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September Recap

Hey People,

We had two wonderful events in September:

Our monthly reading was on Tuesday, Sept. 8 where Kevin Krause, Rachel Demma, Lisa Lance, and Cherrie Amour completely rocked it. Thank you all.

On Friday, Sept. 25, we partnered with Seltzer for our first annual Seltzer & Words event where we hosted 11 wonderful open-mic-ers and 3 fantastic readers: Sharea Harris, Lionel Foster, and Michael Kimball.

Thank you to everyone who came out and supported us. We’re looking forward to a great October reading to celebrate our first birthday!

Photos from September 8 Reading:

–Writers & Words and Seltzer

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September Details

Hi Writers and Readers,

We are back and ready to finish out our first year with our reading on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Please join us for four fabulous readers as well as the completion of our Year One Annual submissions.

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Details about our writers below:

Kevin Krause recently returned from riding his bicycle from Astoria, OR to Baltimore, MD, his home. He published his first short volume of poetry, flora / fauna in 2013, and his work has appeared in magazines and journals including JMWW, The Light Ekphrastic, and Urbanite. He currently teaches writing at the University of Baltimore.

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Rachel Demma was born in Washington, DC, grew up in the Maryland suburbs, and now lives in Baltimore in a small row house with her small cat, Black Aggie and her small dog, Waffles. She has attended many schools where she did not formally study creative writing, including Washington College on Maryland’s own Eastern Shore, Stanford University in California’s own Silicon Valley, and Johns Hopkins University in her own town. She will hopefully earn her Doctorate of Education at the University of Pennsylvania approximately 1,065 days from now. John Updike’s short story, “A&P” made her want to write short stories, and she made several poor attempts to approximate its tone and style after she read it in middle school. Her short fiction and prose poetry have been published more than once in Opium Magazine, as well as in Ghoti, DCist and JMWW. She is thrilled that the story you will hear tonight will be published in Free State Review.

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Lisa Lance has an M.A. in Writing from Johns Hopkins University, and her articles and essays have appeared in print and online publications including The ButterFull Grown PeopleBaltimore MagazineNational Parks TravelerBmoreartOutside In Literary & Travel MagazineSauce Magazine, and others. She is a nonfiction editor for The Baltimore Review. You can find links to her work on her website, www.lisalance.com.

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Baltimore-based poet/author Cherrie Amour writes about love, life and relationships. In her first book of poetry, Free to Be Me, Poems on Love, Life and Relationships, Amour explores her intimate journey of trials and triumphs from childhood to adulthood. Her poem, “Hermoso Negro” won a 2013 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award and is featured in the 2014 Paterson Literary Review. Amour also has two poetry CDs “Love’s Journey” and “ilovemesomewords.” Born in the Caribbean and raised in Canada, Amour’s eclectic background serves as a strong influence in both her performances and her writing.

–Writers & Words

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July Recap & More

Hey Friends,

Remember July? That carefree month long ago? Well we had a reading–a fantastic reading if we’re being honest and humble–that maybe you missed because you were doing cool vacationy things. Good for you.

In any case, we went on vacation ourselves before we could get the photos from that event up. So you can check those out below. (You’re welcome.)

ALSO, though. We’re back from vacation. And so there’s LOTS to talk about:

  1. We extended the submission period of our Annual Zine. We’ll now give and take packets until our reading on Tuesday, September 8.If you haven’t received a packet, you can catch us at another literary event (like Michelle’s book signing on August 29, 1-4pm at Ukazoo books in Towson), or you can pick one up and complete it at our September 8 reading. If you have a packet and just want to turn it in, you can submit to any one of the Writers and Words’ team or just bring it with you when you come to our awesome September 8 reading.

    More details about where we’ll be and when we’ll be there for a packet exchange can be found on our Facebook page. And more details about the actual Annual Zine can be found here.

  2. We have a dynamite line up for fall being finalized this week, so check back for reading details for our September and October readings early next week.
  3. We have a really exciting event that that Seltzer is partnering with us for on Friday, September 25. Official announcment coming in the next week, but you’re going to want to save that date. Seriously. 7pm. September 25. Tell your friends.
  4. We’ve all missed you and we’re so excited for fall! Get ready for a great start to Year Two of Writers and Words!

July Photos

–Writers & Words

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Big News: Our Experimental Year One Annual

Hey Everyone,

We’re in denial about summer coming to a close, so we’re postponing it! Or, at least we’re postponing the closing of our Annual submissions. We’re extending the deadline to our September Reading, Tuesday, September 8! If you didn’t get a packet yet, you still can. We’ll use our Facebook page to tell you what literary events you can catch us at to either pick up or submit your packet, so stay tuned. If you have any questions, or want to mail the packet instead, email us at writersandwords@gmail.com.

See you in September!
Michelle

Writers & Words

Dear Baltimore,

When I started Writers & Words last October, it was [briefly] known as Whiskey & Words, it wasn’t a series—just a half-thought through event to get something literary in my life, and it made me quickly realize that I was in over my head.

I subsequently enlisted the help of two friends—one to read and one to be the emcee because I suddenly remembered that I’m an introvert who struggles to speak in front of crowds—and approached two others with held breath and asked if they would read for us.

Steven Leyva Steven Leyva, Whiskey & Words, October 8, 2014

I am thankful to God that they all said yes! (exclamation point included.)

That first reading was a shot in the dark—quite literally for those who remember—but you showed up and it was clear that it was only the beginning of something bigger.

Since then, Mike and I have spent…

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July Details

Hey Everyone,

We are so excited for July! As always, we have 4 dynamite readers (who we know you’ve already fallen in love with during the Twitter Takeover). Check out their details below and join us on Tuesday for reading and the kick off of our Year One Annual submissions. It’s going to be a great night for all things art!

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Maria Goodson loves writing, but is still deciding what she likes to write the most. She has a BA in English from West Virginia University and an MA in Creative Writing from Oxford Brookes University, not to be confused with THE Oxford University, right down the road. She’s been published in a few places that no longer exist and others that no one’s heard of. Maria has lived in Baltimore for a year and is working at a non-profit called Reading Partners, recruiting volunteers to tutor struggling young readers.  If you want to help empower the next generation of writers and their words, talk to Maria!

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Mary Walters is a poet living in Baltimore, MD with her cat Strega Nona. She is a proud MFA student at University of Baltimore, and she has been published in Baltimore Fishbowl, REJECT, and Ink Press’s Subvert zine. She is into the zodiac and she loves reading restaurant reviews.

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Mary B. Banks is the author of Street Magic: Stories and Tales, a collection of nine short stories that are voice- and character-driven. For her undergraduate studies, Banks attended Johns Hopkins University and received a Bachelor of Arts in Writing Seminars. In May 2011, she earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts from the University of Baltimore. She is the owner of La Muse Press, an indie publishing house that is dedicated to discovering talented emerging writers.

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Danielle Ariano is a writer and cabinetmaker. Her work has been featured in North Dakota Quarterly and on Huffington Post and Baltimore Fishbowl. She is the author of Getting Over the Rainbow, a memoir about coming out and coming to terms with her sexuality. Ariano also writes a monthly column called Out-skirts for Baltimore Gay Life. She lives in Lutherville, Md. with her wife and their three, yes three, dogs. When she is not writing or building cabinets, you can usually find her at the beach surfing. Find out more about her on the internets, specifically at her website www.danielleariano.com.

See y’all Tuesday!

Writers & Words team

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Important Meeting 2

P.S. Zines will be $3 (limited run) and we’ll have giveaways throughout the night.

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Big News: Our Experimental Year One Annual

Dear Baltimore,

When I started Writers & Words last October, it was [briefly] known as Whiskey & Words, it wasn’t a series—just a half-thought through event to get something literary in my life, and it made me quickly realize that I was in over my head.

I subsequently enlisted the help of two friends—one to read and one to be the emcee because I suddenly remembered that I’m an introvert who struggles to speak in front of crowds—and approached two others with held breath and asked if they would read for us.

Steven Leyva
Steven Leyva, Whiskey & Words, October 8, 2014

I am thankful to God that they all said yes! (exclamation point included.)

That first reading was a shot in the dark—quite literally for those who remember—but you showed up and it was clear that it was only the beginning of something bigger.

Since then, Mike and I have spent an immeasurable amount of time over email, gchat, text, and happy hour drinks figuring this thing out. Or at least faking figuring it out. (Because really, and don’t tell anyone this, we mostly say, “Can you believe this is working?”)

Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that this started as something small—an experiment—and it’s only grown to be what it is because of the help of so many people, including you, reading this now.

And we’re grateful.

When the idea for an annual zine came up over a series of very serious meetings (photos below), we discussed lots of ideas that included submissions, invitations, a review process, and the like, but we’ve landed on something a bit different:

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Important Meeting

In commemoration of our first, experimental year, and to say thank you to all our readers, our listeners, our buyers of wine, beer, and zines, and our cheerleaders and supporters, we’re inviting all of you to take part in our experimental Year One Annual.

Here’s the deal:

Because of the way we create, print, and bind our monthly zines (photo below) we have stacks of random folios left over from multiple productions. While there aren’t enough of each to bind complete zines, we can’t bear to just throw them away because we respect the work of our readers as well as the trees.

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Instead, we’re going to give them to you. These are yours now, if you want them. (We’ll need them back though, so keep reading.) While they are in your custody, please change them. Alter them. Create something new.

We envision found poetry, artwork, maybe a ransom note or two, or something we can’t even think of because it’s currently in your head. For inspiration, you could check out the websites and examples listed below:

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http://www.lisakokin.com/book-art-altered-two.html

http://johnclinockart.com/tag/altered-book-artists/

(Or you can just get after it and see what happens!).

What are the constraints?
I’m glad you asked that. Because we intend to bind these into annuals, we do ask a few things of you:

  • we’ll bind the loose ends (meaning the fold is the “thumb edge”)
  • your creation must be “flat” enough to be bound
  • please maintain the 5.25” height, but feel free to play around with the width if so inclined

And general submission guidelines:

  • limit five folios per person
  • please complete the accompanying information card so we can include your information
  • get it in our hands by August 10

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How do I sign up/participate?

  1. Attend our July 14th reading and pick up a packet at the door. We’ll have art supplies for your use during the reading.
  2. Email Michelle at writersandwords@gmail.com and we’ll try to work out a drop off or pick up situation.

We’ll provide further details about logistics on July 14th, but if you have burning questions before then, email Michelle.

Is this going to work?
We have no idea. But we also had no idea if Writers & Words would work, and now we’re in the midst of celebrating a year of awesome words, writers, and wild cards. So, once again, we’re enlisting your talent, skill, and wonderfulness, Baltimore, and it’s our hope you’ll be a part of this project (which we also think will be pretty great).

Cool, but then what? What happens my beautiful contribution?
You’ll have to wait and see on this one. (But we promise, there is a plan.)

If you have questions before our July event, please email Michelle at writersandwords@gmail.com or tweet us at @writersandwords. (Really, just tweet us anyway to say hi.)

Thank you all for your support, interest, and words. We sincerely could not do any of this without you!

Michelle

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Important Meeting 2
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June Recap

If you missed this month’s reading, you missed a big one. We’re on Twitter now, y’all (@writersandwords). A big thanks goes out to everyone who came out to the reading, especially our door prize and twitter participants. Thanks also to our four great readers: Anthony Moll, Tracy Hauser, Alyse Richmond, and Jen Michalski. Also, thanks to Charmington’s for being as great a host as ever!

Stay tuned for BIG NEWS coming out next week about our Annual Zine. We want all of you–yes all of you–to be a part of it. We’ll leave it at that for now.

Photos from June’s reading are below:

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June Reading Details

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Hey People,

It’s almost time for our June Writers & Words reading. As always, we have four wonderful writers who will present their work at Charmington’s:

Anthony Moll is a poet, essayist, and military veteran. He writes about books for Baltimore Gay Life, and about queer life for Baltimore City Paper. He has taught writing at University of Baltimore and the University of California, Santa Cruz, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts from the former. His forthcoming chapbook of poems is to be released later this summer by akinoga press.

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Tracy Hauser is an MFA graduate student in the University of Baltimore’s Creative Writing & Publishing Arts program. She reads more than she cleans and usually leaves the house with her hair wet. Her work has appeared in the latest issue of Abandoned Towers Magazine, Existere Journal, Delta Women’s Magazine, Nail Polish Stories, the Urbanite, Epiphany Magazine, Marco Polo Arts Magazine, Writer’s Underground, Trivial Typewriter, the Colonnades Literary Magazine, Literary Brushstrokes, Blood & Roses, The Rusty Nail, The Doctor T.J. Eckleberg Review, The Vein, and others.  She is involved around the city in promoting writing through project-based learning activities for schools and organizations.

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Alyse Richmond currently resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is in the process of earning an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Chatham University with concentrations in poetry, travel writing, and publishing. Her work has been featured in various literary journals throughout the U.S., including: Welter, Lines + Stars, The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review, Cobalt, El Portal, Helix Magazine, The Lincoln Underground, and The Found Poetry Review, among others.

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Jen Michalski is the author of the novels The Tide King and The Summer She Was Under Water, two collections of fiction, and a couplet of novellas. She hosts the fiction series Starts Here! in Baltimore.

All Zines will be on sale for $3.

We hope to see you there!
–Writers & Words

Reading Bios & Details

May Reading Details

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Hey W&W Groupies,

This Tuesday is our May reading, and we have four fantastic readers this month:

Cory Cone moved to Baltimore in 2003 to study painting at MICA and, naturally, he now works at the school and writes strange fiction in the evenings. His short stories have appeared in a handful of fine journals and anthologies, including Niteblade, The Colored Lens, The Avenue, A is for Apocalypse and Shrieks and Shivers from the Horror Zine. He and his wife are expecting their first child, a boy in June. He blogs rarely at www.corycone.com and tweets now and again @corycone.

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Stephen Zerance is a recent MFA graduate of American University. He has previously appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as Prairie Schooner, Assaracus, Bloom, Knockout, Gertrude, Chelsea Station, Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, Glitterwolf Magazine, and MiPOesias. His poetry has been featured on websites such as Lambda Literary Association and Split This Rock. He resides in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Ashley Phelps spends her days instructing composition students and sorting library books, and her nights writing about sad women. She is a graduate of the University of Baltimore’s MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts program, and is now eager to return to Illinois to live with her soon-to-be spouse and their two cats.

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Betsy Boyd’s fiction has been published most recently in Shenandoah, Sententia, Welter, and Verb. Her short story “Scarecrow” received a Pushcart Prize. She is the recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council award, an Elliot Coleman Writing Fellowship, a James A. Michener Fellowship and residencies through Fundación Valparaíso, the Alfred and Trafford Klots International Program for Artists and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. She teaches creative writing at the University of Baltimore and serves as literary editor for Baltimore Fishbowl.

Zines and books will be on sale. The May Zine will be $5 and all previous month’s Zines will be $3. If you’d like to reserve a copy of a previous month, please let us know at writersandwords@gmail.com.

–Mike & Michelle