A library lover might love to read. He might refer to characters and writers on a first name basis, like an old friend. She might borrow new books every week to find inspiration, escape or companionship between the pages. Great writers can translate our feelings and experiences into poems and stories. This February, listen to six great writers in the Masters of Fine Arts program read their original works at the Library Basement Reading Series.
The selected writers are Saralyn Lyons, Michelle Junot, Jessica Jonas, John Benes, Dustin Fisher, and Meagan Stolz. Before they read their essays, poems, and short stories, they will share with us the literature they love and communicate with in their writing process. The event is free and open to the community.
The readers were nominated and selected for their outstanding writing. Read more about them below.
John Benes is a graduate of Alma college in Alma, MI, and is currently enrolled in the MFA and publishing arts program at the University of Baltimore. He has been published in 'See Spot Run' and 'The Pine River Anthology' both literary journals created and published through the Alma college campus.
Dustin Fisher is an amateur comedian, storyteller and father. He has a college degree in film which he has used on occasion to sound pretentious about movies, and is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Baltimore, where he worked in the Rec Sports department for four years as the Professor of Fun. He is now a stay-at-home father and you can read all about the good, the bad and the poopy at
Jessica Jonas was born in a cicada spring and crossed her first ocean when she was two months old. A devoted book lover, she met both her best friend and her husband through a mutual taste in literature. As a writer, she is primarily interested in the the beginnings and endings of relationships, and the intersection of the real and surreal. She anticipates publishing her first collection of short stories and completing her MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing in May 2013. Visit her at www.jessicamjonas.com
Michelle Junot lives in Baltimore, MD where she is pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts at the University of Baltimore. She was born and raised in southern Louisiana and graduated from Centenary College of Louisiana in 2011 with a BA in Dance and Communication.
People often ask Michelle, “What do you write?” and sometimes, she says “I write about driving my friend to the airport, and the time we tried to sell our artwork at a flea market. I write about the house I grew up in, and how it’s hard to go to a place I used to call home and know that I’m just a visitor. I write about William Carlos Williams because I was told to do so, and I write about going back to Church because I want to. I’m writing everything. Because I’m a writer. And along the way, I hope to edit. Redirect. Be led.” Other times she just says, “Creative Non-fiction.”
Saralyn Lyons is a graduate student at UB concentrating on poetry. She loves to write but rarely reads her work, so please bear with her as she turns red from embarrassment.
Megan Stolz is a California transplant who came to the east coast first for her B.A. at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia and then for her M.F.A. at the University of Baltimore. Other than books, she loves music, traveling, and trying to teach the art of writing to CCBC freshmen. She blogs about literary things at www.meganstolz.com