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CityLit Festival presents Black Girls: Bone Black & Breathing

March 12, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Black Girls: Bone Black & Breathing


Titled in the spirit of feminist bell hooks, this panel of Black women discuss the interior and public lives of Black girlhood, and their new works of poetry, film, story, and the many ways they see themselves and come of age. Poet/filmmaker Nia June made her directorial debut with “A Black Girl’s Country” recently acquired by the Baltimore Museum of Art as a part of their permanent collection. Founder of Well Read Black Girl’s Glory Edim presents her newly released work, On Girlhood: 15 Stories from the Well-Read Black Girl Library, which in its starred review Kirkus Review states is “an expansive, decades-spanning view of Black girlhood.” Breath Better Spent: Living Black Girlhood is the recent work of scholar and award-winning poet DaMaris B. Hill, Ph.D called a narrative in verse that “chooses to celebrate and protect the girl she carries.” Novelist Kai Harris makes her debut with an ode to adolescence, What the Fireflies Knew about family, identity and race. Jamesha Caldwell, co-director of A Revolutionary Summer moderates. Quoting Hill – ”your mouth is a river that won’t lay still”; Nikki G – “Black love is Black wealth,” and hooks – “dreaming ourselves dark and deep,” embodies the spirit of these books, and the treasures that reside in these stories.


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The LIVE Panel and Audience Q & A session (Wheeler Auditorium, 3rd floor) will also be broadcast on the Enoch Pratt Free Library Facebook page and YouTube page. It can be watched after the broadcast on the library’s Facebook Live. Click here for the Live video library.

If you cannot obtain a seat, you may watch the live stream of this event on your own device. The Pratt Library offers free wifi. We truly appreciate your grace and your patience as we navigate both a live and virtual experience for all.


CityLit in partnership with Enoch Pratt Free Library, Maryland Centers for Creative Classrooms, Arts Education in Maryland Schools, Maryland Humanities, Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, National Endowment for the Arts – American Rescue Plan, Motor House, Busboys and Poets – Baltimore, Bmore Art and The Ivy Bookshop presents CityLit Festival: Reimagined II. This live and virtual celebration of the arts showcases a bevy of leading poets and writers throughout March, with a day full of sessions on March 12th. We’re talking fiction, nonfiction, poetry galore, and ways to up the ante on your craft.

Download the CityLit Festival: Reimagined II flyer.


March 12, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm