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Monday, November 20, 2017

Go World Travel Publishes Oases in the Desert

Go World Travel Magazine published my travel story, "Oases in the Desert: Dubai and Abu Dhabi," highlighting the architecture and sights of two United Arab Emirates cities that jockey for the claim to the wealthiest city in the world. The story even includes a visit into the desert, and insights from locals about the state of their union.

Enjoy the trip to United Arab Emirates from your armchair at Go World Travel Magazine.


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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Go Nomad Publishes A Tale of Two Cities' Mosques

My travel story, "A Tale of Two Cities' Mosques," was published in Go Nomad.

Go Nomad has been one of the top travel information sources online since 2000.

"A Tale of Two Cities' Mosques" explores the mosques of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and includes pictures of mosques every bit as impressive as the cathedrals of Europe.

Join me for a trip through United Arab Emirates in Go Nomad.



Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Book Reviews Published in Baltimore Style

Three of my book reviews were published in the most recent issue of Baltimore Style Magazine as the current issue's "Shelf Life" feature.

The three books reviewed for Baltimore Style's Shelf Life are Behind the Moon by Madison Smartt Bell, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, and Last of the Annamese by Tom Glenn. Three very different, but very good, novels.

Read the reviews, in print or online, in the current issue of Baltimore Style.



Monday, October 30, 2017

Five:2:One Publishes Creepy "Bell" Story

Five:2:One is a literary journal dedicated to the transgressive, experimental, and progressive of the literary world. So it's fitting they decided to publish my strange piece of flash fiction, "The Bell."

"The Bell" was originally featured on the No Extra Words podcast last year around this same time.

Five:2:One offers both an audio version and a digital print version, so whether you prefer to read, listen, or both, you can enjoy "The Bell" at the link below. Perfect for a Halloween break.



Friday, October 27, 2017

Lit and Art at Towson Town Center

The next event in the Lit and Art Reading Series takes place on Sunday, October 29 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the art gallery next to Nordstrom in Towson Town Center.

Authors and poets reading from their work include Shirley Brewer, Nik Kapron, Leslie Pietrzk, Charles Rammelkamp, and Mark Willen.  Manzar Rassouli will share and talk about her Maguu series of art, inspired by Rumi. Music will be performed by Larry Montgomery. Curated, hosted, and emceed by Eric D. Goodman and Nitin Jagdish.

Join us for the first event located at Towson Town Center, and find out why for the past 10 years the Lit and Art Reading Series has been described as the best excuse to get lit on a Sunday afternoon in Baltimore.

Learn more at  https://www.facebook.com/groups/LitAndArt/

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Silver, Beer, and Bones at Go World Travel

Last year, Go World Travel Magazine published my story covering a visit to Kutna Hora, not far from Prague, Czech Republic.

Go World Travel has been covering destinations around the globe since 2003. Focusing on unique destinations, culture, and people, Go World Travel Magazine subscribes to the belief that travel (even armchair travel) broadens horizons and increases understanding.

In this story, we descend into the silver mines of old, summit the hill crowned by Santa Barbara Cathedral, and explore the ossuary of 40,000 to 70,000 human skeletons before washing the day down with some local ale at a beer garden.

Share the adventure in picture and words. Read “Silver, Beer, and Bones in Kutna Hora, Czech Republic” in Go World Travel Magazine.


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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Books of Birth at The Ivy Bookshop

Join us this Thursday at 7 p.m. as The Ivy Bookshop, 6080 Falls Road, Baltimore, presents Books of Birth with Eric D. Goodman, Jane Satterfield, Betsy Boyd, and Katherine Cottle. These local writers and poets share unique musings on the transitory states of pregnancy, birth and parenthood.

Straight from The Ivy's website:

Eric D. Goodman is the author of Womb: A Novel in Utero, Tracks: A Novel in Stories (which won the 2011 Gold Medal for Best Fiction in the Mid-Atlantic Region from the Independent Publishers Book Awards) and Flightless Goose. He regularly reads his fiction on Baltimore’s WYPR and at book festivals and literary events. He is co-founder and curator of Baltimore's longest-running literary reading series, the Lit and Art Reading Series. Eric lives in Baltimore with his wife and two children, where he writes about trains, wombs, and animals gone wild, among other things.

Jane Satterfield is a poet, essayist, editor, and associate professor at Loyola University Maryland. Her poetry collections are Her Familiars; Assignation at Vanishing Point, which received the Elixir Press Book Award; and Shepherdess with an Automatic, awarded the Towson University Prize for Literature. Satterfield’s honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in poetry and three Maryland Arts Council poetry grants. She is currently Literary Editor for JMI, the journal of MIRCI (the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement), based in Ontario. Satterfield’s partner is poet Ned Balbo who shares in many of her adventures. They are the guardians of two cats.

Betsy Boyd is a fiction writer and journalist. She teaches creative writing at the University of Baltimore and serves as literary editor of BaltimoreFishbowl.com and as senior editor at Baltimore Style. A regular contributor to Daily Variety from 2001-2011, Betsy also edited PaperDoll, Baltimore's first shopping magazine. Her story “Scarecrow” received a Pushcart Prize, and she is the recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council award, an Elliot Coleman Writing Fellowship and a James A. Michener Fellowship.

Katherine Cottle is the author of I Remain Yours: Secret Mission Love Letters of My Mormon Great-Grandparents, 1900-1903, Halfway: A Journal Through Pregnancy and My Father's Speech. Cottle is a Writing Fellow at Goucher College and teaches creative writing at Stevenson University and for Johns Hopkins University's CTYOnline Programs. She is currently working on a revision of her doctoral dissertation, The Hidden Heart of Charm City: Remapping Baltimore through Intimate Letters.

Get some unique perspectives (and some books) on birth, childhood, and parenthood at this free event! Learn more at The Ivy's website.



Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Inconveninece in the B'K

The Bitchin' Kitsch, known to regular readers as The B'K, published my short excerpt from Womb: a novel in utero, "Inconvenience."

Volume 8, Issue 9 features cover art from Stephen Mead; artwork by Michelle Brooks, Stephen Mead,  Douglas Polk, Fabrice Poussin, and Rebecka Skogg; fiction by Robert Beckvall, Eric D. Goodman, and Adreyo Sen; and poetry by Gale Acuff, Sissy Buckles, Lucía Damacela, Darren Demaree, Teddy Duncan Jr., Ryan Quinn Flanagan, BT Hathaway, Sergio A. Ortiz, Frederick Pollack, Richard Salembier, Dr. Mel Waldman, and R.J. Zeman

Check out "Inconvenience" in The B’K September 2017 issue.



Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Saucy Shortlisted by Brilliant Flash Fiction

My short story, "Saucy," was shortlisted in the Brilliant Flash Fiction Concealment Contest. Brilliant Flash Fiction presents the "best and most unusual" flash fiction to readers. More than 250 writers entered the Concealment contest; ten were shortlisted.

"Saucy" is the story of a family who adopts a dog who isn't what she appears.

Read the story, along with the three winners and seven additional shortlisted works, at Brilliant Flash Fiction.



Wednesday, September 27, 2017

First Friday Brings Highlandtown to Historic York Inn / Smyser-Bair House

Just off last week's Baltimore Book Fest event at the Inner Harbor Stage (Baltimore Visitor's Center), the Lit and Art Reading Series is at it again!

Next Friday, October 6, from 6 to 9 p.m., join the proprietors of The Historic York Inn / Smyser-Bair House as the popular Lit and Art Reading Series presents an evening of live music, literary readings, original artwork, free snacks, drinks, tours of the mansion, and fun!

Featured talent includes Rafael Alvarez reading from his new book, Basilio Boullosa Stars in the Fountain of Highlandtown (CityLit Press), Bill Hughes, Barbara DeCesare, Eric D. Goodman, and live music by singer-songwriter Roberta Chadderton

Berkshire-Hathaway offers tours of the 1830s mansion, The Smyser-Bair House / Historic York Inn. Step back in time for a tour through history, with hand-carved, gilded Pier mirrors, stained glass, etched glass, hand plasterwork, woodwork, and chandeliers that rival those found in museums. Anchored in York’s historic district since the 1830s, and belonging to the Smyser-Bair family until 1979 (when it was left to the York Historical Trust before becoming a private inn) this home is a rich part of York's history, recently featured in front page news and on national television for its historic charm. (And it could be yours.)

It's all part of York's First Friday festivities.


Monday, September 25, 2017

Shirley Brewer Shoutout in Baltimore Style

Shirley Brewer, a Baltimore poet to be reckoned with, was recently interviewed in Baltimore Style Magazine about her new book of poetry from Main Rag Press, Bistro in Another Realm.

In the article, Jessica Gregg asked Shirley about the Baltimore lit scene. Shirley gave a shoutout to the Lit and Art Reading series, along side the Baltimore Book Festival, CityLit, and Passegers.

Not bad company.

Shirley can mix us a Manhattan, or a poetry reading, any time.

Read the interview in Baltimore Style.


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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Lit & Art at Baltimore Book Fest's Inner Harbor Stage This Friday

Join the Lit and Art Reading Series at the Baltimore Book Festival's Inner Harbor Stage, inside the Visitor's Center, presented by Towson University.

Readers include Clarinda Harriss, Fernando Quijano III, and Ron Tanner. Eric D. Goodman will read from Womb: a novel in utero.

Live music courtesy of Goodloe Byron, original art presented by Manzar Rassouli, and emcee Nitin Jagdish is at the helm.

It all takes place in one lit-and-art packed hour from 4:30 to 5:30 on Friday, September 22. After the event, chat with us and ask us to sign a book for you!

Learn more about the event and participants at the official Baltimore Book Festival website:

And join the event on
Facebook event here!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Lit and Art Reading Series: The Album Series

Ever wonder what you’ve been missing if you’ve been missing the Lit and Art Reading Series? Some may say that a picture is worth a thousand words—we don’t subscribe to that theory. A thousand pictures don’t capture the feeling of a live literary event, people reading their poetry and prose, fiction and memoir, performing their songs and presenting their art. Not to mention the fulfillment of discussing the arts and everything under the sun during intermission and before and after the performances.

A thousand pictures can’t convey what it means to attend a Lit and Art event. But … since we happen to have a thousand pictures of the past few events—let’s try!

Past events have taken place at The Watermark Gallery, The Ivy Bookshop’s Bird in Hand, The Historic York Inn / Smyser-Bair House, and the Baltimore Book Festival.

Spot anyone you know?  Why not picture yourself at the next event?

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Thursday, September 07, 2017

A Slower Pace in Silky Suzhou

You may have read my recent travel story, “Shanghai in the Fast Lane,” published on in the British online magazine Hackwriters. Follow that adventure with a more relaxing voyage through Suzhou.

Hackwriters, an online portfolio of good writing, has been digitally archived in the British Library since it began in 1999 and has been affiliated with Falmouth University and University of Portsmouth before becoming independent.

Our exploration of Suzhou, the Venice of the East, takes us along the canals of the old city, through the ancient streets of a farmer’s market, to a silk production factory and silk embroidery workshop, and across a lingering garden.

Read “Silky Suzhou: Venice of the East” in Hackwriters!