Monday, December 6, 2010

from "Kren" by Cricket Arrison

When her wails were just a memory in her parents' ears, Amy suddenly felt as though a screen of peace was falling over her mind. She heard someone whisper "Kren" in her ear and she knew that this would be her name forever more. She felt as though this name was her and she was the name.

Cricket will performing her early work at WORMS on December 8.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

from "Mindy Black" by Ed Schrader

Can you crush me, can you Mindy Black? with Lip Gloss and Retro Skirt,
You took my spirit Hostage, it's January it's not me, I am not this
street meat Cliche rock Boy

Ed will performing his early, intense work at WORMS on December 8.

"Indian Elephant" by Melanie O'Brien (née Hayes), third grade

Indian elephant oh, how kind you look. tell me Great elephant where did you get that ringkled old nose for a nose, and those ears as Big as a mouse, that hair on your head, where do you live, that hair on your chin, give me a hint, do you live in Brazil? in the jungles of Asia? in the mountins of France and that hair on your head your chin did you comb it out nice and then it got messed up in a wind storm where did you get that baby like face and how did you get so gray, did you fall throw a rain cloud on your way to earth.

Melanie will performing this and other early works at WORMS on December 8.

from "Devastatingly Unjust" by Adam Robinson, ninth grade

Deep in the jungles of Africa a man rode on the back of an elephant. Trees dripped sweet honey-sap onto the man's back. The luscious smell tantalized him and jogged his memory back three months.

It was a cool day, around 78 degrees, and the morning calisthenics were already underway. The man ambled out of his hut, tired from his relentless night of dreamless sleep. . . .

Adam will be performing his well-regarded early high school writings at WORMS on December 8.

Friday, December 3, 2010

from "Ian Mac-Who?" by Kim Tabara, tenth grade

My hero is not someone you have all heard of, some perhaps, and this is a choice of my hero. His name, Ian MacKaye, is probably unfamiliar. His bands Minor Threat, Fugazi, and the even more obscure Pailhead are just that, obscure. Compared to MC Hammer and Warrant and Firehouse's most recent album's sales, he has probably sold less copies in all his music projects all together. Why should I name him my hero? Because his philosophy on life is one I agree with and strive the most for even if I don't achieve it all the time.

Kim will be performing his sophomore Honors English presentation at the all-juvenilia WORMS on December 8.

"Armmy" by Lauren Bender, age six

Lauren will be performing her work at the all-juvenilia WORMS on December 8.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Wed, Dec 8 - C. Arrison, L. Bender, A. Harmon, D. Kelberman, R. Monroe, M. O'Brien, L. Pierson, A. Robinson, E. Schrader, K. Tabara, C. Toll

This month, WORMS overflows with bright-eyed and immature writs from the dusty and deep back catalogues of some of Baltimore's most interesting writers and artists!

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CRICKET ARRISON came to Baltimore in the heady summer of 2008 with a heart full of wonder and a song on her lips. Her dreams came true when she was recently installed as the third member of the Un Saddest Factory Theatre Company. She likes the White Mountains of New Hampshire a whole lot. If you tune your radio to 88.9 at 6:56 pm every Monday - Thursday evening, you will hear her name.

LAUREN BENDER is: 1/3 of Narrow House, 1/1 of curator of the Show&Tell series, and 1/2 of the Bender Twins.

AMY HARMON grew up young on Cape Cod, and moved to several other places after that. She received a BA in French, Art History, and Film Studies from the University of Massachusetts in 1999 and has been singing in the Lexie Mountain Boys for about 5 years now. She loves Baltimore real bad and spends the vast majority of her time thinking about joke chemistry, teaching, irrational fears, Weird Al, and that brief yet magical window of time that was "post-NOT" but somehow "pre-CORNHOLIO."

DINA KELBERMAN went to school at Purchase College, where everything came together. She now lives in Baltimore, MD and is a founding member of Wham City. She makes comics, draws stuff, paints cardboard, website, and routinely brings garbage into the house. She loves her friends dearly. She recently aquired the rank of 4th place for Tetris lines on NES on Twin Galaxies. Please contact her at your slightest whim.


MELANIE O'BRIEN is a baby that grew up. Originally known as Melanie "Hayes", she has been writing since very young. Currently she is working on a project of secret poetry intended never to leave the house, which includes letters to her unborn baby, records of her dreams, and little tiny poems on post-its. Melanie has a respectable job and lives in Baltimore with, among others, her husband and a hungry, growing child in utero.

LOLA PIERSON is an MFA candidate at Towson. She is a founding member of The Un Saddest Factory, a Baltimore based DIY theatre company, and lives at the Bell Foundry. She won third place in the citypaper's fiction contest this year and is the author of many hit plays.

ADAM ROBINSON Adam Robinson grew up in central New York and started writing in earnest after Mrs. Brown, his 9th grade English teacher, praised his story, "Devastatingly Unjust." Since then, he's published work in numerous journals and in two books, including Adam Robison and Other Poems which the Baltimore-based press, Narrow House, released this past spring. He plays guitar in Sweatpants, a rock band.

KIM TABARA lives and works in Baltimore City. He writes for the online magazine Beatbots. He is a contributor to WYPR's Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast. He will never win the City Paper's Annual Poetry and Fiction competition.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

From "Cold Mountain Mirror Displacement" by Jeremy Hoevenaar


Shake the box and the contents will tend

towards nonsense, likely a sort you’ve seen

before but no less charming for all their quaint

pastel catastrophizing and cornered

exhortations of hunger for a polished significance.

If gravity didn’t exist it would

be necessary to invent it. I’m doubtful

that necessity exists as anything but an illusion.

I winter in justification and summer in testimony,

an evolution audible in the tremendous ripping

apart of some dangerously complacent attitudes.

Like: maybe I’ll have a child just to prove I’m not one.

Like: and now for my carefully practiced hearse face.

Jeremy Hoevenaar will be performing his work at WORMS on November 23.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

"It Entropies Us" by Chris Mason

I push my glasses onto my nose
I rub behind my ears
I blink
Maybe I forgot to lock door
Middle of night a mechanism near the bed
is not permitted to be touched
Night contraptions connect basement
to floor boards to strings around the room
Wake up, body connected to the house!
Wake up, mind imagining integral structures!
Crack in sidewalk next to foundation
Curved gutter rusty, how do that?
House shifting, window won’t open
Unseen ceiling peeling paint
What about that work you did on the siding?
What about that excellent floor job?
What about the refinished bathroom?
Newton’s 2nd Law of Thermodynamics:
Stuff put together comes apart

Chris Mason will be performing his work at WORMS on November 23.

Friday, November 12, 2010

"Stories Around People" by Joseph Young

An Event

Facebook lived in midtown, for there the people and windows shone like water. Though it would board the bus—1 day—and ride to the sea, where people said words like sea and where the city shone in the waves and the fish were sidewalks and windows.


In the night, the house where Octopus lived burned to the ground, all the letters and poems a curled ash. The other books patted its shoulder and gave it roses and tea. It stood admiring the sky and thankful.

A Labor

You do not understand, vacuum said, it’s never been like that between us. In its jar, it knew this, seized it.

Joseph will be performing his work at WORMS on November 23.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

"Inaudible Elegy" by Matthew Smith

Dumbstruck the afternoon I heard Mark Linkous
had scissored through his life’s indifferent knot,
I fell back, hard of hearing, on the hours
you and I listened, both awake and not,
to his bright music, taking it for ours.
Young still, those lisping songs are all that link us,

We, who ruined sheets to “It’s a Wonderful Life,”
the song, then the whole record, which we knew
better than one another’s mislaid clothes,
who sprawled in loveless postures we thought new,
talking of shades not lightly drawn to a close,
like good George Bailey’s in It’s a Wonderful Life.

Such whimpers through the past’s thin walls I hear
rarely now, though the skylit rooms we leased
back then felt paid for, white-washed, stationary
shelters the brisk earth owed us. Not the least
detail remains, not even the stationery,
on which I now write nothing. Take it, here.

Matthew Smith will be performing his work at WORMS on November 23.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

"I'm Thinking of My Mother" by Rupert Wondolowski

the struggle of the flesh

how she asked if there was something she
had to do about the trees outside

the hospital

the twin towers hadn't fallen yet
Bush hadn't destroyed the world
but there was a huge brownish-red
pool of blood just sitting unattended
in the middle of a hallway that
ran through
what was supposed to be a reputable place

our questions to the doctors were
met with the disdain of video store clerks

of all the things she'd forgotten
my name our names, the names of all
the flowers she'd tended for all her
life, she looked up at the tv news
and spoke the name of the scumbag
who killed his wife, dumped her
in the ocean
and led everyone on a merry suburban chase.

Rupert Wondolowski will be performing his work at WORMS on November 23.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tuesday, November 23 - Jeremy Hoevenaar, Chris Mason, Matthew Smith, Rupert Wondolowski, & Joseph Young


WORMS explores the dangerous, dark territory of a Tuesday night with Jeremy Hoevenaar, Chris Mason, Matthew Smith, Rupert Wondolowski, & Joseph Young.

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JEREMY HOEVENAAR grew up in Boonton, New Jersey, which most people pronounce "Bootin", and where The Misfits recorded "Walk Among Us" in 1981. His work can be found in The Brooklyn Rail, Tantalum, Forklift, Ohio, and other journals. He currently lives with big windows in Baltimore, where he is recovering from a corneal abrasion.

CHRIS MASON is a member of The Tinklers whose book, "The Elements", was recently published by Shattered Wig, and Old Songs, who have translated many ancient Greek poets and put their poems to music. He moved to Baltimore from Minnesota in 1970. "Hum Who Hiccup" will be published by Narrow House in December, 2010.

MATTHEW SMITH was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He earned his MFA in poetry at the Johns Hopkins University and now studies playwriting at the Catholic University of America. His poems have appeared (or will soon appear) in various magazines, including Beloit Poetry Journal, Commonweal, Iron Horse Literary Review, Measure, Unsplendid, The Alabama Literary Review, The Same, and The Lyric. His plays have been performed in Baltimore, London, and Athens, Georgia. He was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize and named a runner-up in the Slapering Hol Press Chapbook Contest. He lives in Baltimore with his wife, Joanna.

RUPERT WONDOLOWSKI is editor of Shattered Wig Review and Press, which has somehow become Baltimore's longest running literary magazine despite no one knowing of it. He is the author most recently of The Origin of Paranoia As a Heated Mole Suit (Publishing Genius Press). His work has recently appeared in City Sages: Baltimore, The i.e. Series Reader, Everyday Genius and Fell Swoop. He also appears in Luca DiPierro and Michael Kimball's film "60 Writers/60 Places". He is currently clearing a spot in his house for getting down and ugly with some acrylic paints. Shattered Wig Press activities and Rupert's writing can be found at:

JOSEPH YOUNG lives in Baltimore. There he likes to make things, whether vampire books, microfiction, collages, stencils, or short videos, and he likes to work with other writers and artists, showing, curating, organizing. He's got a microfiction collection, Easter Rabbit, and a novel on vampires, NAME.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

illustrations to haikus by Stephanie Barber, by Lauren Bender.

(Lauren's illustrations are in italics.)

looser than Lincoln
more wishful than washington
john quincy adams

probably wooden teeth
represented by eyes and knots
large hands and diminutive fruits

they obtained two kids
and changed them into egrets
it was surprising

this one would be whimsical and illustrative
think shel silverstein meets audubon
with the same amount of endearing inaccuracy

look at the camera
now tilt your head to the left
act like you’re crying

I wish there was a way to draw an animated gif
once I had this idea to film women thinking about fear
I would be okay with this one being portraiture

Lauren Bender will performing her work at
WORMS on October 13.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

from "37 Weeks of Wonder" by Erin Gleeson

That afternoon, that afternoon he earned his nickname, Jason just wanted to move in slow motion. Maybe for a moment it could help quiet things down a bit. To him, the world was always rushing around him, and he just wanted it to slow down for a little while. They had an hour and a half before she returned from work. Was that enough time? They had been tossing the idea around for the past two weeks, and the more he and his little brother talked about it the more it seemed like exactly what they needed. They crept into their mother's room, single file, and searched around until they found her weed all snuggled up in a tiny earring box.

They sat in the azalea bush behind their house and smoked some, not wanting to be seen but not wanting the smell to stick to the furniture. But he didn't feel it. It did nothing. His brother feigned a fit of giggles, but Jason only felt the crushing weight of guilt.

The next day, he told his friend Mike about it. Mike was drifting off into drinking and another group of friends, and Jason thought the anecdote might engage him a little. Instead, it ricocheted from one person to another, until the rumor was that Jason was a pothead who got high with his mom.

You do one thing once and suddenly you've got a nickname about it. He was a momhead.

Erin Gleeson will be performing her work at WORMS on October 13.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Sunday, October 3, 2010

"What the Wind Told Me" by Chris Toll

Something is hungry to be born,
something must die
– and what has to die doesn’t want to
and is vicious.

Chris Toll will be performing his work at WORMS on October 13, 2010.

Monday, September 27, 2010

from "What Was Janie Looking At?" by Rachel Monroe

Her feet in the water like big pale dumb fish; the sun burying itself between two mountains, two mountains like breasts. These kinds of images popped into her head all the time now. She tried them out nervously, holding them like secret treasures in her brain. She thought new things while sitting on the dock, dangling her feet in the water, watching her brother Marshall fish from a canoe in the middle of the lake. She could wave to him and he could wave back and she could be thinking cock cock cock the whole time, and smiling. Her feet got adjusted to the water and she swished them around, thinking about thinking about cocks. She had pointed out something as phallic imagery (using those words: "phallic imagery") to her family for the first time on the 12-hour trip up here. No one seemed to notice anything.

Rachel Monroe will be performing her work at WORMS on October 13.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Wednesday, October 13 - Lauren Bender, Erin Gleeson, Dylan Kinnett, Rachel Monroe, Chris Toll

The WORMS season continues its tradition of stimulating live literature with Lauren Bender, Erin Gleeson, Dylan Kinnett, Rachel Monroe, and Chris Toll.

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LAUREN BENDER, 5'0", 110#. Co-director of Narrow House, curator of BOÎTE: Show&Tell (a new performance series at Minás), Feminine Arbiter of Phrases for the Performance Thanatology Research Society, all around good guy. Sporadic postings can be found at

ERIN GLEESON is a writer, illustrator and co-creator of the touring puppet series Showbeast. Her work has been featured all across the country, and she recently co-wrote and co-directed videos for Dan Deacon and Beach House. She writes the blog, in which she explores sustainable living in an urban environment.

DYLAN KINNETT grew up in a small town you may have heard of, in West Virginia. While attending college in Tennessee, he wrote a novella in hypertext entitled To Win, Simply Play. He has also written a stage play about a street preacher, several published short stories, and the occasional limerick on a bathroom wall. Dylan is the founding editor of Infinity’s Kitchen, a graphic literary journal of experimental literature. He is also a co-author of the physicalist manifesto, a member of the Second Land audio-visual collective, a published art critic and an occasional slam poet. He has recently produced an album of sound and spoken word, at the Magnanimous Records studio, entitled Strange Punctuation. He lives and works in Baltimore.

RACHEL MONROE is from Richmond, Virginia but currently lives and writes in Baltimore. She loves both cities equally. She is interested in cults, true crime, and crazy women writers of the 1950s.

CHRIS TOLL is a poet and collagemaker who lives in Baltimore, Maryland. In 2011, his new book will come out. It will be called: Batgirl Marries Jesus Christ.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

"I DIDN'T F--KIN' DO WHATEVER", a COPS fanfiction by Chuck Green

One day the theme music played "bad boys" and on the bottom of the screen it said "HOUSTON 3:41 AM" and sargeant Hawkins got on his walkie talkie and it said "we have a domestic disturbance at Park and Maple Drive, sargeant Hawkins respond," and sargeant Hawkins was on the case.

He was in a shit mood but he didn't care he was hard. The cop car rode up to the intersection and the sargeant Hawkins got out and the camera got out too and there was a White Male about 5'10" 35 years old with tattoos. He was fighting with Hispanic Male 5'3" about 30 years old. White Male was wearing a wig and a bridal gown and he was smoking crack which he threw in bush "WHAT WAS THAT" said sgt. Hawkins. "I didn't f--kin do whatever" said White Male. Hawkins say "I got a call about a domestic disturbance are you beating your wife sir?" Hispanic Male immediately got scared of being tasered so he started to run but jumped in trash can to which Hawkins said to Hispanic Male "get out of that trash can". Hispanic Male said "no" which is the only Spanish word in English. Hawkins tasered him.

White Male is like "you leave Filipo alone you f--k pig cop he ain't do sh-t f--k cop" and Hawkins say "did you beat your wife" to which White Male said "yes". "Why did you" say Hawkins but White Male started to think he is a woman so he say "that bitch try to steal my boy friend Filipo" then a gerbil fall out his ass and Hawkins tasered White Male and try and see if gerbil is ok but gerbil is drunk. "Why is gerbil drunk" said Hawkins and White Male say "you're drunk." So sgt. Hawkins again tasered White Male and White Male said "rughabugharughabughra"

So White Male got arrested and the wife is dead.

The End <3

Chuck Green will be performing his work at WORMS on September 15.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

"Captain Cool" by Adam Robinson

People find it remarkable that George Brett was the 29th draft pick in 1971, and Mike Schmidt was the 30th

It was George Brett who coined the phrase The Mendoza Line. After a short slump in 1979 he said he knew he was in trouble once seeing his batting average listed below the Mendoza line

One time Mike Schmidt hit a hit that hit a loudspeaker in Houston. The ball fell onto the field. It did not blossom into a home run. If it hadn’t hit the speaker it would have probably flown farther than 500 feet from the place where it whammed off his bat

Mike Schmidt has red hair. He thinks Pete Rose should be in the hall of fame. At one point he wore a wig and received a standing ovation

Mike played in the hot corner but was known as “Captain Cool”

While he was a professional baseball player I went from age minus-6 to 12. Moustaches were okay during this time period. Everyone wanted a sportscar. After I was born I kept breaking my arms. I know a lot about Mike Schmidt but he doesn’t know one single solitary thing about me

Adam Robinson will be performing his work at the September 15th edition of WORMS at the Bell Foundry in Baltimore.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

"Happy Dinner" by Stephanie Barber

this is a poem entitled:
are you coming to dinner
and was that you
at dinner
because i am not happy

Stephanie Barber will be performing her work at WORMS on Wednesday, September 15.

Monday, August 30, 2010

from MLKNG SCKLS by Justin Sirois

It’s dawn.

Khalil’s tracksuit pants and T-Shirt hang from a branch like the tree’s trying them on. The roots of the tree want to slip on his repulsive socks. It holds both of his Adedas up, sunshine blazing through one rubber sole. But Khalil doesn’t care what the tree does with his off-brand sneakers.

He swims.

Every time we stop walking he’s in the river.

Khalil was born with gills. Hovering over the crib, his father took engine oil and slicked Khalil’s neck every night with his mechanic hands until baby Khalil learned how to breathe human air. The gills slowly faded into flat skin. But Khalil never forgot the water.

I want to join him.

Half-dressed, the tree watches in envy.

Justin Sirois will be performing his work at WORMS on September 15.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

from "The Great American Museum of the American Nickel" by Donna Sellinger

"Well, sure it might not look like much, but you have to realize that at the time Spratt's Patent Meat Fibrine Dog Cakes represented the acme of human ingenuity. Here was a man from Cincinnati-Cincinnati of all places! I think it's a miracle, frankly," said Florence. The girl she stood lecturing was the third-prettiest girl I'd seen come in that day. And second-prettiest if you disqualify the girl whom I had to ask to spit out her gum while exploring the museum. And if you think those things aren't quantifiable, if you think those things have no absolute value, well, one thing is you're wrong.

"But a lot of terrific things have happened in Cincinnati besides the advent of dog food," the second-or-third-prettiest-girl-of-the-day said.

"Name one," said Florence, and she did not like where this was going.

"Well, I'm sure you get this kind of answer all the time, and so I guess it might sound trite, but Cincinnati's port on the Ohio River played a major role in getting supplies to the Union Army during the Civil War. Also George McClellan came from Cincinn-"

"George McClellan was an ineffectual bungler," Florence said, and rested a foot against the wall. "Everyone whose television gets PBS knows that. Dog food pre-dates the Civil War. Well, almost pre-dates it. Didn't you consider that? It may be a relatively new development in the world of dog nutrition, but compared to the history of our country-well, frankly, if you want American history, look no further is what I say. The world is full of gifts. Gifts that should be appreciated. That's what I'm trying to tell you."

Donna Sellinger will be performing her work at WORMS on September 15.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Wednesday, September 15 - Stephanie Barber, Chuck Green, Adam Robinson, Donna Sellinger, Justin Sirois

The first WORMS of the season! Readers include Stephanie Barber, Chuck Green, Adam Robinson, Donna Sellinger, and Justin Sirois.

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STEPHANIE BARBER is a multi media artist who creates meticulously crafted, odd and imaginative writing, films and videos as well as performance pieces which incorporate music, literature and video. Some places she has had solo screenings of her film and video work include MoMA, NY; Anthology Film Archives, NY; San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center; Bio Penrepo, Prague and Close-Up Video, London. Her films and videos have also been included in group screenings at The Whitney Museum of American Art; The Tate Modern in London; The Cinematheque Francaise; The State Contemporary Art Centre, Moscow and The Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art among others.

Her small book poems was published in 2006 by Bronze Skull Press. Her lecture FOR A LAWN POEM was published in 2007 by Publishing Genius Press and her book these here separated to see how they standing alone or the soundtrack to six films by stephanie barber was published in May 2008 by Publishing Genius Press and is being reprinted presently. Included in this book is her experimental essay the inversion, transcription, evening track and attractor (the soundtrack for the video of the same name) which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her work has also been included in magazines, journals and anthologies.

More information can be found at

Since learning to read and write, CHUCK GREEN has undergone a vast transformation from communicating solely with sounds and crude drawings. Over the years he has developed his motor skills beyond that of an ape and has learned to operate the typewriter-style keyboard to the point where he has managed to publish many different zines, including his most recent work, Celebrities I Have Known. He is also the technical director of the Baltimore-based society of rock opera producers known as the Baltimore Rock Opera Society. He currently strives to live out his lifelong mantra, "Live Every Week Like It's Shark Week."

ADAM ROBINSON's first book, Adam Robison and Other Poems, was released by Narrow House in early 2010, and he self-published his second book, Say, Poem, in May. He operates Publishing Genius, a small press that has put out about 15 books and a couple dozen chapbooks. He plays guitar in Sweatpants, a rock band.

DONNA SELLINGER spends most of her time as one third of The Missoula Oblongata, a critically-acclaimed touring experimental theater company. When not doing that, she participates in the Baltimore DIY theater scene as bet she can. In early 2008, Donna directed The Wham City Players in They Should All Be Destroyed (A Jurassic Park Play). She also adapted a Tom & Jerry cartoon for the stage (playing Jerry) for the Annex Theater's Hanna-Barbera play festival and directed a musical called The Prettiest Place on Earth written by Lola Pierson with music by Alex Scally (of the band Beach House). Her play-in-a-box-for-an-audience-of-no-one, titled One Pair was included in the Wham City Box Set #1. More recently, she spent five weeks in Jordan and the West Bank teaching free shadow puppetry workshops to refugee and Palestinian youth. Donna received her MFA in Theater Arts from Towson University, a program that she highly recommends.

JUSTIN SIROIS is a novelist living in Baltimore, Maryland. His books include MLKNG SCKLS (Publishing Genius) and Falcons on the Floor (forthcoming, Pub G.) written with Iraqi refugee Haneen Alshujairy. His novel Black, Light, 1993 will be finished soon. He also runs the Understanding Campaign with Haneen and co-directs Narrow House. Justin received individual Maryland State Art Council grants in 2003, 2007, and 2010.

The 2010-2011 WORMS Season

After a three-months hiatus, WORMS returns to Baltimore in September, 2010, at a new location (The Bell Foundry in Station North), at a new price (free), and with a renewed bloodlust, coming off the most awful summer heat this writer has ever experienced.

This year's WORMSes will feature one or two more writers per WORMS. We're pushing harder than ever to deliver consistent quality while at the same time aiming at becoming a full-blown trans-scene schmoozefest. (We will scale that Hopkins mountain yet.)

With the unexpected lack of cover charge, we know you may find yourself suddenly in need of a way to spend money on literature. Well, it so happens that this season will feature many opportunities to sample the wares of local writers and cranks via Baltimore's inexplicably rich and top-notch micro-press community, who have been invited to hawk their goods at each and every WORMS.

Keep checking back at this frequently updated (I promise) blog for info about future events as well as writs and excerpts from WORMS writers.

As always, if you have any inquiries, suggestions, &c., do not hesitate to contact me through

Good night and good luck,
R.M. O'Brien