Ed Doyle-Gillespie and Friends


September 29, 2018




The Ivy Bookshop Stage

Ed Doyle-Gillespie
Ed Doyle-Gillespie is a man of many roles – poet, history teacher, and Baltimore City police officer. During this hour, he’ll share the stage with a number of his favorite writers in Baltimore. Doyle-Gillespie teaches ethics, community policing, and various other subjects at Baltimore’s police academy. His poetry has been published in journals in the US, UK and Finland, and he’s the author of two collections Masala Tea and Oranges and On the Later Addition of Sancho Panza.

Jenny O’Grady
Native of the Eastern Shore, Jenny O’Grady writes and makes book sculptures in Baltimore. She is editor of UMBC Magazine. She taught book arts and electronic publishing as an adjunct professor in the University of Baltimore’s Creative Writing and Publishing Arts MFA program (2008-2012), where she earned her MFA in 2006. Previously, she worked as a community newspaper reporter, following in the footsteps of her mother, and also at a culinary school.

She is editor of a quarterly ekphrasis journal called The Light Ekphrastic. Since February 2010, TLE has paired writers and visual artists from all over the world to create new works online.The Baker Artist Awards named Jenny a 2013 b-Grant winner for her book arts.

Shirley Brewer
Shirley J. Brewer graduated from careers in bartending, palm-reading and speech therapy. She serves as poet-in-residence at Carver Center for the Arts & Technology in Baltimore. Her poems garnish BarrowStreet, Poetry East, Slant, Gargoyle, Comstock Review, and many other journals. Shirley’s poetry chapbooks include A Little Breast Music, 2008, Passager Books and After Words, 2013, Apprentice House. In 2017, Main Street Rag released her first full-length collection of poems, Bistro in Another Realm. Shirley was awarded the first Creativity Award for Excellence in Plorking (Play + Work) from the University of Baltimore, where she earned her Master’s degree in Creative Writing/Publishing Arts. Her definition of shame is a bare wrist.

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