It looks like the snow’s falling pretty hard, so we’ve decided to push back today’s New Mercury readings till end of March. We will provide more information as soon as possible. Our valued readers — David Eberhardt, Nancy Greene, David Sterritt, and Caleb Stine will be back, though! Stay tuned.
David Sterritt has been chair of the National Society of Film Critics since 2005. He’s also chief book critic of Film Quarterly, and he becomes editor-in-chief of the Quarterly Review of Film and Video in January. The Beats: A Very Short Introduction is published by Oxford University Press in its popular Very Short Introductions series. This is David’s third book on the Beat Generation – the first was Mad to Be Saved: The Beats, the ’50s, and Film in 1998 and the second was Screening the Beats: Media Culture and the Beat Sensibility in 2004, both from Southern Illinois University Press. He teaches at MICA and Columbia University, and he’s on the editorial board of the Journal of Beat Studies.
David will read at the New Mercury@The Windup Space on February 21, 5 pm.
His honest stories and thoughtful poetry place Caleb among some of the best songwriters of this time and could possibly make him the 21st Century’s Townes Van Zandt.” — No Depression
The BALTIMORE SUN has called Caleb Stine the “lynchpin of the Baltimore folk scene.” And like his Baltimore home, Stine keeps the music honest– hardworking, genuine, and unafraid to tell it like it is.
To date, Stine has released six albums, scored music for films, acted Off-Broadway, shared in classes and workshops, and traveled the country singing his songs.
His sixth album Maybe God Is Lonely Too was released on April 12, 2014. “I call this work a soundtrack for reflection,” Stine says. “Hopefully these songs create a space where someone can step outside noisy, modern life and breathe for a moment.” Hand printed and letter pressed, the disc is available only at shows or through personal contact. Baltimore’s City Paper gave ‘Maybe God Is Lonely Too’ the Best Album distinction of 2014, and listeners have found their own quiet relationship with the songs.
David Eberhardt (a “romantic communist” like Nazim Hikmet) was born March 26, 1941. As a peace protester, he was incarcerated at Lewisburg Federal Prison in 1970 for 21 months for pouring blood on draft files with Father Philip Berrigan and two others to protest the Vietnam War. He is retired after 33 years of work in the criminal injustice system as a Director of Offender Aid and Restoration at the Baltimore City Jail. He has published three books of poetry: The Tree Calendar, Blue Running Lights, and Poems from the Website, Poetry in Baltimore. He is at work on a memoir: For All the Saints, influenced by Thoreau, Nabokov, Mailer, Agee, Matthiessen, Lecky, Thomas, and Cousteau..
Nancy O. Greene started writing at the age of nine. Her short story collection, PORTRAITS IN THE DARK, received a brief mention in THE YEAR’S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR 2007. Other works have appeared or will appear in FEARnet.com; CHIZINE; LOVECRAFT EZINE; CEMETERY DANCE; HAUNTED: 11 TALES OF GHOSTLY HORROR; Shroud Publishing’s THE TERROR AT MISKATONIC FALLS; DARK RECESSES; FLAMES RISING; SMILE, HON, YOU’RE IN BALTIMORE!; and others. She has a BA in Cinematic Arts (Critical Studies) and a minor in English (Creative Writing) from the University of Southern California.
Nancy will appear with David Eberhardt, Caleb Stine and David Sterritt at The Windup Space, 10 W. North Ave, Sat Feb 21, 5-7 pm.
Jason Tinney is an award-winning fiction writer, musician, freelance journalist, and actor. He is the author of Ripple Meets the Deep, Louise Paris and Other Waltzes, andBluebird. His short stories have also been published in the anthology, Out of Tune. Jason has been a contributor to several magazines, among them,Baltimore, Style, Gorilla, Her Mind, Urbanite,and Maryland Life. Jason co-founded and performs with the award-winning music groups Donegal X-Press and The Wayfarers. http://www.jasontinney.com
Holly Morse-Ellington has published essays and photographs with Matador Network, Three Quarter Review, the Baltimore Review Blog, Baltimore Fishbowl, andelsewhere.She is an editor for Baltimore Review and the publicist for award-winning singer-songwriter, Victoria Vox. Holly is also an extra on VEEP Season Four. http://www.hollyneat.com
As Limestone Connection, Jason and Holly present a combination of music and storytelling. They perform blues and folk-inspired originals and covers, with Jason on harmonica and Holly on vocals and ukulele. Their set includes readings from their publications and off-the-cuff stories inspired by a common ground: family tales and traditions. http://www.hollyneat.com/contact/limestone-connection
Holly and Jason will read and perform on Jan 31, 2015, 5-7 pm at the New Mercury at the Windup Space, 10-12 W. North Ave in Baltimore. With Gene Oishi and Margo Christie.
Gene Oishi is a former reporter, Washington and foreign correspondent for The Baltimore Sun. He has written articles on the Japanese-American experience in various publications, including The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Newsweek and West Magazine. His memoir, In Search of Hiroshi, was published in 1988. His first novel, Fox Drum Bebop, is inspired by the three years he spent in an American concentration camp during World War II.
Gene will read at The New Mercury on Jan 31, 2015, 5-7 pm at the Windup Space, 10-12 W. North Ave, Baltimore MD with Margo Christie, Jason Tinney, and Holly Morse-Ellington.
A self-described refugee from a broken home where nostalgia played a major role, Margo Christie, like the protagonist of her novel, THESE DAYS, landed on Baltimore’s “World Famous Block” in the late 70s. There she delighted in the storied old timers’ tales of the good old days of burlesque while studying writing at UMBC. THESE DAYS is her debut novel. It won a prize in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award and was labeled “as original as it is addictive” by Publisher’s Weekly.
Margo will read from her autobiographical novel THESE DAYS on Jan 31, 2015, 5-7 pm at the Windup Space in Baltimore’s Station North neighborhood, 10-12 W. North Ave.
We’ll be back with a blast after our holiday hiatus with something special, a twist on our motto “nothing but the truth.” Former Baltimore Sun reporter Gene Oishi and burlesque artist Margo Christie will read from their autobiographical novels, and the dynamic duo of Holly Morse-Ellington and Jason Tinney, playing together as Limestone Connection, will entertain us with words and music. See you at The Windup Space on January 31, 2015!