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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.
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. 
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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:
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 (
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.
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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