The Village

CityLit invites local, regional and state-wide organizations that serve readers and writers to display their information at our signature events and on our website.

We realize how many of you — individuals and organizations … bookstores, entrepreneurs, reading series, and more — are doing your level best to provide services, information, and opportunities to grow and enhance the lives of poets and writers.

This is the Village.

CityLit displays information from The Village organizations and their services to the literary community at our:

  • Day-long CityLit Festival
  • Three-day CityLit Stage
  • CityLit Studio, where emerging and established writers convene

Let our audiences know about what you do, your mission, purpose and who you are. We will provide tables designated for your materials, and in some cases, your presence, as dictated by you and your availability. If you’d like to assign someone from your group to make a more meaningful connection, we have space for that, too. This is what we consider a Village concept.

Celebrate our literary scene

Explore and attend any of our events!

The Village Directory

Artists U

Artists U is an artist-run incubator for building sustainable lives. We offer workshops, conversations, and one-on-one planning sessions. All of our programs are free and open source.
clarity + community = power

A Revolutionary Summer

A Revolutionary Summer is an intensive critical reading and writing program dedicated to shifting harmful narratives about Black women and girls through literature, art, and self-inquiry.

The Baltimore Review

The Baltimore Review, founded in 1996, is a literary journal publishing poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The journal publishes quarterly online issues as well as an annual print compilation.

Doerr & Co.

Our mission is to create a clear and cohesive written narrative for brands and organizations that is clearly linked to their mission and vision to create a better world. We provide strategy, storytelling, and social impact services to help them do elevate their written content to the level of thought leadership.  |

Furious Flower Poetry Center
The Fight & The Fiddle (journal)

The Furious Flower Poetry Center at James Madison University is the nation’s oldest academic center dedicated to the study of Black poetry. We host readings, workshops, seminars, a decennial conference, and the online journal, The Fight & The Fiddle, all focused on celebrating Black literary contributions and history.

Howard County Poetry & Literature Society

Founded in 1974, HoCoPoLitSo is a community-based not-for-profit arts organization that produces live and recorded readings and other literary events for the general public, including students, seniors, and inclusive audiences.

Iceland Readers Retreat

The Iceland Readers Retreat offers lectures and talks by renowned authors while we learn about the rich literary heritage of this book-loving nation. Our 2020 event features award-winning writer Adam Gopnik.

Libraries Without Borders

Libraries Without Borders is a non-profit organization that believes that regardless of circumstances, people should have equal access to information and life enhancing resources.

Maryland Writers’ Association

The Maryland Writers’ Association (MWA) is a voluntary, not-for-profit association of writers at all levels dedicated to supporting the art, business, and craft of writing in all its forms.

Mason Creative Writing

Mason Creative Writing is a fine arts program and literary arts community based at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. In addition to graduate and undergraduate degree programs, Mason Creative Writing includes the Fall for the Book literary festival, Stillhouse Press, Poetry Daily, the New Leaves Writers’ Conference, and the literary journals phoebe and So To Speak.

Midwest Writing and Editing

We help creative business owners write better content in less time without the overwhelm.

The Modell Lyric

The mission of the Modell Lyric education program is to provide quality arts education opportunities for middle and high school students in the Greater Baltimore region. Our theater and digital storytelling curricula support the voice, agency, and creativity of youth while cultivating their participation in the arts as audience members.


Passager is a nonprofit literary journal and press dedicated to writers over age 50. Our mission is to empower the imagination in older people by giving a forum for expression in publications that are distinctive and beautiful.

Pen Parentis

A nonprofit that helps writers stay on creative track after they start a family.

Poe Baltimore, The Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum

Poe Baltimore was created to fund and maintain the Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum. Poe House os open to visitors to Baltimore throughout the year, as well as offering virtual tours online.

The Poet & The Poem from The Library of Congress

“The Poet and the Poem" is an ongoing series for public radio, 30-minute programs, featuring poets reading work and sharing their craft, now available on podcasts and iTunes. 2021 is the 43rd consecutive year on-air without interruption.

The Inner Loop

A literary reading series and network for creative writers in the DC/Baltimore area.

Writers & Words

Writers & Words is a Baltimore reading series that features four readers each month, one in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and the genre-defying “wild card” category which in the past has included a playwright, a scientist, and a children’s book author (and everything in between). Writers & Words’ mission is to connect writers to other writers in the Baltimore literary community and beyond.

Yellow Arrow Publishing

Yellow Arrow is a Baltimore-based nonprofit supporting women writers.

Zora’s Den

A community of Black women writers that offers social engagement, support and encouragement. In Our Own Words is a reading series that further celebrates prominent and rising Black, female voices.


If you’d like to join The Village, submit your request using this form:

    Organization Name*:
    (Your group, reading series, journal, service, etc.)

    Describe your organization in one or two sentences*:

    I am interested in:
    Displaying information (only)Displaying information AND having someone present
    CityLit Event Participitation:
    CityLit Festival (one day)CityLit Stage (three days)CityLit Studio (where emerging and established writers convene)
    Upload your organization's logo:
    *When you sign up to join The Village, you are also added to our mailing list. You can unsubscribe at any time.

    CityLit truly loves authors, books, and bringing folks together.

    Steven Leyva, CityLit Project Board Member, Assistant Professor, University of Baltimore