Monday, October 24, 2011

ATTN: Maryland history/photography enthusiasts!

The following is an urgent plea from Jennifer Bodine, daughter of legendary Baltimore Sun photographer A. Aubrey Bodine and founder and proprietor of

The Baltimore Sun is auctioning its library of 7,000 A. Aubrey Bodine pictures at Alex Cooper Auctioneers at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 19, 2011. If anyone knows an angel who would buy the collection and donate it to the Maryland Historical Society, UMBC or the Maryland State Archives, please step up. This is important to Maryland history. Bodine's photographs in this auction are a 50-year set of snap shots (artistically created) of Maryland history. They belong in a proper, climate-controlled environment and should be accessible to the people of Maryland.

A. Aubrey Bodine shot for The Baltimore Sun from the 1920s up until his death, in 1970. Regular readers of Smile, Hon, You're in Baltimore! will no doubt recall his many photos that, thanks to Jennifer, have graced several issues of Smile, Hon. This month marks the release of Bodine's City: The Photography of A. Aubrey Bodine (Schiffer Books).


Sunday, October 23, 2011

SMILE, HON seeking submissions!

BALTIMORE, Md. - Long-running lit zine Smile, Hon, You're in Baltimore! is accepting submissions of your Mobtown-related/inspired stories, essays, poetry, photography and other artwork for the forthcoming Smile, Hon No. 15 through Thursday, December 1, 2011. Creative non-fiction is preferred, though all submissions will be considered. Articles (100 – 2,000 words) should be submitted via e-mail ( as attached Word documents. Image files should be approximately 5" x 7", 300+ dpi (.JPG or .TIF format). All contributors will receive a byline/artist credit for their work as well as two (2) complimentary copies of the issue.

From the harbor to the hills, Smile, Hon, You're in Baltimore! collects the tales of those on whom Mobtown has left her indelible mark. Polished, professional essays; barroom sermons delivered from the sanctity of a favorite stool; the poet's fleeting sentiment, captured in both word and snapshot – Smile, Hon offers a slice of Baltimore as told by Baltimore, presented with the time-honored DIY accessibility of a limited-run, handcrafted zine. A two-time Utne Independent Press Award Nominee, Smile, Hon has also been dubbed "Best Zine" by Baltimore Magazine (2008) and Baltimore City Paper (2004). Special theme issues have tackled such subjects as sex, rats, tattoos and waste.

An Eight-Stone Press production, Smile, Hon, You're in Baltimore! is available locally for purchase at Atomic Books (Baltimore, MD); City Lights Books (San Francisco, CA) Cyclops Books & Music (Baltimore, MD); Microcosm Publishing (Bloomington, IN, and Portland, OR); Quimby's (Chicago, IL); Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse (Baltimore, MD) and Ukazoo Books (Towson, MD).

For more information, contact:

William P. Tandy, Editor
Eight-Stone Press
P.O. Box 11064
Baltimore, Maryland 21212