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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 we thank the Pratt Library for recording the following podcasts. Check back here for video posts coming soon.

Fiction Headliner George Saunders
George Saunders is the author of three collections of short stories, the latest of which, Tenth of December, the New York Times Magazine called "the best book you'll read this year." In 2006, Saunders received a “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation, which described him as a “highly imaginative author [who] continues to influence a generation of young writers and brings to contemporary American fiction a sense of humor, pathos, and literary style all his own.” Just prior to the festival, Saunders won the PEN/Malamud prize for best short story collection. Saunders joined Tom Hall, Arts and Culture Editor, “Maryland Morning,” WYPR.

Poetry Headliners Stanley Plumly And Dick Allen
Poets laureate Stanley Plumly of Maryland and Dick Allen of Connecticut read their latest work. Plumly is the author of Orphan Hours and is recipient of the 2010 John William Corrington Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. Allen is the author of Present Vanishing and recipient of the 2013 New Criterion Poetry Prize, one of the country's most prominent prizes for a book-length collection of poems that pays close attention to form. Introduced by Michael Salcman, poet and critic, Past Chair, CityLit Project.

Nonfiction Headliner Jamal Joseph
Jamal Joseph discusses his memoir, Panther Baby. In the 1960s, he exhorted students at Columbia University to burn their college to the ground. Today, he’s chair of Columbia's School of the Arts film division. Joseph’s personal odyssey—from the streets of Harlem to Riker’s Island and Leavenworth to the halls of Columbia—is as gripping as it is inspiring. He talked with Marc Steiner, "The Marc Steiner Show," WEAA.

Importance Of Place: Tim Wendel And Leigh Newman
Tim Wendel’s books include Summer of ’68, High Heat, Red Rain, and Castro’s Curveball. A writer-in-residence at Johns Hopkins University, his stories have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, GQ, and Esquire. His newest release, Habana Libre, is a novella set in Cuba and Baltimore. Leigh Newman’s memoir Still Points North—set in Maryland and Alaska—is hot off the press from Dial Press. She is the Deputy Editor of where she writes about books, life, happiness, survival, and—on rare, lucky days—food. Her fiction and non-fiction have appeared in One Story, Tin House, The New York Times "Modern Love" and "City" sections, and O The Oprah Magazine.

Cave Canem Reunion: A Baltimore Poets Homecoming

Afaa Michael Weaver is the author of eleven previous poetry collections. He is Alumnae Professor of English at Simmons College in Boston. Weaver is the recipient of an NEA fellowship, a Pew fellowship, and a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowship. He has been awarded a Pushcart Prize and a Fulbright scholar appointment, among other honors. The Government of Nature is the second volume of a trilogy in which Weaver analyzes his life, striving to become the ideal poet. Reginald Harris, Poetry in The Branches Coordinator and Information Technology Director for Poets House in New York City, won the 2012 Cave Canem / Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize for Autogeography. A Pushcart Prize Nominee, recipient of Individual Artist Awards for both poetry and fiction from the Maryland State Arts Council, and Finalist for a Lambda Literary Award and the ForeWord Book of the Year for 10 Tongues: Poems. Introduced by Marc Steiner, "The Marc Steiner Show," WEAA.

Two In One: Fiction With Jen Michalski And Terese Svoboda
Jen Michalski is author of the novel The Tide King, winner of the 2012 Big Moose Prize, the short story collections From Here and Close Encounters, and the novella collection Could You Be With Her Now. She is the founding editor of the literary quarterly jmww, a co-host of The 510 Readings and the biannual Lit Show, and interviews writers at The Nervous Breakdown. She also is the editor of the anthology City Sages: Baltimore, which Baltimore magazine called a "Best of Baltimore" in 2010. Terese Svoboda’s Tin God was recently published in paperback by Bison Books, the trade imprint of the University of Nebraska Press. Svoboda’s writing has appeared in Paris Review, The New Yorker, TLS, Narrative Magazine, and other publications. She the author of five volumes of poetry and four novels, and just prior to the festival she was named a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow.

Maryland Humanities Council’s "Letters About Literature"
Letters About Literature is a national writing contest for students in grades 4 to 10 sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. The program encourages young readers to write to the author of a book expressing how that book changed their view of themselves or the world. In state program is managed by the Maryland Humanities Council. Every year at CityLit Festival, students and their families from around the state gather to recognize regional winners. Special Guest Author: Jonathon Scott Fuqua’s latest book, Calvert the Raven In the Battle of Baltimore, is an illustrated book for children.

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