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Summer Literary Salon #3

Date: 4:30pm EDT July 26, 2016

For this final literary salon of Summer 2016, we welcome poet Sarah Blake, fiction-writer Katey Schultz, and local musicians Beth McDonald & Joe Holt! 


Join us for an afternoon of poetry & prose, local music, tasty food and drink, and good conversation about the literary life. 


Sarah Blake is the author of Mr. West, an unauthorized lyric biography of Kanye West, out from Wesleyan University Press in 2015. Her first chapbook, Named After Death, is forthcoming from Banango Editions with an illustrated companion workbook. Her epic poem, The Starship, appeared on Berfrois, and other poems of hers have appeared, or will soon, in the Kenyon Review, Poetry Northwest, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Threepenny Review, and The Rumpus. In 2013, she was awarded an NEA fellowship for poetry. She is founder of Submittrs, and lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and son.


Katey Schultz is an award-winning fiction author and recipient of the Linda Flowers Literary Prize. She is also the founder of Maximum Impact: Precision Courses & Services for writers, artists, & trailblazers, dedicated to the premise that a single word can change a life, that the right word in the right context can have a profound impact. Her 2013 debut short story collection, Flashes of War, was awarded IndieFab Book of the Year from Foreword Reviews and received a Gold Medal from the Military Writers Society of America. Katey is a sought-after instructor and mentor of writers, with teaching credits in notable programs across the United States. Originally from Portland, Oregon and a graduate of the Pacific University MFA in Writing program, Katey now makes her home with her husband, Brad Quillen, in Celo, North Carolina. She is currently seeking representation for her second book, a novel set in Afghanistan. Learn about Katey Schultz, the award winning book, Flashes of War, and Maximum Impact at www.kateyschultz.com.


A songwriter from the time she could climb onto a piano bench, Beth McDonald was nearly 30 years old before she was willing to try to sing by herself in front of anyone—baptized by fire, so to speak, by becoming the lead singer for the nationally-acclaimed DC-area New Legacy Jazz Band, where she worked with her accompanist Joe Holt, who has enjoyed a 40-year career as a soloist and touring artist. Together, they perform at historic theaters, cabarets, churches, and festivals, covering music from various genres, such as gospel, blues, pop standards, and some contemporary material as well as Beth’s compositions, which fall into several of those categories. In addition to their live performances, they have worked together to release multiple recordings and are planning a return trip to the studio in 2016. Joe resides in the Chestertown area and makes his living as a full-time musician. Beth now lives in Pennsylvania and works as a Human Resources Manager for a pediatric center that specializes in therapies for kids with special needs. More information about them is available on Classic Avenue Records and Joe Holt’s Notes!