F282. Writing Neighborhoods: (Re)Creating the Places We Live

Liberty Salon M, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Four
Friday, February 10, 2017
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


We’re told to write what we know, but it can be daunting to portray the places we know best: our own communities. Where do we find the authority to get it right? This panel explores the challenges, responsibilities, and rewards of writing from the particular home places of Baltimore and Washington, DC. The founder of Writers in Baltimore Schools, which runs workshops for low-income students, joins poets and prose writers to discuss the transformative possibilities for writers and readers alike.


Kathy Flann's books include two prizewinning short story collections. The most recent, Get a Grip, was named among top books of the year by Baltimore magazine and Baltimore City Paper. An award-winning teacher, she has run graduate programs in the US and the UK. She is tenured at Goucher College.

D. Watkins is an author of two book The Beast Side and The Cook Up. He is a Salon columnist and a professor of creative writing at the University of Baltimore. He is also the founder of the BMORE Writers Project, an archival website that showcases original content from Baltimore City Youth.

David Ebenbach is the author of six books, including the new story collection The Guy We Didn’t Invite to the Orgy (winner of the Juniper Prize). He teaches creative writing at Georgetown University, and he is a pedagogical researcher at Georgetown’s Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship.

Patrice Hutton is the Executive Director of Writers in Baltimore Schools. Her work appears in Tin House, Gulf Stream, and Public Books, and she is a 2016 Ploughshares blogger. Patrice has a BA and MA in writing from The Johns Hopkins University.

Mary-Sherman Willis is the author of two books of poetry, Caveboy and Graffiti Calculus. Her translation of Appogiatures by Jean Cocteau is forthcoming. She serves on the Folger O.B. Hardison Poetry Board and has taught creative writing at George Washington University since 2005.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside