Moira Egan: Strange Botany & Hot Flash Sonnets

All the way from her home in Rome, Italy, Moira Egan returns to her Baltimore birthplace to read some of her sexy, award-winning poems. Egan has published four collections of poetry: Cleave (WWPH, 2004); La Seta della Cravatta/The Silk of the Tie (Edizioni l’Obliquo, 2009); Bar Napkin Sonnets (The Ledge, 2009); and Spin (Entasis Press, 2010).

She also co-edited Hot Sonnets: An Anthology with BrickHouse Books’ Clarinda Harriss, and her work has appeared in many journals and anthologies in the U.S. and abroad, including Best American Poetry 2008 and The Book of Forms. With her husband, Damiano Abeni, she has published award-winning books in translation by the likes of John Barth, Mark Strand, and John Ashbery. Egan will read from her forthcoming collection, Strange Botany/Botanica Arcana, as well as from the prize-winning sequence, Hot Flash Sonnets.

Minás Gallery & Boutique
815 W. 36th Street
Baltimore, MD 21211

Sunday, March 3, 2013
4:00 p.m.


Baltimore Chapter of the Maryland Writers’ Association welcomes Poetry in Community guest speakers

Poetry in Community’s Doug Mowbray & Christophe Casamassima

The next meeting of the Baltimore Chapter of the Maryland Writers’ Association (MWAB) will feature Doug Mowbray and Christophe Casamassima, the founders of Poetry in Community, as the guest speakers. The meeting will be held on Monday, February 25, from 7–9 p.m. at The Village Learning Place.

Poetry in Community’s (PiC) mission is to “advocate for creative literacy (using poetry as a means to discover and explore the world and oneself, in the individual’s terms, as a ‘way of knowing’) and to act as a locus for community sustainability, in which the discoveries posited via poetry writing and reading are used to formulate healthy relationships between citizens, students, artists, businesses and professionals, and, ultimately, their environment and government.” PiC also sponsors events and activities—both in person and virtually—that support “the aesthetic and professional endeavors of emergent poets and publishers” while also working with local neighborhoods to promote community growth and sustainability.

Mr. Mowbray and Mr. Casamassima have organized several events in and around Baltimore, such as Poem Walks, Poetrees, local “100 Thousand Poets for Change” events, and writing workshops—including one for middle school students at the Village Learning Place led by MWAB’s President Fernando Quijano III and Vice President Shirley Brewer.

Finally, this meeting will also welcome English students from the University of Baltimore’s Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences, who will be attending the meeting as a class session.



The Village Learning Place
2521 St. Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

Poetry and Conversation, an event with Clarinda Harriss and Karen Garthe

Clarinda Harriss (top) and Karen Garthe (bottom)

Clarinda Harriss, Director of BrickHouse Books, and Karen Garthe will be reading from and discussing their work at the Enoch Pratt Free Library on March 5, 2013 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Clarinda Harriss has taught poetry, editing, and modern literature at Towson University, where she is a professor emerita and served as the Chair of English for ten years. Her poems and short fiction have been widely anthologized, and her most recent poetry collections are Air TravelMortmain, and Dirty Blue Voice.

Karen Garthe grew up in Baltimore, where she attended Towson High School. After she graduated in 1968, she embarked on a varied series of careers in New York City. In 2005 her first book, Frayed Escort, won the Colorado Prize, and The Banjo Clock was published in 2012 by the University of California Press.

You can find poems by Clarinda Harriss here and here, and poems by Karen Garthe here and here.


Central Library, Poe Room
400 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Doritt Carroll reading

Doritt Carroll, author of In Caves, one of BrickHouse Books’ recent publications, will read from her work at The Writers’ Center on March 10 at 2 p.m.

Carroll is a D.C. attorney and poet, and her poems have appeared in journals such as Coal City ReviewPoet LoreNimrodSlipstreamRattlePlainsongsPoetry Depth QuarterlyMaryland Poetry ReviewExplorationsNegative CapabilityPoet’s CanvasIlluminationsThe Baltimore Review, and Journal of Formal Poetry.

We’ve included the title poem from her next collection, Glottal Stop, here:

glottal stop

everything good
is in the things
that we don’t say

if we were sculptures
in a gallery
it would be the elegant
space between them
carved by their marble arms

the moment after the scritch
when the match
flickers but doesn’t yet
burst into flame

the tightening in the air
as the black hand
clicks to the minute
the minute
when the recess bell
is going to ring

if there were two birds
singing in two trees
it would be
the moment
when they both paused
not to take in air
but because it was
the right place
in both of their songs
to pause
glottal stop


Reading location:

4508 Walsh St.
Bethesda, MD 2015