New Publication Announcement


I am excited to announce that for the first time ever, I will be a “contributor” to this forthcoming book (June 2022), edited by Gary M. Almeter and Rafael Alvarez. How fitting that this book is about all things Baltimore—my hometown, and the source for much of my writing, on this blog and beyond.

Baltimore is known by many names – including Mobtown, Bodymore, The City That Reads, and Charm City; and for many reasons – birthplace of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Babe Ruth, Thurgood Marshall, Nancy Pelosi, Elijah Cummings, John Waters, and Freddie Gray; and a city of record for Billie Holliday, Edgar Allan Poe, Lucille Clifton, and many others.

A new entry in Belt Publishing’s City Anthology Series, A Lovely Place, A Fighting Place, A Charmer contains more than 35 essays, poems, and short stories about Baltimore’s past and present, written by those who know and love her best. I am proud and honored that my poem, “Ode to Lucille Clifton,” is included in this book!

To pre-order and for more information on the book, go to:

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Last, but not least, Thanks to my friend and writing colleague Rafael Alvarez (History of Poetry in Baltimore / 1945 to the present – A Meaty Journal ( for inviting me to contribute to this anthology. And Thanks to all of you who have already pre-ordered the book!

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