Notable Maryland Authors

In 2018, MWA launched a Writers' Round Tables program to herald Maryland authors of note, to celebrate our 30th Anniversary Year and to encourage Marylanders to have fun writing and playing with words. We are continuing that focus on Maryland authors here, with monthly profiles on local writers across different genres. We continue to encourage Marylanders to try their hand at a writing prompt in that genre.

Calling Maryland Writers

Check out the writer profiles below and give writing in a new genre a whirl. Then submit your writing effort, based on the current month's writer / genre by the 25th of the month, and your prompt may be considered for publication along with next month's author profile.

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Notable Maryland Author Profiles & Prompts

July 2020 Notable Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates

“I was made for the library, not the classroom. The library was open, unending, free.” — Ta-Nehisi Coates Ta-Nehisi Coates was born in Baltimore, Maryland, grew up in the Mondawmin area, and graduated from Woodlawn High School. Coates' interest in books was instilled a...

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June 2020 Notable Author: Jeff Kinney

“I’ve never run into a person who yearns for their Middle School Days.”— Jeff Kinney Born (1971) and raised in Fort Washington, Maryland, Jeff Kinney graduated from Bishop McNamara High School and attended the University of Maryland, College Park. It was in college that...

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May 2020 Notable Author: Francis Scott Key

francis scott key, poetry “Then, in that hour of deliverance, my heart spoke. Does not such a country, and such defenders of their country, deserve a song?”— Francis Scott Key Francis Scott Key  (Aug 1, 1779 - Jan 11, 1843) Born in Frederick county, Maryland, Key, at ag...

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April 2020 Notable Author: James M. Cain, Roman Noir

James M. Cain Karlin, Roman Noir “I merely try to write as the character would write, and I never forget that the average man ... has acquired a vividness of speech that goes beyond anything I could invent.”  –  James M. Cain James M. Cain (July 1, 1892 – O...

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March 2020 Notable Author: Wayne Karlin, Literary Fiction and Creative Non-fiction

Wayne Karlin, Literary Fiction and Creative Non-fiction "Imagining the world through the eyes of others connects us to each other, awakens our capacity for compassion, and enlarges our own lives.”  –  Wayne Karlin Wayne Karlin (June 13, 1945, Los Angeles, California) i...

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Notable Maryland Authors PARTICIPANTS


Brunswick Citizen - Brunswick
Calvert County Recorder - Calvert County
Cumberland Times-News - Cumberland
Daily Times - Salisbury
Frederick News-Post - Frederick
Herald-Mail - Hagerstown
Maryland Independent - Charles County
St Mary's County Enterprise - St Mary's County
Times Record - Denton
Valley Citizen - Brunswick


Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County
Charles County Arts Alliance
Worcester County Arts Council

Organizations participate in the following ways:

  • Publishing the Notable Maryland Authors articles in their newspapers and newsletters, posting them on their bulletin boards, and handing them out to their students or members. We ask all participating organizations to do this. 
  • Sponsoring a Teen Writers' Club by providing a meeting location and coordinator, with MWA providing writing mentors. 
  • Sponsoring a MWA chapter by providing a meeting location and coordinator. MWA will assist with meeting agendas, speakers, and writing mentors.

MWA invites local and state-wide organizations, including newspapers, libraries, arts councils, colleges, public and private high schools, homeschool associations, civic groups, museums, to participate. If your organization would like to register as a participant, please contact Jim Brewster, MWA Communications Chair, at [email protected].