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Sweet Enough to Post: Fall 2011 Literary Events from the "Muse Flash"


The following list of some literary events slated for this fall appeared in the September issue of the "Muse Flash," CityLit's e-newsletter.  We thought the list was worth posting on the site so that the community can refer back to it. 

September 16, 8pm: PerVerse, "where the arts get twisted," with featured poets Sarah Jane Miller and Jessica Dotson. Hamilton Gallery (5502 Harford Road).

September 17, 5pm: The 510 Reading Series fall season kicks off at Minas Gallery in Hampden. Join co-hosts Michael Kimball and Jen Michalski with fiction readers John Brandon, Sandra Beasley, Christine Grillo, and Greg Olear.

September 18, 2pm: Smartish Pace is a local poetry journal with a national reputation. The Smartish gang always presents steller programs. This Sunday, L.A. poet Bradley Paul will read from The Obvious (2004), selected by Brenda Hillman for the New Issues Poetry Prize, and The Animals All Are Gathering (Pittsburgh, 2010), winner of AWP'S Donald Hall Prize in Poetry. Seattle poet Megan Snyder-Camp will read from The Forest of Sure Things (Tupelo Press, 2010). Walters Art Museum (600 N. Charles).

September 18, 6pm: Storytellers Third Anniversary. Do not miss Baltimore's best curated series of spoken word performances. Storytellers is hosted by Raven Ekundayo (Ravolution Multimedia) and his wonderful band of "misfits." Featured poets are Rebecca Dupas and Troy Sol Edler.  Eubie Blake Center (847 N. Howard Street).
September 21: Time to break out the cloning device so that you can be two places at once:
7pm -- Nick Flynn appears at the University of Baltimore
8pm -- Sherman Alexie reads at Goucher College
September 22 (through October 27), 7-9pm: "Let's Get It Started In Here!" Are you itching to start that novel, or bogged down in the memoir marsh? Jen Michalski--author, editor, and co-host of the wildly popular 510 Reading series--leads newbies and nearly new writers through the early stages of the creative process. Perfect for any prose writers working on a novel, creative nonfiction, or short stories. Creative Alliance in Highlandtown (3134 Eastern Avenue).
September 23, 24, 25: CityLit Stage at Baltimore Book Festival will feature the region's diverse literary talent and explore writers' roles in affecting social change.  For a complete schedule of festival happenings, check out the new web site at Read more about CityLit executive director Gregg Wilhelm's take on this outside literary extravaganza in the new issue of What Weekly.
September 23, 8pm: Unwind after BBF's first day at Literature Party: Baltimore to support CityLit's newest program, Across Words (see 10/21 below). A dance party featuring DJ WOMAN and DJ John Eaton with readings by four dynamic writers: Blake Butler (author of There Is No Year), Dorothea Lasky (author of Black Life), Mike Young (author of Look! Look! Feathers!), Lauren Bender (author of Whale Box). Thanks Publishing Genius and friends.
September 24, 5:30: The New Mercury fall season kicks off at the Windup Space in Station North. Join co-hosts John Barry and Deb Rudacille with nonfiction readers to be announced. The New Mercury...nothing but the truth.
September 29, 7pm: Poet and UMBC professor Michael Fallon reads from his newly released books, Since You have No Body (winner of the 2011 Plan B Press Poetry Chapbook Competition) and The Great Before and After. Barnes & Noble Hopkins (33rd and St. Paul). Michael reads again on the UMBC Campus on November 10, 4pm.
October 1, postmark: Deadline for CityLit Press's third annual Harriss Poetry Prize. Tom Lux will judge finalists.  Guidelines here.
October 5 (through November 2), 7-9pm: Entering the Publishing Matrix: Agents, Editors, and Issues for Writers. CityLit Project executive director and CityLit Press publisher Gregg Wilhelm guides writers through the changing landscape of publishing (which can seem more like quick sand than terra firma). CCBC Catonsville.  Pre-registration for this CCBC Continuing Education course (WRI 052) is required. Call 443-840-4700.
October 15-22: First ever Literary Arts Week sponsored by Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, Maryland State Arts Council, and CityLit Project. Experience Baltimore's literary arts community by taking in fifteen events at eight places, ranging from play readings to lectures. For more on these events visit the Free Fall Baltimore site.
October 15, 1pm: Leonora "Peachy" Dixon shares her story about growing up in Highlandtown, surviving a traumatic marriage, and taking control of her life while waitressing at popular Baltimore restaurants. Get a signed copy of A Peachy Life at Pratt Library's Southeast Anchor Library in Highlandtown (3601 Eastern Avenue).
October 21, 7pm: Across Words 2. The Love Movement and CityLit Project are teaming up for a second evening of storytelling and performance that crosses boundaries and creates community. This time, Across Words is presented for FREE as part of the annual Free Fall Baltimore series. Performances and readings by Drew Law (poet), Matthew Norman (fiction), Pages (poet), Adeke Rose (poet), Temple (poet), Em Sea Water (poet), Baynard Woods (nonfiction), music by The Wayfarers (Irish folk). University of Baltimore, Student Center Theater.
November 1, 6pm: Get a head start on holiday shopping and get to know your Baltimore with authors Leonora "Peachy" Dixon (A Peachy Life), Mike Gesker (The Orioles Encyclopedia), and Gil Sandler (Home Front Baltimore, invited). Barnes & Noble on UB's campus (Mt. Royal and Oliver).
November 5 - December 1: The Swinging Bridge--Mixed Media Paintings and Sculptures. The latest and newsest conceptualization of artist Brian Slagle with narratives by Jason Tinney. Mary Condon Hodgson Art Gallery, Frederick Community College (7932 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, MD 21702).
November 12: Baltimore Writers' Conference at Towson University. Morning keynote by Steve Almond, the author of ten books of fiction and nonfiction, three of which he published himself. In October, Lookout Press will publish his third story collection, God Bless America.
That's plenty of listening to do this fall. As for reading, the fall issue of JMWW, dedicated to nonfiction, is out on-line here!
The Baltimore Review is seeking submissions for its 2012 on-line debut.
Finally, check out Baltimore's newest literary journal, one with many connections to the University of Baltimore's terrific MFA Program, at COBALT (great name!).

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