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Baltimore STYLE Poetry Reading

The Ivy Bookshop

Come celebrate poetry for a night alongside Baltimore STYLE with featured readings from Shirley J. Brewer, celeste doaks, Kathy Mangan and Michael Ratcliffe.


Shirley J. Brewer graduated from careers in bartending, palm-reading and speech therapy. She serves as poet-in-residence at Carver Center for the Arts & Technology in Baltimore. Her poems garnish BarrowStreet, Poetry East, Slant, Gargoyle, Comstock Review, and many other journals. Shirley’s poetry chapbooks include A Little Breast Music and After Words. In 2017, Main Street Rag released her first full-length collection of poems, Bistro in Another Realm. Shirley was awarded the first Creativity Award for Excellence in Plorking (Play + Work) from the University of Baltimore, where she earned her Master’s degree in Creative Writing/Publishing Arts.


Poet and journalist celeste doaks is the author of Cornrows and Cornfields and most recently the editor of Not Without Our Laughter. Cornrows was listed as one of the “Ten Best Books of 2015” by Beltway Poetry Quarterly. Her multiple accolades include a Lucille Clifton Scholarship to attend Squaw Valley Writers Workshop, the 2010 AWP WC&C Scholarship, and residencies at Atlantic Center of the Arts and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her journalism has appeared in the Huffington Post, Village Voice, Time Out New York, and QBR (Quarterly Black Book Review). Doaks, who garnered a 2015 Pushcart Prize nomination, will be the 2017-2018 Visiting Assistant Professor in Creative Writing at University of Delaware.


Kathy Mangan lives in Baltimore and teaches creative writing and American literature at McDaniel College, where she is Professor of English and holds the Joan Develin Coley Chair in Creative Expression and the Arts. Her books include a chapbook, Ragged Alphabet, and Above the Tree Line. Her poems have been published in Georgia Review, Gettysburg Review, Ploughshares and Pushcart Prize, as well as many anthologies, including Boomer Girls: Poems by Women from the Baby Boom Generation.


Michael Ratcliffe is a geographer whose poetry is often rooted in observations of people, places, and the landscape. His work has appeared in a variety of print and on-line journals, including Fredericksburg Literary and Arts Review, Fourth & Sycamore, Peacock Journal, and Free State Review. Michael Ratcliffe’s chapbook, Shards of Blue, was published in 2015. When he is not writing poetry or managing geographic programs, he can be found bicycling throughout Central Maryland.






Event Details

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 7:00pm


Bird in Hand
11 E 33RD Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

by Dr. Radut