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3rd Annual MWA Baltimore Chapter’s Moon Madness is Here!

October is here and that means FREEFALL.

October is here and that means FREEFALL. This year, Literary Arts Week comes early, and the Baltimore Chapter of the Maryland Writer’s Association & The Village Learning Place will kick the week off with our 3rd  Annual Moon Madness on Monday October 20th at 7:00 pm at the Village Learning Place. This is in leiu of our October monthly meeting.

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

 So fellow lunatics, dust off those moon inspired stories and poems, write some if you haven’t or just locate your favorite Luna musings. Anything goes in this open mic extravaganza. We’ll kick the night off with a brief writing prompt to get the juices flowing. We’ll kick the night off with a brief writing prompt to get the juices flowing. We’ll have prizes, snacks, wine, soft drinks, & tarot readings. Best of all, it’s all Free.
A free ticket is required for admission from all attendees as the MWA Baltimore CHapter received a grant and we have to be able to show attendance. So if you plan on attending please get your ticket here: Free Tickets
AUTHORS: Please bring copies of your books to donate to VLP’s small press section of their library.
There are still performance spots available. If you would like to participate by performing, being a greeter, donating a food dish or prize, please let LaDonna M. Smith know by October 10, 2014. Email LaDonna by clicking here
Free Fall Baltimore is made possible by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and the generous contributions of BGE, The Abell Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, American Trading & Production Corporation (Atapco), The Henry and Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Foundation, and the Joseph and Harvey Meyerhoff Charitable Funds.

Attention All Sci-Fi and Fantasy Authors, Writers & Lovers

 Join us for our May meeting with speaker T. Eric Bakutis May 19, 2014 @7pm

Join us for our May meeting with speaker T. Eric Bakutis May 19, 2014 @7pm

T. Eric Bakutis is an author and game designer living in Maryland. He is happily married and shares his house with a vicious, predatory cat and a sad-faced, cowardly dog. He is a content developer on The Elder Scrolls Online.

In his limited spare time, Eric hikes with his lovely wife and crazy dog, plays any video games he can get his hands on, and participates in local events like the Baltimore Science Fiction Society Writer’s Circle (a great group of writers who really know their stuff!) His short fiction has been published in several magazines, and he is constantly writing and tweaking new short stories. While Glyphbinder is his first published novel, it will certainly not be his last!



Holiday Open Mic and Book Expo-December 14, 2013


Happy Holidays!!!! I know you are probably preparing for this week’s holiday activities…but I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to those who have elected to participate in this event. If reserving your spot may have slipped your mind…please let me know. This event is FREE for all MWA members to participate in the open mic and sell books. For non MWA members it’s only $10 to participate. See guys MWA Membership has yet another benefit!

Villiage Learning Place 2521 St. Paul Street, Baltimore MD

Authors will not only perform but they will have their books for sale.

You don’t want to miss out on this exciting holiday event.

January Meeting: The Revenge of Moon Madness

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Your Baltimore Chapter board has been hard at work (okay, maybe not SO hard) putting together a great slate of programming for the 2nd half of the year (Jan-Jun). We have some great guests planned. First, we’re going to kick the new year of with some unfinished business. Moon Madness!

You may remember that Superfrankenstorm Sandy washed out our October meeting. Well, fear not! There’s a full moon every month, and in January, it falls on the 27th, a day before the Baltimore Chapter meeting. So we’ve convinced our dear VeeP to give it another try. Let’s just hope Mother Nature doesn’t find another way to preempt us!

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Those of you who attended our Moon Madness FREE Fall event know how magical the evening was. We would like to extend that magic to our upcoming Baltimore Chapter meeting on its special (rescheduled) date, Monday, January 28, 2012. The moon will be full that night, by the way–a perfect evening to take advantage of her inspiration.

Our own inimitable VP, Shirley Brewer, will be leading us all in a series Luna-inspired prompts sure to invoke the Moon Muse in all of us. Everyone will receive a Moon Words handout. Afterwards, those of us who are willing will share the fruits of their labor.

Join us at 7PM at Ukazoo Books, 730 Dulaney Valley Road, Dulaney Plaza Shopping Center, Towson, MD for what will prove to be an unforgettable evening of writing and sharing.

Shirley J. Brewer is a poet, educator, and workshop facilitator. Shirley won first, second and third prizes in the Maryland Writers’ Association 2010 Short Works Contest for Poetry.  She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Manorborn in 2009. Publication credits include: The Cortland ReviewInnisfree Poetry JournalLoch Raven Review, Pearl, Comstock Review, Passager, Manorbornand other journals. Her poetry chapbook, A Little Breast Music, was published in 2008 by Passager Books (Baltimore). Her second book of poetry, After Words, is forthcoming in early 2013 from Apprentice House/Loyola University (Baltimore).

M.A. Creative Writing/Publishing Arts, University of Baltimore, 2005

www.apoeticlicense.com        shirleybrewer09@comcast.net

Shirley is starting a new venture, The Poet’s Coach: Move Forward with Your Writing Goals.  Contact her for more information.

FREEFALL into Moon Madness

ImageThe moon has been providing inspiration for artists and writers for centuries, if not longer. Whether the tenth century work, The Bamboo Cutter or Jules Vernes classic From the Earth to the Moon or the more recent The Distance of the Moon from Italo Calvino’s Cosmicomics, lovely Luna has been a source tapped, time and again, for the literary endeavors of many an artist. For good reason! Not only is the moon the most prevalent and beautiful of the heavenly bodies in the night sky, but the moon carries with it a sense of intrigue and mystery, even in today’s post -lunar landing world. Not only that, but the moon’s effect on earth is one of the reason our planet can maintain the life it does.

Join us Wednesday, October 17, 2012 during FREE FALL: Literary Arts Week event for a night of Lunar LOVE. Bring your best writing about, or inspired by, the moon (3-5 minutes, please) and share it with other admirers of our lovely Luna. This event is FREE! we will have refreshments, including wine and perhaps beer. We will also have Tarot readings, prizes and other fun stuff. The Village Learning Place provides plenty of parking, as well. Details below. Hope to see you there.

ALSO: If you are the author of an indie book, please bring a copy to donate to the VLP’s burgeoning Local Indie Author’s section.

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

MWA at the BBF

ImageFall is here, and that means the Baltimore Book Festival is right around the corner. What? THIS weekend?! O, my. Where did the time go. BookFest is already upon us, and, as usual, the Maryland Writers’ Association will be all over it.

Please pay our booth a visit. We will be located, as usual, among the booth circling the Washington Monument. There, you will be able to get information about joining that MWA and the upcoming Maryland Writers Conference, purchase copies of our anthologies, submit an entry to our drabble contest (A drabble is a short story exactly one hundred [100] words long.) for a chance at a prize package that includes reading your drabble on Sunday during the MWA’s presentation on the City Lit Stage.

What? What are we presenting on the City Lit Stage, you ask. Well…

Me, Myself & I: The Art of the Monologue

Everyone enjoys a good rant, whether insightful, pithy, humorous, or just irresistibly self-aggrandizing. Members of the Maryland Writers’ Association (MWA) offers a panoply of the best the ego has to offer, from magnificent monologues to spectacular speeches to salacious snapshots culled straight out of celebrity memoirs. Join MWA members as they offer an entertaining spin on the first person, singular.

 Readers will include Earl Crown, Chris August, LaTonia Valincia, Jason Harris, Virginia Crawford, & Karen Bennett, with Baltimore Chapter Vice President Shirley Brewer channeling her inner Princess Leia and a few interludes by your friendly neighborhood Word Pimp.

We close out the City Lit Stage on Sunday at 5:30PM.

As you can see, if you’re coming to BookFest, you can’t miss us… That is, unless you’re trying to ignore us, but we refuse be ignored. Please don’t ignore us. Stop by and say hello. Most of all, HAVE FUN.


Chris August is a performance poet from Baltimore, MD, where he hosted the Slamicide! poetry series from 2002 to 2009.  In 2011, he was named the number one ranked performance poet in the world at the Individual Word Poetry Slam held in Cleveland, Ohio.  Since then, he has toured the United States, Canada and Europe.  His latest book, A Life Called Special, chronicles his nearly ten years as a special educator.

Karen Bennett has 2 novels which placed in semifinals in the Wm. Faulkner Novel competitions, 2009 and 2012.  She has awards through the Maryland Writers’ Association for a novel and a short story.    Karen has published in print and on line, and is working on a book of creative non-fiction.

Earl Crown is loud, vulgar, and prone to violence.  His memoirs are
gradually being published in episodic form by magazines such as
“Smile, Hon, You’re in Baltimore” and “TheBicycleReview.net”.  Crown
is a regular contributor to the local horror ‘zine “Tales of Blood and
Roses”.  He short fiction has been published by the print and online
journal “Humanize”.  Crown’s work can also be found in the premier
issue of “Magic Octopus” magazine, as well as the online journal
“Gloom Cupboard”.  Earl Crown has been a featured performer at the
Stoop Storytelling Series, as well as a guest author at the New
Mercury Readings.  He is currently co-editing a new magazine,
“Kamikaze Woman” along with his colleague and publisher Jeffrey L.
Shipley for Unpopular Publications.  While you wage-slave for Wall
Street, Earl Crown occupies your girlfriends.

Jason Harris is the editor and publisher of REDLINES: Baltimore 2028,
an anthology of Speculative Fiction which went on sale THIS WEEKEND.
His work has appeared in the Catalyst Literary Journal, Black
Enterprise magazine and various community based print and online
publications. Jason currently works in a Baltimore area high school as
a support engineer. His writing can also be seen online at his
website, www.newfuturism.com.

Latonia Valincia, poet, playwright and professor of English at Baltimore City Community College has served the Baltimore area in some capacity as educator for almost 20 years. She uses her creative talents to pen works that uncovers societal ills and bring them to the stage for critical thought and discussion. Her plays, Bootprints and Stilettos across the Serengeti, have been featured in the University of Baltimore’s Emerging Voices Projects, I and II. She has two collection of poetry, First Itch and And the Moon Never Moved as a part of her own publishing imprint, Zuna Ink, LLC. She lives in Baltimore city with one son, Doral.