Holiday At Poe’s Grave

What better way to spend a Monday evening than at a grave? Okay, maybe it doesn’t sound that amazing, but trust me, it is. Let me tell you why –– because it’s Edgar Allen Poe’s grave. Yeah, I thought that’d get you excited, dear reader.

October 6th at 6PM, five Maryland poets will be presenting the work of Josepehine Jacobsen, Michael Egan, Lucille Clifton, and Roland Flint, while Poe scholar and Baltimore native Jeff Jerome will give a special presentation. You can find more information about the presenters here.

The event will go on rain or shine, and will likely include a gathering afterwards at a local venue where everyone can read a poem from their favorite Maryland poet. So come check it out, and don’t forget to keep an ear open for the beating of Poe’s telltale heart!

–Kate, BhB online editor

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Geopoetics event.

On Friday, October 10th at 3:00PM to 6:00PM, Towson University would like to welcome you all to join us at the Geopoetics event at the College of Liberal Arts, room 3150 ! Here, poetry and place will be brought together to explore the world through metaphor, subtleties, and descriptive dexterity. This discussion will strive to understand the experience of place and the relationship between geography and poetry.

The keynote speaker will be John Hessler of the Library of Congress (In Parry’s Shadow: Ramblings on the Poetics of Geographic Space), who will be introduced by Michael Ratcliffe of the US Census Bureau. Amongst the poets partaking in the event are our very own Clarinda Harriss, along with Leslie Harrison, Shirley Brewer, and Barbara Morrison.

Complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served – but don’t let that entice you! I assure you, the event will be one worth coming out for. For more information contact Dr. Alan Marcus, Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Planning: amarcus@towson.edu.

–Kate, BhB online editor

Baltimore Book Festival 2014

Another year, another book festival visits our grande ol’ city of Baltimore. The Baltimore Book Festival will be at the Baltimore Inner Harbor from Friday, September 26, 2014 to Sunday, September 28, 2014. Admission is absolute free, so even if you’re just now hearing about it, you can still attend!

The festival will be featuring a large variety of locally and nationally acclaimed writers, including poet Leslie Harrison (Displacement, Before the Door of God), Catherine Asaro (The Ruby Dice), Rafael Alvarez (Tales from the Holy Land), and many more. There will also be a wide variety of exhibitors and booksellers in attendance. Check out the full list of participants here.

Readings take place most of the day, but you can also get more involved in the literary community yourself by visiting the various meet and greets, where you can chat with some of your favorite authors and ask where they got started. A very exciting appearance will be made by We Need Diverse Books, the organization striving to increase diversity in the literary world. Also, for you lovers of the less traditional forms of literature, the Baltimore Book Festival is not only home to the lovers of novels, but also welcomes those interested in comics and graphic novels at their Charm City Comic Book Pavilion, sponsored by Third Eye Comics.

Stop by the event website for more details, and I hope to see you there!

Kate, BhB online editor

Calling all Towson students!

Good morning, Baltimore!

Alright, so maybe it’s night time, but I’m in a great mood – why, you may be asking? Well, let me tell you!

As a Towson student myself, I’m pretty hyped about the upcoming reading we have going on on campus September 18th at 6:30 PM, at the College of Fine Arts building room 3150. A professor and writer I truly admire, Angela Pelster-Wiebe, is going to be reading, and it’s be pretty swell for any interested parties to come out and give her and her fellow speaker, Geoff Becker, some support. Angela will be reading from her book of essays titled Limber, while Geoff is expected to be reading some new material during his sabbatical presentation.

Geoff Becker is the author of of the novels Hot Springs (Tin House Books, 2010) and Bluestown (St. Martin’s Press, 1996), in addition to the story collections, Black Elvis (U. of Georgia Press, 2009) and Dangerous Men (U. of Pittsburgh Press, 1995). He holds many honors and awards in the literary community, amongst them being the Drue Heinz Prize for Literature, the Flannery O’Connor Prize for Short Fiction, and the Nelson Algren Award.

Angela Pelster-Wiebe received her B.Ed. from the University of Alberta and her Master of Fine Arts from the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa. Her children’s novel The Curious Adventures of India Sophia (River Books, 2005) won the Golden Eagle Children’s Choice award, and Limber (Sarabande Books), her collection of essays, came out earlier this year in April.

Check out the bolded bits for a time and place, and come out to rejuvenate your love for writing and join in the literary community right here in Baltimore County!

––Kate, BhB online editor