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Reading Events in Baltimore, w/o June 13th-June 19th

It's a busy week in Baltimore, and I wanted to let you know about a few writing-related events:

Thursday, June 17th: jmww publisher Jen Michalski and contributor Nathan Leslie will be reading at the Maryland Writers Association-Howard County Chapter ice cream social in support of jmww's new print anthology, jmww IV (Best of our 2009 online issues). If you're interested in attendingout or becoming a member of the Howard County Maryland Writers Association, send me an e-mail!


Friday, June 18th: City Sages Baltimore Reading at Cyclops Books, 8 pm.
Sages contributors Betsy Boyd, Maud Casey, Caryn Coyle, and Rosalia Scalia y will read and sign copies of City Sages: Baltimore. Cyclops is located at 30 West North Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201


Saturday, June 19th: City Sages Baltimore Book Signing at Ivy Bookstore, 1-3 pm.
Sages authors will sign copies of the anthology. The Ivy is located at 6080 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD 21209-2230


Saturday, June 19th: 510 Readings: Laura Ellen Scott, Timothy Gage, Bill Black, and Curtis Smith, 5 pm, Minas Gallery, Hampden.
(Minas is located at 815 W. 36th Street, Hampden)



ABOUT THE READERS:

Nathan Leslie is the author of six books of short fiction, one book of poetry and editor of two anthologies. He is the fiction editor for Pedestal Magazine and was the series editor for Best of the Web. He lives in Northern Virginia, and teaches at Northern Virginia Community College.

Jen Michalski's first collection, Close Encounters, is available from So New (2007) and her second is forthcoming from Dzanc (2013). She is the editor of City Sages: Baltimore (CityLit Press 2010) and editor of the literary e-zine jmww (http://jmww.150m.com/).

Betsy Boyd’s short story “Scarecrow” received a Pushcart Prize in 2009. She has published stories most recently in Shenandoah, Upleasant Event Schedule, and Verb: An Audioquarterly. Betsy was born and raised in San Antonio and now lives in Baltimore. She has received an Elliot Coleman Fellowship in fiction and a James A. Michener Fellowship in screenwriting—last summer she attended Klots Artist Residency in Rochefort-en-Terre in Brittany. She writes freelance copy and teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Maud Casey is the author of two novels, The Shape of Things to Come, a New York Times Notable Book, and Genealogy, a New York Times Editor’s Choice, and a collection of stories, Drastic. She has received international fellowships from the Fundacion Valparaiso and the Hawthornden International Retreat for Writers, and is the recipient of the Calvino Prize and a 2008-2009 DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowship. She lives in Washington, DC, and is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Maryland, where she teaches in the MFA program.

To pay the bills, Caryn Coyle writes press releases, speeches and newsletters. Three years ago, she started writing fiction, and her ninth story was recently accepted for publication in Gargoyle. Her stories have been published in jmww, Loch Raven Review, The Santa Fe Writer's Project Literary Journal, Preface, and a few others. She won the 2009 Maryland Writers Association Short Fiction Contest. A graduate of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and the Johns Hopkins University, she reviews dives and greasy spoons for the website Welcome to Baltimore, Hon.

Rosalia Scalia’s stories have appeared or are forthcoming in North Atlantic Review, Pebble Lake Review, Taproot Literary Review: The Healing Tree #20, Pig Iron Press, Quercus Review, The Portland Review, Spout, the Canadian literary magazine, South Asian Ensemble, the Canadian literary Web site, www.sikhchic.com, among others. “Sister Rafaele Heals the Sick” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize and “Picking Cicoria” won first prize in the Taproot annual literary fiction competition. The first chapter of her novel-in-progress, Delia's Concerto, was a finalist in a 2003 National League of American Pen Women competition. Scalia earned a master’s in writing from Johns Hopkins.


Laura Ellen Scott teaches fiction writing to undergraduates at George Mason University, and in 2009-2010 published 19 short stories in print and online, including work selected for The Wigleaf Top Fifty and Barrelhouse magazine's Futures issue. Her work was nominated for Dzanc's Best of the Web 2010 anthology twice, and she is currently Fiction editor of Prick of the Spindle.

Timothy Gager is the author of eight books of short fiction and poetry. His latest, Treating a Sick Animal: Flash and Micro Fictions (Cervena Barva Press), features over 40 stories, many previously published in various literary magazines. He hosts the Dire Literary Series in Cambridge, Massachusetts, every month and is the co-founder of Somerville News Writers Festival. He has had over 200 works of fiction and poetry published since 2007, of which eight have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Timothy is the current Fiction Editor of The Wilderness House Literary Review, the founding co-editor of The Heat City Literary Review, and has edited the book OUT OF THE BLUE WRITERS UNITE: A BOOK OF POETRY AND PROSE FROM THE OUT OF THE BLUE ART GALLERY.

Bill Black's work has appeared in The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, Hotel Amerika, The Black Warrior Review, Short FICTION, and elsewhere. He has taught literature and creative writing at Western Washington University, Ohio University, and The Johns Hopkins University, and is currently Writer-in-Residence at Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania. He a founding Co-Director of the Pages & Places Book Festival in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Curtis Smith's stories and essays have appeared in over 60 literary journals and have been cited by The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Mystery Stories, and The Best American Spiritual Writing. Press 53 has released his last two story collections (THE SPECIES CROWN and BAD MONKEY); Casperian Books has published his last two novels (SOUND AND NOISE and TRUTH OR SOMETHING LIKE IT). This fall, Sunnyoutside will publish his essay collection, THE AGNOSTIC'S PRAYER.