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Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Bell May Toll for You

Looking for something spooky to read this Halloween? Here’s a story of mine recently published in the literary journal Futures Trading that may just make your ears ring.

My short story, “The Bell,” follows a young artist at an artist colony. Everything at the colony seems perfect … but is it? Find out by reading “The Bell” in Futures Trading.

Want more? You can read “Small Talk” in a flash. “Small Talk,” about a road trip that goes bad for one of a pair, was published in a recent issue of Crack the Spine.

Finally, there’s “Zombie is the New Vampire,” published in The Potomac back in Spring of 2011. The Potomac is a journal of poetry, politics, and prose based along the banks of the Potomac river.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Womb to Arrive Spring 2017

The new anticipated delivery for Womb: a novel in utero is spring 2017. The season of rebirth seems the perfect time to drop a new book like this one.

What makes Womb most unique is its unusual narrator. Set in the city and suburbs of Baltimore, the novel is narrated from the point of view of a child still in utero. He describes his own reality inside the womb, his connection to the collective consciousness, and narrates (through his own perspective) the drama of his mother’s life as she deals with her pregnancy, friends, family, and work. The unique narration in Womb has been compared to that in the novels Room by Emma Donoghue and The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold.

I wrote the original draft about a decade ago, after reading The Lovely Bones, being impressed by the dead narrator, and looking for the challenge of a unique point of view of my own. My wife was pregnant with our second child at the time, so I didn’t have to look far for my unusual narrator.

Stay tuned for news as it comes! 


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Friday, October 14, 2016

Longing for Lisbon?

If you're longing for Lisbon, join me for some pictures of Portugal. 

All this and next week, I'm recounting our recent adventure in Lisbon and the area on Facebook and Twitter.

Let's travel together. Your choice of vehicle:



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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Lit and Art Honors Wayne Countryman

We come near the end of another year, and complete the ninth year of the Lit and Art Reading Series. We also say farewell to a dear friend and long-time supporter of Lit and Art, Wane Countryman.

Unfortunately, due to situations beyond our control, we must cancel the Lit and Art Reading Series event at the Watermark Gallery, originally scheduled for October 30, including the tribute to our dear friend Wayne Countryman.

May we suggest that you honor Wayne by privately reading work by or about him?

Learn more about Wayne and his life at The Baltimore Sun:

Learn more about the 2017 Lit and Art Reading Series (as news becomes available) at www.facebook.com/groups/LitAndArt.

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Find Words and Wine at the Library

You’ll find more than books and words at the Catonsville Library this Saturday evening, October 22 from 7 to 9. Join us for Words & Wine hosted by the Friends of the Catonsville Library. Tickets are $25, and the social event offers a variety of wines, gourmet cheeses from around the world, jazz guitar, and the chance to mingle with local authors. Learn more about the event at www.catonsvillelibraryfriends.org/
And, don’t forget that the final Lit and Art of the 2016 season takes place on Sunday, October 30! Featured readers include Nathan Leslie, Nitin Jagdish, and Gregg Wilhelm. 

The second half of the program will be a tribute to the late Wayne Countryman with readings about him and of his work. 

Music by Limestone Connection, art by Manzar, and free refreshments. Join us on Sunday, October 30 from 2 to 5 p.m. at The Watermark Gallery, 100 South Charles Street, second floor of the Bank of America Building right across from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
And see you for some cheese and words and wine October 22 from 7 to 9 at the Catonsville Library; learn more at www.catonsvillelibraryfriends.org/