Tuesday, February 18, 2014

So long, it's been good to know you...

...but we must be moving along.

Saturday, February 15th, marked our last 510 Reading. Thanks to Minas Gallery, authors from everywheres, and the great people of Baltimore for supporting us these past seven years. (And if you're still looking to check out a dedicated fiction series in Baltimore, come visit Jen Michalski's new series, Starts Here! at Artifact Coffee (an Ivy Bookshop Series).

Love, the 510 Readings

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

February 15th Readings (Finale): Rachel Louise Snyder, Jeffrey Condran, Peter Grandbois, and Emily Mitchell

It is great sadness that we announce the last 510 Readings. For a series that promised to bring you quality fiction "for the rest of your life," we've have a great 7-year run. We thank Peggy and Minas Konsolas and the use of Minas Gallery (closing in February) for their support of the series and generous gift of space. We thank readers from all over the country (and some from all over the world) for gracing our podium, and for all of you who came out to support them. We couldn't have done it without you. Love, Jen.

This very special 510 will be hosted by Elise Levine (although I will be in attendance, I swear!) I hope you will come out for a very special sendoff.

Rachel Louise Snyder is the author of the novel What We've Lost is Nothing (January 2014, Scribner), and has been named an "important new voice" in fiction by the Library Journal. She has been a journalist for the past eighteen years, covering stories of struggle and survival for the New Yorker, the New Republic, Slate, Salon, and the New York Times Magazine. Snyder has also been a regular voice on public radio, contributing to This American Life, Marketplace, and All Things Considered, among others. She hosted the radio shows Latitudes and the Global Guru. Her first book, Fugitive Denim: A Moving Story of People and Pants in the Borderless World of Global Trade (W. W. Norton), was featured on more than twenty-five local and national public radio shows, including This American Life (for which she won an Overseas Press Award). She received an MFA in fiction from Emerson College. She now lives in Washington, DC, and teaches at American University.

Jeffrey Condran is the author of the story collection A Fingerprint Repeated (Press 53). His debut novel, Prague Summer, will be published by Counterpoint in August 2014. His fiction has appeared in journals such as The Kenyon Review, The Missouri Review, and Epoch and has been awarded the 2010 William Peden Prize and Pushcart Prize nominations. He is an Assistant Professor of English at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and the Co-founder of Braddock Avenue Books.

Peter Grandbois is the author of the novel The Gravedigger, selected by Barnes and Noble for its “Discover Great New Writers” program and Booklist as one of the best books of 2006, as well as The Arsenic Lobster: A Hybrid Memoir, chosen as one of the top five memoirs of 2009 by the Sacramento News and Review, the novel, Nahoonkara, winner of the gold medal in literary fiction in ForeWord magazine's Book of the Year Awards for 2011, and a collection of surreal flash fictions, Domestic Disturbances (Subito Press, 2013) chosen by Publisher’s Weekly as one of the best books of the year. His essays, plays, and short stories have appeared in numerous journals and been shortlisted for both the Pushcart Prize and Best American Essays. He is an associate editor at Boulevard magazine and teaches at Denison University in Ohio.

Emily Mitchell's first novel, The Last Summer of the World (W. W. Norton), was a finalist for the 2008 New York Public Library Young Lions Award. Her short fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, Alaska Quarterly Review, TriQuarterly, and New England Review, among other magazines. Her first collection of short stories is forthcoming in Spring 2015. She teaches creative writing at the University of Maryland.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

January 25, 2014 Readings: Rafael Alvarez, Clarinda Harris, David Belz, and Eric D. Goodman

Many happy returns for 2014! We are taking the month of December off but will return in January, starting the new year with some of Baltimore's favorite sons (and daughters): Rafael Alvarez, Clarinda Harris, David Belz, and Eric D. Goodman. See you there!

Rafael Alvarez is a lifelong Baltimorean with a single subject at the heart of his fiction, journalism, and screenwriting: Crabtown, USA on the shores of the Patapsco River. Educated at Mt. St. Joseph High School in Irvington, Alvarez learned to write on the City Desk of the Baltimore Sun and practiced the craft while laboring on ships with the Seafarers International Union. The son of a Fells Point tugboat engineer, his waterfront experiences were used extensively in the second season of HBO's The Wire, during which he served as staff writer. The author of eight books—including the fiction collections The Fountain of Highlandtown (1997) and Orlo and Leini (2000)—Alvarez released a new anthology of stories in 2014 called Tales From the Holy Land. He recently completed a screenplay with his daughter, the actress Amelia Alvarez [Baltimore School for the Arts, 1999.] Alvarez can be reached via orlo.leini@gmail.com

Baltimore satirist and fiction writer D.R. Belz has published widely in newspapers, literary journals, and online. His work has appeared in such publications as The Baltimore Sun, The Baltimore Examiner, The Patch, The Loch Raven Review, The Antietam Review, Smile, Hon, You’re in Baltimore, and The MacGuffin. He studied fiction writing with novelists James M. Cain (The Postman Always Rings Twice) and J.R. Salamanca (Lilith) at the University of Maryland. A collection of his essays, poetry, and fiction, White Asparagus, is available from Amazon.com in both print and e-book. Reach him at dbelz@aol.com.

Eric D. Goodman is the author of Tracks: A Novel in Stories (Atticus Books, 2011), winner of the 2012 Gold Medal for Best Fiction in the Mid-Atlantic Region from the Independent Publisher Book Awards. He’s also author of Flightless Goose (Writer’s Lair Books, 2008) a storybook for children. Eric's work has appeared in The Baltimore Review, Pedestal Magazine, Writers Weekly, The Potomac, Barrelhouse, JMWW, Scribble, Slow Trains, and New Lines from the Old Line State: An Anthology of Maryland Writers, among others. Learn more at www.EricDGoodman.com or connect at www.Facebook.com/EricDGoodman.

Clarinda Harriss, professor emerita of English at Towson University, is the longtime director of BrickHouse Books, Inc., Maryland's oldest small press, recently named "Best of Baltimore" by Baltimore Magazine in 2013. She and Moira Egan recently co-edited Hot Sonnets: An Anthology (Entasis Press). Her published books include poetry collections The Bone Tree, The Night Parrot, License Renewal for the Blind, Air Travel, Dirty Blue Voice, and Mortmain. A new poetry collection working-titled Goddam (its theme being mistakes of all kinds) is under way. The White Rail is her first collection of short stories.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

November 16th Readings: Michael Landweber, Joanna Luloff, Julie Wakeman-Linn, and Melissa Wyse-McCaul

Sure, it's getting cooler, but the 510 Readings is as hot as ever! Don't believe us? Check out our November lineup, guest-hosted by acclaimed novelist Susi Wyss (The Civilized World):

Michael Landweber lives in Washington, D.C. He is the author of the novel, We (Coffeetown Press, 2013). His short stories have appeared in literary magazines such as Gargoyle, Fourteen Hills, Fugue, Big Lucks, Ardor, Barrelhouse, and American Literary Review. He is an Associate Editor at Potomac Review and a contributor for Pop Matters and the Washington Independent Review of Books. More on Mike can be found at mikelandweber.com.

Joanna Luloff received her MFA from Emerson College and her PhD from The University of Missouri. Her short story collection, The Beach at Galle Road (Algonquin Books, 2012), was a Barnes and Nobel Discover Great New Writers selection and received the 2013 Maria Thomas Fiction Award. She is an Assistant Professor at SUNY Potsdam.

Julie Wakeman-Linn’s stories have appeared in Santa Clara Review, Enhanced Gravity, Rosebud, A Prairie Journal, JMWW, and several other publications. Her first novel, Chasing the Leopard Finding the Lion, was a finalist for Barbara Kingsolver’s Bellwether Prize. She is a professor of English at Montgomery College, editor in chief of Potomac Review, and editor of the anthology Their Voices, Their Stories: Fiction by Bethsaida Orphan Girls’ Secondary School.

Melissa Wyse McCaul’s work has appeared most recently in such publications as Shenandoah, Urbanite, and decomP. She was a fellow at the MacDowell Colony last fall and received her MFA from American University. A selection of her short fiction was awarded the Myra Sklarew Award. She is currently completing a collection of short stories set in World War II Hawaii.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

October 19 Readings: Sheri Booker, Danielle Ariano, Kelcey Parker, Danuta Hinc, and Marion Winik

Danielle Ariano received her MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts from the University of Baltimore. She is the author of Getting Over the Rainbow, her debut book that recounts her humorous experiences as a lesbian, from her initial, uncertain utterance of the terrifying phrase “I’m gay,” all the way to her more recent declaration of “I do.” Her work has appeared on various online publications including Baltimore Fishbowl and Huffington Post and in literary journals such as the light ekphrastic, Cobalt Review, Welter and Rufous City Review. She is a frequent contributor to Baltimore Gay Life, where starting in January, she will have a monthly column chronicling her quirky experiences as a married gay woman. Her website is www.daniwrites.org.

Kelcey Parker’s first book, For Sale By Owner (Kore Press), won the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Award in Short Fiction and was a Finalist for the 2012 Best Books of Indiana. She directs the creative writing program at Indiana University South Bend. During the summer of 2012, she worked as an Ask-Me Guide at Fallingwater, where she asked as many questions as she answered, helped visitors get the perfect photo of Fallingwater, and always kept an eye out for Liliane’s ghost. Visit Kelcey’s website.

Sheri J. Booker is a writer, poet, spoken word artist, and teacher. She is the author of the poetry book, One Woman, One Hustle (2003), Vook, I am the Poem (2011) , and memoir Nine Years Under: Coming of Age in an Inner City Funeral Home (2013) . She has traveled the U.S. speaking, reciting and performing her poetry. In 2007, she lived in rural South Africa where she helped to teach journalism skills to African women and worked as an editorial assistant for an international literary magazine. Sheri has written for Urbanite, Channel, The Amazwi Villager, a. magazine and The East County Times. Most recently, Sheri has discovered a passion for teaching. She currently teaches Creative Writing at Stevenson University and a refreshing course called Mind, Body, Soul at the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women.She has an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction from Goucher College. Visit her online at sheribooker.co

Danuta Hinc (http://danutahinc.com) holds an M.A. in Philology from the University of Gdansk. She completed three years of postgraduate studies at the Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences under the direction of distinguished Professor Dr. Maria Janion. She is a Lecturer at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she teaches Professional Writing.Hinc is the author of To Kill the Other, (Tate Publishing 2011) the fictionalized life story of one of the 9/11 hijackers. Hinc has published short fiction and essays in the Little Patuxent Review, The Muse, Litteraria, Word Riot Inc., and numerous features in the newsletter of the Polish Library in Washington, D.C. She is currently working on a fictionalized memoir, Angels in the Forest, which is based on the life of her grandfather, Józef Król (Joseph King) and World War II. She is also working on a collection of short stories based on people and events in her family and the history of 20th century Europe, titled, Europe Without a Name. Hinc lives in Ellicott City, Maryland.

Marion Winik is the author of the new memoir, Highs In The Low Fifties: How I Stumbled Through the Joys of Single Living. It joins Telling, First Comes Love, The Lunch-Box Chronicles, The Glen Rock Book of the Dead and others in the ongoing saga of her life. She writes a column at BaltimoreFishbowl.com, reviews books for Newsday, and contributes to The Sun. Lots more info at MarionWInik.com.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

510 Readings at the 2013 Baltimore Book Festival!

All right, we all had a great summer, but now it's back to work! We're kicking off the Fall 2013 season of The 510 Readings at the Baltimore Book Festival in spectalofastic fashion, welcoming writers Jessica Anya Blau, Simon Fruelund, Aubrey Hirsch, Heather Rounds, Noel Sloboda, and the 510's own Jen Michalski. We honored and super excited that The Chesapeake Wine Company will be sponsoring the reading. Come out, have a free drink, and listen to this knockout lineup. Hosted by Jen Michalski at 6:30 pm, CityLit Stage. For the full CityLit Stage schedule, go here.

Nick Hornby said of Jessica Anya Blau’s third novel, The Wonderbread Summer “[it’s] picaresque, properly funny, unpredictable, and altogether irrepressible … it made me so happy that after I’d read it, in two days flat, I bought everything I could find by the same author.” She is also the author of Drinking Closer to Home and The Summer of Naked Swim Parties, all from Harper Collins.

Simon Fruelund is the author of five books, among them Mælk (1997) and Panamericana (2012). His work has been translated into Italian, Swedish, and English from the original Danish, and his short stories have appeared in a number of magazines across the U.S, including World Literature Today, Redivider, and Absinthe.

Aubrey Hirsch’s stories, essays and poems have appeared in American Short Fiction, Third Coast, Hobart, and The Los Angeles Review, among others. Her short story collection, Why We Never Talk About Sugar, is available now from Braddock Avenue Books.

Jen Michalski’s debut novel The Tide King is available from Black Lawrence Press. She is the author of two collections of fiction, Close Encounters and From Here and a collection of novellas, Could You Be With Her Now. In 2013 she was voted one of "50 Women to Watch" by the Baltimore Sun and "Best Writer" by Baltimore Magazine. She also is the editor of the anthology City Sages: Baltimore, which won a 2010 “Best of Baltimore” award from Baltimore Magazine. She is the founding editor of the literary quarterly jmww and a co-host of the monthly reading series The 510 Readings in Baltimore.

Heather Rounds’ debut novel There, based on her experiences in Iraqi Kurdistan between 2007 and 2008, won Emergency Press’ 2011 International Book Award and will be published by the Press in October. Her poetry and short works of fiction have appeared in such places as PANK, The Baltimore Review, and Big Lucks. She’s a co-founder of the roaming curatorial collective The Rotating History Project. She lives in Baltimore but you can visit her from anywhere—http://snap-shotsofearthlyglitches.blogspot.com/.

Noel Sloboda earned his PhD in English and American literature from Washington University in St. Louis. He is the author of the collections Shell Games (2008) and Our Rarer Monsters (2013) as well as several chapbooks, most recently Circle Straight Back (2012). Sloboda has also published a book about Edith Wharton and Gertrude Stein. He teaches at Penn State York.

Monday, April 8, 2013

April 13th Readings (City Lit Festival: Andrew Keating, Nathan Leslie, C. L. Bledsoe, Rob Roensch)

Greetings dear Baltimore,

The 510 Readings are taking its yearly pilgrimage downtown on April 13th as part of the CityLit Festival at the Central Branch of Enoch Pratt Library. Headlined this year by George Saunders, the festival is in its 10th year (and we are in our fifth in partnership). 

The 510 Readings will held in the FINE ARTS DEPARTMENT (2ND FLOOR), 11:30-12:30 510 AT THE FESTIVAL (FICTION). We will be hosting readers Andrew Keating, Nathan Leslie, C. L. Bledsoe, and Rob Roensch. 

Reader bios and listings of other events can be found in the CityLit Festival brochure and complete schedule, downloadable here.

See you then!