Writers & Words

is a Baltimore reading series run by local writers Maria C. Goodson and Cija Jefferson, and supported from afar by Amanda Ponder and Michelle Junot. Four writers are featured each month, one in fiction, non-fiction, poetry and the genre-defying “wild card” category which in the past has included a playwright, a scientist, and a children’s book author (and everything in between). Readings are on the second Tuesday of each month, at 7pm at Charmington’s Cafe. Writers & Words’ mission is to connect writers to other writers in the Baltimore literary community and beyond. The series was founded in 2014 by local writers Michelle Jonut and Michael B. Tager.

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 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 two kiddos how to be good humans. She resides in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband, two dogs, and two humans-in-training.


Editors Past:

Michael B. Tager | Editor Emeritus

Ian Anderson | Contributing Editor

Mike Shattuck | Editor at Large

Jessica Welch | Arts Editor