Monday, February 2, 2015

April 20th Readings: Rahne Alexander, Rachel Demma, Leslie F. Miller, and Jason Tinney

Rahne Alexander is a multidisciplinary artist from Baltimore, MD. She fronts the Degenerettes, Baltimore's all-girl queer art rock trio, and co-hosts Everybody All The Time, a bi-monthly live variety show. Her film & video art has screened in galleries and festivals across the country, including the Baltimore Museum of Art, MIX (NYC), Freewaves (LA), Homoscope (Austin) and Cinekink (NYC). Rahne was featured in the 2010 rockumentary Riot Acts: Flaunting Gender Deviance in Music Performance. A former curator/organizer of the avant-garde Transmodern Festival and the long-running, award-winning queer cabaret Charm City Kitty Club, she also is also an occasional contributor to various publications, including Smile Hon, You're In Baltimore and City Paper. During the days and many nights, she is in charge of Operations and Development for the Maryland Film Festival.

Rachel Demma lives and writes in Baltimore, MD. She attended Washington College on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and Stanford University, but forgot to study writing formally at either school. Short prose and poems of hers can be found more than once in Opium Magazine, and online at Ghoti, dcist, and jmww

Leslie F. Miller likes to break things and put them back together in a random, yet tasteful, order. She is a writer, photographer, designer, and mosaic artist. Her first book, Let Me Eat Cake, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2009; her poetry chapbook, BOYGIRLBOYGIRL, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2012. Like most adult Americans, she is currently working on a novel. 

Jason Tinney is an award-winning fiction writer, musician, freelance journalist, and actor. He is the author of Ripple Meets the Deep, Louise Paris and Other Waltzes, and Bluebird. His short stories have also been published in the anthology Out of Tune. Jason has been a contributor to several magazines, among them Baltimore, Style, Gorilla, Her Mind, Urbanite,and Maryland Life. Jason co-founded and performs with the award-winning music groups Donegal X-Press, The Wayfarers, and Limestone Connection. As Limestone Connection, Jason Tinney and Holly Morse-Ellington combine written prose, music, and storytelling. The duo performs blues and folk-inspired originals and covers in a “variety show” format with Holly on vocals and ukulele, and Jason on harmonica. Their sets blend readings from their collected works of fiction and essays with off-the-cuff stories drawn from family tales and traditions. The duo has performed and read at a variety of events in 2014 with more dates scheduled in 2015.