Writers & Words

is a Baltimore reading series, created by local writers Michelle Junot and Michael B. Tager. The reading series features one fiction writer, one essayist or memoirist, one poet, and one “wild card” each month. As part of the reading series, writers & words compiles and produces a zine of the featured readers’ work.

To find out more about becoming a featured reader, please email us at writersandwords@gmail.com

Michelle Junot | Founder & Creative Director

Michelle is the author of Notes From My Phone* as well as and the floor was always lava.  You can read more about and from Michelle at michellejunot.com. 


Maria C. Goodson  | Managing Editor 

Maria spends a lot of her time telling people where they should volunteer in Baltimore City, while still finding time to write things, plan things, and, on occasion, actually read a book or two herself. See what she’s up to at http://www.mariacgoodson.com.

Cija Jefferson  | Hosting Editor

Cija (pronounced Kia) Jefferson is the author of Sonic Memories, a collection of personal essays. Her work has been featured in HelloGiggles, The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet, Baltimore Fishbowl, and The Flywire. When she is not watching copious amounts of Bravo and HBO, she is reading and, of course, writing.

Amanda Ponder | Editing Editor


Amanda graduated with her MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts in May of 2014 from the University of Baltimore. She is the author of Make Believe Animals, a collection of short fiction. She currently freelances as a Graphic Designer and spends her free time teaching her 5-month-old how to be a human. She resides in Baltimore County with her husband, two dogs, one cat, and one human-in-training.


Michael B. Tager | Editor Emeritus


Michael B. Tager is wary of bears. His writing has appeared in many places that you can discover through googling. He also has a website: www.michaelbtager.com.


Editors Past:

Michael Tager | An Editor

Ian Anderson | Contributing Editor

Mike Shattuck | Editor at Large

Jessica Welch | Arts Editor