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

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.