Carrie Conners Virtual Reading

Carrie Conners recently took part in “Poetry During a Time of Crisis,” a virtual poetry reading series produced by the West Virginia Humanities Council.  Carrie read “Sex Ed,” which appears in Luscious Struggle.

You can also catch the reading on Instagram or Facebook.

Roughly Speaking Podcast Features Dolores C. Peck

Roughly Speaking, hosted by Dan Rodricks, recently featured author and honorary BHB family member, Dolores C. Peck. Peck discussed her newly released memoir, A Gifted Life Cut Short: The Jeffrey Peck Story, and the circumstances that led her to tell her son’s important story. You can listen to the podcast at A Gifted Life Cut Short: The Jeffrey Peck Story is available in paperback through Amazon.

Oral project reveals civil rights stories all around

Harriet Lynn, a professor and actor, recently started an award for senior poets writing about Baltimore. Her mother was the winner of the competition several years ago and Lynn has re-started it in her mother’s name. Lynn is now starting an oral project that invites anyone with a story to participate. In honor of the 50th Anniversary of MLK Jr.’s speech and the March on Washington, the project is part of the oral history that is spreading on a national scale to gather stories.

By visiting this website, you can find out about Lynn’s story project titled “All Together Now” sponsored by the Story Center. Lynn’s story details what happened during the Civil Rights Movement era. The 3 minute digital story is now archived online with other personal short stories about civil and human rights.

Make sure you spread the word. Anyone with an interest or story can be a part of the project.


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Ghetto Medic launch and upcoming events

“My father’s heart has always been in West Baltimore.  It’s where he worked, lived, slept and ate.  To him, West Baltimoreans are his other family.  My father and I share a dream that this book might somehow make a difference.”


In case you missed the launch of Ghetto Medic, here’s a link to an audio recording of Rachel Hennick’s talk at the Pratt Central Library.

Rachel Hennick spent 10 years documenting her father Bill Hennick’s experiences working as a paramedic and firefighter, predominantly on Baltimore’s West Side, from the height of the civil rights movement to the 1990s.

“These were my bedtime stories—that is when Dad wasn’t out protecting people and property in some of Baltimore’s poorest districts,” Rachel says.

Rachel hopes that Ghetto Medic will pay tribute to her father’s life, the history of African American firefighters, and the historical legacy of the West Side.

Upcoming Events

It’s not too late to meet the author (and her father!) in person and get yourself a signed copy:

(7/19) Rachel and her father Bill will be at the Firehouse Expo with Firefighters Bookstore on Thursday, July 19 from 10:30 am to 1:45 pm to sign books and answer questions.

(7/20) The author and her father will be signing books on Friday, July 20 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Barnes and Noble, Power Plant at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

(7/26) The author and her father will be signing books at the Barnes and Noble, downtown Philadelphia on Thursday, July 26 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.  Rittenhouse Square, 1805 Walnut Street.

(8/4) The author and her father will be signing books on Saturday, August 4 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Fire Museum of Maryland in Lutherville.

(8/11) The author and her father will be signing books Saturday, August 11 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Greetings and Readings Hunt Valley.