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’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.
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 www.lindajoyburke.blogspot.com aka the bird talks blog, or www.lindajoyburke2.blogspot.com aka Moods, Minds, and Multitudes. (Photo: David Hobby)
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, andanthologies.His twenty-second book, “Unfolding,” was published in September 2009.
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 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 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, eXcapethematriX.com, 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.
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.
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 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.
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).
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 Conferencefiction award andThe 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 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, 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.
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 believes poetry can heal our past, help us cope with the present, and bring hope for the future. AdekeRose is the chosen name of Karen Crawley-Buckholtz. AdekeRose 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. AdekeRose released a CD in 2010, two chapbooks, and recently released a book of poetry titledWounded Kings and Warrior Women; Poetry on Love, Culture and Community. AdekeRose holds BA from University of Maryland Baltimore County, and an MA in counseling psychology from Bowie State University.
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.
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.
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)
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)
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, 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 cdbaby.com and iTunes. Watch “The Box Theory” music video at www.youtube.com/borndavid.