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EMP Collective and Ink Press Productions are converting EMP’s downtown gallery into a one-night-only literary bazaar – featuring 25+ regional artists!


Love the Poet

Michelle Antoinette Nelson, also known as LOVE the poet, is a poet, actor, playwright, and prominent indie artist/author on the national performance and literary art scenes, and in the field of creative writing education. She has appeared on CNN as a speaker at the Jena 6 rally in Washington, D.C., authored the book “Black Marks on White Paper”, is the recipient of the 2011 Baker b-grant award, released multiple spoken word CDs, and has performed at the Smithsonian & college campuses nationwide. Michelle is also a guitarist, a Punany Poet (as seen on HBO), an active member of the Maryland Speaker’s Bureau, the creator of Live Lyrics! Creative writing workshops, founder/host of BE FREE Fridays (monthly open mic series), and an active member of Poetry for the People Baltimore.

Norm Sherman

Norm Sherman is a local singer/songwriter who brings together his expert classical guitar skills and his love for the strange, silky-slimy underbelly of the universe. He also authors Drabblecast, the prestigious fantasy lit blog.

Jamal Loving

Jamal Loving born and raised in Baltimore while nurtured on a world stage reflects all these elements in his unique sound. The combination of acoustic melodies & the unique tonality of his voice is nothing short of mesmerizing.

Mark Cugini

Mark Cugini’s first chapbook, I’m Just Happy To Be Here, is forthcoming from Ink Press. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Melville House, Sink Review, Hobart, Barrelhouse, NOÖ, and other publications. He’s a founding editor of Big Lucks, a regular contributor to HTMLGiant, and the curator of the Three Tents Reading Series in Washington, DC.

Timmy Reed

Timmy Reed’s Tell God I Don’t Exist is a collection of stories about why it is okay to keep living sometimes. Timmy is a collection of cells that have conglomerated to hang out and kill time in the shape of a human boy.

Joseph Young

Joseph Young is a writer and artist living in Baltimore. Works include Easter Rabbit (Publishing Genius, 2009), 5 drawings of the maryland sky (Ink Press, 2012), his Small Houses project, a large variety of pdf art and writing booklets available from Ink Press, and most recently his pdf comics series, Newer Comics, as seen on his blog

Dave K.

Dave K.’s essays and fiction have appeared in Front Porch Journal, Welter, Artichoke Haircut, Cobalt, LOOP, and Espresso Ink. He self-published a collection of short stories, titled Stone A Pig, through Banners of Death Press in 2012. When he’s not writing, Dave K. is a refuge in the Italian Alps.

Theresa Columbus

Theresa Columbus has written many many plays, short, longer, and in the middle. She has also written many performance art pieces which may or may not at times be considered plays. In any case, she also makes and writes other things (sometimes they are incorporated eventually into a play.) Here are some videos and images of some of this:

Barrett Warner

Primarily a book reviewer, Barrett Warner is the only editor at Free State Review who is still young enough to drive. The Old School magazine comes out twice a year and features poetry, fiction and essays submitted around the country from debut authors and salty pros. This year, the magazine is hosting readings in Pittsburgh, Annapolis, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Winchester (VA).

Heather Rounds

Heather Rounds’ debut novel There, based on her experiences in Iraqi Kurdistan between 2007 and 2008, won Emergency Press’ 2011 International Book Award and was published by the Press this year. Her poetry and short works of fiction have appeared in such places as PANK, The Baltimore Review, Poet Lore and Big Lucks. She’s a co-founder of the roaming curatorial collective The Rotating History Project and currently lives in Baltimore. visit her:

Tracy Dimond

Adam Robinson

DP the Emcee

Boat Water
Ink Press Productions
Big Lucks
Publishing Genius
Free State Review
Red Emma’s

Artichoke Haircut
Infinity’s Kitchen

Infinity’s Kitchen is an experimental literary journal from Baltimore, Maryland. The online and print publication seeks work that is the product of a new recipe, or work from an existing recipe compellingly redefined.

Pink Noise

The Pink Line Project creates and supports activities for the culturally curious. Recent projects include the Supernova performance art festival and the Twilight Sessions, a music series. Buck Downs writes a weekly poetry picks column for

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6-10 PM

“Holy crap, a reason to hang out with talented artists and drink beer! Sounds like a good time.”-Tracy Dimond

This event is part of Literary Arts Week, a week-long celebration of literary arts programming and writers, poets, and readers as part of Free Fall Baltimore. Created in partnership by CityLit Project, the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, the Maryland State Arts Council and with the participation of the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund.



Free Fall Baltimore celebrates its eighth year by bringing wonderful free cultural activities to your doorstep. During the city-wide arts celebration, Baltimore City arts organizations present hundreds of FREE arts activities including dance, music and theater performances, art exhibitions, free admission to museums, walking tours, festivals and workshops.