Thursday, March 30, 2017

April 15th Readings: Emily Cementina, Carys Davies, Meghan Kenny, and Elise Levine

Emily Cementina received her M.F.A. in fiction from The New School. She teaches first-year writing and literature at CUNY and is a co-host of Sunday Salon, a monthly reading series in New York City. Having finished the most recent draft of her novel, she has taken a break to receive her teaching certification in vinyasa yoga. She looks forward to revising with a new perspective. You can find her work online at fwriction: review.
Carys Davies is the author of two collections of short stories, The Redemption of Galen Pike and Some New Ambush. She is the winner of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize, the Royal Society of Literature’s V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize, the Society of Authors’ Olive Cook Short Story Award, a Northern Writers’ Award, and is currently a 2016-2017 Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library. The Redemption of Galen Pike is an IndieNext pick for April 2017. Born in Wales, she usually lives in north-west England
Meghan Kenny is the author of the debut short story collection Love Is No Small Thing (LSU Press, 2017). Her debut novel, The Driest Season, is forthcoming with W.W. Norton in 2018. She has won The Iowa Review Award, has been a scholar at the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences, and held the Tickner Writing Fellowship in Baltimore. She lives and teaches in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Elise Levine is the author of the story collection Driving Men Mad, and the novels Requests and Dedications and Blue Field. Her work has also appeared in Ploughshares, Blackbird, PANK, The Journey Prize Anthology, the Toronto Star, and Best Canadian Stories, among other publications. She is the recipient of a Canadian National Magazine Award for fiction; awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council; and residency fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo, among others. She currently lives in Baltimore, MD, where she directs the MA in Writing program at Johns Hopkins University.

Readings begin at 7:30 pm, Bird in Hand Coffee Shop, 11 E. 33rd Street, Baltimore. 410-243-0757

Thursday, February 16, 2017

February 25th Readings: Angie Chuang, J. M. Tyree, and Sara Lautman

Angie Chuang is an author and educator from Washington, D.C. Her debut memoir, The Four Words for Home, was published by Willow Books in 2014 as the winner of the Willow Books Literature Awards Grand Prize in Prose. The book won the Independent Publishers Award Bronze Medal for Multicultural Nonfiction and was short-listed for the William Saroyan Prize and the International Rubery Award. Angie's literary nonfiction has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, The Asian American Literary Review, Vela, and several editions of The Best Women's Travel Writing. She is an associate professor of journalism at the American University School of Communication.

J. M. Tyree is the author of Vanishing Streets: Journeys in London (Stanford University Press) and Our Secret Life in the Movies (coauthor Michael McGriff, A Strange Object), which was selected as a Best Book of 2014 by NPR. He is the Nonfiction Editor of New England Review and Distinguished Visiting Professor at VCUarts.

Sara Lautman's drawings have been published by The New Yorker, Jezebel, The Awl, Tablet, Mad Magazine, and The Pitchfork Review, and featured by The Believer and NPR. Her second most recent book of comics essays and stories, The Ultimate Laugh, was published by Tinto Press in 2016 and nominated for an Ignatz award. She is currently at work on a new collection, to be published by Birdcage Bottom Books in Spring 2017. Lautman is comics editor at Okey-Panky, the flash and experimental arm of Electric Literature, and a faculty member at The Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

January 28th Readings: Jason Diamond, Rion Amilcar Scott, and Katharine Noel

Jason Diamond founded the site Vol. 1 Brooklyn. Vol 1. has since launched Julius Singer Press and curates regular free literary events, including the popular 3-Minute Stories series. He was the editor of the Jewish pop culture website, the literary editor at, a former associate editor at Men's Journal, and currently the sports editor at Rolling Stone. He has written for The New York Times, The Paris Review, Esquire, Harper's Bazaar, The Wall Street Journal, New Republic, Vice, Bookforum, Tablet, The Awl, Pitchfork, McSweeny's, NPR, The Rumpus, and many other fine outlets. His memoir, Searching For John Hughes (William Morrow/HarperCollins), was released in November 2016.

Rion Amilcar Scott’s work has been published in journals such as The Kenyon Review, Crab Orchard Review, PANK, The Rumpus, Fiction International, The Washington City Paper, The Toast, Akashic Books, Melville House and Confrontation, among others. He earned an MFA from George Mason University where he won both the Mary Roberts Rinehart award and a Completion Fellowship. He is a Kimbilio fellow. His short story collection, Insurrections (University Press of Kentucky) was published in August 2016 and was chosen for The Rumpus's Book Club and also the longlist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Wolf Tickets is forthcoming from Tiny Hardcore Press. Presently, he teaches English at Bowie State University.

Katharine Noel currently teaches at the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. She has been the Writer in Residence at Claremont McKenna College and the Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, where she held Wallace Stegner and Truman Capote fellowships. Noel’s first novel, Halfway House, was a New York Times Editors' Choice and winner of a Ken/NAMI Award for "outstanding literary contributions to a better understanding of mental illness," and the 2006 Kate Chopin prize for fiction. She lives with her husband, the writer Eric Puchner, and their children in Baltimore, Maryland. Her second novel, Meantime, was just released by Grove Press.

Monday, November 14, 2016

December 7th Readings: Tobias Carroll, D. Foy, Heather Rounds

We're back, and we're better than ever at our new location, Bird in Hand in Charles Village. This event takes place at 7 pm:

Heather Rounds’ debut novel There won the 2011 Emergency Press International Book Award and was published by the Press in 2013. Her poetry and short works of fiction have appeared in numerous publications, including PANK, Big Lucks, Smokelong Quarterly, and Atticus Review. Her novella, She Named Him Michael, is forthcoming from Ink Press. Visit her at

D. Foy is the author of the novels Made to Break and Patricide. His work has appeared in Guernica, Literary Hub, Salon, Hazlitt, Post Road, Electric Literature, BOMB, The Literary Review, Midnight Breakfast, The Scofield, and The Georgia Review, among others, and has been included in the books Laundromat, A Moment’s Notice, and Forty Stories: New Writing from Harper Perennial.

Tobias Carroll is the managing editor of Vol.1 Brooklyn. His writing has been published by Bookforum, Men's Journal, Tin House, Hazlitt, and Rolling Stone. He is the author of the collection Transitory and the novel Reel. He's on Twitter at @TobiasCarroll.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

September 17th Readings: Michelle Brafman, Ron Tanner, Dana Cann, and Curtis Smith


Michelle Brafman is the author of the novels Washing the Dead and Bertrand Court. Her work has appeared in Tablet, Fifth Wednesday Journal, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and numerous other publications. She teaches fiction writing at the Johns Hopkins MA in Writing Program and lives in Glen Echo, Maryland with her husband and two children.
Ron Tanner's awards for writing include a Faulkner Society gold medal, a Pushcart Prize, a New Letters Award, a Best of the Web Award, and many others. His writing has been named "notable" in both Best American Essays and Best American Short Stories and he has won fellowships from the Michener/Copernicus Society, Sewanee Writers Conference, and the National Park Service, to name a few. He is the author of Missile Paradise (novel), A Bed of Nails (stories), Kiss Me Stranger (illustrated novel), and From Animal House to Our House (memoir). He teaches writing at Loyola University-Maryland and directs both the Marshall Islands Story Project ( and Preservation America ( He and his wife live on a historic farm called Good Contrivance Farm outside of Baltimore, MD, and run a DIY site called House Love:

Dana Cann is the author of a novel, Ghosts of Bergen County (Tin House Books). His short stories have been published in The Sun, The Massachusetts Review, The Gettysburg Review, Barrelhouse, Fifth Wednesday Journal, The Florida Review, and Blackbird, among other journals. He has received fellowships from the Maryland State Arts Council, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. Dana earned his M.A. in Writing from Johns Hopkins University. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland, where he also teaches fiction workshops at The Writer’s Center.

Curtis Smith  has published over 100 stories and essays. His work has been cited by The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Mystery Stories, and The Best American Spiritual Writing. He’s worked with literary presses to publish a pair of flash-fiction chapbooks, three story collections, three novels, and an essay collection. 2016, Ig Publishing just released his latest book, Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five, as part of their bookmarked series.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

August 8th Reading: Jessica Anya Blau, James Magruder, David Olimpio, and Stephen Zerance

Jessica Anya Blau’s latest novel, The Trouble with Lexie, is out now! Jessica is also the author of The Wonder Bread Summer; Drinking Closer to Home; and the national bestseller, The Summer of Naked Swim Parties. Jessica’s books have been featured on CNN, NPR, The Today Show and in Vanity Fair,, Cosmo, Bust and other national media. Jessica’s books have been optioned for film and television. Recently, Jessica ghost-wrote a memoir that is coming out with HarperColllins in the fall of 2016. Jessica grew up in Southern California and currently divides her time between Baltimore and New York.

James Magruder’s fiction has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, New England Review, Subtropics, Bloom, The Normal School, Gargoyle, New Stories from the Midwest, and elsewhere. His début novel, Sugarless, was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award and shortlisted for the 2010 William Saroyan International Writing Prize. His collection of stories, Let Me See It, was published by TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press in 2014, and his novel, The Love Slaves of Helen Hadley Hall, by Queens Ferry Press in 2016. His adaptations of works by Molière, Marivaux, Lesage, Labiche, Gozzi, Dickens, Hofmannsthal, and Giraudoux have been staged on and off-Broadway, across the country, and in Germany and Japan. He is a four-time fellow of the MacDowell Colony and his writing has also been supported by the Kenyon Playwrights Conference and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, where he was a Walter E. Dakin Fellow in Fiction. He teaches dramaturgy at Swarthmore College and fiction at UB. Visit him at

David Olimpio grew up in Texas, but currently lives and writes in Northern New Jersey. He believes that we create ourselves through the stories we tell, and that is what he aims to do every day. Usually, you can find him driving his truck around the Garden State with his dogs. He has been published in Barrelhouse, The Nervous Breakdown, The Austin Review, Rappahannock Review, Crate, and others. His debut nonfiction collection THIS IS NOT A CONFESSION (Awst Press, 2016) wants your eyeballs. You can find more about him at, including links to his writing and photography. He Tweets, Instagrams, and Tumbles as @notsolinear and would love for you to join him.

Stephen Zerance is the author of the chapbook Caligula’s Playhouse (Mason Jar Press, 2016). His poems have appeared in West Branch, Prairie Schooner, Quarterly West, Assaracus, and Knockout, among other journals, as well as on the websites of Lambda Literary and Split This Rock. He received his MFA from American University, where he received the Myra Sklarew award.

Friday, June 3, 2016

June 13th Readings: Paula Whyman, Sherrie Flick, Tara Laskowski, Laura Ellen Scott, and Art Taylor

Paula Whyman's writing has appeared McSweeney’s Quarterly, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Washington Post, The Rumpus, and on NPR’s All Things Considered. She is a member of The MacDowell Colony Fellows Executive Committee. A music theater piece, “Transfigured Night,” based on a story in this collection, is in development with composer Scott Wheeler. A native of Washington, DC, she now lives in Maryland.
Sherrie Flick is author of the novel Reconsidering Happiness (Bison Books), the flash fiction chapbook I Call This Flirting (Flume), and the short story collection Whiskey, Etc. (Queen's Ferry Press, 2016). Her work has appeared in many journals and anthologies including Ploughshares, SmokeLong Quarterly, Flash Fiction Forward, and New Sudden Fiction. She lives in Pittsburgh and teaches in Chatham University's MFA and Food Studies programs.
Tara Laskowski's short story collection Bystanders was hailed by Jennifer Egan as "a bold, riveting mash-up of Hitchcockian suspense and campfire-tale chills." She is also the author of Modern Manners For Your Inner Demons, tales of dark etiquette. Her fiction has been published in the Norton anthology Flash Fiction International, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Mid-American Review, and numerous other journals, magazines, and anthologies. Since 2010, she has been the editor of the online flash fiction journal SmokeLong Quarterly.
Laura Ellen Scott is the author of several novels including Death Wishing, a comic fantasy set in post-Katrina New Orleans, The Juliet, a western about the search for a cursed emerald in Death Valley, and the New Royal Mysteries series set in a fictional college/prison town in Ohio. The first New Royal Mystery is The Mean Bone in Her Body, will be released in late 2016. Born and raised in Northern Ohio, Laura now lives in Fairfax, Virginia and teaches creative writing at George Mason University.

Art Taylor is the author of On the Road with Del & Louise: A Novel in Stories, winner of this year's Agatha Award for Best First Novel and a finalist for the Anthony Award for Best First Novel. He also edited the collection Murder Under the Oaks, currently a finalist for the Anthony Award for Best Anthology. He has also won two Agatha Awards, the Anthony Award, the Macavity Award, and three consecutive Derringer Awards for his short fiction. He is an associate professor of English at George Mason University, and he contributes frequently to the Washington Post, the Washington Independent Review of Books, and Mystery Scene Magazine.