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First Day Poetry Coordinator, and "Write Here, Write Now" founder, Chris Stewart got the five-hour event underway by introducing all the participating organizations. More than 100 people turned out for the marathon reading and literary community gathering.

Raven Ekundayo is a poet, editor, and founder and CEO of Ravolution Multimedia. In September 2008, Raven opened the doors to "Storytellers," which takes place every third Sunday of the month at the Eubie Blake Center. Storytellers promotes the importance of reading and sharing your art and it has featured artists from all over the country.

Ben Shaberman is an essayist and commentator with articles in a number of national publications, including Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, National Public Radio, Baltimore Sun, Des Moines Register, VegNews, and Vegetarian Times. His book of collected essays, The Vegan Monologues, was released in April 2009.

Latraia Price, who performs as Lady Tray, is a senior at Mervo. Her creative voice found an outlet at CityLit's own CityLit Teens, and suddenly over the last year she has been performing at various spoken word venues. A prolific writer, Lady Tray is hard at work on her first collection of poetry.

Poet, freelancer, and musician, Jason Tinney co-founded Celtic rock band the Donegal X-Press in 1997. His first book Louise Paris and Other Waltzes (poetry/prose) was published in 2002 and Bluebird (short stories and poems) was published in 2003. Jason’s writing has appeared in magazines such as Maryland Life, Style, Urbanite, and Baltimore Magazine.

Nicole Swett uses the moniker luminoUS because she believes that since we have received light, we should give light. She has been featured at various venues in the Baltimore area. In September 2009, luminoUS published her first poetry collection, Wine Glass Confessions: The Collection.

CityLit Project's First Day Poetry Performers: LaTraia Price, Jason Tinney, J. Pope, luminoUS, CityLit executive director Gregg Wilhelm, Ben Shaberman.
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