Federal Dust Reading Series


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.


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


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


What if the South Won the War: An Embody Panelists Discussion



At LitMore

Join D. E. Waddell and Slangston Hughes as they screen and discuss the film Confederate States of America CSA.

Through the eyes of a British “documentary”, this film takes a satirically humorous, and sometimes frightening, look at the history of an America where the South won the Civil War.

Given current events: the terrorism in the Black Church and the end of 50 years of the flying of the confederate flag in South Carolina, it seems timely that we begin to unpack some of the baggage that we still carry from a racist South. This “mockumentary” is sure to offer surprising facts about the contemporary nature of this issue…

Your $5 contribution will go toward Litmore’s and EMBODY’s continued effort toward bringing wholeness to the community.

‘More Crafts at LitMore


10 a.m.-5 p.m.

At LitMore

Come sell and buy handmade crafts at LitMore! All goods are made by Maryland artists and artisans. Crafts will include Jewelry and Accessories, Ceramics, pottery, Glass, Woodworking, Crochet, Embroidery, Knitting, Needlecraft, Housewares, Paper Goods Quilts, Toys, and Vintage goods. Rent a booth at $25, and come enjoy ‘More crafts at LitMore! Part of the proceeds will benefit LitMore! Email info@litmore.org with your booth application.

‘More Crafts with LitMore Vendor Application,

Poetry Chapbook Workshop with Meg Eden

Saturday, August 8
1-4 pm
At LitMore

In the Poetry Chapbook workshop, we’ll talk about what a chapbook is, what makes a strong manuscript, and engage with our own body of poems to see what themes emerge from our work. We’ll also explore some chapbook presses through hands-on evaluation of published chapbooks, and discuss how to find the right home for your manuscript.The workshop will provide opportunities for feedback on their poems. Participants should bring 3-5 of their own poems, ideally coming from a chapbook manuscript in progress. Free parking for this event in the lot across the street.

Please register by following the ticket link below or contacting LitMore 443-595-7548, info@litmore.org. Registration closes Wednesday, 5 August.

Journal to Self with Diane Finlayson

Saturday & Sunday, August 15 – 16

2:00 – 8:00 pm

At LitMore

Learn a “whole brain” approach to journal writing in this psycho-educational weekend workshop. Participants explore 18 ways to freshen their journal writing making use of techniques that are good for data-driven cognitive work, developing insight and honing intuition. Useful for those who have been journaling or those who are new to the practice.

Use the link below to register today. Free parking for this event in the lot across the street.

Diane Finlayson is a lifelong journaler. She credits her journal practice with enhancing her creativity & effectiveness and promoting greater self-awareness, qualities that have been very useful in her announcing work at WYPR-FM and her clinical supervision work in the Yoga Therapy program at Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly TAI Sophia). She looks forward to introducing you to techniques that can open up your journal in a new way.


Memoir Workshop: Scene and Sequel

Six Wednesdays, July 22 – August 26

7-9 p.m.

At LitMore

Everyone has a story to tell, and writing a memoir is a great way to share yours. One way to make your memoir stand out from the crowd is to apply the techniques of fiction to writing nonfiction. In this workshop–appropriate for both fiction and memoir writers–we will focus on writing scenes and sequels (i.e., the narrative section following the scene). We will have in-class writing exercises and critiques of participants’ works-in-progress. We will also examine scene/sequel combinations in The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls. Writers of fiction and other creative nonfiction will find these classes on scene and sequel equally useful. Open to beginners and experienced writers.

Register today by emailing info@litmore.org, calling 443-595-7548, or purchasing a ticket below.

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. Barbara’s award-winning work has been published in anthologies and magazines. For more information, visit her website and blog at www.bmorrison.com.

Fiction Writing with Kate Angelella

6:30 – 9 p.m.

Whether you’re just starting out, or working on your fifth novel, this course will supply you with a solid foundation with which to approach your work. Together, we will discuss the most important elements of craft (character and plot development, conflict, setting/tone, voice, etc.) and learn how to apply them to our own projects. Each week, students will get a chance to have his or her fiction workshopped, constructively and respectfully, by fellow workshop attendees & professor Kate Angelella. Kate will also provide each student with a written critique.

Register at http://soundingsea.com/index.php/writing-classes/fiction-writing/. Free parking for this event in the lot across the street.

Professor Kate Angelella is a freelance writer & editor. Once upon a time, she worked a children’s book editor for Simon & Schuster, where she edited and acquired 30+ original novels, including the John Steptoe Award-winning The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon, and Nova Ren Suma’s Fade Out. Kate has published many novels as a ghostwriter and now works as a full-time, freelance editor specializing in MG, YA, NA, & literary fiction. She is married to the author J.R. Angelella and mom to two very spoiled cats.