Nonfiction Presented by the New Mercury Series


September 25, 2016




CityLit Stage

The festival edition of The New Mercury, the area’s only nonfiction reading series hosted by series curators Deborah Rudacille and John Barry, includes:

Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson’s articles, essays, and short stories have appeared in The New York Times, TriQuarterly, PANK, Post Road, The Little Patuxent Review and The Southern Review, among many others. She is the recipient of an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council and grants from the Maryland Humanities Council and the Sustainable Arts Foundation. She’s received fellowships from The Vermont Studio Center and The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and was a finalist for this year’s Baker Artist Awards. She won the Hrushka Memorial Nonfiction Prize in 2015 for her essay writing. Dickinson served as editor in chief of Urbanite magazine from 2004-2007.

Rashod Ollison is an award-winning music and culture critic and native of Little Rock, Arkansas. He has been a staff pop music and culture critic at The Dallas Morning News, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Journal News in Westchester, NY, The Baltimore Sun, and The Virginian-Pilot. He is a 2000 graduate of The University of Arkansas, where he earned a BA in creative writing and journalism with a minor in African American studies. Ollison’s literary debut, Soul Serenade: Rhythm, Blues & Coming of Age Through Vinyl, is a memoir published in Jan. 2016 by Beacon Press.

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