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New Carrollton, MD
Aaron Brown is a novelist and poet who lived for ten years in Chad, Africa. He is the author of the novella Bound (2012) and the poetry chapbook Winnower (2013), both published by Wipf & Stock. His work has been published or is forthcoming in Warscapes, The Portland Review, Polaris, North Central Review, Windhover, Saint Katherine Review, and The Prairie Light Review, among others. He lives with his wife in Lanham, Maryland.
Rae Bryant’s short story collection, The Indefinite State of Imaginary Morals, released from Patasola Press, NY, in June 2011 and has been nominated for the Pen Hemingway and Pushcart awards. Ben Loory says: “Reading Rae Bryant can be a harrowing experience… like drowning in a lake of silver lights.” Frederick Barthelme says: “Rae Bryant’s stories yank at you over and over… Is it necessary? Absolutely.” Her stories have appeared or are soon forthcoming in StoryQuarterly, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, BLIP Magazine (formerly Mississippi Review), Gargoyle Magazine, Opium Magazine, and PANK, among other publications. She writes essays and reviews for such places as Puerto del Sol, The Nervous Breakdown, Portland Book Review, and Beatrice.com. Rae has received Fellowships from the VCCA and Johns Hopkins University, where she earned a Masters in Writing. In summer 2011, she attended the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, where she studied with Alice McDermott, and the JHU Conference on Craft in Florence, Italy as a JHU Fellow, where she studied with and assisted Jill McCorkle. She teaches multimedia and creative writing in The Johns Hopkins University, Master of Arts in Writing program and is editor in chief of the program’s new literary and arts journal, The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review.
Fred Bubbers grew up in Elmhurst, NY where he attended Newtown High School. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1982 from The State University of New York at Albany, where his writing appeared in various student publications. Since then he has been employed in the software industry in various roles from software engineer to data warehouse architect to development director. In 2005, he rediscovered his love of writing. His personal essays, short stories and poems have appeared in such publications as The Oregon Literary Review, The Square Table, The Green Silk Journal, Lily, Seeker Magazine, Static Movement, Word Riot, The Angler, and most recently, Cantaraville. He counts among his various influences, and in no particular order, Edith Wharton, Theodore Dreiser, George Carlin, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Kurt Vonnegut, J.D. Salinger, Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, Joni Mitchell, James Joyce, Emily Bronte, Carl Sagan, William Shakespeare, Alan Ginsberg, Homer, BB King, Joseph Conrad, Mark Twain, Albert Camus, Neil Young, Charles D'Ambrosio, Arthur Miller, Chico Marx, Annie Proulx, Ian Fleming, Kenneth Burke, William Faulkner, Wallace Stevens, Stephen Jay Gould, Francis Ford Coppola, Jack Miles, Eugene O’Neill, Bob Dylan, Flannery O’Connor, Gish Jen, Woody Allen, Harold Bloom, Amy Hempel, Raymond Carver, Robert Altman, Sylvia Plath, John Updike, John Cheever, but most of all, the original odd couple, his beloved F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. He currently lives in Columbia, Maryland with his wife and teenage daughter.
Spoken Word Artist
Silver Spring, MD
My thoughts bloom poetically everywhere about everyone and everything. Poems of Love and Violence In Between Life and Death is Brenda's first book of poems written over a period of thirty years. She is a Life Member of the Kentucky State Poetry Society. She conducts poetry workshops throughout the Maryland, Washington DC area and performs public and private readings.