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CITYLIT PRESS: City Sages: Baltimore


City Sages: Baltimore

Jen Michalski, Editor
ISBN 978-1-936328-01-7
6x9 Trade Pbk, 300 pp.
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"There is a saying in Baltimore," said the sage himself, H.L. Mencken, "that crabs may be prepared in fifty ways and that all of them are good."

The same can be said of the different short pieces of prose collected in City Sages: Baltimore
, the first title from CityLit Press.  Here are thirty-six ways to create literary art in Baltimore, and all of them are good.

Edited by Jen Michalski, this first-ever anthology of some of Baltimore's best writers includes both famous and not-yet-famous scribes, both dead and alive.  Michalski's objective was to represent an array of writers over a period of time who were born in Baltimore or lived in the city. The anthology includes pieces by seminal writers such as Edgar Allan Poe, Gertrude Stein, Zora Neal Hurston, Frederick Douglass, and F. Scott Fitzgerald; contemporary writers such as Laura Lippman, Anne Tyler, Madison Smartt Bell, Michael Kimball, Alice McDermott, Jessica Anya Blau, and Rafael Alvarez; and emerging writers such as Rosalia Scalia, Caryn Coyle, Joe Young, and Adam Robinson.

As co-founder of the 510 Reading Series with fellow novelist Michael Kimball, Michalski was struck by how many great unknown writers were working in Baltimore. She was also surprised that no one had tried to collect any of the city’s notable writers into a book that celebrates Baltimore’s wonderful literary heritage.

City Sages is the first book of its kind and could lead to a series of city-based literary anthologies.

About the Editor

Jen Michalski has authored two collections of short fiction, Close Encounters (2007) and a second forthcoming from Dzanc Books (2013). Her work has appeared widely, including in McSweeneys Internet Tendency, failbetter, storySouth, Hobart, Gargoyle, and Potomac Review. She is the editor of the online literary zine jmww and co-host of the 510 Reading Series in Baltimore. She graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and received her master’s degree in Professional Writing from Towson University.

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