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Last Year for Baker.pdf

"Last Year" is a story is about the year that Anthony left the military, and it is framed within a reflection on President Obama signing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal into law. The piece is included in a print anthology of veterans' stories, Incoming: Veteran Writers On Coming Home, and it was recorded and aired for a related radio project for KPBS San Diego, Incoming Radio. (See Project Below)
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Go to the Ant SAMPLE Baker.pdf

These poems appear in the 2016 poetry chapbook Go to the Ant, O Sluggard. The entire collection is written in "fibs," a contemporary poetic form that uses the Fibonacci sequence to determine the length of each line with the form (generally lines that progress through 1,1,2,3,5, and 8 syllables). Using this form, Anthony writes about the modern workplace, and the conflict that exists between the life-self and the work-self. Collectively, the poems meditate on labor, capitalism, gender, desire and disaster.
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WIDE STANCE Orlando for Baker.pdf

Wide Stance is an opinion and commentary column for Baltimore City Paper that examines LGBTQ+ life, culture, and politics in queer Baltimore and beyond. This sample is Anthony's reflections and a call-to-action following the June 2016 mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.
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My Side of the Fence Baker.pdf

"My Side of the Fence" is a story about the punk scene in Seoul, Korea. The scene and its people push Anthony toward examining his role in the army when he finds his friends on the opposite side of a police line at an anti-imperialist protest at his military base. The work appears in the anthology Plorkology, a hand-bound collection of stories and poems from graduate students and alumni in the Master of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts at University of Baltimore. The work is included in Anthony's nearly completed manuscript, a memoir-in-essays about his time in the military.
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Go to the Ant, O Sluggard

Go to the Ant, O Sluggard is a collection of poems about the modern workplace written in "fibs," a contemporary poetic form that uses the Fibonacci sequence to determine the length of each line with the poem.

The Fibonacci sequence is a series of integers that grows by adding each number to the number that appears prior to it (i.e. 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, …). An expression of the Golden Ration, the sequence appears in many manifestations in nature, such as in the fractals of a Romanesco broccoli and the arrangement of a pinecone. However, the sequence, like poetry and mathematics, is not so much a thing itself as it is an attempt to describe reality, a means by which to measure, to reckon. The sequence, along with the Classical aesthetic that arose from its usage, have long been celebrated in visual art, architecture, and even musical composition; the Fib is literature’s attempt to do so the same. Uncovered and named in 2006 by Gregory Pincus, the Fib is a fixed poetic form in which each line of the poem corresponds syllabicly to a number in the sequence. Though Pincus named his form in a writing prompt that year, the tradition of the sequence in poetry dates back centuries. Given this context, I think of the Fib as quintessentially American: not only does because this iteration of the form originates here in the US, but because, like so much of our culture, it steals and builds upon the labor of earlier traditions in order to exist.

Go to the Ant, O Sluggard is an exploration of the Fib, and it is a meditation on the way Westerners think about work in a capitalist culture, particularly how labor in this culture flattens the things that actually matter in life. Romance, desire, history, and self all take a backseat to earning and efficiency in a capital-driven society that answers the question of “what do you do?” with occupation. The collection looks at that conflict that exists in so many of us: the relationship between the work-self and the life-self.

Chapbook
Printed and hand-bound in 2016 by Akinoga Press.

Incoming

Two stories of Anthony's, "Last Year" and "MK 19," were included in Incoming a veterans storytelling project from So Say We All. "Last Year" was included in print anthology of veterans' work, Incoming: Veteran Writers on Returning Home. Both stories were recorded and aired by KPBS as a part of Incoming Radio, a long with an interview between the editor and Anthony.

From KPBS and the creators:

Incoming is a collaboration between So Say We All, a literary and performing arts nonprofit, and KPBS. The project's goal is to provide a platform for true stories of the men and women of America’s military, told in their own words, about their experiences leaving war and transitioning back to civilian life.

Thanks to the KPBS Explore Project, the Incoming team was able to record contributors performing their stories along with interviews, provide scoring by Chris Warren and his coterie of talented San Diego-based musicians, and present them on-air and online. The project's aim is to provide an oral history archive of the experiences of pre and post-9/11 veterans’ journey home. Incoming creators have endeavored to do so under the full knowledge that American veterans who served in the Forever Wars have died as a result of suicide than combat, on a markedly disproportionate scale.

That is why the creators dedicate this project to those who never came home.

  • Incoming Radio

    "Last Year" and "MK 19" read by Anthony for KPBS, along with a brief interview of the writer
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    Cover Art for Incoming
    Cover: Incoming: Veteran Writers on Returning Home
  • Last Year for Baker.pdf

    The most recent revision of "Last Year," a story included in the recording and the Anthology. The work is about Anthony's first year out of the military, and it is set within the frame of reflecting on President Obama signing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal into law.
    PDF icon Last Year for Baker.pdf

Wide Stance

Wide Stance is Anthony's column for City Paper, Baltimore's alt-weekly newspaper. The column examines LGBTQ+ life, culture, and politics in queer Baltimore and beyond.

The following are links to all of the current stories from the column, hosted on City Paper's website.

Mount Vernon keeps changing, but can it remain the gayborhood?
Do not let your anger over the Orlando massacre go to waste
James Franco is Not a Queer Poet
Can transgender war hero Kristin Beck unseat House institution Steny Hoyer?
What's next for LGBTQ Marylanders?
The Hippo is closing, but in a city like Baltimore, what's the point of a gay bar?

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    Image of people marching in a parade. They are holding a sign that reads "Marylanders for Marriage Equality."
    Image included in "What's Next" story, taken by me at Baltimore Pride 2014
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    Image of Kristen Beck in a black sports coat, talking while gesturing with her hand
    Image of Kristen Beck from my interview with her. Photo taken by Brittany Slay.

Literary Roulette

Literary Roulette is a reading series organized and hosted by Anthony Moll (along with co-host Michelle Dwyer) The event has featured writers reading their own original work along with a selection chosen at random from the "wheel of words." Between featured readers, audience members are drawn at random to spin the wheel and read the resulting selection.

Selections include work from the featured readers, submissions from the audience, selections from the Western literary canon, and unfortunate wildcards (Yelp reviews, lyrics to broadly despised songs, etc.)

Featured readers have included:
Sharea Harris, Dictionary
Cija Harris, Sonic Memories
Andrew Sargus Klein, Breezewood
Dave K., MY NAME IS HATE
Justin Sanders, for all the other ghosts
Lucia A. Treasure, Performance Artist

The concept came as Anthony, Michelle and early collaborator Michael B. Tager looked for a way to continue drawing literary events out universities, libraries and cafes around the city, and into a more boisterous environment. They were inspired by a tradition of such reading series in Baltimore, including WORMS, Artichoke Haircut and Hey You, Come Back! The three also wanted a new format for the reading, something that didn't duplicate anything they had seen before. Here they found inspiration from a karaoke-bar game in which singers took the mic without any prior knowledge of what they were about to sing. The result is a raucous night that one might expect to be ill-suited for listening to literature being read, but that delivers laughs alongside sincere reflection on poems and short prose pieces. The night brings people to a bar to listen to poetry, prose and song who otherwise might not be so inclined. It is immersive, unexpected and participatory.

The next installment is due in March 2017.

Out of Step

Out of Step is the working title for a yet unpublished manuscript for a memoir-in-essays about a working-class bisexual boy running off to join the army during two wars and the era of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” It’s a queer coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of hypermasculinity and secrecy. It isn’t a flag-waiving memoir, or a classic war novel -- it’s the stories of someone figuring out who he is as he figures out where he fits.

Included here are the essays that have been shared in anthologies and literary journals, as well as one unpublished piece, "Marks." The published pieces appeared as follows:

  • An earlier version of “Pageant” appeared in the 2015 issue of Welter
  • An earlier version of “My Side of the Fence” appeared in the anthology Plorkology
  • An earlier version of “Last Year” appeared in the anthology Incoming and was recorded for KPBS San Diego.
  • "MK 19" was recorded for KPBS San Deigo
  • Last Year for Baker.pdf

    "Last Year" is a story is about the year that Anthony left the military, and it is framed within a reflection on President Obama signing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal into law. The piece is included in a print anthology of veterans' stories, Incoming: Veteran Writers On Coming Home, and it was recorded and aired for a related radio project for KPBS San Diego, Incoming Radio.
    PDF icon Last Year for Baker.pdf
  • My Side of the Fence Baker.pdf

    "My Side of the Fence" is a story about the punk scene in Seoul, Korea. The scene and its people push Anthony toward examining his role in the army when he finds his friends on the opposite side of a police line at an anti-imperialist protest at his military base. The work appears in the anthology Plorkology, a hand-bound collection of stories and poems from graduate students and alumni in the Master of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts at University of Baltimore.
    PDF icon My Side of the Fence Baker.pdf
  • MK19

    "MK 19" is a refleciton on a photo from Anthony's first year in the military. The story contrasts nostaligia with the violence of sending young people to be warriors. The piece was recorded and aired for the Incoming Radio project for KPBS San Diego.
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  • Pageant for Baker.pdf

    "Pageant" is about Anthony's time in the military's pagentry contest, the NCO/Soldier of the Year competiton. An earlier version of the work originally appeared in the 2015 volume of Welter literary journal.
    PDF icon Pageant for Baker.pdf
  • Marks for Baker.pdf

    "Marks" is previously unpublished, and it discusses the marks, psychical and otherwise, that the military left on the author.
    PDF icon Marks for Baker.pdf

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Anthony Moll is a Baltimore-based poet, essayist and educator. He is a military veteran who served eight years in the U.S. Army, a fact that makes its way into much of his work. Anthony reviews books and writes about Queer life for Baltimore City Paper. His creative work has appeared in Gertrude Journal,... more

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