The CityLit Stage features writers and musicians from around the region all weekend long.
The CityLit Project, Baltimore’s nonprofit literary arts center, presents authors from around the region reading from new books and participating in captivating panel discussions.
Stage: Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Rash Field at Key Highway
Friday, September 26
The Magic Book
With one snip of the scissors, a piece of paper can become a diary, a zine, or even a comic book. Learn how to fold, write, and decorate a magic book, and discover the joy of publishing, presented by Baker Artist Awards b-Grant winner Jenny O’Grady.
Free Friday Feedback
Writers! Bring 2-3 short poems or 4-5 pages of prose (fiction or non-fiction) and receive on-the-spot feedback and suggestions on what to do next. Published authors and publishing professionals on hand include: Christine Stewart, Lalita Noronha, Holly Sneeringer and Amanda Fiore.
Literary Happy Hour
Join the CityLit family for cold beer, courtesy of Union Craft Brewing, and book talk celebrating the fabulous Baltimore Book Festival.
Smile, Hon, You’re In Baltimore
Join a rambunctious cast of writers from the latest edition of Smile, Hon, You’re In Baltimore. Impresario and ringmaster William P. Tandy leads the way with contributing writers from the zine recently dubbed a “Best of Baltimore” by Baltimore magazine.
Saturday, September 27
Small Court Press: The Role of Small Journals and Presses in the Career of the Fiction Writer
The panel delves into such questions as: What is the process for selecting which journals, magazines, and periodicals to submit work to? What kinds of aesthetics are encountered in small journals? How have smaller journals helped connect a single writer with larger communities of writers?
Panelists: Lalita Noronha & Rafael Alvarez
Essays, Collected: How to Craft a Dynamic Anthology
From brainstorming a concept to revising essays, the editor and writers behind the award-winning Bet on Black: African-American Women Celebrate Fatherhood in the Age of Barack Obama discuss the creative and logistical process of creating an anthology, moderated by Kenrya Rankin Naasel.
Panelists: Maya K. Francis, Thaisa Jones, Yanick Rice Lamb
Making the Ordinary Extraordinary
Join Baltimore Review editors as they discuss how the most familiar places, ordinary objects, everyday events, and Average Joes can become extraordinary through the lens of the creative writer. Be inspired to write your own ordinary life into extraordinary poems and stories.
Panelists: Barbara Westwood Diehl, Kathleen Hellen, Ann Kolakowski, Holly Morse-Ellington, Seth Sawyers, Holly Sneeringer
Geo-Poe: A Literary Geo-Caching Adventure
Join Dean Bartoli Smith and Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson—contributors to CityLit’s Geo-Poe project—as they read their short short stories and help describe the Edgar Allan Poe-themed literary geo-caching “hide-and-seek” adventure in Baltimore throughout October (part of Free Fall Baltimore).
Steve Boone, Hotter Than A Match Head
Musician and Lovin’ Spoonful co-founder Steve Boone speaks with writer Rafael Alvarez about his new memoir, Hotter Than A Match Head: My Life on the Run with The Lovin’ Spoonful. Part of the story runs through Baltimore during the 1970s, when Steve maintained a floating barge-recording studio moored where the Hard Rock Café stands today. There, Steve recorded the likes of Little Feat, Bonnie Raid, and Robert Palmer.
Are We Really Ready for Some Football?: A Critical Look by Serious Fans
Join authors Steve Almond (Against Football: One Fan's Reluctant Manifesto) and Dean Bartoli Smith (Never Easy, Never Pretty: A Fan, A City, A Championship Season) for a frank and heated conversation about the state of America’s favorite sport. Moderated by Stan “The Fan” Charles, founder and publisher of PressBox.
Sunday, September 28
MSAC Individual Artist Award Winners: Poetry
Presented by the Maryland State Arts Council, these winners of the annual Individual Artist Awards showcase some of the smartest, sharpest poetry being created in the state today. Hosted by Christine Stewart, program director for literary arts with the Maryland State Arts Council
Presenters: Ailish Hopper, Sally Rosen Kindred, Leslie Harrison, Katy Richey, Sid Gold, Rebekah Remington, Clare Banks, Katherine McCord
From Here: New Fiction
Writers discuss “new fiction.”
Panelists: Jason Tinney, James Magruder, Dan Fesperman
Lit & Art
Started in 2007, the Lit & Art Reading Series takes place five times a year at the Watermark Gallery near Harborplace. The program features artists who represent various literary genres combined with visual art. This festival edition is emceed by Aaron Henkin of WYPR’s “The Signal,” which takes listeners on a weekly tour of Baltimore’s cultural landscape.
Presenters: Tom Glenn, Eric D. Goodman, Nitin Jagdish, Holly Morse-Ellington, Nathan Leslie, Liz Moser, Manzar
Geo-Poe: A Literary Geo-Caching Adventure
Join Aaron Henkin and Rahne Alexander—contributors to CityLit’s Geo-Poe project—as they read their short short stories and help describe the Edgar Allan Poe-themed literary geo-caching “hide-and-seek” adventure in Baltimore throughout October (part of Free Fall Baltimore).
New Mercury Series Presents Nonfiction
The New Mercury, the area’s only on-going nonfiction reading series, takes place every month at the Windup Space in Station North. This festival edition is hosted by series curators Deborah Rudacille and John Barry.
Presenters: Philip Mackowiak, Arthur Magida, Rachel Donaldson
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