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Author // Represented by The Doris S. Michaels Literary Agency, Inc. // TRACKS: A Novel in Stories (Atticus Books 2011) & Flightless Goose, a storybook for children (Writers Lair Books 2008) available now. Learn more at www.EricDGoodman.com

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Join us for Lit and Art This Sunday

Is all of this snow getting you a little stir-crazy? Break your cabin fever and join us for a refreshing afternoon of lit, art, music, wine, and great conversation with some of the most creative people in the region.

Featured readers for this Sunday’s Lit and Art at the Watermark event include Lauren Beth Eisenberg Davis, Sid Gold, Dave Housley, Bill Hughes, Jen Michalski, and Richard Peabody. Live music by singer-songwriter Goodloe Byron. Original art by Manzar. Nitin Jagdish and I will be your hosts for the afternoon.

Readings, live music, original art, open mic, free refreshments — the best excuse to get lit on a Sunday afternoon in Baltimore! Join us for the next event on Sunday, January 31, 2-5 p.m. at The Watermark Gallery, 100 South Charles Street, in the Bank of America building across from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Bright New Year for Lit and Art



Looks like a bright new year for the Lit and Art Reading Series at the Watermark Gallery. The lineup of talent featured during the five 2016 events include:

Robin E. Black

Jessica Anya Blau

Goodloe Byron

Kathy Cottle

Caryn Coyle

Wayne Countryman

Lauren Beth Eisenberg Davis

Barbara DeCeasar

Kathy Flann

Christopher T. George

Sid Gold

Tom Glenn

Dave Housley

Bill Hughes

Danuta Kosk-Kosicka

Nathan Leslie

Sonia Linebaugh

Jen Michalski

Sherry Audette Morrow

Richard Peabody

Charles Rammelkamp

Rosalia Scalia

Laura Shovan

Sally Whitney

Gregg Wilhelm

Mark Willen

And a host of others! Readings, live music, original art, open mic, free refreshments — the best excuse to get lit on a Sunday afternoon in Baltimore! Join us for the next event on Sunday, January 31, 2-5 p.m. at The Watermark Gallery, 100 South Charles Street, in the Bank of America building across from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

 


 

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

What Will You Read This Year?




As you settle into 2016, you may be ironing out some of your goals and resolutions for the new year. For many, that includes thinking about your reading list.




A fitting time to share the great mash-ups suggested by Atticus Books! Recently, the publisher did a service to readers by offering a full and diverse reading list. They paired their own titles with similar classics. The result: perhaps the work of curating a reading list has been done for you.


They paired Fight for Your Long Day with Prinn, The Great Lenore with The Great Gatsby, The Snow Whale with Moby Dick, and The Messiah Trilogy with Lord of the Rings. Other authors paired up include Nathan Leslie with David Foster Wallace, Jared Yates Sexton with Ramond Carver, Letita L. Moffitt with Toni Morrison, and me with Tim O’Brien.

“If The Things They Carried is a reminder of the War in Vietnam, Tracks is a reminder of the wars people face every day when they wake up.”

Check out all of the pairings at the Atticus Books website … and start reading a combination of indie lit and classics for 2016.



Which book are you starting your year with?



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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Stormtroopers, Stories, Star Wars … and Perspective


The concept of multiple perspective has always interested me — even before I could put my finger on it. I didn’t realize this until recently, when I was going through some old files and came across some of my “future story ideas” from middle school.


“I, Stormtrooper” was something I’d written a couple pages of notes about while still a middle-school student. I planned to write a story — perhaps even a novel — by that name. It was to be a telling of the original Star Wars trilogy from the perspective of an Imperial stormtrooper. Just a regular foot soldier, upset at the terrorists going around and shooting innocent recruits.  (Those terrorists, of course, were Luke, Han, Leia, Chewbacca, and the rebels.)


I often caught myself pondering the perspective of innocent bystanders in movies. They guy who gets pushed out of the way and into the water when a high-speed chase zips by. The person who flees for cover when a shootout occurs. We follow the action, but I’ve always speculated: what was it like for that guy? Did he go home and tell his wife and kids, “you won’t believe what happened to me today!”


That’s something I find interesting in fiction. How does something like that leave a mark on an everyday person?


Perspective was something I played with in my writing often, but it wasn’t until I discovered the “novel in stories” format that I found a way to really put it into play.


It’d read connected stories before, but Joan Silber’s Ideas from Heaven really put it into perspective for me, so to speak. Each story connected to another in the book. Sometimes only as a paragraph or a line or two. The main nemesis of the first story is the main character of the last story—and in his own story he’s not nearly as bad a guy. That idea excited me. Again, it’s all about perspective.


Most of my longer fiction up to that point was strict novel. My short fiction was not connected. I had recently written three stories that, coincidentally, all had scenes on a train. That’s when I realized I had the perfect vehicle for my own novel in stories. Thus Tracks: A Novel in Stories was born — each story in the novel from the perspective of another passenger on the train, but all interconnecting — the side character of one story becoming the main character in another, one person’s story continuing as an aside in that of another passenger.


At the moment, I’m at work on another novel, this one more A to B with one main character. But I know that I won’t be able to help myself. There will be another novel in stories in my future.


As for “I, Stormtrooper …” it looks like J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kadsan beat me to it with Finn in the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If only I’d gotten my manuscript to Lucasfilm first. That sort of puts things in perspective.

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Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Talking Fiction and Travel at Late Last Night Books


Sonia Linebaugh recently interviewed me for Late Last Night Books, a blogzine about fiction by novelists. In the interview, we talked about Tracks: A Novel in Stories, writing, travel writing, and train travel both in Russia and the United States.

“I love traveling by train, ensconced with strangers boarding and debarking according to some mysterious and personal trajectory,” Sonia wrote. “So right from the start I was intrigued by Eric Goodman’s Tracks, a novel in short stories about travelers on a train headed from Baltimore for Chicago."

Sonia even found an old travel story I wrote about a Paul Simon tour and compared the road trip narrative to train travel. “It was both a homage and an evocation.”

Read Sonia’s interview at Late Last Night Books.

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Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Holiday Book Bazaar and Lighting of York’s Tree


The Smyser-Bair House / Historic York Inn and the Lit and Art Reading Series invite you to join us for an old fashioned Holiday Bazaar (in conjunction with the lighting of the City of York’s tree. The evening of books, music, food, drinks, palatial tours, original art, and regional literature takes place at 30 South Beaver Street as a part of Downtown York’s First Friday festivities from 5 to 9 p.m. on December 4!


This month’s theme is York City Light Up Night. The lighting of the Christmas Tree at Continental Square takes place at 6:15. It’s just a few minutes’ walk from our Holiday Bazaar — a perfect pairing.
During our Holiday Bazaar, you can enjoy a free hot or frosty drink and some food as you listen to live music and browse books, art, and items that would make great gifts for those on your list — or for yourself.
Berkshire-Hathaway will offer complete tours of the 1830s mansion, The Smyser-Bair House / Historic York Inn. Step back in time for a tour through history, with hand-carved, gilded Pier mirrors, stained glass, etched glass, hand plasterwork, woodwork, and chandeliers that rival those found in museums. Anchored in the historic district since the 1830s, and belonging to the Smyser-Bair family until 1979 (when it was left to the York Historical Trust before becoming a private inn) this home is a rich part of York's history, recently featured in front page news and on national television for its historic charm. (And it could be yours.)

Limestone Connection, a Baltimore band featuring Holly Morse-Ellington (on ukulele and vocals) and Jason Tinney (on harmonica), will play live music—originals, covers, and holiday tunes. Jason and Holly will also read from their work.

Participating regional authors and artists who will be on hand to sign and sell their works include:

Shirley Brewer—Poet-Bartender. Goddess of Swizzle. Author of poetry chaptbooks A Little Breast Music and After Words. M.A. from University of Baltimore. This writer mixes well!

Eric D. Goodman and Nataliya Goodman, author and illustrator of Flightless Goose, a storybook for children, and Tracks: A Novel in Stories. Flightless Goose was endorsed by a founding writer of Sesame Street. Tracks won the Gold Medal for best fiction in the Mid-Atlantic Region from the Independent Publishers Book Awards.

Anthony C. Hayes is an actor, author, rapscallion and bon vivant. A writer of poetry, humor and prose, Tony may be stalked at the Baltimore Post-Examiner.

Nitin Jagdish puts words into sentences and paragraphs that form stories, essays, and (very rarely) poems. Sometimes, publishers use those words.

Danuta E. Kosk-Kosicka is the author and translator of four books of poetry and short prose. She is co-editor of Loch Raven Review and a photographer. www.danutakk.wordpress.com.

Manzar’s artwork will be on display. Manzar was born in Tehran, Iran. Her work has been exhibited throughout the country and around the world. Her permanent collection is housed at the Watermark Gallery in Baltimore’s inner harbor. www.manzar.net.

Barbara Morrison, who writes under the name B. Morrison, is an award-winning poet and writer, a publisher, teacher, and dancer.  For more information visit www.bmorrison.com.

Sonia Linebaugh grew up in York and, after living in five states and one US territory, lives on the edge of Pennsylvania’s Michaux State Forest.

Jason Tinney will sign copies of his novel, Ripple Meets the Deep. Ripple Meets the Deep was named best book of Baltimore by Baltimore Magazine.

Readings will include poetry, short stories, and children’s books.

A beer tasting will be offered by Brewery Products.

Free snacks, food, hot drinks and cold drinks will be available to visitors, whether coming to look at the bazaar items or to tour the house.

Join us at the Historic York Inn / Smyser-Bair House, from 5 to 9 p.m. at 30 South Beaver Street, York, PA 17401 for York First Friday on December 4!

Find out about others participating in York City Light Up Night, all a hop, skip, and jump away from the holiday bazaar: http://yorkcity.org/lightupnight

Learn more about the history of the Smyser-Bair House / Historic York Inn at www.YorkInn.info.




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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Examining Perspective in The Examiner


As you may know if you’re a regular reader of The Examiner, or if we’re connected on social media, I was recently profiled by Baltimore book columnist Eric Campos in The Examiner.

The article mentions my fiction writing, travel articles, and the Lit and Art Reading Series, among other things.


The meat of the article gets into my exploration of perspective and setting, both in reading other works (like Steinbeck) and in creating my own work (like Tracks). Over drinks in a bar, we consider how our own setting is seen differently from each person around us, and how examining that makes for good fiction.


Check out the article yourself at The Examiner.


www.examiner.com/article/baltimore-writer-spotlight-eric-d-goodman-author-of-tracks

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Hanging Out in Steinbeck's House

I know the way to San Jose; I was born there. I also know the way from San Jose to Steinbeck Country, where I lived as a teenager.


Join me as I hang out in the house where John Steinbeck grew up, tell the staff there a few things about the Steinbeck family pictures, experience the Steinbeck Center, walk through the scenes featured in East of Eden, check out the Steinbeck Library, and spend a little time in Cannery Row.


Etched in stones are Steinbeck quotes, like “Books are the best friends you can have: they inform you, and entertain you, and they don’t talk back” and “I nearly always write—just as I nearly always breathe.”


It’s all a part of my continuing California book tour travel story being published in serial form by Atticus Books.


Join us at the Atticus Books Blog.


ttp://atticusbooksonline.com/blog/2015/08/26/booking-it-along-the-california-coast-a-book-tour-road-trip-across-the-pacific-coast-7/

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Monday, November 02, 2015

An Enchanted Evening in Historic York

The Smyser-Bair House / Historic York Inn invites you to join us for an evening of homemade food, drinks, palatial tours, live music, original art, and local literature at 30 South Beaver Street as a part of Downtown York’s First Friday festivities from 5 to 9 p.m. on November 6!


Berkshire-Hathaway will offer complete tours of the 1830s mansion, The Smyser-Bair House / Historic York Inn. Step back in time for a tour through history, with hand-carved, gilded Pier mirrors, stained glass, etched glass, hand plasterwork, woodwork, and chandeliers that rival those found in museums. Anchored in the historic district since the 1830s, and belonging to the Smyser-Bair family until 1979 (when it was left to the York Historical Trust before becoming a private inn) this home is a rich part of York's history, recently featured in front page news and on national television for its historic charm. (And it could be yours.)
Limestone Connection, a band from Baltimore made up of Holly Morse-Ellington (on ukulele and vocals) and Jason Tinney (on harmonica), will play a set of live music.
Eric D. Goodman and Nataliya Goodman will sign copies of their books, Flightless Goose, a storybook for children, and Tracks: A Novel in Stories. Tracks: A Novel in Stories won the Gold Medal for best fiction in the Mid-Atlantic Region from the Independent Publishers Book Awards.
Jason Tinney will sign copies of his novel, Ripple Meets the Deep. Ripple Meets the Deep was named best book of Baltimore in Baltimore Magazine.
Tom Glenn will sign copies of his novels, No Accounts and The Trion Syndrome. No Accounts won the 2017 Somerset Prize for Literary Fiction.
A beer tasting will be offered by Brewery Products, with samples of Wyndridge Crafty Cider.
Snacks, hot food, sliders, spiced cider for the adults and virgin cider for the younger crowd, wine, and other consumables will be there for the taking.
Whether you want to enjoy the beer tasting, live music, regional authors autographing books, spiced cider, autumn snacks, a tour of the Smyser-Bair House, or a little bit of everything, join us from 5 to 9 p.m. at 30 South Beaver Street, York, PA 17401 for York First Friday on November 6!
Learn more about the history of the Smyser-Bair House / Historic York Inn at www.YorkInn.info.

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Making Out in San Francisco



Join me as I sip tea with an old friend from Russia in Zen Valley, Explore the wonders of Golden Gate Park, and experience the hills and valleys of San Francisco. Chinatown, Grace Cathedral, and City Light Books are also on the agenda. Not to mention the Make Out Room, where I take to the stage in front of a beer-lit crowd.


It’s all a part of my continuing California book tour travel story being published in serial form by Atticus Books.


Join us at the Atticus Books Blog.


http://atticusbooksonline.com/blog/2015/08/19/booking-it-along-the-california-coast-a-book-tour-road-trip-across-the-pacific-coast-6/

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Find Words and Wine at the Library

You’ll find more than books and words at the Catonsville Library tonight. Join us for Words & Wine hosted by the Friends of the Catonsville Library. Tickets are $30, and the social event offers a variety of wines, gourmet cheeses from around the world, jazz guitar, and the chance to mingle with local authors like Jason Tinney, Rafael Alvarez, Jill Morrow, Danuta Kosk-Kosicka, and me!

Learn more about the event at www.catonsvillelibraryfriends.org/

And, don’t forget that the final Lit and Art of the 2015 season takes place this Sunday in October—this weekend! Featured readers include D.R. Belz, Shirley J. Brewer, Katherine Cottle, Barbara DeCesare, Tom Glenn, and Barrett Warner. Music by Limestone Connection, art by Manzar, and free refreshments—plus open mic. Join us n Sunday, October 25 from 2 to 5 p.m. at The Watermark Gallery, 100 South Charles Street, second floor of the Bank of America Building right across from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.


And see you for some wine and cheese and words tonight at the Catonsville Library; learn more at www.catonsvillelibraryfriends.org/

 

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Monday, October 19, 2015

This is the End (for 2015)

The final Lit and Art of the 2015 season takes place the last Sunday in October—this weekend! Featured readers include D.R. Belz, Shirley J. Brewer, Katherine Cottle, Barbara DeCesare, Tom Glenn, and Barrett Warner.

Limestone Connection provides musical interludes. The original artwork of Manzar will be on display, and you can help yourself to free wine and refreshments. Plus, open mic offers the opportunity for you to show us what you’ve got.
Join us for the last Lit and Art of the 2015 season on Sunday, October 25 from 2 to 5 p.m. at The Watermark Gallery, 100 South Charles Street, second floor of the Bank of America Building right across from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Stitches—Mend in The Potomac


Cooler weather has arrived, and that means hat season. So now is a good time to share my story, “Stitches—Mend,” published in the latest issue of The Potomac.

The Potomac is a literary journal of poetry and politics. “Stitches—Mend” is included in the “Quicktions” section, right under a story by Clarinda Harriss.
“Stitches—Mend” is a bit experimental for me, told in very small parts, and covering everything from appreciating one another, deaths in the family, seeing splinters in people’s eyes, and being grateful for the little things that really aren’t so little.

In the same issue, you’ll find fiction by Nathan Leslie, Nitin Jagdish, and even Roger Castleman as well as poetry by Shirley J. Brewer and Danuta E. Kosk-Kosicka.

Read “Stitches—Mend” at this link.

Check out the other great selections in the latest issue.

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Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Bad Commutes, Good Sourdough, and High Art

It’s all a part of my continuing California travel story being published in serial form by Atticus Books.


In this fifth installment, I experience the worst commute ever before making it to San Francisco. It gets even worse when I’m not even permitted in prison. But things look up as I sample sea soup and sourdough in Fisherman’s Warf, take in some high and manufactured art, and venture across the Golden Gate Bridge.


Join us at the Atticus Books Blog.


http://atticusbooksonline.com/blog/2015/08/12/booking-it-along-the-california-coast-a-book-tour-road-trip-across-the-pacific-coast-5/

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Friday, October 02, 2015

Tonight's Historic York Inn Event Rained Out

For anyone who was prepared to weather the storm and come to our event at the Smyser-Bair House / Historic York Inn this evening, the event has been rained out.


York First Fridays is an event for which many people walk from one place to another. With 100 percent chance of rain and 40 mph winds, and some of the other event sponsors already cancelling, we and our co-organizers felt that there just won't be enough people to proceed.


The plan is to reschedule for the "York First Friday" event in November. Mark your calendars, and more details to come.


Stay dry!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Historic Evening of Lit, Music, Art, Drink, Food, and Fun



The Smyser-Bair House / Historic York Inn invites you to join us for an evening of homemade food, drinks, palatial tours, live music, original art, and local literature at 30 South Beaver Street as a part of Downtown York’s First Friday festivities from 5 to 9 p.m. on October 2!


Berkshire-Hathaway will offer complete tours of the 1830s mansion, The Smyser-Bair House / Historic York Inn. Step back in time for a tour through history, with hand-carved, gilded Pier mirrors, stained glass, etched glass, hand plasterwork, woodwork, and chandeliers that rival those found in museums. Anchored in the historic district since the 1830s, and belonging to the Smyser-Bair family until 1979 (when it was left to the York Historical Trust before becoming a private inn) this home is a rich part of York's history, recently featured in front page news and on national television for its historic charm. (And it could be yours.)
Limestone Connection, a band from Baltimore made up of Holly Morse-Ellington (on ukulele and vocals) and Jason Tinney (on harmonica), will play a set of live music.
Eric D. Goodman and Nataliya Goodman will sign copies of their books, Flightless Goose, a storybook for children, and Tracks: A Novel in Stories. Tracks: A Novel in Stories won the Gold Medal for best fiction in the Mid-Atlantic Region from the Independent Publishers Book Awards.
Jason Tinney will sign copies of his novel, Ripple Meets the Deep. Ripple Meets the Deep was named best book of Baltimore in Baltimore Magazine.
A beer tasting will be offered by Brewery Products, with samples of Wyndridge Crafty Cider.
Snacks, hot food, sliders, spiced cider for the adults and virgin cider for the younger crowd, wine, and other consumables will be there for the taking.
Whether you want to enjoy the beer tasting, live music, regional authors autographing books, spiced cider, autumn snacks, a tour of the Smyser-Bair House, or a little bit of everything, join us from 5 to 9 p.m. at 30 South Beaver Street, York, PA 17401 for York First Friday on October 2!
Learn more about the history of the Smyser-Bair House / Historic York Inn at www.YorkInn.info.

 

 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Lit and Art at Baltimore Book Fest’s CityLit Stage

It’s that time of year—time for the annual Baltimore Book Festival. This year’s festival, taking place on September 26, 27, and 28, features such authors and personalities as Kwame Alexander, Laura Shovan, John McCain, Lalita Noronha, and Wes Moore.

In what’s become a long-standing tradition, the Lit and Art Reading Series will host an hour of readings at the CityLit Stage on Sunday, September 28 from 2 to 3 p.m.  Guess who’s with us this year?

Holly Morse-Ellington has published essays and photographs with Wanderlust and Lipstick, Matador Network, Three Quarter Review, Baltimore Fishbowl, Outside In Literary & Travel Magazine, Urbanite, The Journal of Homeland Security, The Washington Times, and elsewhere. She and Jason Tinney co-authored the play, Fifty Miles Away, winner of Frostburg Center for Creative Writing’s 2015 One Act Festival. They perform together as Limestone Connection. Holly is also an editor for Baltimore Review.

Aaron Henkin has produced The Signal on WYPR for the past 11 years. His work has aired nationally on NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered, PRI’s Studio 360, & The World. His current project is a documentary series called, Out of the Blocks. Aaron also teaches at MICA and UMBC, and he plays the drums in The Barnyard Sharks.


Richard Peabody is the founder and co-editor of Gargoyle Magazine and editor (or co-editor) of 23 anthologies including Mondo Barbie, Conversations with Gore Vidal, and A Different Beat: Writings by Women of the Beat Generation. The author of a novella, three short story collections, and seven poetry books, he is also a native Washingtonian. Peabody taught fiction writing at Johns Hopkins University for 15 years. His new book is The Richard Peabody Reader (Alan Squire Publishers, 2015).

Manzar Rassouli was born in Tehran, Iran. Her work’s been exhibited throughout the country and around the world. The Watermark Gallery in Baltimore houses her permanent collection.

Jason Tinney is the author of Ripple Meets the Deep, Louise Paris and Other Waltzes, and Bluebird and has been a contributor to several publications, including Baltimore, Style, Urbanite, and Maryland Life. As an actor, he has appeared in more than 30 stage productions. He and Holly Morse-Ellington co-authored the play, Fifty Miles Away, which won first prize in the 2015 One Act Festival sponsored by the Frostburg Center for Creative Writing. They perform together as Limestone Connection.


Gregg Wilhelm founded the literary arts organization CityLit Project in 2004 and serves as publisher of its CityLit Press imprint.  He has worked for several independent presses and has taught writing and publishing courses at several universities. In 2014, Gregg earned an MFA from the University of Tampa and won a Rubys Artists Project Grant from the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance. www.GreggWilhelm.com.


Eric D. Goodman is co-founder and co-curator of the Lit & Art Reading Series. He’s a Baltimore author who writes about trains, animals, wombs, and more. Visit him at www.EricDGoodman.com.

Nitin Jagdish is a regular contributor to The Potomac and Syndic.  


Started in 2007, the Lit & Art Reading Series takes place five times a year at the Watermark Gallery at 100 South Charles Street on the second floor of the Bank of America building across from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The program features artists who represent various literary genres combined with visual art. 

Manzar, of the Watermark Gallery, will have a booth this year with information about the gallery, her art, Lit & Art, Rumi, and more. Be sure to stop by the booth!

This festival edition is emceed by Aaron Henkin of WYPR’s “The Signal,” which takes listeners on a weekly tour of Baltimore’s cultural landscape. Come get “lit” with us!

Learn more at our Facebook Page.



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