The Santa Fe Writers Project, Possibilities Publishing, Gargoyle/Paycock Press, and The Daily Dish Restaurant present:

The First Annual Grubb Road Book Festival

Sunday, June 26, 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
The Daily Dish – 8301 Grubb Road – Silver Spring, MD
The first annual Grubb Road Book Festival brings together DC-area publishers and authors for an exciting day of food, fun, and literature. Come enjoy the relaxed setting and outdoor seating at The Daily Dish, meet local authors, and get to know your local presses. We hope to see you there!

Featured Participants

Cathy Alter
Cathy-Alter-Crush-Book-300-211x300Alter’s feature articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in local and national newspapers and magazines including The Washington PostWashingtonianThe AtlanticThe Huffington PostSelfMcSweeney’s, and SMITH Magazine. Her book, Virgin Territory: Stories from the Road to Womanhood was released in 2004 and her memoir, Up for Renewal: What Magazines Taught Me About Love, Sex, and Starting Over was released in July 2008. She holds an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University, where she is currently a faculty member and nonfiction advisor. Find her online at
PJ Devlin
Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00069]Devlin HS StandingDevlin tells stories about relationships. Her characters meet at the intersection of acceptance and rejection and their choices impel them to understand what it means to be human. Whether writing of a witch, a dwarf, an elderly woman, white and black teenagers, or a black indentured servant, Devlin’s characters exist in the Philadelphia of her birth and share her love of the Wissahickon Creek. After a civilian career with the Fairfax County, VA Fire and Rescue Department, Devlin studied with Susan Shreve, Courtney Brkic and Alan Cheuse and received an MFA in Fiction from George Mason University. Her short stories have been published in print and online.
Elizabeth Hazen

9781942892021Hazen is a poet and essayist whose work has appeared in Best American Poetry 2013, Southwest Review, The Threepenny Review, The Normal School, and other journals. She teaches English at Calvert School in Baltimore, Maryland. Chaos Theories is her first book. Find her online at

Tara Laskowski

Bystanders_SMLaskowski grew up in Northeastern Pennsylvania and now navigates traffic in the Washington, D.C. suburbs. She is the author of Modern Manners For Your Inner Demons (Matter Press 2012) and the forthcoming Bystanders (Santa Fe Writers Project 2016). Her fiction has been published in the Norton anthology Flash Fiction International, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Mid-American Review, and numerous other journals, magazines, and anthologies. She was awarded the Kathy Fish Fellowship from SmokeLong Quarterly in 2009, and won the grand prize for the 2010 Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Awards Series. Since 2010, she has been the editor of SmokeLong Quarterly. She and her husband, writer Art Taylor, write the column Long Story Short at the Washington Independent Review of Books. Tara earned a BA in English with a minor in writing from Susquehanna University and an MFA in Creative Writing from George Mason University. Find her online at

Nevin Martell

Freak Show coverMartell (red)Martell has been writing about food and culture for more than a decade and a half for publications such as the Washington Post, NPR’s The Salt blog, Wine Enthusiast,, Runner’s World, Food Republic, Plate, Capitol File, Culture and Washington City Paper.

He is the author of seven books, including The Founding Farmers Cookbook: 100 Recipes for True Food & Drink, the small press smash Looking for Calvin and Hobbes: The Unconventional Story of Bill Watterson and His Revolutionary Comic Strip, the international bestseller Standing Small: A Celebration of 30 Years of the LEGO Minifigure, and the memoir-misadventure Freak Show Without a Tent: Swimming with Piranhas, Getting Stoned in Fiji and Other Family Vacations.

He lives with his wife and son in Washington, DC, where he writes full time. Find him online at

Richard Peabody

41JIIE79bsL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Peabody is an poet, editor, and publisher, based in Washington, D.C. He is perhaps best known as one of the founding editors for Gargoyle Magazine, which he largely funded with his own modest income. He is also editor for the anthology series Mondo and runs a small press called Paycock Press. Paycock Press was originally established in 1976 to publish Gargoyle Magazine, but it also has released a number of anthologies and works by individual authors.

Peabody’s own fiction and poetry is often set in Washington, D.C. and the surrounding region. It is often noted for strong influences from the Beat Generation and experimental authors of the 1960s like Ken Kesey.

During his writing and publishing career, Peabody has taught fiction writing for the University of Maryland, University of Virginia, Johns Hopkins University, and the Writer’s Center. In addition, Peabody has taught creative writing courses and workshops at St. John’s College, Writer’s Center, Georgetown University, and University of Maryland. Learn more about him here.

Quick Info

First Annual Grubb Road Book Festival


Sunday, June 26

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


The Daily Dish Restaurant

8301 Grubb Road

Silver Spring, MD