Tuesday, March 25, 2008

510 Reading on Saturday, April 19th at Minas, 5 pm

Michael Kimball has published two novels, The Way the Family Got Away (2000) and How Much of Us There Was (2005), both of which have been translated (or are being translated into) many languages. His third novel, Dear Everybody (2008), was published in March in the UK and will be published in September in the US and Canada. He has won a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a Boswell and Johnson Award, and the Lidano Fiction Prize. Recently, Stephen King short-listed one of his stories for Best American Short Stories, as did Dave Eggers for Best American Nonrequired Reading. He has also published many pieces in many literary magazines, including Open City, Prairie Schooner, Post Road, and New York Tyrant. [myspace.com/michaelkimball]

Maud Casey is the author of the short story collection, Drastic, and two novels, The Shape of Things to Come, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and Genealogy, a New York Times Editor's Pick. Her fiction and essays have appeared in such places as The Threepenny Review, The Georgia Review, The Gettysburg Review, Confrontation, American Short Fiction, Post Road, and Poets & Writers. An excerpt from Genealogy received The Jane Geske Award from Prairie Schooner; her essay "The Rise From the Earth (So Far)" was a Salon Editor's Pick 2006; and her short story, "Fugueur," was selected by Rick Moody as a finalist in The Bellevue Literary Review's Goldenberg Prize for Fiction and will be published in BLR, Spring 2008. She has received fellowships from Vermont Studio Center, UCross, Fundacion Valparaiso, and Ledig International Writers House. She teaches in the MFA program at the University of Maryland. [maudcasey.com]

Michael Downs, a former newspaper reporter, teaches creative writing at Towson University. His nonfiction book, House of Good Hope: A Promise for a Broken City, won the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Award in 2006. Downs’ short fiction has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, The Georgia Review, Five Points, and other literary reviews and has been anthologized in, among other places, the Best American Mystery Stories series. His work won a literary fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. [http://www.michael-downs.net/]

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

March 15th Readings

Thanks for attending the March 15th edition of the 510 Series. As the crowd fills up (standing room only, again).

Your MC, Michael Kimball, kicks it off...

Christine Stewart, resident writer at the Creative Alliance, reads excerpts from her novel in progress

Jen Michalski, author of Close Encounters, fights with stage props.

Dave Housley, author of Ryan Seacrest Is Famous goes out with a bang.

See you on April 19th for Michael Kimball, Maud Casey, and Michael Downs!

Monday, March 3, 2008

510 Reading on Saturday, March 15th at Minas, 5 pm

We are pleased to announce this month's 510 Reading Series lineup:

Dave Housley is the author of Ryan Seacrest is Famous, a collection of short fiction. His work has appeared in Columbia, Hobart, Nerve, Sycamore Review, and some other places. He's one of the founders and fiction editors at Barrelhouse magazine.

Jen Michalski's collection of short fiction, Close Encounters, is available from SoNew Media. Her work has appeared in any publications, including McSweeney's, Failbetter, storySouth, Hobart, Word Riot, and the Summerset Review. She is the editor in chief of the online quarterly JMWW and lives in Baltimore.

Christine Stewart is a resident artist with Creative Alliance, where she leads the Write Here, Write Now workshops cosponsored by CityLit Project. She has a M.A. and M.F.A. in creative writing and poetry and is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and an Individual Artist Award in Fiction from the Maryland State Arts Council. Some of her work appears in Poetry, Ploughshares, Blackbird, Five Points, Smartish Pace, and The Cortland Review.