Bryon MacWilliams is an American writer who reported extensively from Russia and the former Soviet Union from 1996 to 2008. He was the Moscow-based correspondent for the U.S. weekly newspaper, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and has reported for numerous publications big and small, including: The New York Times, Nature, Science, Newsweek and Rolling Stone. He will be reading from With Light Steam: A Personal Journey through the Russian BathsThis is his first book.
Mikita Brottman is a humanities professor at MICA, and a psychoanalyst. She works with the inmates at the Jessup Correctional Institute and the patients at Clifton Perkins Forensic Hospital Center. She writes about literature, animals, and violent crime. Her new book, The Great Grisby, is published by HarperCollins and was released on October 7.
Baltimore native Earl Crown has written creative non-fiction and short fiction pieces for publications such as Smile, Hon, You’re In Baltimore, Humanize Magazine, We’ll Never Have Paris, The Bicycle Review, and Tales of Blood and Roses, among others. He has participated in the New Mercury Readings before, and he has also been a speaker at the Stoop Storytelling Series. He is currently writing a non-fiction book entitled “Alpha White,” which will be published in the Fall of 2015. In addition to writing and storytelling, he also hosts a radio show which airs every Saturday from 4pm-6pm and Thursdays from noon-2pm on Loyola University’s radio station, WLOY. His radio show, Crucial Cuts with Earl Crown, has been nominated by Radio Flag as the Best Music Show on the planet. Crucial Cuts will be syndicated to other independent radio stations around the world beginning in December, 2014.
Rachel Donaldson is a cultural historian of the U.S. during the twentieth century. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Popular Culture, the Encyclopedia of the Culture Wars, and forthcoming in the History of Education Quarterly. She is the co-author of Roots of the Revival: American and British Folk Music in the 1950s (Illinois), with Ronald D. Cohen. Currently, she is working with the National Historic Landmarks Program of the National Parks Service and teaches in the Prison Scholars Program at Jessup Correctional Institution.
She will be reading excerpts from two recently published books: I Hear America Singing: Folk Music and National Identity and Roots of the Revival: American and British Folk Music in the 1950s CityLit Tent at the Baltimore Book Festival, Sunday Sept 28, 2014, 4-5 pm.