Eden
Bowditch

Position
Instructor
Department
Department of Rhetoric and Composition

Profile

Brief Biography

Eden has been a journalist, as well as a welder, author and editor. She has written stories, songs, shopping lists, plays, poems and books. The third book in her Young Inventors Guild trilogy, titled The Strange Round Bird, won the 2017 NIEA award for juvenile fiction.

EDUCATION

The American University in Cairo

M.A. in English and Comparative Literature

Thesis: Ambiguity in Literature: Recovering the Life of Reading

University of California, Berkeley

B.A. in Rhetoric

PUBLICATIONS

Books

  • Fun Things to Do with Dead Animals, co-author with Salima Ikram, (AUC Press, October, 2017)
  • The Young Inventors Guild, Book Three: The Strange Round Bird… (Bancroft Press, May 2017)
  • The Young Inventors Guild, Book Two: The Ravens of Solemano…

(Bancroft Press, September 2013)

  • The Young Inventors Guild, Book One: The Atomic Weight of Secrets

(Bancroft Press, March 2011)

  • Druid Hill Park: The Historic Heart of Baltimore

(Commissioned and published by The Maryland Historic Trust and The Department of Recreation and Parks of Baltimore City. History Press, 2008)

  • Baltimore’s Historic Parks and Gardens

(Arcadia Books, 2005. All profits go to the Cylburn Arboretum Association.)

  • The Daughter-in-Law’s Survival Guide

(New Harbinger Books, 2002. Published in Portuguese in 2005 and in Polish in 2007.)

  • Growing Up in Baltimore: A Photographic History

(Arcadia Books, 2001. Awarded ‘best non-fiction’ March, 2002, Baltimore Sun.)

Other Publications

  • Co-writer, screenplay for The Young Inventors Guild, Book Two: The Ravens of Solemano… (2014)
  • Co-writer, screenplay for The Young Inventors Guild, Book One: The Atomic Weight of Secrets… (2013)
  • 2000/2002: Short stories published in Urbanite Magazine

Awards

  • NIEA award for best in juvenile fiction for The Strange Round Bird, 2017
  • The Madeline Lamont Award, second place for ‘Snow’, short story, 2012
  • The Sustainable Arts Foundation Award for The Young Inventors Guild, Book One: The Atomic Weight of Secrets, 2011

Other Writing

  • The Arabian Musketeers (Stage play, Maadi Community Theatre, 2018)
  • A Story of Robin Hood (Stage play, Maadi Community Theatre, 2016)
  • The Captain’s Answer (Short film; London, England. 1994)
  • Breath Against the Glass (Short film; London, England. 1993)
  • Bus to the Big City, (Stage play; Paris, France. 1993)

WORK HISTORY

2013-present: Lecturer, presenter, instructor, writing workshop leader, invited author, and discussion group facilitator. (Baltimore, MD)

2011: ‘Cultural Diplomat’- Toured Jordan with music group The Fuuls as guests of US Embassy.

2009: Cultural ‘Diplomat’- Toured the West Bank with music group The Fuuls as guests of US Consulate in East Jerusalem. Performed and work-shopped with Palestinian students and music teachers in the West Bank.

2008-2009: Private tutor in writing for homeschool students (Cairo, Egypt)

2005-2006: Grant writer, Parks & People Association, Baltimore ($150,000 grant-writing project).

2001-2006: Board of Directors member, Cylburn Arboretum Association, Baltimore, MD.  Elected Vice-President, Board of Directors (2002).

2000-2006: Volunteer writing teacher, Roland Park Elementary/Middle School, (Baltimore, MD).

1998-1999: Consultant to WJHU (now WYPR) radio. (Baltimore, MD).

1997-present: Freelance writing and editing for Baltimore Magazine, The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore City Paper, Maryland Family Magazine, The Maadi Messenger.

1997-2003: Editor, The Urbanite Magazine (Baltimore, MD)

1993-1997: Recording artist & songwriter, A&M records.

1992-1993: Commissioned writer of short film scripts for Mountview Television Workshop, London. (Director, Richard Martin of BBC’s ‘Dr.Who’.)

1986-1990- Recording artist, Arista Records (while a college student!).