‘Wire’ writer speaks with AACC students

Sarah Alonso , Photographer

A Baltimore author, and writer on hit TV series “The Wire,” read one of his short stories and answered audience questions at AACC on Nov. 9.

Rafael Alvarez, film and television writer and producer, and author of nine books, said his Catholic upbringing influenced his works and lifestyle.

“Being a good person is more important than being a good writer,” Alvarez said. “I’ve learned that this is my life calling… I am a storyteller… This is what makes me happiest.”

Second- year business administration major Marjorie Rose Butler said; “I thought he was a really good writer. His writing style is so unique.”

Alvarez read a short story from his book “Tales from the Holy Land” about a 15-year-old Baltimore virgin carrying a child much like the virgin Mary in the story of the immaculate conception.

Alvarez said the piece was a 21st century rewrite of the Bible story.

Second year business transfer student Matt Hammond said, “The story was fun to listen to, and [I like how] he was invested in the area we live in, you can tell he cares.”

Alvarez’s books include a behind the scenes look at The Wire, and several short story anthologies about life in Baltimore.