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CityLit Festival Set to Celebrate National Poetry Month, Reflect Upon Anniversary of Protests

Poets Claudia Rankine, E. Ethelbert Miller, and Paul Lisicky lead a list of 25 main stage authors and more than 30 concurrent programs at the 13th annual CityLit Festival. This year's edition--positioned as a celebration of National Poetry Month and in reflection upon the anniversary of last April's demonstrations focus the literary community on matters of race and social justice.

Expanded and held in new locations, CityLit Festival includes special appearances by award-winning poet Claudia Rankine, who appears Friday, April 15, at 7pm at the Maryland Institute College of Art (in a partnership between CityLit Project, Enoch Pratt Free Library, and MICA), and again Saturday, April 16, at 10:30am at the Pennsylvania Avenue branch of Pratt Library.

CityLit Festival's main activity then takes place from 11am to 6pm throughout April 16 on the campus of the University of Baltimore. For the first time in its history, the festival takes place away from Pratt Library's central library, but enlists both the library and UB's MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts program as partners.

"Last year, the festival was one of few cultural events not to cancel the weekend after the riots," said CityLit Project executive director Gregg Wilhelm. "USA Today quoted me as saying that CityLit believed poets would lead long-overdue conversations about race and justice in Baltimore. By presenting poets the caliber of Rankine and Miller this year, we feel like we're demonstrating directly the role culture and creativity can play in a community."

CityLit Festival programs will take place in UB's Learning Commons (1415 Maryland Avenue), adjacent to Gordan Plaza and the Poe Statue, and across the street at UB's Student Center (12 W. Mount Royal Avenue).

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