Fall Reading: Courtney Sender, Austin Allen, Summer Greer

Friday, September 25th
7:00-9:00 pm
Three Baltimore friends and JHU Writing Seminars grads read their poetry and fiction for your delight. Wine & beer provided. See you there!

Courtney Sender’s fiction appears or is forthcoming in Glimmer Train, The Kenyon Review, Boulevard, Michigan Quarterly Review, American Short Fiction, and Tin House online. She is currently finishing a novel.

Austin Allen’s poetry appears or is forthcoming in Yale Review, Southwest Review, Measure, The Missouri Review, The Hopkins Review, and elsewhere. He is finishing his first collection of poetry.

Summer Greer was born in Bangkok, Thailand, and lived for many years in Tallahassee, Florida. He received his MFA in poetry from Johns Hopkins. He enjoys living and working in Baltimore, where he has become an adoptive Orioles fan.

PerVerse

Thursday, September 10th
7:30 – 10:00 pm
PerVerse is about great poetry well presented. We showcase singular and inspiring poets from all poetry communities. And you too! So grab your writing or your music and join hosts Julie Fisher and David Drager every 2nd Thursday for Baltimore’s most twisted poetry event. $5.

This month we feature Hiram Larew and Devlon Waddell. Open mic.

Larew’s poems have appeared in several journals and books. His first collection won Baltimore’s ArtScape award, and his second collection was published by Vrzhu Press. He’s been nominated twice for Pushcart prizes, and has attended writer’s workshops at Bread Loaf, the VCCA (Virginia Center for the Creative Arts) and other spots. He lives in Upper Marlboro and recently retired. He’s hoping to spend some of his time this evening discussing poetry with everyone.

Devlon Waddell is a retired prosaist who will undoubtedly wreck sh*t.

Exploring Boundaries: The Intersection of Memoir and Poetry

Sunday, October 18th
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Have you considered writing a memoir but are wondering where to begin? Join memoirists and poets Barbara Morrison and Ann Bracken for a workshop called “Exploring Boundaries: The Intersection of Memoir and Poetry.” Barbara and Ann will lead participants though a series of writing exercises and discussions that explore the many reasons for writing a memoir, the crafting of scenes, and the place of poetry in exploring the past. Bring your questions and ideas and join us for an engaging afternoon of writing.

Ann Bracken’s memoir in verse, The Altar of Innocence, was released in 2015 by New Academia Publishing. Her poetry, essays, and interviews have appeared in anthologies and journals, including Little Patuxent Review, New Verse News, Scribble, Reckless Writing Anthology: Emerging Poets of the 21st Century, and Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence. Ann serves as a contributing editor for Little Patuxent Review, lectures at the University of Maryland College Park, and leads workshops at creativity conferences. For more information, see www.annbrackenauthor.com and www.possibilityproject.com

Barbara Morrison, who writes under the name B. Morrison, is the author of a memoir, Innocent: Confessions of a Welfare Mother, and two poetry collections, Terrarium and Here at Least. Her award-winning work has been published in anthologies and magazines. She conducts writing workshops and is the owner of a small press. She has maintained her Monday Morning Books blog since 2006 and tweets regularly about poetry @bmorrison9. For more information, visit her website and blog at www.bmorrison.com.

Get Started on Your Marketing Plan

Sunday, October 4th
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
In this workshop, small business owner and award-winning writer, Barbara Morrison, will help you get started on your marketing plan. Beginning with the three questions you must first answer to guide your marketing strategy, we will look at the marketing tools that work today and discuss the pros and cons of different promotional strategies. You will come away with the start of an effective marketing plan.

Cedar Swing Tape Release at LitMore

FRIDAY, AUGUST 28th

6:30 – 11:00 p.m.

Free Admission

Jeff Brunell presents the release of a tape called Pacifier, a lot of songs spanning ’00-’13. Get a copy for $5 at this show, and see Jeff play the old canon with three of his favorite Baltimore songwriters: 20ooo https://m.facebook.com/20k20k20k, Jack Pinder https://www.facebook.com/jackpindermusic, Baggypantsrich https://soundcloud.com/Baggypantsrich, and Cedar Swing http://teenflipperweeper.tumblr.com/.

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Ann Bracken

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We are happy to welcome LitMore member Ann Bracken today. Becoming a LitMore member is easy. Just click here http://litmore.org/join/ for more information and all the perks of joining Baltimore’s center for literary arts.

Ann Bracken’s memoir in verse, The Altar of Innocence, was released in 2015 by New Academia Publishing. Her poetry, essays, and interviews have appeared in anthologies and journals, including Little Patuxent Review, New Verse News, Scribble, Reckless Writing Anthology: Emerging Poets of the 21st Century, and Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence. Ann serves as a contributing editor for Little Patuxent Review, lectures at the University of Maryland College Park, and leads workshops at creativity conferences.

When did you first suspect you may be a writer?
Back in the 90s, I decided to explore freelance writing and worked with a mentor for a year. Because of my experiences as a teacher and as a parent involved in PTA, I was very concerned about the commercialization of public education. At that time, commercialization took the form of a venture called Channel One. Schools were given free TVs in exchange for mandating that the students watch a ten minute news program with two minutes of commercials. I was incensed by the idea and wrote a long article—it never got published, but I had the benefit of working with a seasoned mentor and that experience launched me into writing more seriously.

If your best writing was edible, what meal would it be?
A gourmet dinner of fresh fish, seasonal veggies, home-baked Artisian bread and fabulous wine.

What is the most unconventional thing you ever did for a piece you were working on?
When I want to revise a poem and I am stuck for good ideas, I pick ten words out of a hat and then see how I can work them into the poem. This technique never fails to give me a fresh take on my work.

What inspires you to start a poem?
A lot of times I am drawn to write a poem by incidents in the news or situations where I can’t speak out directly—usually job-related. I find that using the genre of poetry offers a new insight both for myself and for any readers encountering my work.

How do you know when you are finished with a poem?
I never feel quite finished. Every time I look at a poem of mine, I see something I would like to change. But I stop working on a poem when I read it out loud and can feel the words singing back to me.

What writer are you particularly influenced by and why?
Just one? I have so many influences—Grace Cavalieri for her honesty and clarity of language. Mary Oliver for her beautiful nature imagery. Marie Howe for her emotional portrayal of family issues. David Whyte for his keen insights into the inner journeys we make. John O’Donohue for his wonderful musicality and playful spirit.

What objects do you keep close to your writing space?
I have a notebook at all times and I like to use colored pencils to doodle when I am stuck for new ideas.

What do you consider your greatest success as a writer, how do you define success?
I define success as staying on the path and working on new projects. I define success as reaching out and helping others along the way as others have helped me so generously over the years. I try to have an open-hand policy—with an open hand, you can give and receive.

How do you use LitMore?
I have attended readings, given a class, and I have done a reading with Barbara Morrison. Barbara and I will be offering a workshop on poetry and memoir at LitMore on Sunday, October 18th.

What is your best line ever written at LitMore and/or a favorite LitMore moment so far?
I haven’t written any lines at LitMore, and I would say the opening celebration where we dressed in costume and performed in a play were my favorite moments. I love costumes and had fun putting mine together as Edna St. Vincent Millay. I always loved her lines about the candle from her poem “First Fig,” which appeared in Poetry in 1918:

“My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends—
It gives a lovely light!”

Ann will be reading from The Altar of Innocence with Barbara Morrison on Saturday 22 August at 1 pm at the Roland Park branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library.

Federal Dust Reading Series

SATURDAY, AUGUST 1ST

7-9 p.m.

Summer, man. It’s hot and words are, like, A.C. for the soul.

Come hear Halina Duraj, Eric Nelson, Alicia Puglionesi and Michael B. Tager blast the armpits of your heart with some chill waves.

As always, donation bohs.

Bios:

Halina Duraj has an M.A. in creative writing from the University of California, Davis, and a Ph.D. in literature and creative writing from the University of Utah. Her stories have appeared in The Harvard Review, The Sun, Fiction, Witness, and other journals. One of her stories appeared in the 2014 PEN/O. Henry Prize anthology. In 2012, she was a writer-in-residence at Hedgebrook, a women’s writing residency on Whidbey Island, WA. Her debut story collection, The Family Cannon, was published by Augury Books in January 2014 and was nominated for a 2015 CLMP Firecracker Award. She is an assistant professor of English and fiction writing at the University of San Diego.

Eric Nelson is a prose writer and critic living in Queens, New York. His work has appeared in Tin House magazine, The Rumpus, Vol 1 Brooklyn and elsewhere. He currently reviews films and books for The Fanzine.

Alicia is a writer and historian of science living in Baltimore.

Michael B. Tager’s work has appeared in Ambit, Timber, Baltimore Fishbowl, Theaker’s Quarterly, Atticus Review, Typehouse Literary Magazine, The Light Ekphrastic and is forthcoming from from Goldshader and New Legends. He is the author of Always Tomorrow and Pop Culture Poetry, published by Mason Jar Press. He is the Managing Editor of Writers and Words and loves Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Baltimore Orioles. You can find him online at michaelbtager.com.

The Great Big Beautiful Dead Poets Bash & Book Launch of Baltimore

SATURDAY, AUGUST 1 

4-6 p.m.

At LitMore

So electrified to announce the Saturday, August 1st Great Big Beautiful Dead Poets Bash and Book Launch of Baltimore! In cooperation with BrickHouse Books and the fantastic poetry community of Baltimore, we are having a celebration of the poetry of former Maryland Poet Laureate, Lucille Clifton, and beloved Baltimore poets Dyane Fancey, and Michael Egan.

It will be held from 4 to 6 PM at Baltimore’s Center for the Literary Arts – Litmore!

In conjunction with this Baltimore celebration of the completion of the Graves of Southern Poets Grand Tour, BrickHouse Books will publish a limited, perfect-bound 2nd edition of Dyane Fancey’s The Religion of Skin, which was originally published in 1981. It will be on sale at this event for the original price of $2.95.

Sharing Human Experiences Through Poetry: A Review of Danuta E. Kosk-Kosicka’s Reading at LitMore

If you’ve never been to a poetry reading before, expect to “always to be entertained,” stated by Julie Fisher, LitMore’s Executive Director. According to Julie, there are so many different kind of poetry, and even someone who believes that poetry is dry will discover something confusing, intriguing, amazing, and just might find something awesome within the reading. At a poetry reading, the audience will never be bored, especially at LitMore.

On July 6th, Danuta E. Kosk-Kosicka, a Polish-America poet, writer, translator, editor, biochemist and photographer, read from her newest works, Face Half- Illuminated and Oblige the Light, books of poems, translations, and prose at LitMore. A petite woman, soft-spoken in nature, expressed powerful and entertaining poems, simple in language but complex in theme and tone. Her straightforward yet complicated poems are a mark of great writing, according to Julie Fisher, because they are more accessible to the audience and ultimately benefit them. Danuta’s work reflected themes of homeland and relationships, specifically with her mother, a poet and writer whose work Danuta has translated and read at LitMore.

Danuta also had her friends and family read their favorite of her works, and audience members really enjoyed the array of readers and their personal interpretation of her work. Her mother’s friend also read one of Danuta’s mother’s translated poems, reflecting the powerful relationship Danuta had with her mother. Also, a man created a choral of Danuta’s works, played to the audience during the reading, adding an extra twist to the reading, which audience members found fascinating. A strong audience, of about forty people, was very supportive of her work, giving a lot of applause and good feedback. Multiple generations of people appreciated Danuta’s work, demonstrating that Danuta’s work was very powerful and of high quality.

Poetry readings are important to the community, because, simply stated by Julie, it is a way in which human beings can get together and share their experiences with one another. The more complicated answer to this question is that poetry readings are, “the closest thing to a non-religious sacred experience… because the poetry format encourage a human mind to slow down, people must focus on the both the words and the tone of the poem- even in slam poetry, because they are using heightened attention… readings create a different feeling in a room full of people… it is another flavor of the work.”

Join LitMore to experience readings, and hear the beautiful work of Baltimore and Maryland- area poets and writers.

 

Written by Jessica, a LitMore volunteer