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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).
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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