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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 partnership with University of Baltimore’s Klein Family School of Communications. The Business Center is located at 11 W. Mount Royal Avenue.

The New Yorker staff writer Philip Gourevitch headlines the day as this year’s keynote speaker. Gourevitch is the author of We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories of Rwanda, and his new work You Hide That You Hate Me, I Hide That I Know is forthcoming in 2019. Poet-turned-novelist Elizabeth Acevedo is this year’s featured poet. Noted poets Joanne Gabbin, Abdul Ali, Lauren K. Alleyne and Tony Medina from the Furious Flower Poetry Center will provide a lively poetry experience from the nation’s first academic center for Black poetry… All appearing in FREE sessions. Over 75 writers will be represented in 20 sessions. See below for the complete program.

A PDF of the day's program can be downloaded here.

Yrsa Daley-Ward, writer and poet of mixed West Indian and West African heritage, will present a 90-minute Master Class for $10, and One-on-One 30-Minute Editorial Sessions will be available with five editors (Karen Houppert, Bret McCabe, celeste doaks, Betsy Boyd and Laura Ballou), for $10 scheduled paid sessions to review writing in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, memoir and screenwriting.

(For more information and to register for the Master Class, click here.)

(For more information and to register for a Critique Session, click here.)

As in the past, the popular Literary Marketplace of approximately 40 authors, literary organizations and other vendors will be available all day for festival attendees. (For information about becoming a vendor, click here.)

The 15th CityLit Festival is presented in partnership with the University of Baltimore’s Klein Family School of Communications and Johns Hopkins University Masters of Arts in Writing, and sponsors Enoch Pratt Free Library, and the Motor House. The Ivy Bookshop will be the festival bookseller.

Last year Baltimore Magazine named the CityLit Festival as “The Best Place to Nurture Your Inner Writer”, the latest in a series of awards for the event.

To download the current program schedule, click below.

Supported (in part) by a grant from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation.

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