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CityLit Festival presents Who We Become

April 20 @ 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

Who We Become: Don’t Be Afraid
Festival Finale Featuring Musical Guest Be Steadwell

5:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Lobby Stage



The festival finale spotlights Be Steadwell with roots in jazz, acapella, and folk in Who We Become. Don’t Be Afraid. Be is a queer pop composer and storyteller whose films have screened in festivals around the world, who has composed songs for Alvin Ailey Dance Company, and who has a forthcoming new album, Dear Ex Musical.

“With honesty, humor, and originality, Be Steadwell brings a poet’s heart to her songs. She is true to her Muse.”
– Christian John Wikane, PopMatters

“Be’s songwriting is fresh and individual in the same personal storytelling way of Joni Mitchell or Carly Simon. Some might think it’s premature to align Be’s Queer Love Songs with such large and iconic artists but much of their best and lasting music was created at the beginning of their careers. Queer Love Songs is a beautiful ode to queer love, or any kind of love because it speaks the truth”
– Nona Hendryx

“Be Steadwell is a force to be reckoned with.”
– Autostraddle

“Not only do their controversial lyrics address issues with the contemporary mainstream music scene, but their spoken poetry also confronts racism and the erasure of women of color from mainstream queer culture. “
– QWOC Media, 2013




CityLit Project and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in partnership with Chesapeake Shakespeare Company present CityLit Festival: Dismantling the Culture of Silence. This celebration of the arts showcases a bevy of leading poets and writers on April 20, 2024. We’re talking fiction, nonfiction, poetry galore, and ways to up the ante on your craft.

Download the CityLit Festival: Dismantling the Culture of Silence flyer.


April 20
5:00 pm - 6:15 pm


Joseph Myerhoff Symphony Hall
1212 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, 21201
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