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Make a #GivingTuesdayNow Donation to CityLit
Today is the important day!   May 5th has been designated as   #GivingTuesdayNow , a Global Day of giving in response to the unparalleled needs caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and we need your help.   During these challenging times,  ...

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Writers and Readers, We Are Thinking About You!
For those of you who are not on our mailing list, or if you missed our email last month, here is encouragement along with a list of resources to help with the COVID-19 crisis. (Scroll to the bottom of this page to access our PDF of resources.) Dear  ...

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A Message from CityLit's Executive Director
Dear Friend of CityLit , Yesterday our Board and Leadership Council concluded it was time to officially announce the postponement of our annual CityLit Festival , scheduled for March 21, 2020, until further notice, due to the coronavirus pandemic. This came with angst and...

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2020 City Lit Festival Cancelled, To Be Rescheduled!
Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) threat and the cancellation of all Pratt Library public events, we regret to inform you that we have decided to postpone this year's CityLit Festival scheduled for Saturday, March 21st. We do this out of concern and caution for the health and safety of our...

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CityLit Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
As we prepare for the upcoming  CityLit Festival on Saturday, March 21st , CityLit Project and the Enoch Pratt Free Library are diligently tracking the news and updated information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Maryland. While staying vigilant in bringing you our...

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Nikky Finney Will Be Keynote Speaker at 2020 CityLit Festival on March 21st
UPDATE! The 2020 CityLit Festival Has Been Postponed Due to the Coronavirus Outbreak. More Details to Come When Available. CityLit welcomes National Book Award winner Nikky Finney as the keynote speaker at the 17th Annual CityLit Festival on Saturday, March 21,...

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Registration Opens for Literary Marketplace at 2020 CityLit Festival
CityLit Project is now accepting  Literary Marketplace  registrations in preparation for the award-winning CityLit Festival , on Saturday, March 21, 2020 . This year the festival returns to the Enoch Pratt Free Library , and registration is FREE. ...

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Susan Straight to Present Master Class at 17th Annual CityLit Festival
UPDATE! The 2020 CityLit Festival Has Been Postponed Due to the Coronavirus Outbreak. More Details to Come When Available. Susan Straight , author of In the Country of Women and many other books, will present a 90-minute Master Class at the 17th Annual CityLit Festival...

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Editors to Offer One-on-One Critique Sessions at 2020 CityLit Festival
UPDATE! The 2020 CityLit Festival Has Been Postponed Due to the Coronavirus Outbreak. More Details to Come When Available. Do you have an essay, memoir, screenplay, story, or poetry sitting in a drawer or deep in your hard drive that shows promise? ...

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Baltimore Youth Poet Laureate Open Call
CityLit Project joins DewMore in support of amplifying young voices. Baltimore Youth Poet Laureate (YPL) open call is now live! Apply now to be a part of the YPL program to represent your city and make a change in your community today! Application Guidelines: Applicants must not be older...

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17th Annual CityLit Festival - March 21, 2020
UPDATE! The 2020 CityLit Festival Has Been Postponed Due to the Coronavirus Outbreak. More Details to Come When Available. The 17th Annual CityLit Festival , Baltimore’s award-winning, day-long festival of literature takes place on Saturday, March 21, 2020 ....

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Support CityLit's $15k for 15 Years Campaign
We are seeking donations to our $15K for 15 Years Campaign , celebrating our 15th anniversary of serving the region with prominent authors, innovative programming and a place for writers to read, learn, and grow, and for readers to discover the power of story from authors who may not be on...

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An Afternoon of Poetry: 2019 Readings by Cave Canem Poets
CityLit Project joins the Enoch Pratt Free Library for the 2019 Cave Canem poetry reading featuring Kyle Dargan and local Cave Canem fellows, hosted by Reginald Harris from Poets House , New York City. The event takes place on Sunday, December 1, 2019, 2 to 4 pm at the...

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Come to the CityLit Stage at the 2019 Baltimore Book Festival
Once again, CityLit Project will present the CityLit Stage at the Baltimore Book Festival , taking place November 1, 2 and 3, 2019 at Baltimore's Inner Harbor. This year the CityLit Stage will have a prominent location, at the Chesapeake Room of the Pier 5 Hotel , 711 Eastern Avenue ....

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FREE Workshop: CityLit Studio IV on October 19th
CityLit Project presents Studio IV: Writers on Craft, Creativity & Community with David Yezzi & Carmen Giménez Smith Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 1:00 - 3:00 pm , at The Motor House (The Showroom), 120 W North Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201 DAVID...

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Join Us at The Pratt for a Conversation with Author Saeed Jones
Award-winning author Saeed Jones will be in conversation with Clint Smith as part of the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Writers LIVE! Series. This FREE event is presented in partnership with CityLit Project. Haunted and haunting, How We Fight for Our Lives : tells the story of a young,...

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Carole Evitts, Former Board Member, Left a Lasting Impression on CityLit
Former CityLit Project board member Carole Allen Evitts passed away on May 20, 2019. The native Baltimorean with extensive arts administration and arts policy experience was 76. She joined CityLit's board in 2006, just two years after its founding, at a time of growth and maturation for the...

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Tommy Orange in Conversation with Danielle Evans
CityLit Project is proud to join the Enoch Pratt Free Library in presenting There There author Tommy Orange in conversation with Danielle Evan s, author of Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self . The event takes place Tuesday, May 14, 2018 , 7 pm, at the Church of the...

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Kia Corthron to Hold Master Class at 2019 CityLit Festival
Photo by Bruce E. Rogers, Hermitage Artist Retreat “Diving into Stage writing: Dialogue and Drama” with novelist/playwright Kia Corthron (90-minutes) Many prose writers (and some playwrights) feel confident in their narrative skills but intimidated by the use of...

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Editors to Offer One-on-One Critique Sessions at 2019 CityLit Festival
Do you have an essay, memoir, screenplay, story, or poetry sitting in a drawer or deep in your hard drive that shows promise? Back, by popular demand, the 2019 CityLit Festival is offering One-on-One, 30-minute Critique Sessions , from 10 am to 12 Noon. The fee is only $10. Here are this...

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Program Announced for 16th Annual CityLit Festival on April 27th
CityLit Project is proud to present the 16th annual CityLit Festival , Baltimore’s award-winning, day-long festival of literature. The event takes place on Saturday, April 27, 2019 , from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, at the University of Baltimore’s William H. Thumel, Sr. Business Center...

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Registration Opens for the Literary Marketplace at the 2019 CityLit Festival
CityLit Project is now accepting Literary Marketplace registrations In preparation for the award-winning CityLit Festival, to be held again this year  at the University of Baltimore's William H. Thumel Sr. Business Center, in partnership with University of Baltimore's Klein Family...

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CityLit and Pratt Library Welcome celeste doaks, Lady Brion, and DaMaris Hill for Women's History Month Reading on March 14th
Join CityLit Project and the Enoch Pratt Free Library to celebrate Women's History Month as celeste doaks , Lady Brion , and DaMaris Hill read selections and talk about their work. This free event takes place on Thursday, March 14, 2019, 6:30 pm at the Pratt’s Central...

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CityLit and Pratt Library Welcome Author Ayesha Harruna Attah on February 12th
Join CityLit Project and the Enoch Pratt Free Library as we welcome Ayesha Harruna Attah , author of The Hundred Wells of Salaga , Tueday, February 12, 2019 , 6:30 pm , at the Maryland State Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped (LBPH), 415 Park Ave, Baltimore, MD . ...

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Author Khadijah Queen Highlights Dec. 2nd Cave Canem Event
Join us for the Annual Cave Canem Poetry Reading   on   Sunday, December 2, 2018, featuring author Khadijah Queen   and local Cave Canem fellows Saida Agostini , Alan King, Jadi Omowale , Cherese Pollard , and Cedric Tillman . The reading will take place...

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Well-Read Black Girl Glory Edim at CityLit on Nov 15th
CityLit Project proudly presents Well-Read Black Girl 's Glory Edim in Conversation with Baltimore's Andria Nacina Cole , Jess Solomon and Elissa Blount Moorhead : Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves , on Thursday, November 15, 2018 , as part of Lit Thursdays at the Motor...

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Free CityLit Studio III Scheduled for October 25th
CityLit Project presents   CityLit Studio III: Writers on Craft, Creativity & Community   on Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.   Short story author   Danielle Evans   and novelist   Eugenia Kim   will be our special guests and...

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CityLit Press Chapbook Contest Roars Back to Life... Deadline is Now Dec. 31st
DEADLINE EXTENDED to December 31st! CITYLIT PROJECT announces the 2019 Harriss Poetry Prize (chapbook) competition. The prize is named in honor of Clarinda Harriss, eminent Maryland poet, publisher, and long-time professor of English at Towson University. (NOTE: Scroll...

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Join Us for an Evening with Walter Mosley
CityLit joins the Enoch Pratt Free Library to present Walter Mosley in conversation with   Paul Coates , founder of Black Classic Press. This takes place Thursday, October 4th, 6:30 pm at the Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21210. ...

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CityLit Prepares for 2018 Baltimore Book Festival
This year’s   CityLit Stage at the Baltimore Book Festival pays homage to women writers in light of the 2017 VIDA Count which takes measure of the number of women getting published. A special nod to Asian Beach Reads, She Would Be King debut author  ...

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Swing with Us as We Honor Kwame Alexander on September 13th
CityLit welcomes you to a very special event, as we honor poet, educator and New York Times bestselling children's author  Kwame Alexander  with our  Chic Dambach Award for Service to the Literary Arts . The evening will feature lite fare, cash bar (first drink free!), jazz and entertainment,...

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An Evening with Poets Gregory Pardlo and Kevin Young
CityLit Project is proud to partner with the Enoch Pratt Free Library to present a special National Poetry Month Writers LIVE! Event at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, 2017, with poets Gregory Pardlo and Kevin Young . The event takes place at the Maryland Institute College of Art’s Brown...

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CityLit's 15th Annual CityLit Festival
CityLit Project is proud to present CityLit Festival XV , Baltimore’s fifteenth annual award-winning, day-long festival of literature. The event takes place on Saturday, April 14, 2018 , from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, at the University of Baltimore’s William H. Thumel, Sr. Business Center, in...

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Poet Yrsa Daley-Ward to Hold Master Class at 2018 CityLit Festival
Celebrated poet Yrsa Daley-Ward will hold a 90-minute class for $10 during the 15th Annual CityLit Festival on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the University of Baltimore's William H. Thumel Sr. Business Center at 11 W. Mt. Royal Avenue from 2:00 – 3:30pm. The daylong festival, to take...

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Editors to Offer One-On-One Critique Sessions at 2018 CityLit Festival
Do you have an essay, memoir, screenplay, story, or poetry sitting in a drawer or deep in your hard drive that shows promise? Back, by popular demand, the 2018 CityLit Festival will offer One-on-One, 30-minute Critique Sessions , from 10 am to 12 Noon. The fee is only $10. Here are this...

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Literary Marketplace Registration Open for CityLit Festival April 14, 2018
The fifteenth annual CityLit Festival will be held at the University of Baltimore's William H. Thumel Sr. Business Center this year, in partnership with University of Baltimore's Klein Family School of Communications. CITYLIT FESTIVAL XV Saturday, April 14, 2018 9:30am-5:30pm University of...

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Be Our Valentine: An Evening with Tayari Jones
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 Enoch Pratt Central Library African American Department 400 Cathedral Street Baltimore, MD 21201 6:30 pm Join CityLit Project as we partner with the Enoch Pratt Free Library for a Valentine's Day evening with novelist Tayari Jones who will read...

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THANK YOU For a Terrific, Lit-Filled 2017!
CityLit Project has much to celebrate as we close in on the final days of 2017, continuing our reputation of presenting high-quality literary arts programming for audiences throughout Baltimore and beyond. This year’s highlights include MacArthur “genius” Chimamanda Ngozi...

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Free Fall Baltimore 2017: CityLit Studio II Scheduled for October 26th
CityLit Project will present CityLit Studio II: Writers on Craft, Creativity & Community on Thursday, October 26, 2017, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, at Nancy by SNAC Cafe, 131 W. North Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how writers craft great stories, at CityLit Project's...

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CityLit Co-Sponsors September 28th Appearance by James McBride
CityLit Project is pleased to join the Enoch Pratt Free Library in presenting James McBride on Thursday, September 28, 2017, 7 pm, at The Church of the Redeemer, 5603 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21210. The event is the latest in the Pratt's series of Writers LIVE programs. ...

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CityLit Stage Partners with JHU to Present Novelist Cynthia Bond
CityLit Project  is partnering with the Johns Hopkins University Masters of Arts in Writing Program  to feature novelist Cynthia Bond , in conversation with Joyell Arvella on Saturday, September 23, from 5 to 6:30 pm , as part of the 2017 Baltimore Book Festival at the Inner Harbor. ...

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CityLit Stage at the 2017 Baltimore Book Festival
CityLit Project is excited to once again host the CityLit Stage at the annual Baltimore Book Festival , taking place September 22-24, 2017 at the Inner Harbor. This year's schedule features novelist Cynthia Bond , presented in partnership with Johns Hopkins University . Bond's...

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CityLit Press Announces Publication of Rafael Alvarez's New Fiction Collection
CityLit Press is pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of Rafael Alvarez's new fiction collection, Basilio Boullosa Stars in the Fountain of Highlandtown. Join us for a special launch event at the Creative Alliance on Monday, September 18, at 7pm. The program will feature...

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CityLit Festival Named Best of Baltimore 2017
The editors of Baltimore magazine named the annual CityLit Festival as the "Best Event to Nurture Your Inner Writer" in their August 2017 ”Best of Baltimore” issue. "Workshops, panels, and this year, a chance to hear from legendary Johns Hopkins alum Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie — in our...

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A Full Day of Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction Scheduled for Saturday, April 29
The 14th Annual CityLit Festival takes place this Saturday, April 29, at the University of Baltimore's William H. Thumel Sr. Business Center from 10 am to 4 pm. The event is open to the public, and most sessions are free. A full day of events begins with an official welcome at 9:45 am,...

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Poet Shares Another Poem on the 2nd Anniversary of the Baltimore Uprising
In 2015, four days after a civic uprising in the streets of Baltimore in the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody, CityLit Project and the Enoch Pratt Free Library (then still under the direction of current Librarian of Congress,...

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Literary Marketplace Registration for 2017 CityLit Festival
is closed. Come celebrate the literary arts with us on April 29!

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Dinaw Mengestu to Hold Master Class at 2017 CityLit Festival
Award-winning novelist Dinaw Mengestu will hold a 90-minute class for $10 during the 14th Annual CityLit Festival on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the University of Baltimore's William H. Thumel Sr. Business Center at 11 W. Mt. Royal Avenue from 2:00 – 3:30pm. The daylong festival, to...

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Editors to Offer One-On-One Critique Sessions at 2017 CityLit Festival
Do you have an essay, memoir, story, or poetry sitting in a drawer or deep in your hard drive that shows promise? The 2017 CityLit Festival will offer One-on-One, 30-minute paid Critique Sessions, from 10 am to 12 Noon, with these expert editors: Karen Houppert (Nonfiction. Memoir.) ...

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Free General Admission Ticket Reservation for Adichie (CityLit Festival, April 29)
The headliner for the 14th annual CityLit Festival is acclaimed author and MacArthur "Genius Grant" recipient Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The event on April 29 at the University of Baltimore is free, but given demand we request that you reserve a general admission ticket. A video feed...

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2017 CityLit Festival Schedule Announced, Adichie to Headline
Download a full PDF of Festival Sessions and Author Bios CityLit Project announces its 14th Annual CityLit Festival , to take place on Saturday, April 29 from 10 am to 4 pm at the University of Baltimore's William H. Thumel Sr. Business Center at 11 West Mt. Royal Avenue. This...

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Maryland Poetry Out Loud State Finals on March 18
The Maryland Poetry Out Loud State Finals are days away! Saturday, March 18, 2017 Baltimore Museum of Art 10 Art Museum Drive Baltimore, MD  21218 1:00pm EVENT 12:45pm DOORS 10 STATE FINALISTS Angeline Faieq , George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology Tanaka...

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CALL FOR EXHIBITORS: 14th Annual CityLit Festival (April 29)
LITERARY MARKETPLACE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED! Enjoy the CityLit Festival on April 29.... Dear Friends in the Literary Community, BIG NEWS! This year, the CityLit Festival welcomes   MacArthur Fellow Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie   ( Americana h) to headline this...

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Competitive First Round of POL Regionals Held on Eastern Shore
Family, friends, and teachers packed a room at Caroline County Public Library on February 4 to witness the first of three regionals for the 2016-17 Poetry Out Loud competition. Presented by CityLit's executive director Carla Du Pree and MSAC program representative Christine Stewart led a group...

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Writers Resist Baltimore Line-Up Set with Marc Steiner as Host
CITYLIT PROJECT, in partnership with EMP COLLECTIVE and 100 THOUSAND POETS FOR CHANGE, is proud to present WRITERS RESIST BALTIMORE: VOICES UNITED! January 15, 2017 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. EMP Collective 307 W. Baltimore Street, 21201 Requests for Donations to Benefit THREAD Free...

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Writers Resist Event Kicks Off 2017 with a Cause
WRITERS RESIST was launched to inspire a nation-wide, unified vision for the future of Democracy. WRITERS RESIST events are planned in NYC, Houston, Austin, New Orleans, Seattle, Spokane, Los Angeles, London, Zurich, Boston, Omaha, Kansas City, Jacksonville, Madison, Milwaukee, Bloomington,...

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THE GIVING SEASON: CityLit's Mission Marches On Through the Changes
In any good story, characters confront change, respond to tension, and grow into new, hopefully better, versions of themselves. That's just as true for CityLit Project, in these times, as new leadership is set to write the next chapters for this popular nonprofit literary arts...

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First CityLit Studio Celebrates Free Fall Baltimore
Get a behind-the-scenes look at how writers think, and learn what makes for crafting a great story, in CityLit Project's first-ever program dedicated to the people and processes behind the best literature being created in Baltimore today! CityLit Studio: Writers On Craft, Creativity &...

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CityLit Stage at the 2016 Baltimore Book Festival
CityLit Project is excited to once again host the CityLit Stage at the Baltimore Book Festival this fall (September 23-25) at the Inner Harbor. This year features husband and wife authors, as well as New York Times bestsellers, Charles Bock (OLIVER & ALICE) and Leslie Jamison (THE...

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CityLit Enters Partnership for State-Wide Poetry Program
New Leadership Announced as Nonprofit Literary Arts Organization Expands and Pens First Lines of New Chapter   JULY 11, 2016 –   CityLit Project’s board of directors announced today that the organization has entered into a partnership with the Maryland...

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New Chapter Starts with Hiring of Du Pree as Executive Director
CityLit Project Enters Partnership with Maryland State Arts Council to Present State-Wide Poetry Program New Leadership Announced as Nonprofit Literary Arts Organization Expands and Pens First Lines of New Chapter CityLit Project’s board of directors announced today that the...

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New to CityLit Festival: Agent Pitch Session with Emily Williamson
REGISTRATION FOR THE AGENT PITCH SESSION CityLit Festival April 16, 2016 University of Baltimore Student Center Cafe (Corner of W. Mount Royal and Maryland Aves.) 4:00 - 6:00 pm   MAXIMUM 15 PEOPLE To...

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Biographies of Authors for 13th Annual CityLit Festival
CLICK THE LINK BELOW to download complete biographies of all participating authors. LITERARY MARKETPLACE VENDORS LEARNING COMMONS 1415 Maryland Avenue (Near Poe Statue) 11:00am – 6:00pm   1....

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CityLit Festival Set to Celebrate National Poetry Month, Reflect Upon Anniversary of Protests
Poets Claudia Rankine, E. Ethelbert Miller, and Paul Lisicky lead a list of 25 main stage authors and more than 30 concurrent programs at the 13th annual CityLit Festival. This year's edition--positioned as a celebration of National Poetry Month and in reflection upon the anniversary of last...

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2016 CityLit Festival Expands, Adds Partners with Rankine to Headline
The thirteenth annual CityLit Festival takes place on the evening of April 15 and throughout the day April 16 at a new venue and with new partners. Although Pratt Library remains a co-presenter, as it has since the festival's inception in 2004, the event is moving to the University of...

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CityLit Press Celebrates 5th Anniversary
Come party at The Ivy Bookshop on October 13th! Join a roomful of authors published by CityLit Press for a special event commemorating its 5th anniversary. Founded in 2004, CityLit Project burst onto the scene with its signature festival, which Baltimore magazine called "a can't miss...

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20th Annual Baltimore Book Festival Includes CityLit Stage
CityLit Project is thrilled to once again host the CityLit Stage at the Baltimore Book Festival, which celebrates its 20th edition! this fall. We are especially excited to present CityLit original board member and recent Newbery Award winner Kwame Alexander. Join us for a Literary Happy...

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Baltimore Magazine Names Tinney's Collection "Best Book"
Baltimore magazine has named Jason Tinney's short story collection Ripple Meets the Deep as "Best Book" for 2015! “Any year Anne Tyler publishes a book it’s difficult to recognize anyone but the acclaimed Baltimore resident. But this book of short stories by Jason...

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Poetry Tops Latest CityLit Press Play List
CityLit Press announces the publication of its latest two titles-- Clash by Night and Oblige the Light --both wonderfully engaging explorations into the realms of poetry. First in the Lo-fi Poetry Series, Clash by Night takes inspiration from The Clash's seminal album 1979 album,...

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PODCASTS: CityLit Festival #12 (May 2, 2015)
CityLit Project is pleased to post podcasts from several programs that took place at the 12th annual CityLit Festival on May 2, 2015 , at Pratt Library. The community of readers and writers have requested that the festival's terrific programming be accessible via audio links, especially...

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"Poets Will Lead the Way" (CityLit Festival, 2015)
Crowds were low, but spirits were high, during the twelfth annual CityLit Festival. Held at Pratt Library on May 2, the celebration of literature which has been dubbed a "can't miss event on the city's cultural scene" ( Baltimore ) was just about the only cultural event taking...

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as scheduled for Saturday, May 2, 10am-5pm at the Pratt Library (400 Cathedral Street).  We hope, in its own small way, that the gathering of Baltimore's literary artists and lovers of literature can be part of not only the healing process, but of the process toward thoughtful...

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SET LIST: Schedule for Music-Themed CityLit Festival Set
The 12th annual CityLit Festival takes place at the glorious central branch of Pratt Library on Saturday, May 2 . Called by Baltimore magazine a "can't miss event on the city's cultural scene," the free festival runs from 10am to 5pm.   This year's celebration of...

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Music Takes Spotlight at 12th Annual CityLit Festival
The 12th annual CityLit Festival takes place at the glorious central branch of Pratt Library on Saturday, May 2.  Called by   Baltimore   magazine a "can't miss event on the city's cultural scene," the free festival runs from 10am to 5pm.  This year's...

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Shop Local Authors This Season
Farm to table, locavores, locally made...we've heard them all and artists have done a swell job in leveraging their regional pride. Now it's writers' turn to remind you, our loyal reading public, that you can read local, too, with C OMMUNITY S UPPORTED A UTHORS. Several of CityLit Press's...

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CityLit Festival #12 Set for Saturday, May 2, 2015
Due to scheduling conflicts, the traditional mid-April CityLit Festival has been moved to Saturday, May 2, 2015 .  The free celebration of literature will be held again at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Library, 400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. CityLit Project presented...

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GEO-POE: The Reading (The Program)
Geo-Poe: The Reading Westminster Hall October 29, 2014 Culminating event as part of Geo-Poe: A Literary Geo-Caching Adventure Presented by CityLit Project In partnership with Poe Baltimore With a special POE-formance by Baltimore Performance Kitchen As part of the Baltimore Office of...

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GEO-POE: The Complete Clue Set and Writers Revealed
In October 2014, fourteen writers hid fourteen stories inspired by the death of Edgar Allan Poe or written in a Poesque fashion.  Geo-cached in spots around Baltimore, each story is part of a puzzle that is GEO-POE: A Literary Geo-Caching Adventure.

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Polish Poet Wins Fifth Annual Harriss Poetry Prize
Danuta E. Kosk-Kosicka was named winner of CityLit Press's fifth annual Harriss Poetry Prize for her chapbook manuscript, "Oblige the Light." She rose above eight other finalists to earn the award, which includes 50 gratis copies of her chapbook and $500. "Oblige the Light"...

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New Stories by Tinney Coming in October
A man attempts to make a fresh start by reclaiming domain over his yard with the last birthday gift from his ex-wife, a lawnmower. A couple discovers Faulkner, shrimp and grits, Morgan Freeman, and how much they don’t know about each other. A son reconnects with a distant father and his...

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CityLit Stage Schedule at the Baltimore Book Festival (Harbor Edition)
Follow the salt air and sailboats to the CityLit Stage at the 19th annual Baltimore Book Festival, this year held in the heart of Baltimore's tourist district ... the Inner Harbor.  Three days, scores, of wrtiers, and tons of fun, do not miss the Baltimore Book Festival on September 26,...

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GEO-POE ... It's Coming in October!
Geo-Poe: A Literary Geo-Caching Adventure takes over Baltimore this October.  Fourteen writers, fourteen short short stories, all riffing on the mysterious death of Edgar Allan Poe or written in a Poe-esque style. Find them hidden through downtown Baltimore throughout the month of...

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CityLit Festival Named a "Best of Baltimore" by Two Publications
CityLit Festival--CityLit Project's signature event--was again dubbed a "Best of Baltimore" by Baltimore magazine (right).  The 2005 version garnered the same honor, and the magazine recognized CityLit Press in its 2010 "Best of" issue.  Meanwhile, the 2014...

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CityLit Marks 10 Years of Celebrating Literature on June 25
CityLit Project, founded in 2004, will mark 10 years of serving Maryland's readers at a special fundraising event on Wednesday June 25, 2014 , at the Brown Center on MICA's campus.  Join us for an evening of food, drink, music, and readings by four published former CityLit board chairs,...

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Pictures and Podcasts from CityLit Project's 11th Annual Citylit Festival
More than 2200 literature lovers shunned the first beautiful Saturday of spring to spend time inside Pratt Library at the eleventh annual CityLit Festival. The Literary Marketplace was as bustling as ever, the vibe was jazzed and the crowd was electric as the free day-long celebration of...

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Schedule Set for 11th Annual CityLit Festival
The schedule is set for the 11th annual CityLit Festival at Pratt Library. Headlined by National Book Award winner James McBride and singer-songwriter/novelist Wesley Stace, the spring celebration of the literary arts in Baltimore takes place on Saturday, April 12, 2014, from 10 a.m. – 5...

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National Book Award Winner McBride Headlines CityLit Festival
Plan to spend the day at the 11th annual CityLit Festival with writers, poets, and exhibitors. Sponsored by the Pratt Library and CityLit Project. Complete schedule to come. CityLit Festival Celebrating the Literary Arts in Baltimore Saturday, April 12, 2014 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Central...

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Special Events to Mark CityLit's 10th Anniversary
In 2014, CityLit Project will celebrate its first decade. And what a tremendous ten years it’s been—workshops, festivals, publications, and prizes! CityLit has excited kids about writing and published the work of young people. Our workshops have helped to improve the craft of...

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CityLit 2004-2014: Rededicating Itself to Readers and Writers
Over its ten year history, CityLit Project has launched several programs: in-school and after-school opportunities for youth, workshops and professional development sessions for writers, memoir writing classes for seniors, vibrant public programs, and a literary imprint.  Over the years...

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Poe House: Landmark Returns with a "Poe"-pen House
The Poe House, beloved Baltimore landmark and Registered National Historical Site, re-opens on Saturday, October 5!  FREE tours weekends in October will usher in Poe Baltimore, the new nonprofit establish to preserve the house and Poe's legacy in Baltimore.  A web site has been...

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Literary Arts Week Returns for Third Year, More Events
CityLit Project, the Maryland State Arts Council, the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, and the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund team up for the third annual Literary Arts Week in Baltimore. The literary arts community will host a series of 12 free, public events in Baltimore during the...

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CityLit Stage Features Regional Writers at BBF '13
Join CityLit Project, the Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts, scores of writers, and thousands of readers for the annual Baltimore Book Festival.  The Baltimore Book Festival features hundreds of appearances by local, celebrity and nationally known authors, book signings,...

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Weaver to Judge 5th Annual Harriss Poetry Prize
Winning poet will receive $500 cash prize, publication by CityLit Press, and 50 free copies of professionally designed and published chapbook. Click "read more" for list of past winners. Postmark deadline: October 1, 2013. Clarinda Harriss Poetry Prize and Chapbook Competition...

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L is for Legal Seminar for Writers
CityLit Project and Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts are teaming up again to present their popular legal seminar for writers: "L is for Legal." Saturday, May 18, 2013 1-3pm Union Mill 1500 Union Avenue Baltimore, MD 21211 $20 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!   Click on...

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CityLit Festival Photos Capture Diversity of Baltimore's Literary Scene
(Wilhelm/Cooper photo credit: RARAHPHOTO) Gregg Wilhelm, executive director of CityLit Project, and Judy Cooper, director of public programs at Pratt Library, have teamed to present ten CityLit Festivals since 2004.  Edward P. Jones, Junot Diaz, Mark Doty, Edward Hirsch, Steve Coll,...

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PODCASTS: CityLit Festival Audio Courtesy of Pratt Library (April 13, 2013)
CityLit Project is pleased to post podcasts from several programs that took place at the 10th annual CityLit Festival on April 13, 2013 , at Pratt Library. More than ever before, attendees have clamored for the festival's terrific programming to be accessible via audio and video links, and...

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THANKS BALTIMORE Thousands Attend 10th Annual CityLit Festival
Click for PW Daily Picture of the Day (more photos to come).

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10th Annual CityLit Festival SCHEDULE
The very first CityLit Project event took place in April 2004 at Pratt Library. Called CityLit Festival, it featured an array of concurrent programming from diverse writers representing a variety of genres, numerous panels, the first incarnation of the Literary Marketplace, and Pulitzer Prize...

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Saunders to Headline 10th Annual CityLit Festival
In its first issue of 2013, New York Times Magazine called George Saunders' Tenth of December "the best book you'll read this year." A MacArthur "genius" grant recipient, Saunders will headline the tenth annual CityLit Festival at Pratt Library on Saturday, April 13 ,...

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THANKS: CityLit Books Another Year of Serving Readers and Writers
Since 2004, CityLit Project has been proud to be Baltimore’s literary arts center. We nurture young writers and instill in them a sense of accomplishment with CityLit Teens . We develop the creativity and careers of serious writers through a variety of CityLit WriteShops . We publish...

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Second Annual Literary Arts Week October 14-20, 2012
CityLit Project again partners with the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance and the Maryland State Arts Council to present Literary Arts Week, a special series of events during October's Free Fall Baltimore .  The initiative clusters several literary programs into one week to bring...

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CityLit Presents Authors Michael Tucker and Debra Spark with Dozens of Literary Artists and Musicians at 17 Annual Baltimore Book Festival
CityLit Project returns to the Baltimore Book Festival to host the CityLit Stage, all weekend September 28, 29, and 30, 2012. The stage features a variety of literary arts with special attention given to the region's diverse mix of writers.  Bookselling support provided by Cyclops...

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Young Writers Celebrate CityLit Teens with Reading
Nine young writers, part of the larger CityLit Teens 2012 class, gathered at The Ivy Bookshop to receive and read from the book they wrote, titled, and helped design.  Titled The Authengers (yes, a similar sounding superhero movie had just released), the 130-page book collects poetry...

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Writer and Journalist Dudley Clendinen, 67
The writer Dudley Clendinen died today, May 30, 2012, after battling ALS/Lou Gerhig's Disease for 18 months.  I got to know Dudley while inviting him to participate at several CityLit events over the years.  After his diagnosis, we met three times to discuss a book project based on...

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CityLit Seniors Gets Older Artists Remembering and Writing
This spring, CityLit Seniors completed its pilot workshop at the Bykota Senior Center in Towson.  The course on memoir, taught by novelist and CCBC writing professor Lauren Small, guided a group of eight older writers during six sessions designed to capture life experiences through...

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CityLit LIVE Blog #4 Edward Hirsch and Tom Lux
By Katrina Stevens Michael Salcman, poet and chair of CityLit Project, introduced Edward Hirsch and Thomas Lux, he shared personal anecdotes about the influence these two great American poets had on his own work.   His advice to   “love poetry, love it hard” set the...

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CityLit LIVE Blog #5 Walter Isaacson
By Katrina Stevens Walter Isaacson , a Harvard graduate and Rhodes Scholar, former managing editor of Time Magazine and Chairman and CEO of CNN, now President and CEO of the Aspen Institute, is perhaps most famously known for writing the biography of Steve Jobs . Working closely with Jobs...

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CityLit LIVE Blog #1 A Day at the Festival
By Katrina Stevens On April 14, 2012, at 10:30 AM the first floor of the beautiful Enoch Pratt Library is buzzing with people choosing where to go first at the CityLit Project Festival —the rows of tables with books, author sessions or the welcoming rooms of books to be borrowed....

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CityLit LIVE Blog #2 Letter About Literature
By Katrina Stevens On the 3rd floor there’s standing room only in the Wheeler Auditorium as Kwame Alexander reads from his new children’s book, Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band , which was nominated for a 2012 NAACP Image Award . The Board president graciously (though...

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CityLit LIVE Blog #3 Benjamin Busch and Tom Hall
By Katrina Stevens Benjamin Busch read passages from his new memoir, Dust to Dust , sharing his first connections to Baltimore through his acting career on Homicide and The Wire . Busch quickly acknowledged that the Baltimore portrayed in these two shows is completely different than the...

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CityLit Festival #9 Welcomes Isaacson, Poets Hirsch and Lux
NINTH ANNUAL CityLit Festival at Pratt Library Saturday, April 14, 2012 10 am - 5 pm Central Library 400 Cathedral Street Baltimore, MD 21201 Scroll to bottom for link to color PDF flyer. Celebrating the Literary Arts in Baltimore! ** Author Signings Take Place Immediately After...

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CityLit Partners with UB, Youth Poetry Team for Slam on April 11
CONTACT: Daniel Wilson (Spoken Word Artist/Tubman City youth poet) The Tubman City Youth Poetry Team (TCYPT) will be presenting a Grand Finale Slam/Performance Showcase featured by the Artists and Activists Tour. Location: University of Baltimore, Lucy and Vernon...

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CityLit Teens Announces Two Locations for Spring 2012!
Hey Teen Writers, Why You Want to Check it Out: Think you are the only one scribbling story ideas on scraps of paper? Is your favorite handheld device a book? Want to meet others your age who are also into writing? Join CityLit Teens -- a writing, publishing, and public reading...

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Simpsons Writer, Thurber Prize Winner to Teach Humor Writing Workshop
What’s funny to you? A pie in the face? A kick in the junk? Monkeys? Maybe, but if you have higher aspirations, then you know writing humor is hard work. Start a comic novel, create a colorful character, or include a funny episode in whatever you’re writing: fiction, essay, or...

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Do's and Dont's and the Dotted Line
Writers pick up a pen to create and commit. Before you do the latter, make sure you know what legal issues are involved. It’s a professional step you must take before you pick up a pen again ... to autograph your book! Join intellectual property lawyer Cynthia Sanders ( Ober | Kaler...

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Steve Jobs Biographer, Acclaimed Poets to Headline Ninth Annual CityLit Festival
Steve Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson , Guggenheim Foundation president and bestselling poet Edward Hirsch , and winner of the prestigious Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award Tom Lux join dozens of other authors at the ninth annual CityLit Festival.  Presented by CityLit Project and Pratt...

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Joyous New Year
Thank you to the community of readers and writers in Baltimore and across Maryland for a successful, rewarding, and educational year.  We look forward to presenting stellar authors, developing outstanding writers, and publishing quality books through our family of programs in 2012. ...

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The Future (End?) of Publishing
Check out this clever video from DK Publishing. We usually don't post videos from second party sources that aren't recordings of CityLit programs, but we thought this deserved a look. Wait for the twist at the end! Click on read more below to get to link... See it here!

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Baker Artist Awards Site Open for 2012 Nominations
GET YOUR LIT IN GEAR! The 2012 Baker Artist Awards site is live again, and artists throughout the Greater Baltimore region are encouraged to nominate themselves for one of up to three $25,000 Mary Sawyers Baker Prizes, and one of up to nine $1,000 b-grant prizes. Three b-grant prizes will be...

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Citywide Poetry Contest to Celebrate Mothers’ Day
WHAT: A citywide poetry contest will be held to select a poem for permanent display in Historic Mothers' Garden. WHEN: Contest deadline is February 15, 2012 . WHERE: Submit one to three poems of no more than 15 lines for consideration on the topic of mothers or motherhood to contest...

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"Across Words" at UB to Highlight Literary Arts Week
CityLit Project and The Love Movement, along with Spotlight UB, will present Across Words, an evening of color-blind storytelling, music and poetry, on Friday, Oct. 21, as part of Spotlight's 2011-12 season. Performers include poets Drew Law , Pages , Temple , Em Sea Water , and Adeke...

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First-Ever "Literary Arts Week" Part of Free Fall Baltimore
CityLit Project has partnered with the Maryland State Arts Council and the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance for the first-ever Literary Arts Week in Baltimore. This weeklong celebration of the many literary arts activities and artists in the city is a part of Free Fall Baltimore ,...

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Sweet Enough to Post: Fall 2011 Literary Events from the "Muse Flash"
The following list of some literary events slated for this fall appeared in the September issue of the "Muse Flash," CityLit's e-newsletter.  We thought the list was worth posting on the site so that the community can refer back to it.  September 16, 8pm : PerVerse,...

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"Across Words" Presented as Part of Free Fall Baltimore
The Love Movement and CityLit Project are teaming up for a second event filled with literature and entertainment called "Across Words."  Conceived as an evening of storytelling and performance that crosses boundaries and creates community, "Across Words" strives to...

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Westminster Poet Wins Second Harriss Poetry Prize
For the second year in a row, a Maryland poet has won CityLit Press's Harris Poetry Prize.  Westminster resident Bruce Sager took top honors from a field of nearly forty submissions from around the country.  Second place went to another local poet, Sam Schmidt, and Kansas City poet...

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CityLit Stage Schedule Announced for Baltimore Book Festival
Join CityLit Project for another great weekend of lit at the Baltimore Book Festival. The CityLit Stage is located on the south-side of the Washington Monument in beautiful Mount Vernon, the heart of Baltimore's cultural district. The complete Baltimore Book Festival schedule is available at...

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Target, UB Support Second Year of CityLit Kids
The second year of CityLit Kids ( 2010-11 highlights here ) kicked off today with financial support from two new sources. CityLit landed its first Target Foundation grant from its Arts and Culture in Schools program, which "helps schools bring more arts and culture into the...

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Independent Presses: Helping Save Jobs and Literature
HEY WRITERS READ THIS ARTICLE! Here's a great post by Elise Blackwell that appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education on June 21, 2011. This year I attended two very different writing-centered extravaganzas: the annual conference of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs...

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CityLit Teens Writers Release Book and Read at B&N
Join the "Writers of Mass Destruction" from this year's CityLit Teens program as they read from their new book, Speak the Truth, Even If Your Voice Shakes .  The reading on Sunday, June 12 at 1pm at the Barnes & Noble White Marsh is also a fundraiser for CityLit Project....

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Hey, See What You've been Missing
Check out videos featuring CityLit Kids and Across Words HERE .  We were overwhelmed by the success of these two new programs. Outcomes of CityLit Kids (delivered over 22 weeks at Govans Elementary School) include improved vocabulary, increased writing, better comprehension, and...

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CityLit Project Launches New Facebook Page
Check out and "like" the new CityLit Facebook Page be clicking READ MORE below then clicking HERE!

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"The Sun" Shines on "Peachy" Dixon
From May 2, 2011 Baltimore Sun Article by Mary Gail Hare Photos by Kenneth K. Lam A revolving rooftop restaurant in downtown Baltimore introduced Leonora DiPietro to waitressing more than 45 years ago. The stations, where staff picked up drinks and entrees, rotated constantly, too, which...

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"Across Words" Program to Reach Across Boundaries
The Love Movement and CityLit Project are teaming up for a special night of literature and entertainment called "Across Words."  Conceived as an evening of storytelling and art that crosses boundaries and creates community, "Across Words" strives to introduce new...

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2000 Literature Lovers Brave Rain for CityLit Festival
Nearly 2000 people braved a day-long rain to attend the eighth annual CityLit Festival at Pratt Library.  The mid-April classic celebration of literature in Baltimore featured 16 events in 5 programming areas, presenting 36 literary artists and 14 hosts. In the library's Central Hall,...

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A Special Message from Poet Andrei Codrescu
Dear Friends of Literature,   Driving into Baltimore yesterday, I was reminded of the community of poets that I was part of here back in the early ’80s.  I am honored to be in town for CityLit Festival , the signature event of CityLit Project , which...

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A Peachy Life: Waiting on Tables and Beating the Odds in the '60s--An Italian-American Woman's Story Leonora "Peachy" DiPietro Dixon ISBN 978-1-936328-04-8 6x9 Trade Pbk, 228 pp. Retail: $16.95 Purchase from Born into an Italian-Catholic family in a tight-knit...

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CityLit Kids' Pilot Year Leads to Success, Expansion
As CityLit Kids nears the end of a successful pilot year at one Baltimore city public school, creators are evaluating the program's impact while planning for expansion. Created by writers, educators, and parents of young learners, CityLit Kids brings the literary arts into a fourth grade...

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Third Annual MYWC Winners Announced
Baltimore’s Child and CityLit Project are pleased to announce the winners of the third annual Maryland Young Writers’ Contest. This year, nearly 700 elementary, middle, and high schoolers submitted works of poetry and short fiction that vied for first-, second-, and third-place...

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Eighth Edition of CityLit Festival Slated for April 16
CityLit Project partners with Enoch Pratt Free Library for the eighth time to present the annual CityLit Festival, Baltimore's day-long celebration of literature.  Don't miss what Baltimore magazine has called "a can't miss event on the city's cultural scene." CityLit...

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AWP: How to Start a Literary Center
AWP Panels 2011 in Washington, D.C. Prepared by CityLit Project How to start a literary center and thrive through the decades. (Jocelyn Hale, Andromeda Romano-Lax, Gregg Wilhelm, Eve Bradbury, Sue Joerger) Friday Feb 4 @ 10:30 – 11:45 Virginia B Room...

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AWP: Marketing Your Literary Community
AWP Panels 2011 in Washington, D.C. Prepared by CityLit Project Marketing Your Literary Community: Make Sure Your Organization is Heard (Kyle Semmel, Art Taylor, Jill Pollack, Chip Cheek, Gregg Wilhelm) Thursday Feb 3 @ 1:30 - 2:45 Hoover Room (Marriott Wardman...

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CITYLIT PRESS: An Easy Place / To Die
An Easy Place / To Die Vincent A. Cellucci ISBN 978-1-936328-03-1 6x9 Trade Pbk, 100 pp. Retail: $12.95 Purchase from An Easy Place / To Die is a poetic journey through New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The first section wakes with city, culture, and...

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CityLit Teens Resumes at CCBC Essex
CityLit Teens is a unique program for youth where teenagers explore creative writing, teamwork, and public reading skills while they write, title, and design a professionally printed book of their own. CityLit Teens allows youth to express themselves creatively while providing them with the...

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"That City" to the South Most Literate in 2010
By Mary Beth Marklein USA TODAY January 11, 2011 Washingtonians are the nation's most well-read citizens, but they're reading less these days. And so, it appears, are city dwellers everywhere. That's according to the latest findings of an annual study of the United States' most literate...

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Lit Programs for 2011
Happy new year friends of CityLit!  It's going to be another great year celebrating literature and the artists who create it: craft and professional development workshops, festivals, special events, book releases, programs for youth and kids.  The following list just covers the...

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"Spring Into Writing" Winter Reading and Writers Happy Hour Resurrected
This spring, CityLit Project and the Frostburg Center for Creative Writing present the first-ever Western Maryland writers’ retreat, Spring Into Writing (March 31-April 3, 2011). Get a sneak peak at forthcoming work from retreat instructors novelist Jessica Anya Blau ( Drinking Closer...

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Get Those Submission Blues Cured at Creative Alliance
Got those submission blues? Can I sell my novel on just an idea? How do I know which publishers to approach? And how do I get my manuscript read? Elissa Brent Weissman demystifies the submission process for fiction writers, from targeting the right agents and editors to writing a query...

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"Afternoons with Authors" Fall Edition
CityLit Project and Enoch Pratt Free Library present the second of our on-going "Afternoons with Authors" series. "Afternoons with Authors" is a celebration of authors in our community and beyond.  Come out and support the writers! WHEN Saturday, October 30,...

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Maryland Young Writers' Contest Looks to Break Record
This year marks the third annual Maryland Young Writers' Contest sponsored by CityLit Project and Baltimore's Child .  In 2008, we received 400 submissions. Last year, we received over 900 submissions.  Come on teachers and young writers, let's not just break 1000 this year but push...

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Spring Into Writing with CityLit and Frostburg
After a long, cold winter it will be time to thaw-out those creative juices and kick-start your writing.   “Spring Into Writing” offers an unprecedented opportunity for writers in this region to develop their craft (poetry and fiction) and develop their careers (publishing)....

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Internationally Acclaimed Writer Keynotes Baltimore Writers' Conference
Do not miss this year's Baltimore Writers' Conference!  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will deliver the keynote address and participate on a panel at the conference, scheduled for Saturday, November 20 at Towson University (in the University Union, pictured right).  Adichie...

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New Yorker "20 under 40" Honoree to Read at Pratt Library
Dinaw Mengestu, author of How to Read the Air, will appear at the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Central Library on Sunday, October 24, 2010, at 2pm .  The program will take place in the Poe Room, and is presented by Pratt Library and CityLit Project. With his first novel, The Beautiful...

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October Means "Free Fall Baltimore" and CityLit United!
CityLit Project and Enoch Pratt Free Library Present CITYLIT UNITED! In the spirit of the Maryland Center for the Book's 2010 "One Maryland, One Book" selection Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman's Quest to Make a Difference . Join the friends of...

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Sugarless Author's New Play at CenterStage This Weekend
Check out the new work by Jim Magruder, former CenterStage dramaturg and author of Sugarless . Dunkler-Related Disorders Series Premiere By CENTERSTAGE Associate Artist James Magruder Oct 7-10, 2010   When Cary Dunkler, an AIDS activist at the height of...

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"Readings From Baltimore" at UB's New B&N Store
Join representatives from CityLit Project at UB's School of Communications Design for a special reading by local literati as part of the grand opening festivities at the new University of Baltimore Barnes & Noble store (corner of Mt. Royal Avenue and Oliver Street). The event also marks the...

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City Paper Highlights CityLit Press and New Partnership with UB
The annual "Big Books" issue of City Paper (9/15/2010) has a great spread of stories on part of the literary arts scene percolating in Baltimore.  Heather Harris writes about our own launch of CityLit Press and the organization's move to the School of Communications Design...

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CityLit Stage Returns for 15th Baltimore Book Festival
The Baltimore Book Festival is September 24-26, 2010. The 15th annual Baltimore Book Festival welcomes more than 225 celebrity, nationally known and local authors including Holly Robinson Peete , Rodney Peete , Barbara Bradley Hagerty , Nigel Barker, Ree Drummond, Michele Norris,...

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CityLit Project In Residence at the University of Baltimore
CityLit Project and the University of Baltimore announce a strategic alignment whereby the six-year-old literary arts organization will be in residence at UB’s School of Communications Design.   CityLit retains its independence as a nonprofit while further raising awareness of the...

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Elementary School Bell Rings for CityLit Kids
Conceived in the spring of 2010 by a small group of writers and educators, CityLit Kids was created to bring literary arts into the public school classrooms of Baltimore City. The founders—writers, educators and parents of young learners—dedicated themselves to beginning the...

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Bmag Names "City Sages" a "Best of Baltimore"
Baltimore magazine has bestowed a "Best of Baltimore" award upon CityLit Press's first book, City Sages .  Congratulations to editor Jen Michalski, cover designer Justin Sirois, and all the "sages" who contributed their literary art to the anthology. Bravo! ...

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New Mercury Sets Slate of Readers for July
Journalists Rafael Alvarez, Heather Dewar, and Rashod Ollison will share their latest nonfiction at the third New Mercury readings.  The event takes place on July 28, 2010, at 7pm at the series' venue Jordan Faye Contemporary/BE in Federal Hill.  For bios on this month's...

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CityLit E.D. Describes Baltimore's Lit Scene to The Loft's E.D.
Gregg Wilhelm talked briefly with Jocelyn Hale, executive director of Minneapolis-based The Loft Literary Center, a major inspiration behind Gregg launching CityLit in Baltimore in 2004.  The Loft just celebrated its 35th anniversary...congratulations!  Under the direction of Jocey...

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Legal Clinic for Writers Features Lawyer and Agent
Questions abound: How can I find a reputable agent? What copyright concerns should I have? Can you define "fair use"? Are there permissions issues related to my project?  When do I get a royalty check? Eager to get published, and patiently enduring what can be an arduous...

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Fundraiser to Celebrate Launch of CityLit Press
Join the staff and board of CityLit Project to celebrate the launch of CityLit Press.  Special readings by literary artists involved with the press's first two books. Tuesday, June 22, 2010 6pm - 9pm Langermann’s 2400 Boston Street Baltimore, MD 21224 $40/Person...

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NEA Awards CityLit Project First Federal Grant
CityLit Project recently received a grant for $10,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts , marking the first time that the six-year-old organization has been awarded a federal grant.  CityLit was among sixty-four recipients--and just one of two Maryland-based nonprofits--to land a...

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The New Mercury Reading Series Launches in Federal Hill
Smart writing, independent thinking. In their mission statement for The American Mercury in 1924, co-founders H.L. Mencken and George Nathan got at the heart at what drives independent writers: to offer a "realistic presentation of the whole gaudy, gorgeous American scene."...

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Poets & Writers Highlights CityLit Press
Check out the May/June issue of Poets & Writers magazine for a nice nod to CityLit Press , the organization's new publishing imprint.  Special thanks to editor Kevin Larimer and (Baltimore native) assistant editor Jean Hartig.  You can download the page below, but do...

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Second Annual MYWC Winners Announced
First of all...WOW!  We reviewed almost 900 submissions this year, more than double the number submitted for the first contest last year, so we want to thank so many young writers for expressing themselves through creative writing.  Thanks, too, to parents, guardians, and teachers...

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CityLit Project's New Imprint Launches
Thanks to Baltimore magazine for the nice coverage of CityLit Press's launch.  Bmag writer Jess Blumberg and freelance photographer Dennis Drenner were wonderful.  That's Dennis in the first pic setting up the photo shoot in CityLit Project's corporate cantina.  The picture...

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Coast to Coast Poetry Reading Kicks-Off CityLit Festival Weekend
Join CityLit Project, Minas Gallery, and the literary arts community for a special pre-festival event to kick-off CityLit Festival weekend.  Poets Paul Nelson and Ron Egatz pair for an area reading at Minas on Friday, April 16.  Light wine and cheese reception begins at 6:30...

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CITYLIT PRESS: Mountain, Log, Salt, and Stone
Mountain, Log, Salt, and Stone Winner of the First Annual Harriss Poetry Prize Laura Shovan ISBN 978-1-936328-02-4 5x8 Chapbook, 51 pp. Retail: $9.95 Purchase from From the Introduction by Harriss Poetry Prize founding editor, Michael Salcman... In her winning...

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CITYLIT PRESS: City Sages: Baltimore
City Sages: Baltimore Jen Michalski, Editor ISBN 978-1-936328-01-7 6x9 Trade Pbk, 300 pp. Retail: $16.95 Purchase from "Best of Baltimore," ARTS ( Baltimore magazine) See FaceBook page for news and readings: City Sages . "There is a saying in...

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Bestselling Novelist Kostova to Appear at CityLit Festival
Rowell, Lipsyte, and Plumly Among Other Literary Stars, Emerging Writers, and Favorite Programs at Seventh Annual Celebration of Literature Bestselling author Elizabeth Kostova comes to Baltimore on April 17 as part of the seventh annual CityLit Festival. Dubbed "a can't miss...

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"Afternoons with Authors" Kicks Off in NW Baltimore
The first-ever "Afternoons with Authors" event, a series of programs presented by Enoch Pratt Free Library and CityLit Project, takes place Saturday, March 13, 2010.  The event begins at the Pratt Library's Pennsylvania Avenue branch (1531 W. North Avenue, 21217) at 1pm. Our...

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Marylander Wins First Annual Harriss Poetry Prize
Laura Shovan mines gems from the everyday caverns of life.   From these moments Shovan collected Mountain, Log, Salt, and Stone , inaugural winner of the Clarinda Harriss Poetry Prize. The prize is named in honor of Clarinda Harriss, eminent Baltimore poet, publisher, and professor...

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CityLit Director Speaks at Sold Out Bay to Ocean Conference
CityLit Project executive director Gregg Wilhelm spoke to nearly eighty writers at the thirteenth annual Bay to Ocean Writers Conference.  The annual February gathering, held for the last several years at Chesapeake College near Easton, attracted a record attendance approaching 200...

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Literary Death Match to Pit Local Bards in Verbal Barroom Brawl
When a guy contacts you to ask if you want to represent at something called a Literary Death Match, it's hard to refuse.  However, there's no shortage of ideas that sound cool on paper but fizzle in reality.  But after checking out Todd Zuniga's web site it not only clear he knew...

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Call for Exhibitors: CityLit Festival April 17, 2010
Final details for the seventh annual CityLit Festival at Pratt Library on April 17 will post soon.  Meanwhile, exhibitors are encouraged to make their reservations for free display space as soon as possible.  The popular Literary Marketplace gets busier every year, but there's a...

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National Magazines Cover Baltimore Literary Scene
Two magazines highlight the Baltimore literary arts scene and Baltimore writers in their January issues: Utne Reader explores the resurgent lit scene in Mobtown (see link to PDF below) while Poets & Writers ' feature on "Beyond Words: Five Writers Who Practice Other Arts"...

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Happy New Year (Save the Dates)!
The new year, 2010 (two thousand and ten, that's how we have decided to say it), brings another slate of terrific literary arts programs to the area.  In addition to annual favorites like CityLit Festival in April, CityLit Stage in September, and another academic year of CityLit Teens...

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Frostburg and CityLit Team Up for Winter Writers' Retreat
Hemingway may have only needed a clean, well-lighted place, but most writers require a break from their nine-to-five, the kids, or the same old four walls that surround their writing space.   Get away from it all this March for a weekend of writing, reading, and critiquing. CityLit...

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Baltimore Writers’ Conference Returns to Towson
Mark Bowden , an author, journalist and screenwriter whose works include Black Hawk Down and Killing Pablo , will deliver the keynote speech at the 2009 Baltimore Writers’ Conference, scheduled for November 14 at Towson University University Union, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m....

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Call for Entries: Maryland Young Writers' Contest
Baltimore's Child and CityLit Project are now accepting entries for the second annual Maryland Young Writers' Contest. Last year, nearly 400 entries were submitted from around the state in both prose and poetry categories across high school, middle school, and elementary school age...

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Governor Names Plumly New State Poet Laureate
At right, Governor Martin O'Malley and Maryland State Arts Council chair Scott Johnson (past chair, CityLit Project) at the reception for new state poet laureate Stanley Plumly.  Photo: Rick Lippenholtz. STATE PRESS RELEASE--Governor Martin O’Malley today announced the appointment...

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WYPR's "Maryland Morning" Previews Baltimore Book Festival
First click "Read More" below then click here for a brief preview of Baltimore Book Festival's CityLit Stage as "Maryland Morning's" Tom Hall speaks with author Jim Magruder and CityLit's Gregg Wilhelm.  For a complete festival schedule, go to...

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Free Friday Feedback a Festival First!
Here's your chance, writers!  As part of this year's expanded hours at Baltimore Book Festival, CityLit Project will offer free feedback on your literary art.  Poets, novelists, matter what type of writer you are there will be professionals on hand to evaluate your...

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CityLit Stage Schedule Set for Baltimore Book Festival
Swing by the CityLit Stage at Baltimore Book Festival on September 25, 26, and 27!  Here's the schedule and click on the PDF link below for a flyer.  Thanks to partners Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts, Urbanite , and Cyclops Books.  Thanks again to WYPR's Aaron...

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CHAPBOOK CONTEST: The Clarinda Harriss Poetry Prize
PLEASE NOTE: The Harriss Poetry Prize has been on a three-year hiatus, but the next deadline for submissions will be April 1, 2018. Prize money for the Harriss Poetry Prize is $500 and, in addition to publication, the winner receives 50 gratis copies ! The winner receives a cash...

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CHAPBOOK CONTEST: The Black Infinity Poetry Prize
Launched in 2010, the Black Infinity Poetry Prize is named in honor of Adele V. Holden, born on Maryland’s segregated Eastern Shore, educated at Johns Hopkins under Elliott Coleman, devoted English teacher.  She taught for many years at Dunbar High School and the Community College...

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The Story Behind "Black Infinity"
Through her art, career, and life, Adele V. Holden (1919-2005) promoted equal rights while shaping the minds of young people. Born on the racially segregated Eastern Shore in 1919, Adele grew up in Pocomoke City, Maryland, during the Great Depression, a time when the state’s final...

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Baltimore Hosts Fitzgerald Society's 10th International Conference
The F. Scott Fitzgerald Society customarily meets in locations biographically and artistically significant to F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald and this year's is no exception. The 10th International Conference will take place from September 30 through October 3, 2009, in Baltimore, Maryland....

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Julia Alvarez to Appear at Fitzgerald Literary Conference in Rockville
An international theme dominates this year’s F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference.   The 14th annual conference is scheduled for October 17, 2009, in Rockville, Maryland. Popular novelist Julia Alvarez is the 2009 honoree for the prestigious F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary...

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Fall 2009 "Write Here, Write Now" Workshops Announced
CityLit Project announces the new Fall 2009 season of "Write Here, Write Now" workshops for writers.  Covering poetry, prose, marketing, blogging, and DIY publishing, the slate of five workshops is the most offered in a season yet.  Instructors include Jessica Anya Blau,...

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Poetic Bandits Write at St. Francis Neighborhood Center
CityLit Project discovered a new generation of aspiring “Richard Wrights” when Baltimore’s westside youth, poetry, and creativity came together at St. Francis Neighborhood Center in Reservoir Hill. CityLit conducted two sessions in early July, 2009, at St. Francis, a neighborhood center and...

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CityLit Press to Connect Writers and Readers
My career has several milestones: the first paperback reprint Henry Tom at Johns Hopkins let me handle ( Flight in America by Roger Bilstein); the first book published start to finish ( The I of the Beholder by Stephen Vicchio); the first title of a list I completely shaped ( The...

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Bmag Names CityLit Festival "Best of Baltimore," Calls It "A Can't Miss Event"
The record-breaking sixth edition of CityLit Festival presented with Pratt Library received a "Best of Baltimore" honor from Baltimore Magazine , which called the festival "can't miss event on the city's cultural scene."   Arts organizations operate with such lean...

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Happy New Year!
July marks a turn of the fiscal calendar for most nonprofits.  And just like January 1, this time of year beckons memories of FY2009 and looks forward to diaper-swaddled baby FY10. Last year marked significant programmatic and organizational growth for CityLit.  During the summer we...

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Summit Held For Growing Literary Arts Scene
Over the past five years, Baltimore’s literary arts community has significantly grown due to the formation of organizations, networking among writers, influx of new writers, creation of several reading series, increased media attention through publicity and blogs, and a new energy in...

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CityLit Teens Culminates with Book Publication
CityLit Teens culminated at CityLit Festival in April, 2009, with the unveiling of Open Mic / Open Minds , a book collecting the work that teen writers produced over the course of the program.  For several weeks at both the Southeast Anchor Library and Pennsylvania Avenue branch of Pratt...

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Maryland Young Writers' Contest Winners Announced
Baltimore's Child and CityLit Project are proud to announce the winners of the first annual Maryland Young Writers' Contest.  Nearly 400 entries were submitted from around the state in both prose and poetry categories across high school, middle school, and elementary school age...

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3000 Attendees Set CityLit Festival Record
More than 3000 people attended the sixth annual CityLit Festival, presented by CityLit Project and Enoch Pratt Free Library.  A record 60 exhibitors packed the Literary Marketplace as programs took place in five areas throughout the library.  The free festival is Baltimore's premier...

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Publishing Genius Adam Robinson Featured in P&W
Congratulations to Baltimore’s own Publishing Genius Adam Robinson for a terrific piece in the current (May/June) issue of Poets & Writers .  The magazine featured Adam’s “Baltimore Is Reads” effort to place poetry in public places.  “The...

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Is CityLit "Working"?
When we started the organization in 2004, it was in part a response to the notion that Baltimore, even with its rich literary heritage, is not a "literate" city like Minneapolis, Seattle, or Portland, OR (despite what the bus benches claimed). When I talk about CityLit to people who...

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CityLit Project Concludes "Cruellest Month Reading Series"
Cruellest Month Reading Series Curated by Towson ARTS Collective / Furniture Press Thursday, April 30, 2009 French Press Cafe, 7:30pm 27 E. Chesapeake Avenue Towson, MD Free! CityLit Project Presents Poets from Loyola College and Goucher...

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Anatomy of a Book Contract at Howard County Arts Council
You, the writer, just spent 10 years, 10 months, 10 weeks writing that manuscript.  As Red Smith said, "Writing is easy; I just open a vein and bleed."  Goodness knows how many additional years, months, or weeks it took you to find an agent, and for that agent to find you a...

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2008 Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award Winners Set to Headline CityLit Festival
CityLit Festival VI takes place at Enoch Pratt Free Library on Saturday, April 18, 2009.   Presented by CityLit Project and Pratt Library , the festival continues its tradition of presenting nationally acclaimed writers, Baltimore's own literati, and emerging voices in a day-long...

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Happy Fifth Anniversary CityLit Project!
2009 marks CityLit's fifth anniversary and a new chapter in the organization's story. We are rolling out a new logo, launching a new web site, adding new board members, offering new programs, establishing new partnerships, growing more efficient and effective with guidance from a new strategic...

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New Plan, New Look, New Site Open New Chapter for CityLit
Since its first days in 2004, CityLit Project’s work set the tone for collaborating with various institutions, writers, media, and others to create, promote, present, and evaluate its programs.  Doing so on a modest budget meant a lot of grassroots initiatives, including the design...

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Thank You for a Successful First Annual Appeal
Last Fall, just as the country was beginning to admit that the economy was in the middle of a recession, CityLit’s board of directors coordinated the organization’s first annual appeal campaign.  We seriously discussed whether this was the right time, especially for a...

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Five Baltimore Professionals Join CityLit Project’s Board
Directors to Usher in Changes to Mark Nonprofit’s Fifth Anniversary October 10, 2008—CityLit Project announced today the addition of five area professionals to its Board of Directors, bringing the total number of directors to fourteen. New to the board are: Rachel Eisler, 45, is...

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CityLit Goes Back to School (Examiner September 2008)
The CityLit Project is expanding its presence at the Baltimore Book Festival this weekend with the brand-new School of Lit stage, a showcase of work from 11 area colleges and universities. “All the great writing created on these campuses can sometimes be overlooked,” said Gregg...

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Reader Friendly (Jewish Times June 2008)
Gregg Wilhelm has a reputation. And it’s an enviable one. Mr. Wilhelm is known as the go-to literary guy in Baltimore. Executive director of CityLit Project, a local non-profit literary arts organization, and director and editor-in-chief at Apprentice House, an independent book publishing...

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Loving The Printed Word (The Sun May 2008)
Loyola's unique student-staffed book publishing operation and the CityLit Project are both ways to get Baltimoreans, especially the young, 'excited about the literary arts.'

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Wilhelm Named One of Baltimore's "40 Under 40" (Baltimore Business Journal September 2006)
Article from BBJ's "40 Under 40" feature.

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Daily Record Article on Free Fall Baltimore (August 24, 2006)
Article from the August 24, 2006 issue of The Daily Record.

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Urbanite Names CityLit "One to Watch" (March 2006)
Article from the March 3, 2006 issue of Urbanite .

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CityLit Festival Named Best of Baltimore 2005
CityLit Project was honored to be featured in Baltimore magazine's 30th annual Best of Baltimore issue: Lightning In a Bottle (twice) Last year, the inaugural CityLit Festival at the Enoch Pratt Free Library booked novelist Edward P. Jones for an appearance. A few days before the...

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CityLit Festival Makes Baltimore Debut (Publishers Weekly April 2004)
Publishers Weekly, the industry's leading trade publication, recognized CityLit Project's first public program: CityLit Festival presented with Enoch Pratt Free Library in April 2004.  Newly named Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction Edward P. Jones headlined.

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Nonprofit Formed to Create Community Among Readers and Writers
CityLit Project was incorporated in Maryland on January 21, 2004. Articles of incorporation, bylaws, and first budget were all approved. The founder was Gregg Wilhelm and the founding chair was Charles F. "Chic" Dambach.  It gained its 501(c)(3) status from the IRS in February...

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ZZ New CityLit Project Brochure for 2011
Click on the link below to download CityLit's new brochure!  

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CityLit Kids Writing Samples
{Chris note: Writing samples can be on-line here and / or saved and attached as PDFs} In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson is Buried By Little Amy Hempel, Age 12, Govans Elementary School "Tell me things I won't mind forgetting," she said. "Make it useless stuff or skip...

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