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

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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February 2020 Notable Author: Alice McGill, Children's Storyteller

Alice McGill, Children's Literature "For me, writing is an expedition through life experiences.”  –  Alice McGill Alice McGill was born in the small rural town of Scotland Neck, North Carolina.  She attended a four-room school with her seven brothers and sister...

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January 2020 Notable Author: Maryland Poet Laureate Grace Cavalieri

Grace Cavalieri, Poet “I get a huge energy transfusion by listening to poets read their works.” – Grace Cavalieri Grace Cavalieri (1932 - ) is an Italian American writer living in Annapolis, MD. During her 43-year career as a poet and playwright she has published 24 books, ...

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December 2019 Notable Maryland Author John Shields

John Shields, CHEF & Food Writer "As a small boy in Baltimore, I remember my grandmother’s excitement with each approaching season and the treasures it offered for the table.” — Chef John Shields             ...

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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].