Lia Purpura’s recent books include On Looking (essays, Sarabande Books), a Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and King Baby (poems, Alice James Books), winner of the Beatrice Hawley Award. Her awards include the AWP Award in Nonfiction, the Ohio State University Press Award in Poetry, NEA and Fulbright Fellowships, three Pushcart prizes, and five “Notable Essay” citations in Best American Essays. Recent work appears in Agni, Field, The Georgia Review, Orion, The New Republic, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. She is Writer in Residence at Loyola University, Baltimore, MD and teaches in the Rainier Writing Workshop MFA Program.
Violet Glaze started her writing career as a film critic and arts journalist for various print and on-line publications in the US (including Baltimore Magazine, City Paper, Popmatters.com and Urbanite) and the UK (The Little Black Book: Movies). A parallel shadow career as a slash fictionista led her to penning erotic novels Hotel Butterfly (2009) and Will Success Spoil Pace Hammond? (slated for 2011) and the short story collection I Am Genghis Cum (2010). She lives in Philadelphia.
Welcome back, folks. Our first news for the year is good. After a great first year at Jordan Faye’s Gallery, we’re going to be starting out next year by moving north to The Windup Space, a bar/art gallery/music venue in the North Avenue Arts District. The first event will be on Saturday, February 26. No admission fee, drinks at the bar, and contributions accepted. We’ll be featuring three Baltimore writers, Molly McQuade, Lia Purpura, and Violet Glaze.