CityLit is in the business of growing readers and writers at every step in their journeys.
This includes providing what we deem stellar resources they can return to again and again. We aspire to engage both emerging and established writers and readers who are ready to take their work to the next level and to increase their literary footprint.
These resources are in no particular order. Engage with them as you see fit, and let us know via email if there are resources we should add. For those of you who want to introduce us to literary organizations – any organization of note that serves literature, please invite them to become part of The Village by filling out the form on this page.*
* There is no obligation to join. We will merely add your information to our website along with a link. We will also further promote your work at our signature events if you send literature to our office address: 120 W North Avenue, Suite 201, Baltimore, MD 21201.
Resources to Help Survive the Financial Disruption of COVID-19
FOR POETS AND WRITERS
MSAC is hosting a series of Creative Conversations. These discipline-specific virtual gatherings are to give updates, hold the space for peer-to-peer sharing, encourage updated recommendation for action by MSAC, and envision the resurgence of arts activities.
For Independent Artists to be eligible for MSAC Emergency Grants, the artist must submit proof of ineligibility for *Unemployment Insurance (UI) or proof that they have either exhausted UI benefits, (including Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance) or that UI benefits do not fully cover losses sustained as a result of the Governor’s declared State of Emergency in relationship to COVID-19. (We’ve since learned this may be complicated for independent artists, as the designated site may not be readily prepared for handling independent artists applications. We suggest you continue trying to reach them.)
Alanah's COVID-19 Emergency Fund For Artists & Freelancers
For artists and freelancers facing financial challenges amid COVID-19. If you are interested in receiving assistance, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to donate via Cash App: $AlanahDavis, Venmo: @AlanahNichole, PayPal: Lanpoet91@aol.com
Tools to Keep You Engaged on the Page
- Associated Writers & Writers Programs
- Electric Literature
- Poets.org On Accessibility in Virtual Events
- How to Host a Watch Party on Facebook
With Facebook’s Watch Party feature, you can watch tons of videos and shows with members of groups you’re in on Facebook. This could be helpful for filmmakers or other artists whose screenings had to be canceled.
- How Self-Employed Artists and Small Businesses Can Apply for Financial Aid
Art Newspaper has gathered information about grants and loans in the US and Europe to help self-employed artists and small businesses in the arts community get through the COVID-19 crisis.
Volunteer to support the Baldwin Prize
You could be a judge or writing consultant!
After relocating to my hometown of Baltimore for the first time as a working writer some years ago, CityLit was one of the first places that helped me connect with the robust and close-knit literary community in the city, not only to just meet writers and talk shop, but to engage in important dialogue about the reasons why we write – to tell our stories in the hope of creating the social and political future we want to see .
Aditya Desai, CityLit Board Member, Prose Writer, Writing Professor