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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 for those who decided not to attend during a week of unrest in Baltimore, and we thank the Pratt Library for recording the following podcasts.

PODCASTS (Click on Program Title)

Rock and the Written Word


Writers who moonlight as rockers take the stage to discuss the differences and affinities between writing for the eye or writing for the ear. Poet Gerry LaFemina, short story author Jason Tinney, and young adult novelist Frank Portman join Gregg Wilhelm, CityLit Project's executive director.

Clash by Night Book Launch

Editors Gerry LaFemina (director, Frostburg Center for Creative Writing) and Gregg Wilhelm (director, CityLit Project) unveil Clash by Night, an anthology inspired by The Clash’s seminal album, London Calling, and the debut title in CityLit Press’s new Lo-fi Poetry Series (where “poets cover your record collection”).

Poetry in Medicine: An Anthology of Poems About Doctors, Patients, Illness, and Healing


Editor Michael Salcman talks about the literary effort to compile this meticulously researched anthology, with readings by local contributors Shirley Brewer, Clarinda Harriss, and Jennifer Wallace. Dr. Salcman will read selections from some of the dearly departed poets who appear in the book. Hosted by Laura Shovan, poetry editor, Little Patuxent Review.

John Darnielle (The Mountain Goats)

John Darnielle, long-listed for the National Book Award in Fall 2014 for Wolf in White Van and frontman for the group the Mountain Goats talks, with CityLit Project's executive director Gregg Wilhelm.

4th Annual Pratt Poetry Contest


Enjoy this reading by winners of Pratt Library’s fourth annual poetry contest presented in partnership with Little Patuxent Review.  Readers include Inga Lea Schmidt (contest winner), Ann Bracken, James Carroll, and Micia White.  Hosted by LPR editor Steven Leyva.

Poetry Readings


Join poets James Arthur (Charms Against Lightning) and Danuta E. Kosk-Kosicka (winner of the Harriss Poetry Prize for Oblige the Light) with host Barbara Diehl, senior editor of The Baltimore Review.

Serious Short Fiction


Join two local writers with terrific new short story collections—Jason Tinney (Ripple Meets the Deep) and Lucas Southworth (Everyone Here Has a Gun)—for a reading and discussion about the art form. Hosted by Holly Morse-Ellington, editor, The Baltimore Review.

The Real Lives of Romance Writers


Real life is never as steamy as it is in a book. In this session, three best-selling romance writers will talk about finding inspiration for their work, how to balance real relationships with fictional ones, and how to generate future story ideas from life inside the real world. Mary McCarthy (The Scarlet Letter Society) discusses steamy motivations for plot lines, characters, and dialogue.

Punk and Prose


Join young adult novelist Frank Portman (aka Dr. Frank of The Mr. T Experience) and poet/novelist Gerry LaFemina (Expletive Deleted and Tom Collins and the Cocktail Shakers) for a reading from their literary work: Portman from his young adult sequel, King Dork Approximately, and LaFemina from his recent novel, Clamor. Introduced by Gregg Wilhelm, executive director of CityLit Project and publisher, CityLit Press.

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