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.