Elaine Eff at CityLit Festival 4/12/14, 2-3 pm, Fine Arts Rm, 2nd Flr, Enoch Pratt Library Central branch
Elaine Eff served as folklorist for the City of Baltimore and State of Maryland at the Maryland Historical Trust and State Arts Council. She chronicles living traditions and earned national awards for her work in oral history, film and traditional arts. Her work on Baltimore’s unique folk art culminates in the book The Painted Screens of Baltimore called the “single greatest book about Baltimore” in fifty years. She is co-founder of the Painted Screen Society of Baltimore.
Angela Pelster-Wiebe received her B.Ed. from the University of Alberta and her M.F.A. from the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa. Her children’s novel The Curious Adventures of India Sophia (River Books, 2005) won the Golden Eagle Children’s Choice award, and Limber (Sarabande Books), her collection of essays about trees, is forthcoming in April, 2014. She has also published essays with Hotel Amerika, Granta, Seneca Review, Fourth Genre and The Gettysburg Review amongst others. She was an Iowa Arts fellow from 2009-2011, and now teaches Creative Nonfiction Writing at Towson University in Baltimore.
Arlando “Tray” Jones is serving a life sentence in the Maryland State Penitentiary in Hagerstown. While in prison, he educated himself through a program offered by Coppin State University, graduating cum laude with a degree in Applied Psychology. His memoir, Eager Street, is published by Apprentice Press.
March 29 at the Windup Space: Margaret Talbot, Angela Pelster-Wiebe, and Readings of Work by Maryland Inmates
On March 29 at 5:00 pm, we’re going to have an interesting mix — and a full slate! First, we’re privileged to have essayist Margaret Talbot, a staff writer at The New Yorker, reading. Then Angela Pelster-Wiebe, a local writer with a new book of essays on trees coming out.
For the second half of the reading, New Mercury is privileged to feature readings of work by inmates of Maryland prisons: Arlando Jones (author of Eager Street: Life on the Corner and Behind Bars), along with Charles Doyle and Vincent Greco (both currently at Maryland Correctional Institute). Deborah Rudacille, co-founder and co-host, is off the hook this month — she’ll be at her daughter’s wedding — so MICA professor Mikita Brottman – currently working on a book about teaching literature to prisoners — will be stepping in as cohost. We look forward to seeing you.
Margaret Talbot has been a staff writer
at The New Yorker since 2003. Her first book, The Entertainer: Movies,
Magic, and My Father’s Twentieth Century, was published in 2012 by
Riverhead. Here’s her latest piece for the New Yorker.
To a packed house on Saturday, New Mercury was proud to host readings by some of Baltimore’s ex-steelworkers, as they told their stories of working at Sparrows Point and witnessing its decline. Some of them harrowing, some sad, all reminding us that the history of a city is the story of the people who built it. We thank them for sharing their stories with us.