Saturday, October 8, 2011
"If Poe's accomplishments are not preserved, what does that say about our own lives?” asks actor M.S. Sanders.
“Poe was always great not only in his noble conceptions but also as a prankster …” —Charles Baudelaire The ghost of Edgar Allan Poe has been floating around town these last few weeks, unmoored and searching for an abandoned dwelling in case he is locked out of 203 N. Amity Street on Jan. 1. In these sparse economic times, funding for the Poe House has been slashed and its doors are slated to shut. Lined up across from center, his apparition spooked Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez before his first fumble last Sunday night. Poe has significant ties to the purple and black, just ask Raven mascots Edgar and Allan. Pennies for Poe, PoetryInBaltimore.com, The Hamilton Arts Collective, and Area 405 have joined forces to put up the corporeal form …
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Another Baltimorean steps up to help save the Edgar Allan Poe House on Amity Street from closure.
On Tuesday, Oct. 11, Stephen Demczuk—local brewmaster and creator of Raven Lager—will host "Pints for Poe" in Highlandtown. The event will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Creative Alliance, housed in the old Patterson Theater at 3134 Eastern Ave. "Pints for Poe" is a "pay as you go" tasting event with an opportunity to sample a wide range of local brews. Proceeds will go to save the Poe House from city budget cuts. Each participant will receive a pint glass adorned with either the poet's face or the image of a raven. Poe himself—no stranger to an ale—is expected to make a cameo. For more information, call the Creative Alliance at 410-276-1651
Sunday, October 2, 2011
The author of "The Raven" and "The Tell-Tale Heart" died at age 40 on Oct. 7, 1849.
At 1 p.m. today, a wreath will be laid at the grave of Edgar Allan Poe in honor of the 162nd anniversary of the great poet's death in Baltimore. The author of "The Raven" and "The Tell-Tale Heart" died at age 40 on Oct. 7, 1849. The grave site is downtown in the Westminster Burying Ground, at the corner of Fayette and Greene Streets near University of Maryland Hospital. The wreath and brief comments are courtesy of the Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore. Anyone is welcome to bring flowers to pay tribute to the man who wrote, among other classics, "Murders in the Rue Morgue," "MS. in A Bottle," and "Hop-Frog." The ceremony will be followed at 2 p.m. by a free lecture in the Edgar Allan Poe Room of the Enoch Pratt Free Library on …
Friday, September 30, 2011
With Halloween approaching, Charm City should embrace the fictional serial killer.
When it comes to horror fiction, Baltimore is usually associated with only three names: Edgar, Allan and Poe. Though the writer never had much of a relationship with our city—except for dying and being buried in it—we of Baltimore have been touched by the memory of the troubled author like a descending razor pendulum on a French prisoner’s chest. We’ve even named our football team after his poem “The Raven”, as nothing exemplifies fierce, physical competition like gothic poetry in trochaic octameter. (Hey, why couldn’t the two worlds of athletics and goth culture have blended together so peacefully in my high school?) While we may be justified in our celebrating of Poe, we have ignored another horror icon who has chomped his way through …