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Biographies of Authors for 13th Annual CityLit Festival

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1415 Maryland Avenue (Near Poe Statue)

11:00am – 6:00pm


1.     Check in -  CityLit Project – CityLit has been serving readers and writers

in Baltimore since 2004. Executive Director: Gregg Wilhelm


2.   University of Baltimore MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing - The UB MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing welcomes fiction writers, poets and creative non-fiction writers to join our program and develop your craft, expand your creativity, and become a skilled book designer. You enter the program with a handful of writing and leave with a beautiful published book.


3A.   Passager Books –A journal and press for writers over 50, Passager publishes poetry, fiction, and memoir, and runs an annual contest for a Passager poet over 50.

Contact: Kendra Kopelke.


3B.   Enoch Pratt Free Library Humanities Dept. – Contact: Andeberhan Tensae ?<>


4A.   Dr. Jennifer Gaither - Jenrod Inc. Author of Help Books for school teachers, and praise and worship leaders. 


4B.   B. A. Smith – Psychologist and Author of two mysteries and one historical novel.


5A.   Joseph Chamberlin – Author of Non-fiction focusing on Memoir, and Fiction in Short Stories and Poetry. 


5B.   Scribble Magazine - Published one to three times per year, Scribble features poetry, short fiction, and creative non-fiction from both established and emerging writers from around the globe. Contact: Scott D. Morrow


6A.   Ms. Deliah Lawrence - Author of Romantic Suspense novels.


6B.   Mare Cromwell - Voice of Earth Mother


7A.   Writers & Words: A Baltimore Reading Series;

Contact: Mr. Michael  Shattuck   


7B.   Ink Press Productions – IPP’s mission is to blur the lines of genre in writing, visual, and performance art through the publication of handmade books, manual printing, and experimental events. Contact: Amanda McCormick & Tracy Dimond  


8A.   Mrs. Margaret D. Pagan - Winner of 2015 Christian Literary Award for her book of historical fiction: The Fulani Girls.   


8B.   Washington Writers’ Publishing House – WWPH is an independent non-profit press which in forty-plus years of operation has published over eighty poets and fiction writers residing in the greater Washington-Baltimore-Northern Virginia area.

Contact: Mr. Sid Gold


9A.   Edit Action - EA provides copyediting of all types of writing—including book manuscripts, dissertations, and journal articles. Contact: Ms. Lucy B. Hoopes


9B.   BrickHouse Books, Inc. - Maryland's oldest continuously operating small press,

BrickHouse welcomes submissions of excellent, fresh, nontrendy, literate, intelligent material in any form or style. Contact: Ms. Clarinda Harris


10A.   Mr. Basil R. Loucas - Author of LSAT the Loucas Way, which can be found through Barnes and Noble and


10B.   Ms. Rosa L. Griffin - Author of Attraction: Sexy Tales of Good, Bad, and Ugly Relationships, A Smashwords ebook.


11A.   The Storybook Project: Storybooks—Just small enough for everyone to articulate and celebrate life in literature. Contact: Ms. Beatrice Odom Scott


11B.   Blaque Diamond - Published author of a series of children's books


12A.   Ms. Jackie Mae - Award-winning author who writes in several genres, including new adult, women’s fiction, contemporary, romance, paranormal, sci-fi, mystery/thriller/suspense, and juvenile fiction for the middle grade.


12B.   Cherrie Woods -  Author Where Do I Start? 10 PR Questions and Answers to Guide Self Published Authors, Ms. Woods works with authors to help them improve their brand, increase book sales and get media coverage.


13A.   Dr. Cassandra Foster – Writes creative nonfiction for juveniles. Publisher of 5 books; Author of 4.


13B.   The Baltimore Review – The mission of The Baltimore Review is to showcase Baltimore as a literary hub of diverse writing and promote the work of emerging and established writers. Contact: Ms. Barbara Diehl


14A.   B.A. Pinkney - Published Author of 2 books:  Inspirational Adult Fiction Novel: The Other Side of Light; and a Children’s Book: Naya and the Magic White Hat. 

Contact her on Facebook.


14B.   B. Morrison - Baltimore author, editor, teacher, and publisher.  


15A.   Mark Bart Carp –


15B.   Leslie J. Sherrod – Author of 7 African-American Christian Fiction novels.


16A.   John L. French - Local author specializing in short genre fiction  No website.


16B.   Lisa WaddellAuthor whose book is a memoir of her journey to discovering her self-worth. Her desire is to have women ask themselves that question and discover the true answer. whatsyourworth/


17A.   The Waldorf School of Baltimore – Waldorf educates and inspires children to think, feel, and act with depth, imagination, and purpose. Contact: Stacie Henderson  


17B.   Tonya Dowhite – An inspirational author of children's books and poetry.

No website.


18A.   Day Break Ministries – Day Break’s mission is to spiritually educate the un-churched in "Salvation and Spiritual Growth." Contact: Dr. June H Lawrence


18B.   Nancy Murray - An Author and Playwright, whose book One Child for Another is the story of how one child found the strength and courage to protect another from difficulty, and rescued herself in the process. 


19. Pat Valdata – A Poet and Novelist whose new book, Where No Man Can Touch, won the 2015 Donald Justice Poetry Prize.


20. Book signings by authors appearing at CityLit Festival. (Authors will be here immediately after their session to sign your books.)


21.   Barnes and Noble – Book sales for all authors appearing at the Festival.

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