Town Square is a monthly series falling on the third Sunday of each month at 4:00pm at Minas Gallery & Boutique. Open Mic preceding featured performers, all genres & arts welcome. For bookings or reading info please email

August: Town Square Open Mic Featuring Little Patuxent Review

September Town Square Open Mic Featuring Daniel Ferrara and Will Dotson

Will Dotson just finished Automotive Mechanic training for the United States Marine Corps. Six months in the swamp lands of Jacksonville, NC couldn’t separate him from a guitar–even a rifle can look like one at times. His inspirations range from Jimi Hendrix to John Legend, and his sound is nothing less than stellar. Get a taste on youtube.

From DANIEL FERRERA’s poetry has appeared in The Sewanee Theological Review and 32 Poems.  He lives in Baltimore with his wife Laura and works at a college founded by the Quaker grocer, abolitionist and philanthropist Johns Hopkins. Dan was raised next to a milk crate that supported his parents’ turntable.  The needle was weighted by quarters and spun a wonderful collection of 33’s and 45’s in a little red rancher not very far from the Atlantic ocean.

October 20th Town Square Open Mic Featuring Christopher Bowen, Jane Rosenberg LaForge, & Alan King

Burning River Press East Coast Author Tour. Burning River Press is a small literary press dedicated to publishing quality creative works. Based in Cleveland, Ohio, Burning River is spearheaded by Christopher Bowen.

Christopher Bowen‘s fiction has appeared in over a dozen journals, including Everyday Genius, Hobart and recently, Ginosko. His chapbook, We Were Giants, is forthcoming from sunnyoutside press. While having read throughout a handful of states, he has served as a resident writer in Quebec in 2012 and runs the blog and small press, Burning River.

Jane Rosenberg LaForge is the author of the full-length poetry collection, With Apologies to Mick Jagger, Other Gods, and All Women (Aldrich Press, 2012), and three poetry chapbooks, including her first, After Voices, published by Burning River in 2009. Her experimental book An Unsuitable Princess: A True Fantasy/A Fantastical Memoir will be published by Jaded Ibis Press in 2014.
Alan King is an author, poet, and journalist. He’s taught workshops through the D.C./Baltimore region including at Duke Ellington School of the Arts and the D.C. Creative Writing Workshop. He’s a Cave Canem Fellow and an alumnus of the VONA Workshops sponsored by Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation. He holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the Stonecoast Low-Residency Program at the University of Southern Maine. He’s a two-time Best of the Net nominee and was also nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Drift (Aquarius Press, 2012) is his first book.

November 17th: Brandon Dean Lamson & Rachel Adams

Book tour for Starship Tahiti by Brandon Dean Lamson. Lamson is assistant professor of English at Bethany College. Before earning a PhD in literature and creative writing at the University of Houston, he taught for three years at an alternative school on Rikers Island in New York. He is the author of a chapbook titled Houston Gothic, and his poems have appeared in many places, including Brilliant Corners, Nano Fiction, Pebble Lake Review, and Hunger.

brandon lamson

Also! Rachel Adams will be reading new work as well as poems from her chapbook, What is Heard. Rachel Adams lives in Washington, DC, where she is the editor at a nonprofit advocacy organization and of Lines + Stars, a literary journal. Her poetry has previously been published in Blueline, Memoir, Arsenic Lobster, Crack the Spine, Urbanite Baltimore, Melusine, Emerge, Kudzu Review, The Conium Review, The Wayfarer, Free State Review, and elsewhere, and is forthcoming in The North American Review. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in early 2013, and her chapbook What is Heard was published in July 2013 by Red Bird Press.


January 19th: Arin Greenwood & Timmy Reed


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Arin Greenwood is a writer and former lawyer living in Alexandria, Va. Arin is an editor for The Huffington Post, covering things both nerdy and weird, like Virginia cats running for U.S. Senate. Her stories have appeared in Slate, the Washington City Paper, the American Bar Association Journal, and dozens of other publications. Her first novel—Tropical Depression, put out by teeny indie publisher Back Porch Books in 2011—was loosely based on the five-odd, sometimes very odd, years Arin spent lawyering on a small island near Guam. Her second novel, Save the Enemy, is a young adult thriller published by Soho Teen in November. Read some of Arin’s stories and get in touch at

Timmy Reed is a writer from Baltimore, Maryland. He has recently published or has work forthcoming from a number of places including Akashic Books, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Atticus Review, Necessary Fiction, and Alice Blue Review. He edits the What Lit section of What Weekly magazine and recently published a collection of stories, Tell God I Don’t Exist. Learn more here:

Town Square February 2014 featuring Michael Ratcliffe, Margo Christie, & Sarah Jane Miller

Town Square February 2014

Open Mic FOLLOWING our three lovely features this month. Facebook event page here.

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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