Archive for ‘Readings’

October 4, 2014

MWA at the Western Maryland Indie Lit Festival

The MWA will be present and participating in the 8th Annual Western Maryland Indie Lit Festival. Stop by and say hello, or check out MWA President Lalita Noronha in the “Ask an Editor” panel.

For more information on the festival and program, visit the Frostburg University website.


September 25, 2014

MWA at the Baltimore Book Festival

The mid-Atlantic’s premier celebration of the literary arts, the Baltimore Book Festival, will take place at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor in 2014. The festival features celebrity and local authors, readings, workshops, children’s activities, panel discussions, cookbook demonstrations, exhibitors, booksellers, live music, food and more. The Baltimore Book Festival will take place September 26-28, 2014.

The MWA’s booth will feature the work of member authors whose books will be available for sale and signings. Also stop by for a flyer announcing general submission guidelines for the MWA-sponsored writing contest. The MWA’s President and Vice President, Lalita Noronha and Holly Morse-Ellington, will also participate in the programs cited below at the City Lit Stage:

Sept 26th, 2014: City Lit Stage (12 p.m. to 2 p.m.)
Free Friday Feedback
Writers! Bring 2-3 short poems or 4-5 pages of prose (fiction or non-fiction) and receive on-the-spot feedback and suggestions on what to do next. Published authors and publishing professionals on hand include: Christine Stewart, Lalita Noronha, Holly Sneeringer and Amanda Fiore.
Check guidelines for receiving feedback.

Sept. 27, 2014: City Lit Stage (12 p.m. to 1 p.m.)
Small Court Press: The Role of Small Journals and Presses in the Career of the Fiction Writer
The panel delves into such questions as: What is the process for selecting which journals, magazines, and periodicals to submit work to? What kinds of aesthetics are encountered in small journals? How have smaller journals helped connect a single writer with larger communities of writers?
Panelists: Lalita Noronha & Rafael Alvarez

Sept. 27, 2014: City Lit Stage (2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.)
Making the Ordinary Extraordinary
Join Baltimore Review editors as they discuss how the most familiar places, ordinary objects, everyday events, and Average Joes can become extraordinary through the lens of the creative writer. Be inspired to write your own ordinary life into extraordinary poems and stories.
Panelists: Barbara Westwood Diehl, Kathleen Hellen, Ann Kolakowski, Holly Morse-
Ellington, Seth Sawyers, Holly Sneeringer

September 28, 2014: City Lit Stage (2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
Lit & Art
Started in 2007, the Lit & Art Reading Series takes place five times a year at the Watermark Gallery near Harborplace. The program features artists who represent various literary genres combined with visual art. This festival edition is emceed by Aaron Henkin of WYPR’s “The Signal,” which takes listeners on a weekly tour of Baltimore’s cultural landscape.
Presenters: Tom Glenn, Eric D. Goodman, Nitin Jagdish, Holly Morse-Ellington, Nathan Leslie, Liz Moser, Manzar

Hope to see you there.

June 5, 2012

Volunteers Needed for C Street Arts Festival

Volunteers are needed to staff the MWA table at the C Street Arts Festival in Laurel this Saturday, June 9, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Authors are invited to sell their books at the table, if they are willing to promote MWA and their fellow authors as well. For more information, e-mail MWA President Nicole Schultheis.

The C Street Arts Festival will feature readings, music, and other performances. C Street is approximately three blocks west of Route 1, and intersects Main Street in old downtown Laurel. From Main Street, turn onto B Street (just east of C) and park in the lot nearby.

Here’s the schedule of participants at the festival:

  • 10:15………..Mark B. Carp (Baltimore)
  • 10:35………..A. Jarrell Hayes (Baltimore)
  • 10:55………..David MacAleavey (The George Washington University)
  • 11:15………..Melanie Hatter (Washington Writers’ Publishing House)
  • 11:35………..Open Reading/Mike
  • 11:50 ………..Arin Greenwood (The Huffington Post)
  • 12:10………..Jessica Dotson (Baltimore)
  • 12:30………..Kathleen Hellen (Washington Writers’ Publishing House)
  • 12:50………..Ann Bracken (University of Maryland)
  • 1:10………….Open Reading/Mike
  • 1:25………….Rick Peabody (Gargoyle)
  • 1:45………….Danuta Hinc (University of Maryland)
  • 2:05………….Brandel France de Bravo (Washington Writers’ Publishing House)
  • 2:25………….Sally Rosen Kindred (“No Eden”)
  • 2:45………….Open Reading/Mike
  • 3:00………….Saundra Maley (Montgomery College)
  • 3:20………….Linda Joy Burke (Little Patuxent Review)
February 13, 2012

Final Anthology Reading Was a Bittersweet Celebration

by Adele Steiner

The February 6, 2011 Cafe Muse Poetry reading was a bittersweet celebration of the Maryland Writers’ Association anthology, Life in Me Like Grass on Fire: Love Poems, because it was that last event in a series of over 20 readings in the Baltimore/Washington, DC, areas in 2011 and 2012. Almost a year after the book’s publication, Cafe Muse provided one last opportunity for some of the more than 50 Maryland poets published to get together, share their work, pay tribute to one of the poets in the Anthology who has since passed away, and just talk with each other about writing in general over the course of the year. The reading was also billed as Cafe Muse’s Valentine reading, and appropriately so, because there was certainly a great deal of love expressed between the poets and the audience.

The reading began quite befittingly with Shirley Brewer’s poem, “Kentucky Valentine,” read by her and Frank Joseph as a duet. An already original and delightful work, it was made even more so by their playful presentation! It seems that Frank loves to read Shirley’s poem whenever she isn’t present at a reading; so even though they were both at the Cafe Muse reading and wanted to read the poem, they compromised and read it together. What fun!

Frank Joseph also shared “Beauty and the Beast Visit Elizabeth Arden” and reminded us that it is a fable in it’s own right. It is filled with double meanings that run in tandem throughout the poem; and while they delight, they also provoke some serious human introspection as well.

Danuta Kosk-Kosicka shared some of her work in both Polish and English, providing the audience with the added benefit of the beautiful rhythms and music that is found in the language of her mother tongue. She impressed us further with her linguistic abilities and shared some translation work in Spanish as well when she read the beautiful and quiet poem, “San Luis Potosi: Beginning,”

Fernando Quijano III reminded us at the reading that we were almost at the peak of the full moon, so he wanted us to celebrate that, too, sharing his poem, “Lunacy.” What poet isn’t inspired by the full moon? I wondered if perhaps he was inspired by the Japanese poets of long ago who wrote poetry under the full moon at Renga parties because he gave us a most empowering poem to remind us of just what a wonderful Muse the moon can be.

Laura Shovan provided the audience with some background on the creation of Life in Me Like Grass on Fire, and in the process she made it ever so clear that the monumental task of editing the book was, indeed a labor of love. She also shared her beautiful love poems from the anthology, “Summer, Veils” and “Listening to Plants” before treating us to some of her other work including “Cold War” otherwise known as the infamous and provocative “merkin” poem.

On a more somber note, Laura and Shirley both paid a special tribute to Deborah Edelman, a poet whose work appears in Life in Me Like Grass on Fire and who passed away over the course of the book’s completion and publication. Deborah contributed the poems, “My Indian Chef” and “If Then” to the anthology. Shirley gave a heartfelt commentary on her personal friendship and experiences with Deborah as did Laura who also shared Deborah’s work. The reading with tribute was attended by Deborah’s husband, Joe, and his family.

All in all, the February 6, Cafe Muse was a celebration of love in a variety of its many forms — just like Life In Me Like Grass on Fire. So many thanks to the Maryland Writers’ Association and all of the wonderful poets who participated in the reading and made it so.