Carla Du Pree
Carla Du Pree is the Executive Director of CityLit Baltimore. Carla is a fiction writer, literary consultant, state arts ambassador, and speaker.
In 2012 she was appointed to the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) and serves as the Chair of the Diversity Outreach Committee. She’s currently on the One Maryland One Book Selection Committee, and has served as a county and state judge for the flourishing Poetry Out Loud, NEA’s national poetry recitation competition.
Carla helped produce Raising Our Voices: Womyn Out Loud, a reading devoted to diverse voices. Her speaking engagements include "Throw Back Your Head & Sing," a tribute to Maya Angelou, "Sheer Good Fortune," a tribute to Toni Morrison, and "73 Years and 73 Poems: Celebrating the Life of Lucille Clifton" (all with the Furious Flower Poetry Center). She spoke before the National Association of State Arts Agencies about the benefits and necessity of diversity and inclusivity and worked as a parent liaison for the Howard County public schools.
Carla holds a Masters in Creative Writing from The Johns Hopkins University, where she was also an adjunct professor and independent thesis advisor for graduate writing seminars in Fiction.