LitMore Members as of November 12, 2015

Kay Armstrong Baker

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Adrienne Bergthold

Ann Bracken

Ann Brooks

Emily Crespo

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Rachel Eisler

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Cathie Fioramonti

Stacey Fioramonti

Max Garner

Tom Glenn

Jeff Goldsmith

Heide Grundmann

Cynthia Burton Graham

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Andrew Hazlett

Leona Illig

Leslie Peace Jubilee

Judith Krummeck

Matthew LaFreniere

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Judy Mercier

Melisa Mitchell

David Mintzer

Liz Moser

Doug Mowbray

LieAnn Navarro

Steve Ocone

Carlo Parcelli & Rosalie Gancie

Christy Sadreameli

Jill Scheibler

Zachary Sholemberger

Laura Shovan

Liz Smith

Natalie Sokoloff & Fred Pincus

Ann Tabor

Devlon Waddell

Julia Wendell




An Introduction to Haiku from a North American Perspective


SATURDAY, February 6th
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Location TBD

Haiku encapsulates experience into an “aha” moment. It is not about counting syllables.

A great side benefit of learning haiku is that it teaches us how to get rid of words that aren’t necessary. It teaches us how to see what’s there, to cut away the adjectives, adverbs, prepositions and words that don’t belong so what we’re left with is pure poetry.

Award-winning poet, Alexis Rotella, author of 50 books,and former President of the Haiku Society of America and Frogpond editor, will introduce you to haiku from a North American perspective. Her latest book BETWEEN WAVES was released in April by

Reserve your place now! $18 LitMore members/$20 nonmembers. Free parking for this event in the lot across the street. Use the ticket link above or contact LitMore:, (443) 595-7548.

For years, Alexis Rotella has been widely regarded as one of the most influential haiku poets ever to have written in English. She won the grand prize in the Kusamakura Haiku Contest in 2007 and traveled to Kumamoto, Japan to receive the award. She invented the English-language “psychological haiku”, and has been identified with senryu for decades. She is the author of 50 books, and her most recent book, Between Waves, was published in 2014 by Red Moon Press. Alexis’s work is widely anthologized in collections and journals including Haiku Mind: 108 Poems to Cultivate Awareness and Open Your Heart, Beneath a Single Moon (Shambala Press), and most recently Creative Writing: An Introduction to Poetry and Fiction (St. Martin’s Press). She has served as president of the Haiku Society of America, and has edited Frogpond, the journal of the Haiku Society of America, and founded and edited the senryu journals Brussels Sprout and Prune Juice.

A Holiday (Schwing) Thing!


Saturday, November 21st
1-6 p.m.

Join LitMore and Make Studio for a holiday shopping party!
* Browse LitMore’s Holiday Book Bazaar for special gifts. Local authors will be happy to tell you about their books and personalize your purchase. Get a one-of-a-kind gift and support local literature at the same time!
* Writers participating in National Novel Writing Month are welcome to take advantage of LitMore’s quiet room to pound out their masterpieces.
* Take a look at LitMore’s writing craft book exchange. Time to clean out your bookshelves! Bring in books about writing that you don’t need anymore and help yourself to others that you can use.
* Get that perfect outfit for the holidays at Knot You Vtg, specializing in vintage clothing and accessories for men and women.
* In Make Studio’s Showroom Gallery, see a variety of fine art and craft wares from curated vendors.

If you want to sell your books or crafts, please contact LitMore or Barbara Morrison. Tables are $10 or 10% of sales—no risk!

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 and

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

Poetry Reading with J.C. Elkin & Shirley Brewer: Wild Girls, Road Trips, Longings & Other Wanderings

Sunday, October 18th
4:00 pm


The poetry of Shirley Brewer and J.C. Elkin exhibits a mutual fascination with a sense of personal place and purpose in time, particularly where women and pioneers are concerned. Drawing on past favorites and works-in-progress, Brewer’s Wild Girls and Elkin’s Legacy (a quarter-finalist in the Mary Ballard Poetry Chapbook Contest), they focus on such strong characters as Noah’s wife, Sacagawea and Mrs. Wild Bill Hickock, ranging from the Alaskan tundra to a Taino cave in Puerto Rico.

Spirituality and feminism are common themes in Jane Elkin’s work. An optimist, linguist, singer, and founder of the Broadneck Writers’ Workshop in Annapolis, her poetry, memoir and fiction have earned recognition from The Maryland Writers’ Association, The New Hampshire and North Carolina Poetry Societies, and Poetry Matters International, appearing domestically and abroad in such journals as Kansas City Voices, Kestrel, The Delmarva Review, Angle, and Steam Ticket. Her chapbook World Class: Poems Inspired by the ESL Classroom, recently featured on Delmarva Public Radio, is based on her experiences teaching English to adults from around the world at Anne Arundel Community College. She is a graduate of Bates College in the state of Maine, where she was born; Southern Connecticut State University; and The Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. Visit Jane’s webpage at

Shirley J. Brewer is a Baltimore poet, educator, and workshop facilitator. She has published widely in literary journals around the country, and most recently has poems in the anthology, Poetry in Medicine, edited by Michael Salcman with a foreword by Michael Collier, and published by Persea Books. Shirley’s poetry books include A Little Breast Music, Passager Books, and After Words, Apprentice House.

LitMore Writer’s Retreat

Sunday, October 18th
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
At LitMore

Looking for a distraction-free place to write? Come to LitMore every third Sunday to focus and enjoy a quiet place to work near fellow writers–discussion optional. Free wireless, coffee and tea. Bring a bagged lunch, or visit one of the nearby lunch options. Free for LitMore members, $10 for nonmembers. Free parking in the lot across the street.

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.

BrickHouse Books Reading

Wednesday, September 30
7:00-9:00 p.m.
BrickHouse Books presents a reading by Ivan Young, Shirley J. Brewer, and Doritt Carroll.

Ivan Young is the author of Smell of Salt, Ghost of Rain, a recent Brick House Books publication. He and his family have moved from the Maryland area, where he won an Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award as well as numerous other awards, to Omaha, where he teaches at the University of Nebraska.

Shirley J. Brewer is a Baltimore poet, educator, and workshop facilitator. She has published widely in literary journals around the country, and most recently has poems in the anthology, Poetry in Medicine, edited by Michael Salcman with a foreword by Michael Collier, and published by Persea Books. Shirley’s poetry books include A Little Breast Music, Passager Books, and After Words, Apprentice House.

Doritt Carroll is a poet from Washington, DC. Her books In Caves and GLTTL STP were published by Brickhouse Books, and the title poem of GLTTL STP was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Doritt has worked as a poet-in-residence with the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Her poems have appeared in Poet Lore, Coal City Review, Baltimore Review, Slipstream, Nimrod, and other publications.