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Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Chatting With Authors

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Thousands of writers at all levels—from beginners to seasoned experts—join together to share and learn at writing conferences across the nation and around the world. I have fond memories of cutting my teeth at some of these conferences, such as the  Annual Maryland Writers Conference.

My own session went well.  I participated in a panel discussion on marketing your writing.  Joining me were authors Austin Camacho, Diane Marquette, and Peter Abresch. We provided tips on our own unique ways of marketing our writing to new audiences — through blogs, articles, book signings, book readings, conferences, social media, and more.

The highlight of one Maryland Writers Conference was the keynote address by author Thomas F. Montelone.  Tom is the author of more than thirty books and has published more than 100 stories.  He’s also the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Writing a Novel.  

I had the pleasure of chatting with Tom over coffee during the conference for about half an hour.  But I didn’t conduct an interview since I knew that there were already two great ones out there by fellow conference-goers.

Read an interview with Tom conducted by Nancy O. Greene at The Writer’s Block here.



Monday, December 18, 2023

"Fire Pit Season" and "Hammer," published on North of Oxford.

I'm excited to share two of my latest poems, "Fire Pit Season" and "Hammer," which were published on North of Oxford.

"Fire Pit Season" is a reflection of my observations of nature as it transitions into the cooler season. From squirrels opting for softer acorns to deer sampling the meaty red berries of dogwood trees.

On the other hand, "Hammer" is a stark commentary on the atrocities that occur daily in our world. It juxtaposes the comfort of our everyday lives with the harsh realities faced by others, aiming to provoke thought and introspection.

Learn more: 

Monday, December 11, 2023

“Nostalgia” in Syndic Literary Journal

My poem suite, Nostalgia,  has found a home in Syndic Literary Journal.

In the same issue, you’ll also find translations by Menke Katz.

Nostalgia includes five poems that look over the shoulder to other times and places. Listen to “Layover,” “Toast to Friendship,” “Just Enough,” “Last Call,” and “Moments” in Syndic Literary Journal at the link below: 


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Monday, December 04, 2023

The Lit & Art Reading Series

I'm excited to announce that the next event in the Lit & Art Reading Series will take place on Saturday, December 9 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on the 11th floor of the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower!

This will be the first Lit & Art since the pandemic hit. The event is free and open to the public.

The Lit & Art Reading Series has been showcasing the talents of local, regional, and national authors, poets, musicians, and artists since 2007—making us the longest-running literary salon series in Baltimore. This is our first event since January 2020, before the pandemic.

Join us at the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower on Saturday, December 9 from 12:30 to 2:30!

Nitin Jagdish and I will host the event.

Judith Krummeck of WBJC will emcee the event.

Featured readers include Charles Rammelkamp, Diane Sahms, g emil reutter, and Lauren Eisenberg Davis.

Musical guest is Pinto (Andrew Laughland and Tom Jackson); they will perform songs between readings.

There is an opportunity to share your work during open mic.

While here, you can enjoy the art gallery and a tour of this iconic Baltimore landmark!

Learn more about the Lit & Art event and the featured talent at the Lit & Art Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LitAndArt

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