Tag: poetry

Weekend Events at The Ivy Bookshop Feature Poetry and Pickled Vegetables


Join the Ivy Bookshop on Saturday,  March 16 at 6:30 as it welcomes its own former poetry section curator, Lindsay Stuart Hill, who will read from her book of poems, One Life.  On Sunday, March 17 at 5:30, spend the early evening with the husband and wife team of Todd Gray and Ellen Kassoff Gray as they discuss their new book, The New Jewish Table.


hill one lifeLindsay Stuart Hill is a graduate of Goucher College, where she received two Kratz Creative Writing Fellowships to write poetry in Ireland and at Zen Mountain Monastery in New York. Since graduating, she has been employed as the Poet-in-Residence at the Carver Center in Towson, the editorial assistant for the Goucher Quarterly and a bookseller at The Ivy. She has also worked on organic farms in Oregon and her home state, New Hampshire. She is currently an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.







Deaf Jam: A Screening at the Creative Alliance


Deaf Jam

catch of the day fish (2)Sometimes you hear about a story, and the only reaction you can honestly have is to go, “Oh man! That is so cool!” And then to keep saying that over and over and over again– sometimes to another person, and sometimes just to yourself. So it is with the film Deaf Jam, which will be screening tomorrow night (March 14th) at the Creative Alliance. Deaf Jam follows the story of Aneta Brodski, a deaf teen, who seizes the day when she’s introduced to American Sign Language (ASL) Poetry and boldly enters the spoken word slam scene.This would probably be interesting enough to most viewers, but the story becomes even more amazing when Aneta, an Israeli immigrant living in Queens, meets Tahani, a hearing Palestinian slam poet. The two women embark on a collaboration and perform a duet, creating a new form of slam poetry that speaks to both the hearing and the DeafNeed we say, “wow?”

Spoken Word and Speed Dating at Arcos


There are some things that go on in Baltimore that I refer to as, “Mad Lib Events.”  They’re the ones where someone pulled adjectives and nouns out of a hat to create the name of an event, and it somehow comes together for something wonderful, something random, something quintessentially Baltimore.  Tonight at Arcos in Fells Point is a prime example.

For all those days you’ve wished you could speed date at a Spoken Word Poetry event at a Mexican restaurant, here is your chance!  You read that properly-
Speed Dating
Spoken Word Poetry
Mexican Food

Perhaps you’ve tried online dating and can’t find anyone beyond men who have a fascination with fedoras, the general creepers, and the overall terrifying.  Get off your computer and be more efficient about this whole process.  Meet people face to face.  Find out the true quality of their poetry as opposed to having to read on their profile that they’re “an under-appreciated fountain pen of poetic prose.”  If the dates and poems really are that bad, at least the margaritas and nachos are within arms reach.

129 S. Broadway
Baltimore, MD

Tuesday February 19, 2013
6:00pm – close

Speed dating, spoken word poetry, Mexican food!

Your bar tab.

Poets’ Ink Workshop Wednesday Night at The Ivy Bookshop


imagesJoin Poets’ Ink,  a poetry workshop where poets of all levels read and critique each other’s work, Wednesday, February 20 at 6:30 at The Ivy Bookshop, 6080 Falls Road.  All are welcome, just be sure to bring 6-10 copies of a poem to share.

For more information, visit the Ivy Bookshop website or call 410-377-2966.




Red Sammy Collaborates with Baltimore Poet Steve Matanle on New Record



I’m biased, but I believe that poetry is being reborn as a popular art form and that Baltimore is a major site of that rebirth. This is just to say we shouldn’t be all that surprised to learn that the latest record from the beer-soaked folk project of Adam Trice, Red Sammy, features weighty contributions from poet and University of Baltimore professor Steve Matanle. 

Stephanie Barber Creates Poetry from YouTube Comments with ‘Night Moves’



If it is the job of the poet, as Emerson says it is, to “[re-attach] things to nature and the Whole” — to assimilate the ugly and novel into the “great Order” of poetry — then Baltimore polymath Stephanie Barber‘s forthcoming Night Moves (Publishing Genius), a compilation of hundreds of YouTube comments left on a video for the classic pop song, is a very necessary book of poetry.

Pigtown Design: Armistead Maupin Pens “The Virtues of Baltimore” to Settle Bet with Laura Lippman


When it was determined that San Francisco and Baltimore would be playing each other in the Super Bowl, all sorts of bets were made between our two mayors, senators, congress-people and others. Amongst those who bet were novelists Armistead Maupin and Laura Lippman, who agreed to pen an ode to the other’s city upon losing the game.image

Herewith is the poem that Armistead Maupin wrote.

The Virtues of Baltimore (After Pondering Weak and Weary)

By Armistead Maupin

Who makes Baltimore so fine?

The Duchess of Windsor or Divine?image

Poetry: The Raven 2013


The Raven - 1

-as adapted by Dustin Fisher

Once upon a long off season, Ravens fans were given reason

To sit in the bleachers freezin, spilling nachos on the floor –

For the Ravens paid Ray Rice, and though the halfback named his price,

They still would not even think twice when Flacco asked the team for more.

But still the city cheered for they would have Lil Ray for five years more.

“Praise the Lord” quoth Baltimore.

Get Inspired: Local Literati Reading at The Ivy Bookshop, Friday Night



The Ivy Bookshop

Come to The Ivy Bookshop on Friday night, October 5 at 7 p.m.  for “A Di-Vine Evening” with local writers, editors and poets who will read from their work and will provide, as organizer Dave Eberhardt puts it, “inspiration and edification.” Free drinks, too!

Baltimore Poet Chris Toll Earns Tearful, Funny Memorial Service


I’ve been to my share of funerals, but last night’s tearful and comic (but mostly tearful) tribute to visionary poet and collage artist Chris Toll at Ruck Funeral Home in Towson — on what would have been his 65th birthday — holds a few distinctions. First, the whole service was coordinated and emceed by Chris’s sons — a heart-wrenching, emotionally exhausting task, no doubt. Second, the place was packed. There had to have been something like 200 people there, with some standing in the back. Third, there was frequent clapping.