Speakers

cherrie woods

Cherrie Woods

Author, PR Professional

Known as the PR guru for indie authors, Cherrie Woods is a 16-year plus public relations (PR) veteran/author who has worked in arts and culture and government for most of her PR career. Woods presents PR workshops at libraries, festivals, writing centers, and conferences throughout the country and is also an award-winning poet. She is the author of Where Do I Start? 10 PR Questions and Answers to Guide Self-Published Authors and has been featured in several media outlets for her PR work with authors, including The Baltimore Sun, Fox45-TV, WJZ-TV, Maryland Public TV, WEAA 88.9, and SiriusXM.

Christine Drawl

Author
Christine is a small-town Ohio transplant living in Baltimore, Maryland. She is the managing editor of Passager—a literary press dedicated to publishing writers the age of her grandparents. Her paternal grandmother’s humble bedtime stories were the seed for several of the stories in Grandmother Tree, a 2019 Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist. Christine received her MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts from the University of Baltimore.

Gerri Bohanan

Yoga Instructor, Author

After being a teacher for over 30 years, I wanted to teach Laughter Yoga instead of academics. I became certified in Laughter Yoga Leadership by some wonderful and excellent leadership trainers, Bill Power and Alexa Drubay, in Pennsylvania in December 2017. I started teaching Laughter Yoga nationally and internationally in 2018.

Most people who participated loved Laughter Yoga and the way I creatively taught it. I loved that the Calamba Bayside National High School in the Philippines gave me an Appreciation Award certification. That encouraged me to move forward and learn more about Laughter Yoga. I became certified as a Laughter Yoga Teacher by an amazing and encouraging master, Robert Rivest, in August 2018.

Visit me online at https://laughteryogawithgerri.com.

 

hank wallace

Hank Wallace

Trainer

Hank Wallace will show you how to be “concise as news, precise as law.”  A Columbia Law School graduate, Hank was a government reporter for New Jersey’s Middletown Courier and Red Bank Daily Register, and the assistant director of law-school publishing for Matthew Bender.  He wrote the FCC’s plain-language newsletter and newswriting tips for the Radio Television Digital News Association.  As a volunteer, he’s shown Washington high-school students how to write their college-entrance essays “like the news.”  Learn more about Hank at hankwallace.com.

jamie cat callan

Jamie Cat Callan

Author

Jamie Cat Callan is the author of Parisian Charm School, Ooh La La!, Bonjour, Happiness! and the wildly popular French Women Don’t Sleep Alone. Her books have been translated into over thirty different languages. Jamie’s work has been featured in The New York Times Book Review, Vanity Fair, Allure, Glamour, The Huffington Post, and in The New York Times Sunday Styles Modern Love column. Jamie has received many awards for her writing, including a fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts to write in the village of Auvillar, France and a New York State Arts Fellowship, and a Massachusetts Council on the Arts Grant in fiction. Jamie taught creative writing for many years and is the creator of The Writers Toolbox (Chronicle Books). Today, Jamie lives on a farm in the Hudson Valley with her husband, a retired Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution scientist. Jamie has traveled all over France and interviewed hundreds and hundreds of French women (and more than a few men) to find their secrets to mystery, beauty, joie de vivre, and love at every age. Follow Jamie on Instagram and Twitter and sign up for Jamie’s creativity newsletter at www.JamieCatCallan.com.

joe holt

Joseph Holt

Author, Instructor

Joseph Holt’s writing has appeared in The Sun, The Saturday Evening Post, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. He graduated from the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he also received an AWP Intro Journals Award in fiction. Originally from South Dakota, Holt has taught at Catapult, the Loft Literary Center, the American College of Norway, and the University of Minnesota. He now serves on the MFA faculty at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Holt is an active marathoner and host of North Star Nugs, a radio show featuring jam band music. His website is holt.ink.

Kathy Anderson

Author

Kathy Anderson is the author of the short story collection, Bull and Other Stories (Autumn House Press, 2016), which won the Autumn House Press Fiction Prize, was longlisted for The Story Prize, and was a finalist for Publishing Triangle’s Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, Foreword INDIES Book of the Year, and Lambda Literary Awards. Her home is in Philadelphia, PA, where she is working on a second collection and a novel. To connect, visit her on social media and at kathyandersonwriter.com.

mildred stokes

Mildred Stokes

Author

Mildred M. Stokes has succeeded with two published works. The first is a story devotional titled Romancing the Beautiful Divine. The second is a book of original poetry titled I Can Hear You Better With My Glasses On!

Most recently, Mildred is progressing towards completing a 3-volume story set in the genre of children’s book writing. She combines music and the wonders of nature to fuel her meditation and literary pursuits.

Otis Sprow

Author, Poet
Growing up in Baltimore, I attended public schools. I went on to graduate from Cornell University with Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering, later receiving an MBA from George Washington University. I had a career at Ford Motor Company and became involved in creative efforts, primarily photography. My black & white photographs were shown in galleries around the country and included in some museum collections. Along the way, I was part of the Artist in Residence program at the Smithsonian Institution. Having always had a passion for language, I have concentrated on writing poetry for the last ten years. My poems, and the stories they tell, are never intended to leave you confused. I have a book published late in 2020 and available on Amazon. You can also visit my website at www.otisbook.com for more information about the book and my poetry.
petula

Petula Caesar

Author, Poet, Journalist

Petula Caesar is a multi-talented artist, journalist, author, and poet. She got her start writing erotica when she was published in New York Times bestselling author Zane’s erotica anthology “Caramel Flava” and has published two volumes of erotic fiction and an audiobook of erotic fiction. Petula has written for various publications like Baltimore’s former alternative weekly City Paper, The Afro-American Newspapers, and Baltimore Magazine. Petula is also a storyteller and performance poet who has been featured at signature Baltimore events like Artscape, Stoop Storytelling, The Baltimore Book Festival, and Charm City Kitty Club. She has performed erotic poetry and suggestive storytelling with her band in tow for audiences up and down the East Coast and has performed with The Punany Poets. She released her memoir entitled “She’s Such A Bright Girl: An American Story” in June 2018, where she recounts an upbringing full of conflict and tension centered around colorism. The book won an Honorable Mention at the North Street Books Prize for creative non-fiction. These days Petula can often be found appearing at branches of the Enoch Pratt Library and at other community events talking about her book and other themes related to race. Join Petula online at petulacaesar.com.

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