Madison Smartt Bell
Author of 13 Novels, Tennessee born Madison now lives in Baltimore with his wife Elizabeth Spires. One of his recent novels is titled "The Color of Night (Vintage Contemporaries)". He is also author of "Charm City: A Walk Through Baltimore" Madison has taught at Baltimore's Goucher College since 1984.
Jack L. Chalker
Science Fiction author and publisher. Jack founded Mirage Press. His 50+ published works include the "Well World" series and the "Dancing Gods" series. Jack was born and raised in Baltimore. He once taught history and geography in the Baltimore city public schools. he died on February 11, 2005 of kidney failure and sepsis in Bon Secours of Baltimore, Maryland.
The author of the 'One Big Happy' comic strip was born and raised in Baltimore. He earned a BFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. He is also the author of 14 humor books, including No Good Men, No Good Lawyers, Totally Tacky Cartoons, Catholics and How to Survive an Italian Family.
Frances Scott Key
A lawyer by profession, Key was born in what is now Carroll County Maryland. After witnessing the British attack on Baltimore's Fort McHenry during the War of 1812, he wrote a poem titled "Defense of Fort McHenry". This poem was later set to a tune popular at the time and became known as "The Star Spangled Banner". It was adopted as the national anthem in 1931. He died in Baltimore in 1843.
Henry Louis Mencken was born Sep 12, 1880. Author, Journalist, Critic, Editor, Satirist, Columnist, Lexicographer, Essayist. When he was 18, Mencken haunted the Baltimore Morning Herald city room every day until the editor gave him a job making him the youngest reporter on the paper. He continued in the newspaper business for many years. His books 'Happy Days', 'Newspaper Days' and 'Heathen Days' provide a glimpse into life in Baltimore and America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.'The American Language' has been ranked as one of the top 100 influential books in the United States. He died in Baltimore in 1956.
Since her 1922 best selling guidebook, Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics, and at Home, was published, Emily Post's name has become synonymous with proper etiquette and manners. Born as Emily Price in Baltimore, Maryland in October 1872, she began by writing newspaper articles on architecture and interior design, as well as stories and serials. After 1931, Post spoke on radio programs and wrote a column on good taste for the Bell Syndicate; it appeared daily in some 200 newspapers after 1932. In 1946, she founded The Emily Post Institute, which continues her work today.
Former 'Baltimore Sun' crime reporter, David Simon is the creator of both the Baltimore-based shows, "The Wire", and "Homicide: Life on the Street". The latter was based on his book, "A Year on the Killing Streets". He is married to Laura Lippman.
.Maryland author - coauthor of the "43 Light Street" series by Harlequin in which stories center around an office building in downtown Baltimore. Her 40+ titles include mystery, suspense, romance, young adult and children's books. With Ruth Glick she has written under the pseudonyms Rebecca York, Alyssa Howard and Amanda Lee. Eileen retired from writing in 1997 and now designs websites.
Best selling author. Three of his books featuring an FBI consultant named Jack Ryan became "The Hunt for Red October", "Patriot Games" and "Clear and Present Danger". He more recently wrote the very popular 'Splinter Cell' series of video games, based on hos novel. Tom was born in Baltimore and now lives on Maryland's eastern shore.
In 1970, Walon was nominated for an Oscar for his writing for the movie "The Wild Bunch". two years later, he won an Oscar for directing "The Hellstrom Chronicle". Then in 1995, he won an Emmy as co-executive producer for "NYPD Blue" and was nominated for his writing on one episode of the series. His latest credits are as screenwriter for several of the 'Law & Order' series.
Born in Atlanta but raised in the upscale Dickeyville neighborhood in Baltimore, Laura has 11 books in the Tess Monaghan Series, crime novels that take place in Baltimore, 6 other novels and a couple of anthologies. A former reporter for the Baltimore Sun, Laura and her husband currently live in Baltimore. She teaches at Goucher College in Baltimore county. Laura is married to David Simon, creator and an executive producer of the HBO series 'The Wire'. They currently live in Federal Hill, not far from Baltimore's Inner Harbor.
Edgar Allan Poe
Baltimore is so enamored of this master of horror that they named their football team for his most famous poem, "The Raven". He was not born in Baltimore and he was not a resident of Baltimore when he died here but he did live in Baltimore for some years, wrote many of his best works while here and had Baltimore business acquaintances. He was on a trip from Pennsylvania to Virginia that included a stopover in Baltimore when he disappeared. He was found in a gutter a few days later in a drunken stupor and wearing someone else's clothes. He was taken to an area Hospital where he slipped into a coma and died before he could tell anyone what had happened. Over 30 films have been based on his numerous short stories, novels and poems. Poe is not only a great horror writer, he is generally considered to have invented the murder mystery with "Murders in the Rue Morge" which has been made into a movie at least 5 times.
Mary Jo Putney
Born in New York, Mary Jo was fortunate enough to move to Baltimore where she currently lives. This move was undoubtedly responsible for unleashing her writing talents (though she claims it was a new computer). She has had over thirty books published ( mostly Romance) plus numerous Novellas and short stories and has been on the New York Times bestseller list. She still lives and writes in Baltimore.
Extremely prolific author. Best selling author of "The Jungle" and close to one hundred other books Time magazine called him 'a man with every gift except humor and silence'. Upton was born in Baltimore.
Elizabeth Spires Elizabeth Spires is the author of six collections of poetry, most recently The Wave-Maker. She directs the Kratz Center for Creative Writing at Goucher and is a Cullman Fellow this year at the New York Public Library.. She lives in Baltimore with her husband Madison Smartt Bell. They both teach at Baltimore's Goucher College.
Louise Titchener Maryland author - many of whose stories feature Baltimore locations. Her 40+ titles include fiction, science fiction/fantasy and romance novels. Louise live Baltimore. She has also written as 'Alyssa Howard', 'Alexis Hill Jordan', 'Anne Silverlock' and other pen names.
Anne Tyler Born in Minnesota, Anne is the author of several best sellers including "The Accidental Tourist" which was made into a movie in 1988 and "Breathing Lessons" which was made into a TV movie in 1994. She grew up in North Carolina, graduated from Duke, then moved to New York to attend Columbia. Finally she found a place to call home in Baltimore where she still lives. Husband, Taghi Modarressi, passed away a few years ago. Most of her novels feature Baltimore locations.
Matthew Weiner The creator of "Mad Men" and Emmy Award winning writer for "The Sopranos" was born in Baltimore and attended the distinguished Park School in the Pikesville area of Baltimore County.
F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Neither of this famous couple was born in Baltimore but Zelda's only Novel, 'Save Me the Waltz' was written during her first six weeks of treatment for Schizophrenia at the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital in Baltimore. During that time, F. Scott rented the nearby "La Paix" estate to work on his latest book. He had had a famous argument with Zelda accusing her of writing about their own lives when she knew that he planned to do the same thing in his novel, eventually published as 'Tender Is the Night'. He was named after his distant cousin Francis Scott Key.