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Carla Du Pree
Executive Director
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Carla Du Pree is a fiction writer, literary consultant, state arts ambassador, and speaker. Her short stories and excerpts from her work-in-progress, Where the Spirit Meets the Bone, have appeared in Callaloo (twice), Potomac Review, a Special Fiction and Poetry edition of City Paper, and anthologies The Spirit of Pregnancy and Street Lights: Illuminating Tales of the Urban Black Experience.

In 2012 she was appointed to the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), served as the Vice Chair, and the Chair of the Diversity Outreach Committee, and completes a six-year stint as a councilor in 2017. She’s currently on the One Maryland One Book Selection Committee, and has served as a county and state judge for the flourishing Poetry Out Loud, NEA’s national poetry recitation competition (in 2016, CityLit Project partnered with MSAC to manage POL).

Carla helped produce Raising Our Voices: Womyn Out Loud, a reading devoted to diverse voices. Her speaking engagements include "Throw Back Your Head & Sing," a tribute to Maya Angelou, "Sheer Good Fortune," a tribute to Toni Morrison, and "73 Years and 73 Poems: Celebrating the Life of Lucille Clifton" (all with the Furious Flower Poetry Center). She spoke before the National Association of State Arts Agencies about the benefits and necessity of diversity and inclusivity, and worked as a parent liaison for the Howard County public schools.

Carla holds a Masters in Creative Writing from The Johns Hopkins University, where she was also an adjunct professor and independent thesis advisor for graduate writing seminars in Fiction.

For her work in progress, Carla is the recipient of a 2016 Rubys Artist Project Grant in the literary arts, and won a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Fiction in 2007. As Founding Fiction Editor of Shooting Star Review, she edited the most sought after issue in the fourteen-year history of the literary magazine. She is the former executive director of HoCoPoLitSo, Howard County Poetry & Literature Society, and producer of "The Writing Life."


Gregg Wilhelm
Founder Emeritus and Publisher
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Gregg Wilhelm's publishing career included roles as an acquisitions assistant, editor, marketer, production manager, and designer.  Some of the presses he has worked for include Johns Hopkins University Press, Tidewater Publishers, Loyola University's Apprentice House, and Woodholme House Publishers, which he co-founded in 1996.  He has published more than 150 books in diverse genres, such as memoir, fiction, drama, photography, and history.  In 2004, he founded the nonprofit literary arts organization CityLit Project and in 2010 launched the organization's CityLit Press imprint. 

In 2014, Gregg graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Tampa. Since then, he has attended the Sewanee Writers' Conference, DISQUIET: International Literary Seminars in Lisbon, and the first-ever US publishers delegation to Cuba, organized by Publishers Weekly. He recently won a Rubys Artist Project Grant (Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance) and an Individual Artist Award (Maryland State Arts Council) for his fiction.

Gregg was highlighted in Urbanite's "What's Next?" feature (2006), selected as one of "40 Under 40" city leaders by Baltimore Business Journal (2006), and named an art world MVP by Baltimore magazine (2009).  A frequent speaker at conferences and workshops, Gregg also teaches writing and publishing courses at various universities.

As part of a planned succession process, Gregg became CityLit's founder emeritus in July 2016.


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