A Celebration of Literature, Art, and Music

Lovers of literature, art, music, and wine won’t want to miss the big Lit & Art event at the Watermark Gallery on Sunday, October 24, 2010. The celebration begins at 2 p.m. and features artists and authors from around the world.

Novelist Bathsheba Monk will read from her fiction. She has been described by Tim O’Brien as “a writer I’ll be talking about when I talk about brilliant new writers.” Bathsheba is best known for her collection of stories, Now You See It … Stories from Cokesville, PA. Her novel, Nude Walker, is being published by FSG in Spring 2011.

Persian artist and musician Bahman Panahi will give a performance and talk about his work. Originally from Iran, Bahman has performed many concerts, exhibitions, courses and workshops in Iran, UK, Syria, India, Netherlands, Maldives, Tunisia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Belgium, Morocco and France. He recently performed a tar and setar concert at the Freer Gallery in DC and he will be performing at Harvard University in November. www.bahmanpanahi.com.

Joining Bathsheba Monk and Bahman Panahi will be artist Manzar (of the Watermark Gallery), and authors Charles Jensen (most recent Director of The Writers’ Center), Katherine Cottle (author of My Father’s Speech), and Eric D. Goodman (author of Tracks, a novel in stories).

Music will be provided by the Lit & Art house band, Red Tractor Factory. Wine and refreshments will be served during intermissions.

The event takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 24 at The Watermark Gallery, located in the Bank of America Center Skywalk Level, right across from the Inner Harbor, at 100 S. Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland. The phone number is (410) 547-0452.

Started in October 2007, the Lit and Art series provides a unique opportunity to sample a wide variety of artistic sensibilities in one sitting. The events are free and open to the public. An open mic section allows audience members to share their own work.

Come experience what has been called “the best excuse to get lit in Baltimore on a Sunday afternoon.” Learn more about the “Lit and Art” reading series and other literary events at www.Writeful.blogspot.com.


PROGRAM

2:00
Manzar opens the event
Bahman Panahi talks about his art
Charles Jensen reads from The First Risk (poetry/mixed genre)

Intermission (enjoy wine, refreshments, art, conversation)

3:00
Bathsheba Monk reads from her novel, Nude Walker (first public reading from the forthcoming novel!)

Katherine Cottle reads from My Father’s Speech (poetry) and Halfway: A Journal through Pregnancy

Eric D. Goodman reads from Tracks, a novel in stories

Open mic
Bahman Panahi performs his music

Red Tractor Factory provides musical interludes between readers


ABOUT THE ARTIST, AUTHORS, AND MUSICIANS

Manzar was born in Tehran, Iran. Her work has been exhibited throughout the country and around the world. Manzar served as chair of the Multicultural Outreach Program of the Maryland State Arts Council and she founded of IMA of America. Manzar’s permanent collection is housed at the Watermark Gallery in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. She was a consultant for the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture in Baltimore, and has been commissioned by various government, private, and humanitarian agencies. www.manzar.net

Katherine Cottle is the author of My Father’s Speech: Poems (Apprentice House, 2008) and a full length memoir, Halfway: A Journal through Pregnancy (forthcoming Fall 2010, Apprentice House). Her current work appears in Poetry East, The Pinch, The Chesapeake Reader, and the Phi Kappa Phi Forum. She is a current doctoral student in English at Morgan State University and teaches poetry for Johns Hopkins University’s CTYOnline program.

Eric D. Goodman is a full-time writer and editor. National Public Radio’s WYPR called him “a regular on the Baltimore literary scene.” His work has been published in The Baltimore Review, Writers Weekly, The Potomac, Slow Trains, Scribble, Grub Street, and more. His children’s book, Flightless Goose, is available at www.RunGoose.com. Tracks, his novel in stories, is being published by Atticus Books in Summer 2011.

Charles Jensen is the author of The First Risk, which was a finalist for the 2010 Lambda Literary Award. His poems have appeared in The Journal, New England Review, Willow Springs, and elsewhere. He is the founding editor of the online poetry magazine LOCUSPOINT, which explores creative work on a city by city basis.

Bathsheba Monk is the author of the linked short stories, Now You See It…Stories from Cokesville, PA. Her first novel, Nude Walker will be published in March, 2011. Bathsheba lives in Allentown, PA where she is producing a series of radio essays, “Change is in the Air” for the local NPR affiliate, WDIY, and writing the book for a new musical, as well as finishing her next novel.

Bahman Panahi, the youngest son of a large, cultivated family of artists, was introduced to music, painting, theatre, and calligraphy through the work of his brothers and developed his own talents in the fields of music and calligraphy. He has presented concerts, workshops, conferences, courses, and exhibitions in Iran, France, The Maldives, Cuba, Holland, England, Syria, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Nigeria, Marocco, Spain, Mauritania, Poland, USA, Belgium and Switzerland. He recently performed a concert at the Freer Gallery in DC and will perform at Harvard University this November. www.bahmanpanahi.com

Red Tractor Factory is a band out of Baltimore, Md., and Washington, D.C.

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