, Baltimore Brew, and Urbanite.
Jane Satterfield
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Jane Satterfield is the author of Daughters of Empire: A Memoir of a Year in Britain and Beyond (Demeter Press, 2009) and two poetry collections: Assignation at Vanishing Point (winner of the 2003 Elixir Press Book Award) and Shepherdess with an Automatic (winner of the 2000 Towson University Prize for Literature). She is the recipient of a NEA Fellowship in Literature, three Maryland State Arts Council grants in poetry, and a Gold Medal from the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society. Her poetry, essays, and reviews have been published widely. She lives in Baltimore with her husband, poet Ned Balbo, and daughter Catherine, and teaches creative writing at Loyola University.
Mark Scharf
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Mark Scharf's plays have received readings and productions in London, Beijing, New York City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Richmond, Va, Charlottesville, Va., Washington D.C., Indiana, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia, Texas, Australia, Canada, and Singapore.  His many awards include The 2009 Maryland State Theatre Festival's Special Award for Best Original Script, The Northern Virginia Theatre Alliance's 2008 Award for Best Original Script, The Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence, 2008, The 2006 Arts and Letters Prize in Drama, and three Individual Artist Awards for Playwriting from the Maryland State Arts Council, among others.
Ben Shaberman
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Ben Shaberman is a well-established essayist and commentator with articles in a number of national publications, including Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, National Public Radio, Baltimore Sun, Des Moines Register, VegNews, and Vegetarian Times.  His book of collected essays, The Vegan Monologues, was released in April 2009 by Apprentice House. He holds a master of arts in writing (poetry) from Johns Hopkins University, as well as a master of science in computer systems management from the University of Maryland.
Justin Sirois
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Justin Sirois is founder and codirector of Narrow House, an experimental writing publishing collective. He received individual Maryland State Art Council grants in 2003, 2007, and 2010. His books include Secondary Sound (BlazeVOX Books) and MLKNG SCKLS (Publishing Genius). His first novel written in collaboration with Iraqi refugee Haneen Alshujairy about displaced Iraqis living in Fallujah will be out in the summer of 2011. He also is a designer for Edge Books and sometimes Publishing Genius. More here:
Angelo Solera
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Angelo Solera is a local Latino community activist, health care advocate, and former political candidate. He was impaired to write his first book, an autobiography, in English entitled The Journey after walking a 400-mile pilgrimage to Santiago of Compostela in Spain in 2005. Two years later, he wrote his second book in Spanish entitled El Camino. Both books were edited and published by Solera Publishing of which he is the President and Owner.
Christine Stewart
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Christine Stewart is the founding director of the "Write Here, Write Now" workshops in Baltimore, and editor of the WHWN anthology, Freshly Squeezed. A writing mentor and teacher, she is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship and a Pushcart Prize nominee. Some of her publications include Poetry, Ploughshares, Blackbird, The Cortland Review, and Five Points.

Nicole (luminoUS) Swett
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Although she was born Nicole Swett, the moniker luminoUS highlights her firm belief in the motto “Lucem Accepimus, Lucem Demus,” we have received light, let us give light. The “us” in luminoUS is capitalized to emphasize that there is light in us all that we must pass on to others. luminoUS has featured at various venues in the Baltimore area; has performed on stage with greats such as Linda Joy Burke, Jaki-Terry, LOVE the poet, E the poet emcee; and various others; and has released “luminoUS Unleashed,” a CD that inspires audiences of all ages to love themselves without shame and her live performance illuminates the darkness of hate, fear, and self-doubt. In September of 2009, luminoUS published her first poetry collection, Wine Glass Confessions: The Collection. (Photot: Tya Anthony)
Ron Tanner
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Ron Tanner’s awards for fiction include a Faulkner Society gold medal, a Pushcart Prize, a New Letters Award, a Best of the Web Award, and many others. He has won fellowships from the Copernicus Society, Sewanee Writers Conference, and the National Park Service, to name a few, and his stories have appeared in dozens of literary magazines. His first collection of stories, A Bed of Nails, won both the G.S. Sharat Chandra award and the Towson Prize for Literature. His illustrated novel, Kiss Me, Stranger, is forthcoming from IG Publishing. He teaches writing at Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland, and directs the Marshall Islands Story Project (
Jason Tinney
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Poet, freelancer, and musician, Jason Tinney co-founded Celtic rock band the Donegal X-Press in 1997.  He also performs in The Wayfarers.  His books Louise Paris and Other Waltzes (poetry/prose) and Bluebird (short stories and poems) were published in 2002 and 2003, respectively. Three of his short stories were published in the anthology Out of Tune in 2007. Tinney and artist Brian Slagle have collaborated on The Swinging Bridge, a traveling literary and visual arts show, since 2003. Tinney’s writing has appeared in magazines such as Maryland Life, Style, Chesapeake Life, Urbanite, and Baltimore. (Photo: Mike Morgan)
Bill U'Ren
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Bill U’Ren, assistant professor of English, has worked in film adaptation since his undergraduate days at UCLA when he wrote Box 100 for Columbia Pictures.  He recently adapted John Steinbeck’s Tortilla Flat for Canum Entertainment and is working on a remake of 12 Chairs.  Bill previously taught film at Johns Hopkins University and at the University of Houston, where his courses received the President's Award. His work has also earned Donald Barthelme and Cambor Awards.
Jennifer Wallace
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Jennifer Wallace teaches at the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore. She is a poetry editor at The Cortland Review and a founding editor of Toadlily Press. Her chapbook, Minor Heaven, appears in Desire Path (Toadlily Press, 2005). She a co-editor of the chapbook, Voices from Behind Bars: A Collection of Women’s Writings from the Westchester County Correctional Facility and directed a short documentary, Inter : View, A Conversation About Nature and the City (2008). Look for her poems in The Potomac Review, Georgetown Review, Barrow Street, The Worcester Review, Poetry Kanto, Zone 3, HazMat Review and most recently in the anthology, Beloved: 150 Poems of Grief and Gratitude (Holy Cow! Press, 2009).
Em Sea Water
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Em Sea Water, whose real name is Borndavid McCraw, is rooted in Biblical values and uses life experience to mentor and educate youth in Baltimore City Public Schools. He is also an active member of Poetry for The People Baltimore, a non-profit community-based arts organization. Em Sea Water earned the name "Water" from his natural ability to reflect his surroundings, much as the ocean naturally reflects the sun. Em Sea Water's projects blend hip hop flavor with literary poetry, and are available on and iTunes. Watch “The Box Theory” music video at
Marion Winik
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Best known for her commentaries on All Things Considered since 1991 (collected at, Marion Winik is the author of eight books, including First Comes Love, The Lunchbox Chronicles, Telling, and The Glen Rock Book of the Dead. She is a book reviewer for the Los Angeles Times and an expert on the ethics of creative nonfiction. A performer in the tradition of David Sedaris, she has read from her work in large and small venues all over the country. She is a professor in the MFA program at the University of Baltimore and writes the Answer Lady advice column for Ladies Home Journal.
Joseph Young
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Joseph Young lives in Baltimore, where he writes and edits freelance. His book of microfiction, Easter Rabbit, will be released by Publishing Genius in December 2009. His work has appeared most recently in FRiGG, wigleaf, Lamination Colony, Grey Sparrow, Caketrain, Keyhole, and SmokeLong. He has collaborated with visual artists, joining his microfiction with their images, and had art shows at Antreasian Gallery and Rocket to Venus. Art shows he has co-curated, but not appeared in include, Wax Actual: Contemporary Representational Painting in Encaustic and 17 (+/-): Haiku and Art.
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