Honoring the Memory, Career, and Bequest of Henry Louis Mencken.
Photo caption: Mencken and his niece Virginia in the backyard at 1524 Hollins St. Mencken was 39, at the cusp of his greatest decade. During the 1920s, the New York Times suggested that he was the most powerful private citizen in America.
The Mencken Room is open to the public from 10 a.m to 5 p.m.
10:30 A.M., Mencken Society Annual Meeting - Wheeler Auditorim.
2p.m. The 2019 Mencken Memorial Lecture - Wheeler Auditorium.
Follow in the footsteps of Baltimore's literary luminaries and discover the elegant brownstone mansions and majestic cultural institutions built by Baltimore's successful 19th-century merchants and industrialists. Learn how a neighborhood of scholars, struggling artists and authors, newspaperman, philanthropists and social reformers offered rich opportunities to discuss and debate ideas and open new literary avenues. All tours begin at the Enoch Pratt Free Library - Central Branch. Tickets are $10. Please note that advance registration is required; no walk-ups will be accepted.
Brian Kuebler will be in conversation with Ed Slattery.
Jona Colson’s first poetry collection, Said Through Glass, won the Jean Feldman Poetry Prize from the Washington Writers’ Publishing House. He received his BA in English and Spanish from Goucher College, a Master of Arts in Linguistics from George Mason University, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from American University. His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, The Southern Review, The Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere. His translations and interviews can be found in Prairie Schooner, Tupelo Quarterly, and The Writer’s Chronicle.
A trailblazer of the contemporary essay, Lia Purpura meditates on existential subjects as diverse as eagles, irony, shadows, racially-divided neighborhoods, and the idea of beauty in All the Fierce Tethers.
Fix It Fair is a free event in partnership with Station North Tool Library. At Fix It Fair, you’ll find tools, advice and materials to help you make common repairs on clothes, furniture, electronics, bikes, and more. Experienced volunteers, with repair skills in all kinds of fields, will be on site to assist people with their repairs.
To RSVP and view a full list of available repairs, please visit toollibrary.org/fixitfair
12 PM - 4 PM* (Repair Line Closes At 3:30 PM)
Limited repairs offered: Sewing, Jewelry, Small Appliances, Electronics, Simple Woodworking.
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by reciting or reading a favorite poem by a Hispanic or Latina/o writer! Poet Maritza Rivera will host and share a sampling of her own work.
Please limit your reading or recitation to five minutes.
With more than 60 years spent chronicling our world and nation, few can match the authority, experience, and perspective that Dan Rather brings to almost any subject. From politics, the media, current events, and our country’s most pressing issues— to inspiring words of wisdom on leadership, education, social justice, civic involvement and the importance of philanthropy, Dan Rather speaks from the heart.
The FREE public festival will be held on the property of the Center/West development across the street from Poe House at 203 N. Amity Street, Baltimore. The two-day outdoor event will feature Edgar Allan Poe-themed art, booksellers, vendors, food, and drink, celebrating Poe’s influence on our culture, as well as main stage and other performance and reading opportunities.
Join us at Bird in Hand for an evening with the 2018 Rubys Literary Grantees.
The Rubys Artist Grants is a regional program that supports innovative and daring new work by the region's brightest artists. Please join the 2018 literary arts grantees as they share excerpts from their grant-supported work. Featured writers are Kristina Gaddy, Andrew Holter, and Ashlie Kauffman.
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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month while learning about three main cultural influences in Latin music: Indigenous, African, and European. Participants are invited to play all of the percussion instruments presented during the performance, and to dance basic Latin rhythms, like salsa.
Presented by Cantaré, Latin American Music.
Marita Golden is an Alzheimer’s activist and editor of the multi-cultural anthology, Us Against Alzheimer’s: Stories of Family Love and Faith. The program will include readings by Katia D. Ulysse and Lauren Francis-Sharma.
Haunted and haunting, How We Fight for Our Lives: tells the story of a young, black, gay man from the South as he fights to carve out a place for himself, within his family, within his country, within his own hopes, desires, and fears. Through a series of vignettes that chart a course across the American landscape, Jones draws readers into his boyhood and adolescence—into tumultuous relationships with his mother and grandmother, into passing flings with lovers, friends and strangers.
***All tours offered on a pay-only-what-you-can basis and proceeds benefit The Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum***
The historic Poe House is currently closed to the public due to the COVID-19 response in Maryland, but that doesn’t mean Poe’s chamber door is closed to you online. Join us for a live virtual tour of the historic Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum, led by a real museum docent.