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Baker Awards Finalists Reading: Leslie Harrison, Dora Malech, Jen Michalski, Timmy Reed

Bird In Hand

The Baker Artist Portfolios were created to support artists and promote Greater Baltimore as a strong creative community. The online portfolios are open to artists working in all disciplines who live and work in Baltimore City and its five surrounding counties. The portfolios and associated awards were established by the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund and are a program of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.

Leslie Harrison’s debut book of poems, Displacement, won the 2008 Bakeless prize in poetry. Her second book, The Book of Endings (2017), was a finalist for the National Book Award. Born in Germany and raised mostly in New Hampshire, she holds graduate degrees from The Johns Hopkins University and The University of California, Irvine. Poems have appeared in journals including Poetry, The New Republic, The Kenyon Review, FIELD, Subtropics, Pleiades, Orion and elsewhere. In 2011 she was awarded a fellowship in literature from The National Endowment for the Arts, and in 2012 joined the full-time faculty at Towson University.  

Dora Malech is the author of four books of poetry, Flourish, Stet, Say So and Shore Ordered Ocean. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Best American Poetry, American Letters & Commentary, Tin House, and Poetry London, among other publications. She has received a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and a Crenson-Hertz Award for Community Based Learning ​and Participatory Research from the Johns Hopkins University Center for Social Concern, among other honors. She serves as an associate editor of The Waywiser Press, as an advisory board member of Writers in Baltimore Schools, and is on faculty at Johns Hopkins.

Jen Michalski lives in Baltimore. A four-time Pushcart nominee, she was voted one of "50 Women to Watch" by The Baltimore Sun, "Best Writer" by Baltimore Magazine in 2013, and one of the best authors in Maryland by CBS News. She is the author of two novels, The Tide King, winner of the Big Moose Prize, and The Summer She Was Under Water, and two collections of fiction, Close Encounters and From Here, and a collection of novellas, Could You Be With Her Now. She also edited the anthology City Sages: Baltimore, is the founding editor of the literary weekly jmww and interviews writers at The Nervous Breakdown.

Timmy Reed is a writer, teacher, and native of Baltimore. He received his MFA from University of Baltimore. Reed is the author of the books IRLMiraculous Fauna, and The Ghosts That Surrounded Them. His short fiction has been featured in the Wigleaf Top 50 on multiple occasions and has appeared in Necessary Fiction and the Atticus Review among other publications. In 2015, he won the Baker Artist Awards Semmes G. Walsh Award. He teaches English at Stevenson University and Community College of Baltimore County, and English as a Second Language at Morgan State University.






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Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 7:00pm


Bird In Hand
11 E. 33rd Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

by Dr. Radut