Thursday, May 19, 2011

Pennies for Poe!

Every burg from Richmond to Beantown has some nondescript dwelling in a shitty part of town that can boast "Edgar Allan Poe slept here." But for all his mad vision, the drinking and drugs, only one of those cities can justifiably claim that it killed this master of the macabre, the godfather of the detective story, an all-American original.

Today, its subsidies slashed by a cash-strapped city, Baltimore's historic Edgar Allan Poe House is in very real danger of closing its doors. Consequently, writer Rafael Alvarez has taken up the task of resurrecting a fabled fund-raiser to benefit the Poe House with the hope of ensuring that this literary landmark remains accessible to residents and visitors alike....

In the meantime, don't miss Alvarez's hometown homage "Ain't Nothin' Like the Real Thing" in Hon: Past, Present & Future, the latest theme issue in the award-winning Smile, Hon, You're in Baltimore! series from Eight-Stone Press!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


BALTIMORE, Md. - Arts & Culture Editor John Lewis praises Hon: Past, Present & Future in this month's edition of Baltimore Magazine.

"Both individually and collectively, these essays get to the heart of the controversy by letting Baltimoreans articulate their feelings about an often elusive and slippery quality that makes this city so special," Lewis writes in the May issue. "[I]n a mere 56 pages, [Hon] reveals more about the fabric of the city than a rambling treatise ever could. And that’s exactly what we’ve come to expect from every issue of Smile, Hon."

Read his complete review here, or pick up a copy of the May edition of Baltimore Magazine, now available at newsstands. Pick up your copy of Hon: Past, Present & Future locally at Atomic Books (Hampden) or Cyclops Books & Music (Station North). Smile, Hon, You're in Baltimore! is an Eight-Stone Press production.