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CityLit Kids
CityLit Kids 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...

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CityLit Teens
CityLit Teens gets youth excited about reading and writing by presenting these skills as creative literary art.  Conducted at libraries, on college campuses, and as part of after-school activities, the program explores various forms of writing (poetry and prose), makes reading...

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Lit's Not Dead (Punk Rock Readings)
A random series of rock-n-read concerts, Lit’s Not Dead brings together raucous music with burgeoning young authors from up and down the East Coast.  The energy rolled up into these special shows contradicts popular impressions that young adults are abandoning the written word;...

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CityLit Stage at Baltimore Book Festival
Each Fall, CityLit presents several programs on a main stage at the weekend-long, outdoor Baltimore Book Festival.  Poetry readings, authors signings, and music have showcased the best of Baltimore’s literary community, as well as Cave Canem poets from around the country,...

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CityLit Festival at Pratt Library
Each April, in partnership with Pratt Library, CityLit Project presents its signature event: CityLit Festival.  The day-long celebration of literature includes concurrent programming in five different spaces throughout the library.  The list of amazing headliners includes Pulitzer...

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CityLit WriteShops
This on-going series of workshops for writers addresses both the creative craft and professional development of literary artists.  Multi-week craft sessions include workshops on poetry, fiction, novel writing, screenwriting, and scripting, casting, filming, and editing your own book...

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CityLit Press
CityLit Press’s mission is to provide a venue for writers who might otherwise be overlooked by larger publishers due to the literary nature or regional focus of their projects.  The press takes such editorial risks by embracing a different publishing model that utilizes...

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CityLit Press / Poetry Chapbook Contests
Chapbook contests have a rich tradition in American independent and literary publishing houses.  CityLit Press sponsors two contests: the Harriss Poetry Prize named in honor of Clarinda Harriss, widely acclaimed poet, long-time English professor, and publisher of Maryland’s oldest...

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AD Emmart Award
In 2010, CityLit Project agreed with the A.D. Emmart Award Foundation to assume responsibility for the A.D. Emmart Award.  Inaugurated in 1974 in honor of the long-time Baltimore Sun writer and art critic, the award recognizes exemplary writing in the humanities by a Marylander.  The...

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CityLit MUSE-letter
In addition to being communications tools, CityLit’s web site and newsletter serve to extend the organization’s mission. includes news, resources for writers, a calendar listing all literary happenings, links to other literary organizations or publications,...

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