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2016 CityLit Festival

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April 16, 2016

The thirteenth annual CityLit Festival will kick off on the evening of April 15 at the Maryland Institute College of Art and continuing throughout the day on April 16 at The Enoch Pratt Free Library Pennsylvania Branch (morning) and the University of Baltimore (afternoon). The festival will showcase more than thirty (30) authors, poets, and presenters and include a poetry slam, book arts session, and free critiques from notable authors and editors. Authors include Johns Hopkins political scientist Lester Spence (Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics), poet-activist E. Ethelbert Miller (The Collected Poems), novelist and memoirist Paul Lisicky (The Narrow Door), D. Watkins (The Beast Side: Living (and Dying) While Black in America), a conversation on Keats between Stanley Plumly (Maryland State Poet Laureate) and Sir Andrew Motion (former Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom), a conversation with children's book authors Elisabeth Dahl and Laura Shovan, a panel to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's Emma and Austen's relevance today (complete with an English Country Dancing session), and more. Plus Literary Marketplace, agent speed dating, lit mag speed dating, and writing critiques. CityLit Festival is presented by CityLit Project and Enoch Pratt Free Library, and is made possible in part by a Humanities Fund for Baltimore grant from the Maryland Humanities Council. Claudia Rankine appearance at MICA presented by CityLit Project, Enoch Pratt Free Library, and the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Event Details

Event Category
  • Dance
  • Fairs & Festivals
  • Free
  • Kid-friendly
  • Literature
  • Local Artists
  • Multicultural
  • Special Events
General Information
  • Admission: Free
  • Event Time(s): 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Family-friendly
  • Free Admission


University of Baltimore
1420 N Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
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