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John Darnielle / CityLit Festival 2015
John Darnielle, whose novel Wolf in White Van was long-listed for the National Book Award in Fall 2014 for Wolf in White Van, speaks with CityLit Project's executive director Gregg Wilhelm at the twelfth annual CityLit Festival. Darnielle also fronts the acclaimed band The Mountain Goats.


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Baltimore Book Festival Highlights 2014
Highlights from the 19th annual Baltimore Book Festival, the first one held at its new Inner Harbor location. It was the most beautiful weekend the festival has ever experienced, and the crowd was twice the size. See you there again the last weekend of September, 2015.


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Actor-Turned-Novelist Michael Tucker at Baltimore Book Festival
CityLit Project was honored to present actor, author, and Baltimore-native Michael Tucker at the 17th annual Baltimore Book Festival. CityLit executive director Gregg Wilhelm introduced the first-time novelist, who spoke with WYPR's Tom Hall (both were joined by Tucker's wife, actress Jill Eikenberry). Video courtesy of ChangingMedia.


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The End of Publishing
Check out this clever video from DK Publishing. We usually don't post videos from second party sources that aren't recordings of CityLit programs, but we thought this deserved a look. Wait for the twist at the end!


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CityLit Teens Wraps Up with Public Reading
The Spring 2011 class of CityLit Teens--who dubbed themselves the "Writers of Mass Destruction"--read from their new book, Speak the Truth, Even If Your Voice Shakes on June 12 at Barnes & Noble White Marsh. Bumps in the road. Unanswered questions. Trying to find their places...not only as people, but as writers. These are just some of the topics explored by a special group of young people who participated in CityLit Teens. Every Saturday morning for two months they gathered, wrote, and shared their literary art. Even when their voices shook, these young writers possessed the courage to speak. The program was led by Robyn Barberry, English Teacher at Overlea High School and recent graduate from Goucher College's MFA in Creative Nonfiction program.


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Across Words (Highlights)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Love Movement (part of Ravolution Multimedia, LLC) and CityLit Project (Baltimore's nonprofit literary arts center) teamed up for a special night of literature and entertainment called "Across Words." Conceived as an evening of storytelling and art that crosses boundaries and creates community, "Across Words" introduced new audiences to Baltimore's diverse literary and performance scene.


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Across Words (Part 2)
The Love Movement (part of Ravolution Multimedia, LLC) and CityLit Project (Baltimore's nonprofit literary arts center) teamed up for a special night of literature and entertainment called "Across Words." Conceived as an evening of storytelling and art that crosses boundaries and creates community, "Across Words" introduced new audiences to Baltimore's diverse literary and performance scene. Hosts were Raven Ekundayo and Gregg Wilhelm. Performers included Janice B., Justin Sirois, Slangston Hughes, Cliff Murphy, Rebecca Dupas, Jason Tinney, and QueenEarth. The event is part of the Spotlight UB Performing Arts Series at the University of Baltimore, and took place on April 30, 2011.


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Across Words (Part 1)
The Love Movement (part of Ravolution Multimedia, LLC) and CityLit Project (Baltimore's nonprofit literary arts center) teamed up for a special night of literature and entertainment called "Across Words." Conceived as an evening of storytelling and art that crosses boundaries and creates community, "Across Words" introduced new audiences to Baltimore's diverse literary and performance scene. Hosts were Raven Ekundayo and Gregg Wilhelm. Performers included Janice B., Justin Sirois, Slangston Hughes, Cliff Murphy, Rebecca Dupas, Jason Tinney, and QueenEarth. The event is part of the Spotlight UB Performing Arts Series at the University of Baltimore, and took place on April 30, 2011.


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Talking Books with CityLit on WBAL TV-11
CityLit Project executive director Gregg Wilhelm makes occasional appearances on WBAL TV’s Weekend Edition to talk about what’s new in books. Here is a compilation of four such appearances with anchors Lisa Robinson, Kate Amara, and Jennifer Franciotti. Thanks to WBAL TV-11 and weekend producer Eliza Bulley for the invitation to share our passion for literature with their viewers.


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CityLit Kids Ends ... Unexpected Outcomes (Highlights)
HIGHLIGHTS: CityLit Kids brings literature into the classrooms of Baltimore City Public Schools. Students received a free copy of one of the chapter books read aloud to them. The fourth graders kept a record of their writing progress in a CityLit Kids journal given to them at the beginning of the school year. Program outcomes included growth in enthusiasm for reading and writing, focused attention, developed thinking skills, increased vocabulary, and improved writing.


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CityLit Kids Ends with Reading and Unexpected Outcomes
CityLit Kids brings literature into the classrooms of Baltimore City Public Schools. At the culmination of the pilot year, participants read their favorite pieces written during the 2010-11 program. Students also received a free copy of one of the chapter books read aloud to them. The fourth graders kept a record of their writing progress in a CityLit Kids journal given to them at the beginning of the school year. Program outcomes included growth in enthusiasm for reading and writing, focused attention, developed thinking skills, increased vocabulary, and improved writing. CityLit Kids was created and presented by three extraordinary writers, teachers, and parents: Jane Delury, Christine Grillo, and Elissa Weissman. Each woman teaches at the University of Baltimore, where graduate students will help deliver the expanded program in 2011-12. Thanks to the students and staff at Govans Elementary School in Baltimore, especially Principal Taylor, Ms. Taylor, and of course the CityLit Kids!


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CityLit Kids Visit with Author Margaret Musgrove
CityLit Kids--a program of nonprofit literary arts organization CityLit Project-- builds a community of enthusiastic writers and readers in Baltimore public schools by bringing the literary community into the classroom. Trained, experienced volunteers establish routine visits to fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms to read aloud from a riveting work of fiction and lead creative writing exercises designed to inspire and excite. The read-aloud books are selected for age-appropriateness, but also for the right mix of substance and “kid appeal.” Journaling exercises, based on prompts that tie in with the reading, are intended to expose students to the fun of creative writing and the joy of sharing one’s work. Periodically, guest writers accompany the regular volunteer to the classroom to read from their own work and discuss the life of a writer. In December 2010, children’s author Margaret Musgrove shared her two illustrated books: "Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions" and "The Spider Weaver: A Legend of Kente Cloth." She also brought in samples of Kente cloth, statuary, and artifacts from her visits to Ghana. The CityLit Kids were attentive, engaged, and inquisitive. CityLit Kids is being expanded from this pilot program and seeks support from family foundations, corporations, sources of public funding, as well as individual contributors. This program, and plans to replicate it, will make a difference in the lives of Baltimore kids.


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Why Art? CityLit ED Responds From Literary Perspective
University of Baltimore MFA student and author Kimberley Lynne interviews CityLit Project executive director about writing, art, and community in her "Why Art?" project. In Kimberley's own words, "In November 2010, I began asking my super art friends, 'Why art?' Some of my super art friends free-wrote with me before their interview in UB's Student Center Performing Arts Theater. I held the camera and we talked about art."


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City Sages Reading at Atomic Books
On July 15, 2010, readings from “City Sages: Baltimore,” an anthology of some of Baltimore’s best writers took place. It was held at Atomic Books in Hampden. The authors who read from their contribution to the popular book included Jessica Anya Blau, Maud Casey, Adam Robinson, and Joe Young. Kathy Flann served as the moderator. After the readings, the editor of “City Sages: Baltimore,” Jen Michalski, spoke about the origins of the project that produced the book published by CityLit Press. Video courtesy of Bill Hughes.


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The New Mercury Readings #2
On June 30, 2010, co-hosts Deborah Rudacille and John Barry presented the second nonfiction readings for the "New Mercury" (http://thenewmercuryreadings.com). The event was held in Baltimore, MD, at the Jordan Faye Contemporary/BE. Readers included Charles Cohen, Melissa Hale, and Steve Luxenburg. CityLit Project sponsors the series. Video courtesy of Bill Hughes.


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CityLit ED Describes Baltimore's Scene to The Loft's ED
Gregg Wilhelm talked briefly with Jocelyn Hale, executive director of Minneapolis-based The Loft Literary Center, a major inspiration behind Gregg launching CityLit in Baltimore in 2004. Here's the text that accompanied Jocey's video: Literary centers are hot on the East Coast. Just look at Baltimore, home to CityLit Project where the literary action is always cooking and the actual temperature on the street today is 103 degrees. Over the years, I’ve come to have immense respect for CityLit’s founder and executive director, Gregg Wilhelm. Two or three times now, an author will win a major award and I’ll notice that Gregg has already booked him/her for CityLit’s stage at the Baltimore Book Festival. When I asked Gregg for his secret, he smiled and said, “I have great readers.” Check out my short interview with Gregg Wilhelm taken at the recent AWP Conference in Denver.


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City Sages: Baltimore Reading
On May 18, 2010, readings from “City Sages: Baltimore,” an anthology of some of Baltimore’s best writers, took place at Barnes & Noble Johns Hopkins. The authors, who read from their contribution to the popular book, were: Jessica Anya Blau, Madeleine Mysko, Michael Kimball, and editor Jen Michalski (who celebrated her birthday at the event). Saying a few words, too, was Gregg A. Wilhelm publisher of CityLit Press, which is proud to claim the book as its first publication. Video courtesy of Bill Hughes.


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CityLit Festival Highlights
CityLit Festival is CityLit Project's signature event. Presented with Enoch Pratt Free Library and held at the historic Central Library, the annual celebration of literary arts features critically acclaimed authors and poets, panels and readings, and new emerging voices. Guests have included Pulitzer Prize winners Edward P. Jones, Steve Coll, and Junot Diaz; poets such as Maryland Poet Laureate Michael Collier, Pushcart winner Afaa Michael Weaver, National Book Award winner Mark Doty, and National Poetry Series winner Tyehimba Jess; local luminaries such as Laura Lippman, Dan Fesperman, Manil Suri, Connie Brisco, and Jonathon Scott Fuqua; and a wonderful mix of up-and-coming writers. The bustling Literary Marketplace showcases Baltimore's writers, presses, and literary organizations. Launched as CityLit Project's very first program in 2004, the festival remains free and open to the public.


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CityLit Project Youth Programs
Highlights of CityLit Project's programs for youth. CityLit Teens, a developing program that grew from 2007's CityLit Espanol, gets youth excited about the literary arts through writing, titling, and helping design their very own books. The Maryland Young Writers' Contest, in partnership with Baltimore's Child, receives more than 400 submissions each year. And CityLit Project's general public programming often features events for young people.


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Poet Elizabeth Spires Reads at CityLit Festival
Elizabeth Spires' sixth collection of poems, The Wave-Maker, was published by W.W. Norton in July 2008. She recently edited Contents of a Minute (Sarabande, 2008), a chapbook by the late poet Josephine Jacobsen. Spires is Professor of English at Goucher College in Baltimore. She read at the sixth annual CityLit Festival (April 18, 2009). Video courtesy Smartish Pace.


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Book Culture Panel at CityLit Festival (1)
Excerpts from a panel discussion on the state of our book culture. Moderated by Dave Rosenthal, the Baltimore Sun's "Read Street" blogger. Panelists (left to right) include Deirdre Donahue, Book Reviewer, USA Today; Natalie Stokes, Associate Publisher, Black Classics Press; and David Kipen, Director, National Reading Initiatives, National Endowment for the Arts and the former book review editor for the San Francisco Chronicle. (SOURCE: YouTube/SharingMyStory; CityLit Festival at Pratt Library, April 18, 2009)


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Book Culture Panel at CityLit Festival (2)
Excerpts from a panel discussion on the state of our book culture. Moderated by Dave Rosenthal, the Baltimore Sun's "Read Street" blogger. Panelists (left to right) include Deirdre Donahue, Book Reviewer, USA Today; Natalie Stokes, Associate Publisher, Black Classics Press; and David Kipen, Director, National Reading Initiatives, National Endowment for the Arts and the former book review editor for the San Francisco Chronicle. (SOURCE: YouTube/SharingMyStory; CityLit Festival at Pratt Library, April 18, 2009)


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Poet Michael Collier Reads at CityLit Festival
Michael Collier teaches at the University of Maryland, and has served as Maryland’s poet laureate. He has received numerous awards for his poetry, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Thomas Watson Fellowship. He read at the sixth annual CityLit Festival (April 18, 2009). Video courtesy Smartish Pace.


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Larry Doyle on Book Tours
Thurber Prize winning author and former writer for "The Simpsons," Larry Doyle discusses book tours as part of his keynote address at the Baltimore Writers' Conference (November 8, 2008).


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LitCity Band at CityLit Stage
At the 2008 Baltimore Book Festival, CityLit Stage emcee Aaron Henkin was not happy with the generic name "CityLit Band" (headed up by CityLit's own treasurer, Bunky Markert). A simple flip-flop, and you have LitCity Band, all the more appropriate (September 26, 2008).


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Afaa Michael Weaver
Afaa Michael Weaver has been called "one of the most significant poets writing today," and "the African American successor to Walt Whitman." His work celebrates the glory of American vernacular speech; in 2008 his poem "American Income" was awarded a Pushcart Prize. The Baltimore native teaches at Simmons College in Boston. He read at CityLit Festival. (April 19, 2008, video courtesy of Radar Redux).


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Lit's Not Dead
CityLit's first rock-n-read concert (MICA, November 30, 2006). Look for another gig in the near future. The entire line-up included: Mike Cook, How to Survive Heartbreak Olu Butterfly Woods, Revenge of the Dandelions Niki Lee, Seize the Green Day T Cooper, A Fictional History of the United States (with Huge Chunks Missing) Felicia Luna Lemus, Like Son Jason Tinney, You Don't Have to Go Home (But You Cant Stay Here) Justin Sirois, Yusefs Well Niki Lee and the Hollow Minds Donegal X-Press


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