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Baltimore City Hosts Literary Arts Week
Free plays, workshops and more to be featured October 14-20
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The Maryland State Arts Council, in partnership with the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance and the CityLit Project, announces the second annual Literary Arts Week in Baltimore.
The literary arts community will host a series of 10 free, public events in Baltimore during the week of October 14-20. A radio documentary tutorial from WYPR culture guru Aaron Henkin, “Moon Madness,” a chance to share writing about or inspired by the moon and a “State of Publishing” panel helmed by CityLit Press are among the week of free events in celebration of Baltimore’s thriving literary culture.
Literary Arts Week is a part of Free Fall Baltimore, an initiative of the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts (BOPA). For questions about Literary Arts Week, email Jeannie Howe of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance. For more information about the Literary Arts programs of the Maryland State Arts Council, visit www.msac.org or email Chris Stewart.
EVENTS AT LITERARY ARTS WEEK:
Aaron Henkin, co-creator and producer of WYPR’s weekly cultural program, “The Signal,” discusses the basics of writing and producing a radio documentary piece, including interview tips, field recording techniques, narrative strategies, and editing skills. A preview for a 6 week class beginning October 25th at Creative Alliance.
Staged readings of short, contemporary plays each inspired by a different Edgar Allan Poe short story.
Take this 90 minute walking tour with the Maryland Humanities Council, following in the footsteps of Baltimore’s literary luminaries past Mount Vernon’s elegant mansions and majestic cultural institutions, built by successful 19th century merchants and industrialists. Learn how a neighborhood of scholars, struggling artists and authors, newspapermen, philanthropists, and social reformers offered rich opportunities to discuss and debate ideas and open new literary avenues.
Join in a night of Lunar LOVE. Bring your best writing about, or inspired by, the moon and share it with other admirers of our lovely Luna.
Join the local authors of CityLit Press—Jen Michalski, Laura Shovan, Leonora “Peachy” Dixon, Bruce Sager, Jennifer Wallace, and Neil Didriksen—and publisher Gregg Wilhelm as they share their wonderful literary art and discuss the dynamic state of publishing.
A burlesque of editorial striptease that will titillate your literary impulses—with workshop, readings, and more.
Daylong conference for writers of all genres and levels with keynote speaker and workshop leader Marita Golden.
Awards to senior citizen poets in a contest to celebrate their literary talents and imagination. Theme for this year is Baltimore: My City, My Home. Winner announcement, readings. There will be a special recognition of Lucille Clifton, former Maryland Poet Laureate. Light reception follows.
Four fiction readers of local, national, and international acclaim. The readers and audience are invited to Fraziers Bar afterward for dinner and socializing. Local authors Jen Michalski and Michael Kimball are your hosts.
A night of readings and performances featuring the best writers from around town and around the country.