CityLit takes great pride in disrupting the norm by surprising our audiences with unique, one of a kind, remarkable experiences to engage in the literary arts. Our partnerships with organizations, groups, companies, and publishers help us grow all things literary, including a range of special events.
Writers Resist: Baltimore
After the 2016 election, when it became clear many communities in the region were deeply affected, we joined a global effort to inspire a unified vision for the future of Democracy by presenting an historic event Writers Resist: Baltimore.
We contacted 18 poets, a multi-cultural, generational, economically, and regionally diverse array of poets. For three hours- standing room only – artists and audience gathered as one at EMP Collective and in partnership with 100 Thousand Poets for Change for a powerfully-rendered Sunday afternoon of poetry.
We still hear people speak to that experience, which featured the following writers and the communities they represent:
- Saida Agostini
- Abdu Ali
- Linda Joy Burke
- Andria Nacina Cole
- Navasha Daya
- Dario DiBattista
- Derick Ebert
- Fred Foote
- Reinne Jahnai
- Kevin Shird
- Mejdulene Shomali
- Edgar Silex
- Laura Shovan
- Tariq Touré
- Ron Kipling Williams
- Writers in Baltimore Schools Students
Click here to read more about this event.
Well Read Black Girl with Glory Edim
Since CityLit means many things to many people, we understand when a movement of sorts shows promise, so when Glory Edim started her online book club that quickly went viral, the Well Read Black Girl, we invited her ‘home’ to her roots in DC. We also made an open call to audience members to write their own discovery of finding a representation of themselves in literature, how it resonated in their lives, how and if it affected their literary journey as writers. In an intimate moment that resonated throughout the room, participants willingly shared these narratives and felt ‘seen’. Joining Glory were presenters, Jess Solomon, Elissa Blount Moorhead, and Andria Nacina Cole who shared their Top Ten Favorite Books. Click here to view a list of their favorite books.
In our ongoing partnership with the Enoch Pratt Free Library, CityLit joins forces to present celebrated poets and writers throughout the year through the Pratt’s Writers Live program showcasing regional and national authors at one of its branches.
In the past, CityLit has partnered with them to present Roxane Gay, Walter Mosley, Saeed Jones, and so many others, including an annual anniversary reading with Cave Canem fellows with Poet House’s Reggie Harris in December.
GROWING ALL THINGS LITERARY. TOGETHER.
CityLit’s partnerships have been of vital importance since its inception and have grown steadily every year. We welcome mutually beneficial public, private and corporate collaborations designed to celebrate literature and expand our impact. Our partners include leading Baltimore cultural organizations, public arts agencies, area colleges and universities, city-wide reading programs, public schools, performance groups, local and national poetry groups, book stores, event spaces, libraries, corporate sponsors, and local, regional and national publishers.
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I have loved how CityLit invites me beyond the solitary work of writing – offering meaningful connection to other literary artists and readers, embracing diversity in genre and life experience.
Chelsea Lemon Fetzer, CityLit Project Board Member, Poet and fiction writer, Adjunct Professor of Literature and Creative Writing, University of Baltimore