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J. Bowers

Fiction Writer
Baltimore, MD

Barry Brennessel

Fiction Writer
Silver Spring, MD

When Barry’s first collection of stories was read aloud by his second grade teacher, the author hid in the bathroom. As the years flew by, he wrote more, hid less (not really), and branched out to Super 8 films and cassette tape recorders. Barry’s audience—consisting solely of friends and family—were both amused and bemused. Since those childhood days, Barry has earned degrees in English and French from the State University of New York College at Brockport, and a Master of Arts in Writing from the Johns Hopkins University. Tinseltown is Barry’s first novel. His second novel The Sulphur Cure is forthcoming from L&L Dreamspell. Reunion, a collection of linked stories, is forthcoming from MLR Press. His novella The Price of Silence recently debuted. His work has appeared in SNReview, Perspectives, Time Pilot, Liquid Ohio, Nocturnal Lyric, Midnight Times, Gival Press’s ArLiJo, Polari Journal, and the Dreamspell Nightmares (I & II) and Dreamspell Revenge (I & II) anthologies from L&L Dreamspell. His stories, novels and teleplays have won awards, including a 2008 Pushcart Prize nomination; 3rd Place in the 2010 Pacific Northwest Writers Association (PNWA) literary contest and finalist status in the 2006, 2008 and 2009 PNWA contests; 3rd Place in the 79th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition and finalist status in the Winter 2010 WILDSound Screenplay competition. When not embroiled in his own writing, Barry sips wine, nibbles on chocolate, and watches films and TV—both the classic and the cheesy. (Mmm…cheese!)

Shirley Brewer

Poet
Baltimore, MD

Shirley Brewer

Poet
Baltimore, MD

Alan Britt

Poet
Reisterstown, MD

Alan Britt's The Poet and the Poem interview for the Library of Congress (http://www.loc.gov/poetry/poetpoem.html) aired on Pacifica Radio in January 2013. His interview with Minnesota Review is up at http://minnesotareview.wordpress.com/. He read for the We Are You Project/Ragazine event at the historic Maysles Cinema in NYC/Harlem (February 2013), at the (World Trade Center) Tribute WTC Visitors Center in Manhattan/NYC (April 2012), and for the We Are You Project at the Wilmer Jennings Gallery in East Village/NYC (April 2012). He is Poetry Editor-in-chief for the We Are You Project International (WeAreYouProject.org).

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