MWA Hosts Open Mic at Sky Stage

The Frederick Chapter of Maryland Writers’ Association (MWA), which is based at Urbana Regional Library, will be hosting an open mic at Sky Stage in Frederick on Sept. 11, 7:30 p.m. Some members of the chapter have signed up to do readings of published works and works in progress.

The general public is invited to attend, and to read their own works as well. Writers who are signed up to read include poets, novelists and screenwriters.

Roderick Deacey, a singer-songwriter and beat poet, will emcee the event and perform his work. He is the resident poet for The Harried Americans Roadshow and often appears in Songwriters Association of Washington shows in Reston, Virginia. In June, Deacey was awarded the 2019 Carl R. Butler Individual Artist Grant Award for Literature from the Frederick Arts Council.

David Reichenbaugh, author of “In Pursuit: The Hunt for the Beltway Snipers,” will be reading from his latest project, “A Predator Among Us,” a fictional crime novel based on true events.

Elayne Bond Hyman will read from a work in progress. Hyman draws inspiration from her predecessors. “I choose to be of service to those upon whose shoulders I stand. Many were illiterate. I understand my literacy as a gift which they did not enjoy. I tell their stories through the vehicle of performance poetry, commingling their words with my own.”

Lisa V. Proulx will read from one of her novels, “Weedmonkey,” the true story of the author’s mother’s childhood growing up in coal mining camps of Appalachia during the Depression, as the daughter of the town prostitute.

Jeffrey Reynolds, a fantasy and fiction author whose work has appeared in Andromeda Spaceways magazine, will read an excerpt from an unpublished novel.

Amanda Moskowitz will perform an excerpt of her one-act play, “I Am Her,” which will be performed in its entirety at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company Oct. 3 to 5.

Shea Winpegler, an aspiring screenwriter, novelist and producer who has a B.A. in broadcast journalism and has interned at a variety of organizations, including USA TODAY Sports and Animal Planet, is looking forward to the reading. “I can’t wait to be a part of the reading and the … beautiful, community-oriented art scene of Frederick.”

Sky Stage is located at 59 S. Carroll St. in downtown Frederick. For more information, visit


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