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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 a “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


Michael B. Tager | An Editor

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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.


Amanda Ponder | Editing Editor

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Amanda is from the small town of Statesville, North Carolina. She graduated with her MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts last May from the University of Baltimore and she is the author of Make Believe Animals, a collection of short fiction. She teaches at the Community College of Baltimore County and spends her free time training her cat to be a lion. She resides in Baltimore County with her husband, two dogs, and a soon-to-be lion.


Maria C. Goodson  | Managing Editor 

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Maria spends a lot of her time recruiting volunteers to tutor struggling young readers in Baltimore City (www.readingpartners.org), while still finding time to write things, plan things, and, on occasion, actually read a book or two herself.

Cija Jefferson  | Hosting Editor

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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.

Michelle Junot | Founder

Michelle was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana where she learned important skills like cajun dancing, crawfish peeling, and reading. She now lives with her six plants in Baltimore, Maryland where she writes and drinks unsafe amounts of coffee.

She is the author of and the floor was always lava, a collection of essays and the blogging series Translating Twenty-Five.

Editors Past:

Michelle Junot | Editor in Chief

Ian Anderson | Contributing Editor

Mike Shattuck | Editor at Large

Jessica Welch | Arts Editor

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