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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 organization has entered into a partnership with the Maryland State Arts Council to manage the administration and promotion of the state-wide Poetry Out Loud program. In addition to expanding the national recitation contest to more schools in counties throughout Maryland, CityLit’s board of directors hopes that this increased presence will help it deliver other literary arts programs across the state, said board chair Francis “Bunky” Markert.

To manage Poetry Out Loud and CityLit’s other programs, the organization has hired writer and arts administrator Carla Du Pree as its new executive director. Du Pree started on July 1.

CityLit Project’s announcements include the resignation of Gregg Wilhelm, who founded the nonprofit in 2004 after discovering Open Book, a renovated warehouse in Minneapolis that is home to the Loft Literary Center, Milkweed Editions, and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. He will serve as Founder Emeritus and assist with the leadership transition.

Right: Kwame Alexander, 2015 Newbery Award winner and original CityLit Project board member, poses with his daughter and CityLit founder Gregg Wilhelm at the CityLit Stage during the Baltimore Book Festival.

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