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CityLit Festival presents: The “Real” Business of Writing Creative Nonfiction
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CityLit Festival presents: The “Real” Business of Writing Creative Nonfiction

March 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

The “Real” Business of Writing Creative Nonfiction: You Can’t Make It Up

Live @ The Central Pratt Library (Creative Arts Center)

        

Four working essayists, journalists feed you the facts of writing creative nonfiction. What it takes to represent, research, explore and write the “real”. How to merge the boundaries of fiction, poetry with accuracy and research, and anchor it in truth and narrative storytelling. Artist-archivist, writer, curator, Angela Carroll released Exploring Presence: African American Artists in the Upper South, a catalog and short docuseries that surveys underrecognized artists in the DMV region. Rebekah Kirkman is the managing editor of BmoreArt and frequently explores the tensions and dimensions of power and community through the arts. Ron Cassie is a senior editor at Baltimore magazine, winning national magazine awards for his work around climate change, the opioid epidemic, and the death of Freddie Gray. Award-winning writer and moderator Kristina R. Gaddy’s debut nonfiction book Flowers in the Gutter, tells the true story of the teenage Edelweiss Pirates who fought the Nazis. Her forthcoming Well of Souls: Music, Dance, Spirituality, and the Early Banjo is a literary exploration of the little-known history of the banjo in the Americas.
90-Minute Craft Intensive

For any of Saturday’s events, daily garages and metered on-street parking are located close to the library, but we encourage carpooling & reserving a spot ahead of time by using SpotHero or a similar reservation service. The MTA Trip Planner is helpful for determining your best route if you are using public transportation. Parking can also be found at the Franklin Street Garage. You can find more parking options by Clicking Here.


Featuring

Angela N. Carroll is an artist-archivist, writer, curator, and investigator of art history and culture. She regularly contributes critical essays to significant publications including Sugarcane Magazine, Black Art in America, BmoreArt, and Hyperallergic, and also writes art exhibition catalogs for prominent institutions including Columbia University, The Baltimore Museum of Art, Rena Bransten Gallery, and The National Museum of Women in the Arts, among others. In 2021, Angela released Exploring Presence: African American Artists in the Upper South, a catalog and short docuseries that surveys underrecognized artists in the DMV region. In Spring 2022, the Exploring Presence: African American Artists in the Upper South exhibition will premiere at the James E Lewis Museum of Art at Morgan State University. She received her MFA in Digital Arts and New Media from the University of California at Santa Cruz and intermittently teaches within the Film and Moving Image program at Stevenson University and the FYE program at MICA in Baltimore, Maryland.
https://merkabapublicationsllc.org/shop/p/exploringpresence
Instagram: @angela_n_carroll

Rebekah Kirkman is the managing editor of BmoreArt, where she oversees the bulk of the magazine’s coverage of visual art, literature, performance, and more. Rebekah’s writing frequently explores the tensions and dimensions of power and community through the arts. Her criticism, reporting, essays, and poetry have appeared in Hyperallergic, Baltimore Beat, Baltimore Fishbowl, and The Outline, and elsewhere. She has spoken about her work at UMBC, Goucher College, MICA, Johns Hopkins University, and other venues. Rebekah was previously the visual arts editor, intern manager, and fact-checking coordinator at the Baltimore City Paper.
Twitter: @rebekahkirkman
Instagram: @slidingdice

Ron Cassie is a senior editor at Baltimore magazine, winning national magazine awards for his work around climate change, the opioid epidemic, and the death of Freddie Gray. He has been both a Folio and City Regional Magazine Association writer of the year finalist. His co-written story on police surveillance was selected for the Pulitzer Center’s 2021 Year in Review. Other work has appeared in The Best of American Sports Writing, Newsweek, CityLab, Huffington Post, Grist, The New York Daily News, Baltimore Sun, City Paper, and Urbanite, where he served as editor-in-chief. He is pursuing a doctorate degree at Georgetown and has taught writing at several Baltimore-area colleges. His first book, If You Love Baltimore, It Will Love you Back, a collection of short nonfiction stories, was published in 2020. Prior to becoming a journalist, he swung a hammer, rode a bike, and poured drinks for a living.
http://www.roncassie.com
Twitter: @ron_cassie
Instagram:@humanpoweredcity

Kristina R. Gaddy is an award-winning writer who believes in the power of narrative nonfiction to bring stories from the past to life in order to inform the world we live in today. Her debut nonfiction book Flowers in the Gutter (Dutton 2020), tells the true story of the teenage Edelweiss Pirates who fought the Nazis. Through narratives based on memoirs, oral history interviews, and Nazi documents, she immerses the reader in the world of these teenagers as they resist the Third Reich. Her next book Well of Souls: Music, Dance, Spirituality, and the Early Banjo (W.W. Norton 2022) is a literary exploration of the little known history of the banjo in the Americas, its role as a spiritual device in the hands of enslaved Africans, and the instrument’s legacy in today’s culture and society. She holds an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from Goucher College and her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Baltimore magazine, Washington City Paper, Baltimore Sun, Bitch Magazine, Narratively, Proximity, Atlas Obscura, OZY, Shore Monthly and other smaller history and music publications. ”
http://www.kristinagaddy.com/
Instagram: @kgadz


Stop by Busboys and Poets after our Saturday events for a Happy Hour Special from 4-8pm!

They are located at 3224 St. Paul St, Baltimore, MD 21218.

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