Monthly Archives: June 2013

Meet the Candidates

With elections coming up this Monday, we figured it’d be useful & informative to offer a bit of introduction to the wonderful folks who will likely be running things for the Baltimore Chapter over the next year. Here are this year’s current slate of candidates:


Ken Gauvey: President

Ken Gauvey is an attorney with Taylor & Ryan, an immigration firm located in Baltimore, Maryland. As an attorney, Ken spends most of his days writing for a living, mostly nonfiction, though the state and federal governments might debate that.  On any given day, he puts a couple of thousand words down on paper, mostly in a professional capacity.  When he writes on his own schedule, he typically writes fiction.  His personal writing is more akin to escapism, as he abhors sitting in front of a TV and doing nothing (and practicing a saxophone with sleeping children down the hall seems to be a problem for his family).   In 2012, Mr. Gauvey was named by Superlawyer magazine as one of Maryland’s “Rising Stars” in immigration law. In 2013, Mr. Gauvey began serving as the co-chair of the Maryland Legislative Committee for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). He regularly provides testimony to the Maryland Legislature on immigration issues.


LaDonna Smith: Vice President

LaDonna M. Smith is a native of Fairmont Heights MD (Prince George’s County) and graduated from Fairmont Heights High School (1996), Prince George’s Community College (Associate of Arts in General Studies 2001) and is only 26 credits away from graduating from Bowie State University. She is persuing a Bachelor of Science in Communications concentrating on Broadcast Technology.

LaDonna has worked with The Dr. Michael Eric Dyson Show (WEAA), The Bernie McCain Show (WOL/WOLB), Justine Love Sex Talk and Slow Jams (WPGC), Community Affairs with David Haynes (WPGC). She also served as the Events Coordinator and Board Member on the Board of Directors for the Black Writer’s Guild of Maryland, Inc.; and a member of the Maryland Business Roundtable Speaker’s Bureau. Her book has also been listed on Essence Magazine’s She is also the Editor and Founder of G.R.A.Y. Magazine, and G.R.A.Y. TV Show. She will be releasing the exciting infotainment follow up to “I Married Satan” called “Oh! Is That Why I am Still Single?” She also hopes to release her children’s book “Hannah’s Song: A Musical Approach to Potty Training” in 2013 as well.

Mary Stojak, Secretrary: Mary Stojak is a long-time member of MWA and a member of SCBWI (Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrators), Sisters in Crime, and Mystery Writers of America.  She received her MA in fiction from Johns Hopkins University in 2007, and has been accepted to literary workshops including Sewanee and the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Her literary short stories have been published in a variety of journals, on-line and in print. Her story “Clear Lake” was in the MWA Anthology. Mary has taught some writers’ classes but is now focusing on her book-length projects. Currently, she’s finishing up revisions for a middle-grade fantasy for an agent. She also has a literary novel and several mysteries that she hopes to find homes for soon.


June Chapter Meeting: Election Day

ImageThe Baltimore Chapter’s June meeting is almost upon us, which means it’s election season. Although we’re losing three of last year’s board members, we’ve found three great candidates to replace them. Gary Lester will remain as treasurer and provide guidance to the new team members. Potential new officers include Ken Gauvey, running for Baltimore Chapter President, LaDonna Smith for Vice President, and Mary Stojak for Secretary. Of course, any MWA member is welcome to run.

Immediately following elections, we will have an open mic. This is your chance to share what you’ve been working on with us. Make sure to bring something to read, but please, keep it to six minutes or less so that everyone will have an opportunity to share.

Be sure to join us on Monday, June 24 at Ukazoo Books, 730 Dulaney Valley Rd, Towson, MD 21204, at 7pm to cast your vote, read your work, and celebrate another year of Baltimore Chapter greatness.

Baltimore Chapter Looking for New Officers

mwablogoMWA Chapter Election season is upon us, and sadly, we are losing three of the Baltimore Chapter’s officers. Fernando, Shirley & Neal (our current president, vice president & secretary, respectively) will be moving on to other projects after their terms are over. Fortunately, our treasurer, Gary Lester, has agreed to run for treasurer again. The time you would have to invest as an officer would not be onerous, but the experience would be enriching and valuable to your career as a writer. And with Gary’s veteran guidance to help you along, you can’t go wrong.

This year’s election is critical because three posts are becoming vacant simultaneously. The Baltimore Chapter needs to find candidates for at least President and Secretary to stand for election by our next chapter meeting on June 24. Otherwise, the Baltimore Chapter will be at risk of losing its standing with the MWA. Of course, we hope it doesn’t come to that.

If you would be interested in keeping the Baltimore Chapter going and helping to guide it over the next year, please contact us at Elections are currently scheduled for our chapter meeting on Monday, June 24 7pm, at Ukazoo Books.