Sunday, October 18th
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.