Painting and Prose by Janet Whittle Freedman


Kent Island: The Land That Once Was Eden

ISBN 0-938420-84-4 Maryland Historical Society Press 2002 This blend of history and memory began as my thesis project in the Master of Liberal Arts program at Johns Hopkins University.

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Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore.

Read Excerpts: Kent Island 

Divine Intervention A Memoir

DivineIn 2007 I was awarded a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in the playwriting category for “The Marlborough” a screenplay which loosely chronicled my adventures in 1960’s Baltimore & friendship with future John Waters’ star Divine.

I have now written “Divine Intervention” a memoir that is more of a deep dive into that story, speaking of my childhood in East Baltimore, my break with my parents and subsequent move downtown. There I met a group of eccentric and extraordinary friends including Glenn Milstead (the soon-to-be-famous Divine), designer Van Smith, director John Waters and a host of actors and students who provided fun and adventure as well as support for my freedom and growth. I’ve included two excerpts from that manuscript — the first from my childhood experience, the second about my move to the once-grand Marlborough and subsequent meeting with Divine.

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