Monday, June 24, 2024

A Suitcase Full of Books: Visit All Four Edgar Allan Poe Houses & Interview with Author Sharon Pajka

I love following A Suitcase Full of Books and all her literary travels. Here's her visit to all four of Edgar Allan Poe Houses with a couple cemeteries added. I had such a nice time chatting with her about Poe and I adore supporting other content creators!  
Come with me to visit all four Edgar Allan Poe house museums on the Eastern Seaboard in Richmond, Virginia, Baltimore, Maryland, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and New York City, New York. Along the way we'll learn about Poe and his writing with help from Sharon Pajka, the author of The Souls Close to Edgar Allan Poe. Read the corresponding blog post at A Suitcase Full of Books about this experience: Locations: Poe Statue, Boston, MA Poe Museum, Richmond, VA ( Poe in Baltimore, Baltimore, MD ( Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, Philadelphia, PA ( Poe Cottage, NYC, NY ( CORRECTION: The Raven was NOT written at the Poe Cottage in NYC, it was written at the Brennan farm on the upper west side. Other links: Philadelphia Poe House photographs (Photo Gallery (U.S. National Park Service) ( BLOG:

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Look, Mom! "We made the cover!"


I wrote and submitted this piece to the Association for Gravestone Studies in December 2021. For various reasons, it was delayed until now.
Mom was admitted to Memory Care in fall 2022 but she still shared stories about this trip and would have been thrilled to see the story of our trip to see the grave of the Greenbrier Ghost in print. She passed this April.
She had worked at a newspaper and knew the importance of the printed word and storytelling. She would have yelled, “we made the cover!” 🪦🖤👻

Monday, April 29, 2024

TLAN Virtual Salon

TLAN's Virtual Salon of April 7, 2024. 
Seven TLAN members -- writers and poets who use written, spoken, or sung word for personal and community transformation -- share their work. After the reading, there is an artist talk-back for questions and conversations with the audience. For more about TLAN:

Friday, April 12, 2024

Illumination Series at The Poe Museum

Join me Wednesday, May 8th to hear about The Souls Close to Edgar Allan Poe: Graves of His Family, Friends and Foes.

Tickets to the event

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Poe-it Like Poe Poetry Reading event by The 6 Degrees of Edgar Allan Poe

More details about the TLAN Virtual Salon!

Please join us this Sunday, April 7 for TLAN's 2024 Virtual Salon! Register to attend for FREE here:

This event will feature TLAN members, who all use the written, spoken, or sung word for personal and community transformation. TLAN members have incredibly generous spirits, and oftentimes their work in the community overshadows their personal writing and accomplishments. We are excited to provide a venue to feature TLAN members' artistic work to the general audience.

The Virtual Salon is free and open to the public, and will take place online via Zoom. 
After the reading, there will be an artist talkback and time for questions and engagement from the audience. 

You must register if you would like to attend: a Zoom link will be sent to all registrants the day before the event. We look forward to seeing you there!

Presenters include:

  • Emilee Baum:  Emilee is a researcher and writer based in Atlanta, GA. A former chair of the TLA Network, she was introduced to TLA at Goddard College where she completed her MA in Embodiment Studies. She is continuing her studies in Expressive Arts at the European Graduate School in Switzerland. Her book The Agency of Bliss was published in 2012.
  • Chad Gurley: A poet and artist. After witnessing the tragedy of 9/11 and the trauma of violent loss, Chad began writing poetry and short stories to promote peace, hope, and understanding. "Though a poet and artist, I am foremost an Advocate for Love, for Love is the one thing that buoys my life above all the currents of its bad."
  • Autumn Konopka: Autumn Konopka is an award-winning writer, a runner, and a trauma-informed teaching artist. A former
    poet laureate of Montgomery County, PA (2016), Autumn’s poetry chapbook a chain of paperdolls was
    published in 2014, and her debut novel Pheidippides Didn’t Die was released in 2023. "I write serious things, but don't take myself seriously." 
  • Tanya Lewis: Tanya Lewis loves words and playing with language. She believes authenticity and imagination are superpowers. Her creative work includes poetry and Moth-style true stories. Recently she has been immersed in exploring ways in which poetry and reflections on word meaning can support trauma recovery. She is committed to using creativity to inspire, empower, and uplift. "I am a courageous extroverted introvert, a seeker, and a recovering perfectionist committed to exploring life with a joyous open heart." 
  • Oyah!: A Transformative Language Artist, Soothesayer and Inspirational Speaker whose words and rhythmic voice provide an easy road to travel through the difficult stories she tells.
  • Sharon Pajka: professor of English at Gallaudet University. She is the author of Women Writers Buried in Virginia (2021) and The Souls Close to Edgar Allan Poe: Graves of his family, friends, and foes (2023). "My writing combines my love of words and the stories of those who came before us."
  • John L. Swainston: Poet, TLAN Board Member, retired Finance Executive, College Adjunct Professor, and Army Veteran. "I never imagined that I would embrace the title of “poet,” but writing and reading poetry as well as studying the craft of poetry and connecting with other poets has become the mainstay of my life."