Town Square February 2014

Town Square February 2014

Open Mic FOLLOWING our three lovely features this month:

Michael Ratcliffe writes along the boundary between Washington and Baltimore. His poems reflect his interest in people, places, and landscapes, as well as spirituality. Michael’s poems have appeared recently in Free State Review, Commonthought Magazine, and Kumquat Poetry. When he is not writing, Michael bicycles, gardens,and manages geographic programs at the Census Bureau. He lives in North Laurel with his wife, some sons, and some cats.

Writer, burlesque performer & 1940’s pin-up at heart, Margo Christie writes jazz- and burlesque-themed literary fiction that focuses on creative but fallen characters and their struggles to set their stories straight. She grew up in Baltimore, a city described by local crime writer Laura Lippman as a place where “the true local malady is nostalgia.” You can read excerpts at or catch a performance online at

& the lovely lady who began Town Square: Sarah Jane Miller is a public librarian. Her poetry as has appeared in WhatWeekly, Void Magazine, Smile, Hon, You’re in Baltimore, and Artichoke Haircut. She also reviews new literary fiction, memoirs, and creative nonfiction on Baltimore County Public Library’s Between the Covers blog.


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