Paid a brief visit to Baltimore and Fell’s Point in particular this week, trying to get a feel for what would have been lost had I-83 gone through Baltimore neighborhoods like Fell’s Point. To say it would have been a loss is to minimize the impact. Here are brick and stucco townhouses on cobblestone streets, public markets, waterfront bars and restaurants and commercial bakeries all within a few blocks of one another. The air smells of cinnamon and yeast, sea salt and beer.

New Writing Project

I’m happy to announce that I and my writing partner, Albert Davenport, have a new non-fiction writing project. Tentatively titled Saving Fell’s Point: How an Englishwoman, a Jazz Musician and a Senator Saved an American Treasure from the Wrecking Ball, the book will tell the story of a battle over an interstate highway extension that would have altered the history of the city of Baltimore forever. Here are real-life characters, an eccentric band of strangers brought together by happenstance, who take on ‘progress’ to save a uniquely American waterfront community where the ‘Three B’s” –  Boarding Houses, Bars and Brothels – once ruled. The fourth B – Bertha’s Mussels, the iconic Fell’s Point eatery, was the epicenter of the fight.

Stay tuned for updates as we prepare a book proposal. I will post updates and excerpts here as time and progress allows.


Anniken Davenport writes from SavaIMG_1241nnah, Georgia and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. A freelance journalist specializing in legal topics, she has a knack for turning dense legal materials into readable prose. She holds a dual concentration fiction and nonfiction MA in writing from Johns Hopkins and a JD from Penn State.

IMG_3305_2She has written for numerous publishers and publications, producing weekly and monthly newsletters, manuals and books. She teaches business law online to undergraduates and is the author of a popular paralegal textbook on criminal law. Davenport also conducts frequent webinars on human resource topics.

For a short time, she occupied Flannery O’Connor’s Savannah basement – until asthma forced her out. Born in Oslo post-war, she was raised on stories of the Nazi occupation and remains fascinated by Edvard Munch paintings.

Her short story, Bless the Sniperwas nominated for a 2017 Pushcart Prize. It was written from the vantage point of Flannery O’Connor’s basement, looking out onto Lafayette Square.