Barbara Morrison, who writes under the name B. Morrison, is the author of a memoir, Innocent: Confessions of a Welfare Mother, and a poetry collection, Here at Least, with a second volume, Terrarium, scheduled for 2013. Her award-winning work has been published in anthologies and magazines. She conducts writing workshops and speaks on women’s and poverty-related issues. She is also the owner of a small press and speaks about publishing and marketing. She has maintained her Monday Morning Books blog since 2006 and tweets regularly about poetry @bmorrison9. For more information, visit her website and blog at http://www.bmorrison.com.
Thanks to Bonnie Schupp & David M Ettlin for their video recording and editing!
For January 26th, at the Windup Space, we’ll be featuring nonfiction readings by John Barry (co-host), Nancy Murray, James Taylor, and Holly Morse-Ellington. The readings are from four to six, come in, enjoy, talk with Baltimore nonfiction writers!
John Barry is a Baltimore writer and a teacher. His work has appeared in Baltimore City Paper, Washington Post, Baltimore Style, Chesapeake Magazine, American Theatre Magazine, Salon, N Plus One, and elsewhere. He teaches at Maryland Institute College of Art. He’s a co-host for New Mercury Readings.
James Taylor is the creator of the world’s only journal devoted to novelty entertainment, SHOCKED AND AMAZED!, and is the co-creator of Baltimore’s American Dime Museum and DC’s Palace of Wonders. He’s considered an expert on “weirdness as entertainment,” and he writes once in a while, too.
Nancy Murray is a playwright, storyteller and theater director who is now pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing and the Publishing Arts and the University of Baltimore. Nancy writes a weekly blog with The Baltimore Post-Examiner titled The Balance Beam. (photo by Philip Laubner)
Holly Morse-Ellington teaches in the Reading and World Languages Department at CCBC. She was recently selected as a presenter at the 2013 Writing Exchange Conference for faculty from Maryland colleges. Holly worked as a staff writer for Baltimore Fishbowl and continues to contribute her nonfiction essays to the magazine. She has also published work in The Washington Times, The Journal for Homeland Security, Urbanite, and Smile, Hon, You’re in Baltimore, and she’s been a storyteller for the Stoop Series at Centerstage. Her essay, “Drinking with Faith,” is forthcoming in Home as it Never Was: A Collection on Reverse Culture Shock. She is currently writing her first book. To read more from Holly, check in at http://www.hollyneat.com.
Come by the Windup Space this Saturday at 4 pm, and meet and listen to four wildly diverse nonfiction writers: Kathy Flann, Liz Hazen, Joe Crespo, and Alan Rebar. It should be a lot of fun. We’ll be covering the imminent apocalypse (which hasn’t happened yet, but it’s still 2012), politics (from a Socialist perspective), and lots of other stuff. Enjoy the great venue. The readings will begin a little earlier than usual, at 4 pm instead of 5:30. Bring a friend. This will be the last New Mercury Reading for 2012, and, if the apocalypse is truly imminent, it could be the last New Mercury Reading Ever. Don’t miss it.
Elizabeth Hazen’s poems have appeared in The Threepenny Review, Southwest Review, Salamander, Bellevue Literary Review, and other journals. Her essays have appeared in Baltimore Fishbowl. She teaches English at Maryvale Preparatory School.
Joe Crespo is an aspiring writer and performer, as well as a teacher of Spanish at RICA Baltimore and CCBC. He draws influence from authors such as David Foster Wallace and Roberto Bolaño, and poets such as Fernando Pessoa. He has performed short theatre pieces at Lof/t theatre, Metro Gallery, Minás Gallery and 14 Karat Cabaret, but these days he’s concentrating on writing fiction and astrology essays.