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CityLit Stage at BBF 2011
Pictures from the weekend activities on the CityLit Stage at the sixteenth annual Baltimore Book Festival.

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CityLit Stage at Baltimore Book Festival 2010
A small sampling of scenes from CityLit Stage at Baltimore Book Festival in 2010.

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Afternoons with Authors
The first "Afternoons with Authors" program was attended by sixty people on a rainy Saturday afternoon in March, 2010.  Held at the Pratt Library's Pennsylvania Avenue branch, the program featured seven writers and was hosted by Dr. Walter A. Gill

Participants included:

Michael Anderson
Jerome Benton
Harold Fisher
Veronica A. Odum (Writing as omblivnju1027)
Jimmy Boyd (Writing as Ombonia Waits)
Clifton "Hines" Early
Louis Diggs

This idea emerged from CityLit Festival's bustling Literary Marketplace, where authors can exhibit their books for free, but do not have an opportunity to really take the stage and share their work with an audience.  "Afternoons with Authors" drills down into the community to further showcase its authors for the community's readers.  Pratt Library and CityLit Project hope to host one "Afternoons with Authors" every three months, rotating among branches is the city's northwest, northeast, southeast, and southwest neighborhoods.

If you are a published book author who wants to be considered for a future "Afternoons with Authors" program, please contact Eunice Anderson, Assistant Chief of Neighborhood Library Services, at 443-984-1955 or

(Pictures 2, 6, 7, 8, and 9 courtesy of Harold Fisher)

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First Day Poetry at Creative Alliance
The new year started off right with Baltimore’s poetry and music/performance scene.  "Write Here, Write Now" founder Christine Stewart, Gregg Wilhelm of CityLit Project, Stephen Reichert and Clare Banks of Smartish Pace, Julie Fisher of Poetry in Baltimore, Justin Sirois of Narrow House Press, and poet/performer Linda Joy Burke set the January 1 lineup at Creative Alliance.  AdLib, Lauren Bender, Barbara DeCesare, Adam Robinson, Joe Young,J. Pope, Ben Shaberman, Jason Tinney, Chris Toll, Marvin Dobson, Rupert Wondolowski, Kate Wyer, Sticky Mulligan, and many more performed.

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Serving Writers Around Maryland
Through the "Write Here, Write Now" workshops, public events, and speaking at conferences, CityLit Project nurtures the artistic output and professional development of writers. 

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CityLit at Work
CityLit Project's success is in part due to a tremendous board of directors who oversee the organization's governance and policies, volunteer at programs, and generate creative ideas from partnerships to events.

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CityLit Stage at Baltimore Book Festival 2009
CityLit Project's other free public event occurs at the Baltimore Book Festival each September.  Here are highlights from September 25, 26, and 27, 2009.

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CityLit Festival at Pratt Library
CityLit Festival is CityLit Project's signature event. Presented with Enoch Pratt Free Library and held at the historic Central Library, the annual celebration of literary arts features critically acclaimed authors and poets, panels and readings, and new emerging voices.

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