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Sunday Nov 11

Featuring Gary Blankenburg & Barbara DeCesare & Barret Warner

Minas’ Gallery & Boutique

Essential Sundays Reading at Minás

4pm

$3

Reading preceded by open mic

Julie Fisher hosts

Minás Gallery and Boutique

815 W. 36th Street

Baltimore, MD 21211

410-732-4258

Barrett Warner’s poems will appear this Holiday Season in Newtown Journal (Queens, NY), Ilanot Review (Tel Aviv), and Southeast Review.

Poems and Fictions by Barbara DeCesare have appeared in Grain,Poetry, Gargoyle and a buncha other places. She’s been very lucky until recenly when she became the widow hostess of Benevolent Armchair. She misses Chris Toll.

Gary Blankenburg has degrees in English from Illinois University (B.S., M.S.), Johns Hopkins University (M.L.A.), and Carnegie-Mellon University (D.A.). A retired English teacher, he is the author of several books of poetry and fiction and have published widely in small magazines, literary journals, and anthologies such as The Wormwood Review, The Salmon, Puerto del Sol, The Baltimore Review, Poetry Motel, Blue Collar Review, Gargoyle, Passager, etc. He was a founding editor of The Maryland Poetry Review and edited weekly poetry columns for a number of newspapers. His doctoral dissertation treated the confessional poets: John Berryman, Robert Lowell, Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, and W. D. Snodgrass. During the writing of the dissertation, he often met and consulted with Professor Snodgrass while he was at University of Delaware.

more info julie@poetryinbaltimore.com
443-418-4762

 

 

 

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Marie Abate is a poet and writer from Baltimore. She completed an M.A. in Writing from Johns Hopkins University in December 2011. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Sewanee Theological Review, The Meadowland Review, Halfway Down the Stairs, Urbanite, 20 Something Magazine, In Posse Review, Bank-Heavy Press, Loop Stories, Downer Magazine, Crack the Spine, and the Potomac Review, among other publications. She works as an editor for Connections Education and spends her free time working as a poetry editor for Seltzer, a literary magazine based in Baltimore.

Joseph lives near the zoo. His book of microfiction, Easter Rabbit, was released by Publishing Genius in 2009. His art has appeared in galleries and other venues around Baltimore and in a few other towns. Some of his work can be found at verysmalldogs.blogspot.com.

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Sundays Reading at Minás
Essential Sunday September 9
featuring Sandy Pattin
4pm
$3

Reading preceded by open mic
Julie Fisher hosts

Minás Gallery and Boutique
815 W. 36th Street
Baltimore, MD 21211
410-732-4258

Nikki Patin has been writing for over two decades. She has taught
hundreds of workshops on performance poetry, body image, sexual
assault prevention and LGBT issues. Patin has worked as a sexual
assault prevention educator for Rape Victim Advocates and as a case
manager/program coordinator for Center on Halsted’s youth program.

Patin has performed, taught and spoken at elementary schools, high
schools, colleges and universities such as Francis Parker,University of
Chicago, Adler School of Psychology, Northwestern University, Nancy
B. Jefferson High School (located within the Cook County Temporary
Juvenile Detention Center), University of Michigan, University of
Wisconsin-Madison and –Stevens Point and many others.

As a vocalist, Patin has been in seven bands and opened for Jill
Scott at the Metro in 2000. She was also a member of Chicago’s 2

001 Mental Graffiti National Poetry Slam team.

In 2004, she was featured on the fourth season of HBO’s

Def Poetry Jam and was voted one of Chicago’s six most

fabulous 20-somethings by Chicago Tribune’s Red Eye newspaper.

In 2006, Patin was voted one of 30 under 30 most influential LGBTQ

people in Chicago by Windy City Times and took the gold medal in
the Gay Games International LGBT poetry slam.

In 2008, Patin released “The Phat Grrrl Diaries”, her first
collection of writing and design.

In 2009, she completed a two-month tour of New Zealand and
Australia, collaborating with the Literatti, a spoken word performance

group based in Auckland, and performing her 60-minute, one-woman show,
“The Phat Grrrl Revolution.” Patin was nominated for “Best Standout
Performer” in the Dunedin Fringe Festival and was featured in
numerous radio, TV and print publications, including TV3,

George FM and NO.Magazine (NZ).

On May 7th, 2010, she released her full-length debut album,
“Bedroom Empire”, on her own label, Phat Grrrl Revolution.

Patin designs and maintains two websites, www.nikkipatin.com, and
phatgrrrlrevolution.com. She’s a contributing writer to
www.blackworthy.com.

 

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THURSDAY July 19
PerVerse featuring Baltimore City Youth Slam Team
Cyclops Books
30 West North Ave. (at Maryland Ave)
Baltimore, MD 21201
… 410.752.4487
THE BALTIMORE CITY YOUTH POETRY TEAM HAS BEEN
SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE INTERNATIONAL
POETRY COMPETITION IN SAN FRANCISCO. OUR STUDENTS
ARE SUPER TALENTED AND WILL REPRESENT BALTIMORE
WELL IF ONLY WE CAN GET THEM THERE.
THEY CURRENTLY HAVE NO FUNDING AND NEED SUPPORT>
So have $10, $20, $50, $100, $200, $500, $1000 in your
pocket and let’s get this team to SAn Francisco!
ANY SUPPORT WILL BE TRULY APPRECIATED MAKE A
DONATION OF ANY SIZE NOW VIA PAY PAL @pforp_bmore@hotmail.com !
Here’s YOUR opportunity to do your part! Put your money where your heart
should be…WITH OUR CHILDREN! Contact BCYPT www.bmoreyouthpoetry.org or
410-236-3775!
Watch their video:
PerVerse @ Cyclops Books-a 3rd Thursday night
series presenting Baltimore’s twisted strands of poetry performance DNA.
Curated not just by one host but by three!- David Drager, Julie Fisher and LuminoUS.
Showcasing poets who are singular and inspiring.
Julie 443-418-4762

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Sunday May 6th
4pm
$3
Reading preceded by open mic
Julie Fisher hosts

Minás Gallery and Boutique

815 W. 36th Street
Baltimore, MD 21211
410-732-4258

Featuring Chris “Batworth” Ciattei & e. megg magee

Chris Ciattei, also known as “Batworth,” is author of four chapbooks of poetry:
Good Going Down, Better Coming Up, Penetralia, and Everything in Particular,
all published in the 1990’s on the Shattered Wig imprint. In 2008 his poem “Business Loafers”
won second prize in Baltimore City Paper’s annual poetry and fiction contest. His poems
have appeared in The Shattered Wig Review, Lost and Found Times, and The Pearl, as
well as many other small press publications. He has also completed several collections
poems that remain unpublished. Chris is also a longtime musician and currently plays
drums in the Happy Houlihans, The Go-Pills, and a soon to be named project. He lives in Baltimore.
e. megg magee has been co-editor of The Pearl, published in numerous local magazines
including the Maryland Poetry Review, Dancing Shadow Press, and The City Paper among
others, was nominated for the ARTSCAPE poetry award in 1989, has won a scholarship at
Towson university for Best Undergraduate Manuscript and a First Place prize in a National
Contest on writing about the Vietnam War sponsored by five different veteran organizations,
read her poetry on DC radio station WPFW 89.3 then hosted by Grace Cavalieri and published
in the WPFW 89.3 Anthology, as well as had her poems read on Poetry for The Blind a San
Francisco based radio show. She currently battles her demons with a good sharp cheddar
cheese and continues to aspire to be a drum when she isn’t just sleeping.

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Sunday April 29th (not a 2nd Sunday)
Featuring
Book Launch for- It Can Be Solved By Walking
by Jennifer Wallace
4pm
$3
Reading preceded by open mic
Julie Fisher hosts

Minás Gallery and Boutique
815 W. 36th Street
Baltimore, MD 21211
410-732-4258

Jennifer Wallace teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art in
Baltimore, MD. She is a poetry editor at The Cortland Review and a
founding editor of Toadlily Press. Her chapbook, Minor Heaven, appears
in Desire Path (Toadlily Press, 2005). In 2009, she directed a short
documentary,  Inter : View, A Conversation About Nature and the City.
Her photographs have been exhibited at the Baltimore Museum of Art and
at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has written essays for
exhibition catalogs and literary magazines; her poems appear in
numerous journals and anthologies.

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February 12
4 pm
featuring Barrett Warner & Shevaun Branigan
Reading preceded by open mic
Julie Fisher hosts

Shevaun Brannigan is a poet and animal rights activist from Washington D.C. She was a finalist in the 2012

So To Speak poetry prize at George Mason University. Her poems have been published in Rattle, Calyx,

Pebble Lake Review, Spoon River and Swivel: the Nexus of Women and Writing. A 2007 Pushcart nominee.
Brannigan’s is a poetry of witness which is borne of a life of witness. Instead of merely photographing the

slaughter with her poems she uses them to fight back and is as adept with a pen as a Kalashnikov rifle.

Barrett Warner has lived in eight Maryland counties since the Sixties. He has stood for days pondering the

concept of a “down escalator.” He’ll be reading from his new manuscript “Jawbone of an Ass.” His poems will be published this spring in Freshwater.

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THURSDAY January 19
PerVerse featuring Michael Monroe
open mic sign up 7:30/Reading at 8:00
Cyclops Books
30 West North Ave. (at Maryland Ave)
Baltimore, MD 21201
… 410.752.4487

http://www.facebook.com/CyclopsBmore

PerVerse @ Cyclops Books-a 3rd Thursday night series presenting
Baltimore’s twisted strands of poetry performance DNA.  Curated not just
by one host but by three!- David Drager, Julie Fisher and LuminoUS.
Showcasing poets who are singular and inspiring.

Michael Monroe believes that life is a form of performance art and
poetry is one means of recording it. In college, he was the poetry
editor of Grub Street, Towson University’s literary magazine. Since
then, he’s been published in the Loch Raven Review, Manorborn, and
Poet’s Ink. He has poems due to be published in upcoming issues of
Lyric Poetry Magazine and Gargoyle Magazine, and also collects
rejection slips from Poetry Magazine and the New Yorker, which he uses
as wallpaper.  Two of his poems were recorded on the Words on War CD
produced by Birdhouse Studios and he often does poetry readings with Gimme
Shelter Productions to raise money for the homeless in Baltimore.  He has also be
seen playing violin from time to time.

More info www.poetryinbaltimore.com/main/calendar
Julie 443-418-4762

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THURSDAY December 15
PerVerse featuring Gray, Cliff Lynn & Rebecca Dupas
Cyclops Books
30 West North Ave. (at Maryland Ave)
Baltimore, MD 21201
… 410.752.4487

http://www.facebook.com/CyclopsBmore

PerVerse @ Cyclops Books-a 3rd Thursday night series presenting
Baltimore’s twisted strands of poetry performance DNA.  Curated not just
by one host but by three!- David Drager, Julie Fisher and LuminoUS.
Showcasing poets who are singular and inspiring.

More info www.poetryinbaltimore.com/main/calendar
Julie 443-418-4762


Gray aka “Gray the Poet” from Monrovia, Liberia by way of Durham, NC. now frequents the DMV area, is a transgender spoken word artist, slam poet, actor and host. He has been wrting poetry since grade school and started performing at the age of 15. “Gray” manages to capture audiences, rendering them speechless with his powerful gift of prose. Using life stories to deliver messages of equality. A phenomenally breathtaking jack of all trades artist.

cliff lynn is not here.  he has sent his surrogate, plantain exis, to read his shit.  deal.

Rebecca Dupas
Educator, Spoken Word Artist, Host of VERBATIMondays and Busboys & Poets (Shirlington), Host of OneMic online: www.onemic.tv.
Tutorial Services:

http://www.brownsbeginnings.com/TUTORIAL-SERVICES.html

Hosting & Performances:

VERBATIMondays (Every 1st Monday)
@ Peace and a Cup of Joe
713 W. Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21212
7-10pm; $10;$7 Performers

Busboys & Poets Open Mic (3rd Mondays)
@ Busboys & Poets in Shirlington
4251 S. Campbell Ave
Baltimore, MD 22206
8-10; $3 Wristbands

Order: “Long Enough” by: Rebecca Dupas:

http://cdbaby.com/cd/rebeccadupas

Order “Therapy Sessions: A Year of Epiphanies” by Rebecca Dupas:

http://cdbaby.com/cd/rebeccadupas2

more information
Julie@poetryinbaltimore.com
Julie Fisher 443-418-4762

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Sunday December 15

Essential Sundays Reading at Minas’
4pm
$3
Reading preceded by open mic
Julie Fisher hosts
Minas’ Gallery and Boutique
815 W. 36th Street
Baltimore, MD 21211
410-732-4258

Christine Stewart is program director for literary arts with the Maryland State Arts Council.

She also directs the National Endowment for the Arts’ Poetry Out Loud program for Maryland.

A former artist-in-residence with Creative Alliance in Baltimore, she is the founding director of the Write Here, Write Now workshops co-sponsored by CityLit Project. She has a M.A. and M.F.A. in creative writing and poetry, is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship in poetry, an Individual Artist Award in fiction from the Maryland State Arts Council, is a Pushcart Prize nominee, and has been published in Poetry, Ploughshares, Blackbird, The Cortland Review and other literary magazines.  She has most recently been awarded a residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She calls herself an Inspiratrice for Writers and enjoys teaching and mentoring writers through all phases of living a creative life. For more information go to www.therealwriter.com.

Michael Fallon Lives in Baltimore’s Charles Village with his wife, Ruth, and has taught Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition at UMBC since 1985. Fallon was President of The Maryland Poetry and Literary Society (1984-91) and has edited two literary magazines, including Puerto del Sol (1980-81) and the Maryland Poetry Review (1984-91) where Fallon was a founding editor.  Fallon has been active as a contest judge for Poetry Out Loud and a Literary Arts Grant Review Panelist for the Maryland State Arts Council and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.  Fallon’s poems have been widely published in literary magazines, anthologies, and pamphlets as well as broadcast on public radio and recorded on CDs. Poems have appeared recently in The American Scholar, The Antietam Review, The Loch Raven Review,  and The Oyez Review.  Essays have appeared in The Maryland English Journal, in Lite Magazine, and The Loch Raven Review.  Fallon has been a winner of Maryland Arts Council Fellowships in Poetry in 1988 and 2009; his first book of Poems, A History of the Color Black, was published by Dolphin-Moon Press in 1991 and his ms of Poems, The Great Before and After is forthcoming in 2011 from BrickHouse Books. Fallon’s ms of poems, Since You Have No Body, was the winner of Plan B Press’ 2011 Chapbook Award.

more info Julie 443-418-4762

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Sunday November 13

Essential Sundays Reading at Minas’
4pm
$3
Reading preceded by open mic
Julie Fisher hosts
Minas’ Gallery and Boutique
815 W. 36th Street
Baltimore, MD 21211
410-732-4258

Featuring a Release Reading for the Follow The Buffalo Anthology. Readers include:
Barrett Warner, Antoine Harrell, Emily Mullin, Emily Crespo, Joseph Crespo and Ashley Scurto, Rick Connor

Follow The Buffalo is a literary workshop that meets Tuesday evenings to share and critique work at Salamander Books.

more info: 443-418-4762

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Sunday September 11

Essential Sundays Reading at Minas’

4pm

$3

Reading preceded by open mic

Hosted by Julie Fisher and sponsored by www.PoetryInBaltimore.com

For more information contact Tony at mypoetrypage@yahoo.com.

nora

Nora Sandler is a rising second-year undergraduate at the University of Chicago. In 2010, she placed third in the country in Poetry Out Loud, a recitation contest for high school students, and has recited very sporadically in other venues since then. She is also a writer, and one of her poems appeared earlier this year in the Logan Square Literary Review. In her free time, Nora studies piano and guitar. She plans to major in computer science.

j

James Leitch is a dedicated musician and educator from Baltimore, MD. A self-taught rock guitarist from the age of 13, James began study of the classical guitar technique and repertoire in 2009 under Robert Winter. Since then, he has pursued an art-music repertoire reflecting a diverse array of musical interests, ranging from the classic music of Tarrega and Sor to contemporary works of Brouwer and Broadway Showtunes. He is currently completing his studies at Towson University under the tutelage of Michael Decker.

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Sunday August 14

Essential Sundays Reading at Minas’

4pm

$3

Reading preceded by open mic

Hosted by Julie Fisher and sponsored by www.PoetryInBaltimore.com

Suspended Somewhere Between: A Book of Verse

Akbar Ahmed’s Suspended Somewhere Between is a collection of poetry from the man the BBC calls “the world’s leading authority on contemporary Islam.” A mosaic of Ahmed’s life, which has traversed cultural and religious barriers, this book of verse is personal with a vocal range from introspective and reflective to romantic and emotive to historical and political. The poems take the reader from the forbidding valleys and mountains of Waziristan in the tribal areas of Pakistan to the think tanks and halls of power in Washington, DC; from the rustic tranquility of Cambridge to the urban chaos of Karachi.

The collection spans half a century of writing and gives the reader a front row seat to the drama of a world in turmoil. Can there be more drama than Ahmed’s first memories as a boy of four on a train through the killing fields of North India during the partition of the subcontinent in 1947? Or the breakup of Pakistan into two counties amidst mass violence in 1971? Yet, in the midst of change and uncertainty, there is the optimism and faith of a man with confidence in his fellow man and in the future, despite the knowledge that perhaps the problems and challenges of the changing world would prove to be too great.

Ahmed’s poetry was a constant source of solace and renewal to which he escaped for inspiration and sanity. He loved poetry of every kind whether English, Urdu or Persian. Ahmed was as fascinated by Keats and Coleridge as he was by Rumi and Ghalib. For us, he serves as a guide to the inner recesses of the Muslim world showing us its very heart. Through the poems, the reader gets fresh insights into the Muslim world and its struggles. Above all, they carry the eternal message of hope and compassion.

sponsored by www.PoetryInBaltimore.com

more info 443-418-4762

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Sunday July 10th

Essential Sundays Reading at Minas’

4pm

$3

Reading preceded by open mic

Angela Horner guest hosts

Minas’ Gallery and Boutique

815 W. 36th Street

Baltimore, MD 21211

410-732-4258

Featuring Jeremy Bruno and Fernando Quijano III

Jeremy Bruno is a fiction, science and technical writer with a background in biology. He writes about science, society and fiction at Seed Media Group’s ScienceBlogs and more recently, at Scientopia, an online community of scientists, medical practitioners and science writers.

Fernando Quijano III is the Vice President of the Maryland Writer’s Association & author of From the Bottom Up, an op-ed column featured on theurbantwist.com. His work has been featured in Welter & Smile Hon, You’re in Baltimore. An excerpt from his unpublished novel, Forever, Lilith was included in the Apprentice House anthology Freshly Squeezed. He has been featured at the Baltimore Book Festival, Stoop Storytelling, & The Signal on WYPR. In his spare time, Fernando volunteers to lead workshops for Writing Outside the Fence, a program for the ex-offender community, as well as at the Brock Bridge Correctional Facility. Fernando was recently awarded a B grant for his writing by the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund.

sponsored by Poetry nbaltimore.com

more info 443-418-4762

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PerVerse Where The Arts Get Twisted

Friday July 15th

Featuring Barrett Warner and EarthGoddess

8:00 pm

Open mic precedes reading

Donations requested for Gallery & features

Hamilton Gallery

5502 Harford Road,

Baltimore, MD 21214

(near the intersection of Harford Road and Hamilton Avenue)

Barrett Warner’s 4 wheeling…….. off road……… poetry has been rutting up Baltimore’s garden parties for two decades, a crocodile hunter in an ipod store. He can swivel the entire Ancient Mariner without dropping his hula hoop. His new work appears in “Natural Bridge” whose editors let one slip past them. He brings his grunts to the Hamilton Gallery.

” I write this sort of deliciousness as Earthgoddess, and I am always striving for open minds, open hearts and open souls.  So now intimacy is revealed, submission precedes adoration and words become the toys to take your breath away. These works are not sweet nothings. My work deals with fang and claw, darkness within lust, fear as foreplay. Come, journey with me, and walk slowly because I would hate to think you had missed even a moment of this.

Reading sponsored by www.PoetryInBaltimore.com

More info 443-418-4762

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Essential Sundays Reading at Minas’

Sunday August 14th

4pm

$3

Reading preceded by open mic

Julie Fisher returns as host

Minas’ Gallery and Boutique

815 W. 36th Street

Baltimore, MD 21211

410-732-4258

Featuring

Book Release for Professor Akbar Ahmed

Suspended Somewhere Between: A Book of Verse

Akbar Ahmed’s Suspended Somewhere Between is a collection of poetry from the man the BBC calls “the world’s leading authority on contemporary Islam.” A mosaic of Ahmed’s life, which has traversed cultural and religious barriers, this book of verse is personal with a vocal range from introspective and reflective to romantic and emotive to historical and political. The poems take the reader from the forbidding valleys and mountains of Waziristan in the tribal areas of Pakistan to the think tanks and halls of power in Washington, DC; from the rustic tranquility of Cambridge to the urban chaos of Karachi.

The collection spans half a century of writing and gives the reader a front row seat to the drama of a world in turmoil. Can there be more drama than Ahmed’s first memories as a boy of four on a train through the killing fields of North India during the partition of the subcontinent in 1947? Or the breakup of Pakistan into two counties amidst mass violence in 1971? Yet, in the midst of change and uncertainty, there is the optimism and faith of a man with confidence in his fellow man and in the future, despite the knowledge that perhaps the problems and challenges of the changing world would prove to be too great.

Ahmed’s poetry was a constant source of solace and renewal to which he escaped for inspiration and sanity. He loved poetry of every kind whether English, Urdu or Persian. Ahmed was as fascinated by Keats and Coleridge as he was by Rumi and Ghalib. For us, he serves as a guide to the inner recesses of the Muslim world showing us its very heart. Through the poems, the reader gets fresh insights into the Muslim world and its struggles. Above all, they carry the eternal message of hope and compassion.

sponsored by www.poetryinbaltimore.com

more info 443-418-4762

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PerVerse

Friday, June 17 · 8:00pm – 10:30pm

Hamilton Art Gallery

5502 Hartford Road

Baltimore, MD

Join us for Third Fridays PerVerse-The most carefully pronounced name in poetry, is now unmentionable in Facebook. What could be better than that? This month is hosted by David Drager and features Linda Joy Burke and Deborah Edelman. This exciting and unmentionable event is sponsored by Poetry in Baltimore. Doors open at 7:30PM, with open mic beginning at 8:00PM.

Linda Joy Burke

Performance Poet and writer Linda Joy Burke’s po…etry, fiction, op-ed columns, reviews, profiles and feature stories have appeared in numerous publications including: Articulate, The Little Patuxent Review, Obsidian II Black Literature in Review, Black Issues Book Review, Beltway: An On-Line Quarterly, Jambalaya Magazine, Healing Design; Practical Feng Shui For Gracious Living, Gargoyle 54, When Divas Laugh, and Women-to-Women Magazine.

Her images, prose and poetry are available on-line at Ljoybird@aol.comwww.lindajoyburke.blogspot.com, www.lindajoyburke2.blogspot.com, http://birdpoet2.tumblr.com/ and http://www.flickr.com/photos/ljoyburke/.

Deborah Edelman

Deborah Edelman published a poem at 18 about her objections to being a poet. Irony and conflict continue to fuel her work decades later. An award-winning professional writer, author and researcher, she started performing her poetry in 1991 at New York’s Knitting Factory and has read in various venues on both coasts. Her poems have been published in the anthology Poetry in Performance, online in Salon and SomaLit, and elsewhere.

After moving from Berkeley to Baltimore in 2004, she formed Charm City Writers, a critique group for Baltimore writers of all genres, and she served as Program Director of the Maryland Writers’ Association. (www.deborahedelman.com)

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Sunday, June 5 · 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Minas’ Gallery and Boutique

$3

815 W. 36th Street

Essential Sundays Reading at Minas’

Featuring Dario DiBattista and Rebecca Harris

GUEST HOST Marie Abate!

Reading preceded by open mic

Iraq War veteran Dario DiBattista has an MA in Creative Writing from The Johns Hopkins University. His work has appeared in The Washingtonian, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Connecticut Review, World Hum, The Johns Hopkins University Arts & Sciences Magazine, and other places. He is a frequent blogger for www.notalone.com, which is a resource website for returning veterans. He lives in Towson, MD where he is the Senior Nonfiction Editor for jmww.

Rebecca Harris is a poet who also writes plenty of prose and nonfiction. A founding member of the Baltimore-based tech startup, Action = Reaction Labs, Rebecca balances her day job with her work to complete her MA in Writing with a concentration in poetry at Johns Hopkins University.

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Sunday, May 1 · 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Essential Sundays Reading at Minas’

4pm

$3

Featuring Sandra Beasley and Chris Pott

Reading preceded by open mic

…SPECIAL GUEST host Tony Hayes

Minas’ Gallery and Boutique

815 W. 36th Street

Baltimore, MD 21211

410-732-4258

Baltimore based spoken word artist Chris Potts shares her personal versions of traditional oral narrative stories from around the world.  Currently pursuing graduate work in Storytelling at East Tennessee State University, Chris tells myth, folk and fairy tales for all ages in educational, workshop and performance venues.  She specializes in tales of human struggle, triumph and transformation that invite listeners to recognize the heroic potential and mythic adventure in their own lives.

Sandra Beasley is the author of I Was the Jukebox, winner of the 2009 Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Theories of Falling, winner of the 2007 New Issues Poetry Prize. Other honors include selection for the 2010 Best American Poetry, the University of Mississippi Summer Poet in Residence position, a DCCAH Individual Artist Fellowship, the Friends of Literature Prize from the Poetry Foundation, and the Maureen Egen Exchange Award from Poets & Writers. She lives in Washington, D.C., where her prose has been featured in the Washington Post Magazine. In 2011 Crown will publish her memoir, Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life.

more info 443-418-4762

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Sunday, April 10 · 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Essential Sundays Reading at Minas’

4pm

$3

Temple and Mike Monroe

Reading preceded by open mic

…SPECIAL GUEST host Alan Reese

Minas’ Gallery and Boutique

815 W. 36th Street

Baltimore, MD 21211

410-732-4258

Michael Monroe has been writing poetry and doing readings in the Baltimore area for the past 15 years. He’s had poems published most recently in the Lyric, the Loch Raven Review, Foliate Oak, and Manorborn. He also has poems due to be published in upcoming issues of Gargoyle Magazine, Struggle, and the Blue Collar Review. Two of his poems were recorded on the Words on War CD produced by Birdhouse Studios and he’s been a member of the Zelda’s Inferno writing group and workshop since 2000. He often does poetry readings with Gimme Shelter Productions to help raise money for the homeless in Baltimore.

Ana Temple Abram has been performing on stages since the age of four. Her first stage experience gave her a passion for theatre which she pursued heavily until age 18 when she discovered the power of her own voice and her own words. In 2003 Ana Temple Abram took to the stage not to bring breath and life to other people’s words but to her own. Temple has always used poetry as a outlet for her emotions which lends itself to a dynamic commentary on life through the eyes of a young woman who is only just now beginning to accept her power. She has been performing on stages in Baltimore since 2004 and since then has traveled with her art as far as Nicaragua where she taught and organized bilingual poetry nights for her students. Through her work with Poetry for the people of Baltimore she has had the opportunity to perform at The Baltimore museum of art, the Walters Art gallery, Reginald F. Lewis and the American visionary Art museum. Temple uses her poetry and art as a means of healing and connecting WITH the people. Temple has started her own nonprofit dedicated to giving youth a voice and an opportunity to heal through LAFFH (Love acceptance faith forgiveness and healing). Temple has released one spoken word CD entitled Speak-her Pray-her and is working on her sophomore album to be released soon. Temple has also harnessed her eternal childlike nature into a series of her own Children’s Books entitled Brown Baby Books to be released in fall of 2010. Temple loves people and believes in sharing each experience so that someone may find commonality and hope in her story. Temple has dealt with such issues as rape, love, family, abuse, and empowerment. Her message and story in contrast with her being is to serve as a testament of what God can really do.

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PerVerse – Third Fridays

Friday, April 15 ·

8:00pm – 11:00pm

Hamilton Gallery  5502 Harford Road

Baltimore, MD 21214

Featured poets  Slangston Hughes and Yuzun Kang

Poetry reading with open mic.

More info 443-418-4762

This month’s features:

Slangston Hughes

…Born in and influenced by the HipHop era, yet at the same time always acknowledging the foundations laid down by fore runners and trail blazers such as Langston Hughes, Amiri Baraka, Gil Scott Heron, The Last Poets, Sonia Sanchez, Nikki Giovanni, Jaki Terry, Saul Williams, Jessica Care Moore, Taalam Acey, E The Poet Emcee, etc… Most recently (March 2010) Mr. Hughes released a book of original poetry entitled “Slanguage Arts” (The Readers Edition) the follow up to 2007’s Album of the same title which was critical praised as “A deeply profound representation of this generations next and most important radical poetic voice” by Omar Bin Hussin of The Last Poets. Slangston Hughes attempts to bridge the gap between the legacy paved through the Harlem renaissance and Black Arts Movement with the innovative but yet rebellious spirit of HipHop culture, evoking the eternally emerging essence of the town crier or “street poet.”

“Street poetry, not because it is merely poetry from or for the street, but because I want every word that I speak to become concrete.”-Slangston Hughes

Yuzun Kang

Yuzun Kang was born in South Korea and raised in Germany and South Korea. He holds a M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of Virginia where he studied under Greg Orr, Rita Dove, and Charles Wright. He also holds a B.A. in Poetry from Purdue University. His chapbook Konglish received the 2005 Vincent Chin Memorial Chapbook Prize, and was published by MANOA. His poems and writings have been published in Phoebe, Racialicious, and No More Lives. He is currently finishing his second manuscript, Avian, and lives in Baltimore where he works for Pure Bang Games.

Host this month: David Drager

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Essential Sundays Reading at Minas’

Sunday February 13th

Edward Doyle-Gillespie and Kristina Mercier

4pm

$3

Reading preceded by open mic

Julie Fisher hosts

Minas’ Gallery and Boutique

815 W. 36th Street

Baltimore, MD 21211

410-732-4258

Edward Doyle-Gillespie has just released his chapbook Masala Tea and Oranges and he is a proud Hampdenite, and former teacher, who holds a BA in History from George Washington University, and an MLA from Johns Hopkins. He is married to Elaine Doyle-Gillespie, a teacher at the Greenmount School, and serves as a Police patrolman in the Central District of Baltimore City.

Kristina Mercier will share her book, “An Agreement  With Love”  She was born the youngest of five children to a musically gifted mother and a father who loved sailing on the Great Lakes, PBS, and Big Band music. They raised their kids in a small town at a time when parents never feared letting their children roam. So Kristina was able to explore the world around her, without fear. Her childhood was filled with love, and spending time in nature. Writing, poetry and storytelling was a part of her life, even if only secretly. There were other pursuits for a young girl growing into a woman – friends, jobs, a career path, moving away from home, and falling in love … alongside it all, she always wrote. Come hear the results for yourself.

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February 18 PerVerse

Where The Arts Get Twisted

Poetry reading with features and open mic.

8:00 pm

Patric Pepper and Mary Ann Larkin

Hamilton Art Gallery

5502 Harford Road,

Baltimore, MD 21214

(near the intersection of Harford Road and Hamilton Avenue)

Patric Pepper was born, and lives, in Washington D.C. His poems have appeared in various magazines and anthologies, including Confrontation, The Distillery, Medicinal Purposes Literary Review and The Comstock Review. His chapbook, Zoned Industrial, was published by Poet to Poet, Richmond Hill, New York, in 2000 as the first annual Medicinal Purposes Chapbook Contest winner. His Poem “Judas Tree” won the 1998 Muriel Craft Bailey Award from The Comstock Review. Since 1982 he has been a member of the Capitol Hill Poetry Group, which published a twentieth anniversary anthology, The Other Side of the Hill, 1975-1995, Forest Woods Media Productions Inc., 1996.

Mary Ann Larkin is a poet, writer, teacher and former fund-raising and publications consultant to nonprofit organizations. The Coil of the Skin, a book of poems, was published by Washington Writers Publishing House in 1982. She is the author of four chapbooks: White Clapboard, by Carol Allen of Philadelphia; The DNA of the Heart with Patric Pepper, published by Pond Road Press; A Shimmering That Goes With Us by Finishing Line Press in 2005; and gods & flesh by Plan B Press in early 2007. Her poems have appeared in Poetry Ireland Review, New Letters, Poetry Greece and numerous other magazines, as well as in more than twenty local and national anthologies, including America In Poetry and Loving, a poetry and art series published by Harry N. Abrams Inc. of New York.

Sponsored by Poetry in Baltimore and hosted by Julie Fisher.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

www.Hamiltonarts.org

Julie@poetryinbaltimore.com

Julie Fisher 443-418-4762

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Essential Sundays Reading at Minas’
Sunday January 9th

4pm

$3

Reading preceded by open mic

Julie Fisher hosts

Minas’ Gallery and Boutique

815 W. 36th Street

Baltimore, MD 21211

410-732-4258

GRAY, Kathleen Hellen and Elizabeth Smith


Zyon “Graythepoet” Gray
Slam Poet, Actor, Playwright, Trans gender Activist
Born in Durham NC by way of Monrovia Liberia
Spent several years in Baltimore City performing. Has featured and spotlighted at legendary venues country wide.
uses his artistically inclined gift of prose to change the hearts and minds of audiences everywhere
released his first album entitled “On 2nd Thought” in 2007
www.thegrayexperience.com

Kathleen Hellen will be unveiling her new book-“The Girl Who Loved Mothra”. Her work has appeared in Barrow Street; The Cortland Review; the Hollins Critic; Nimrod; Prairie Schooner; Southern Poetry Review; Subtropics; among others. Awards include the Washington Square Review, James Still and ThomasMerton poetry prizes, as well as individual artist grants from the state and city of Baltimore. She is an editor for the Baltimore Review.

Elizabeth Smith had spent years pruning her grief,love,anger and cravings into a topiary of WASP sensibilities. Suddenly she realized poetry purged all that in such a profound way, so writing simply became soul seepage. Her work deals with the darker moments, and the play of light beneath the shadows. Come along now and don’t tarry or you will miss the juxtaposition and the voyage.

3rd Friday Night PerVerse
“Where the Arts get Twisted”

Friday January 14th
8 pm
Hamilton Art Gallery
5502 Harford Road, (near the intersection of Harford Road and Hamilton Avenue)
Baltimore, MD 21214

Poetry reading with several features and open mic.
Sponsored by Poetry in Baltimore and hosted by Julie Fisher.
Email: Julie@poetryinbaltimore
Phone: 443-418-4762
Web: www.hamiltonarts.org
www.poetryinbaltimore.com

Featured poets:

Tanefa Wallace and Kathleen Hellen

Kathleen Hellen
Kathleen Hellen will be unveiling her new book-“The Girl Who Loved Mothra”. Her work has appeared in Barrow Street; The Cortland Review; the Hollins Critic; Nimrod; Prairie Schooner; Southern Poetry Review; Subtropics; among others. Awards include the Washington Square Review, James Still and ThomasMerton poetry prizes, as well as individual artist grants from the state and city of Baltimore. She is an editor for the Baltimore Review.

Tanefa Wallace
Tanefå aka The One Who Loves has been writing erotica since she picked up that first Noire book about Lady and the Beast… Her soon to be released book of poetry overflows with sensual sexiness and is awaited with baited breath, but the novel she is working on has been compared to the likes of Zane. Having been on the poetry scene for almost 10 years in Baltimore and Philadelphia, she is ready to come display her wares for you.