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Carla Du Pree

CityLit Project
Executive Director
Baltimore, MD
Carla Du Pree is a fiction writer, consultant, state arts ambassador and advocate, and the executive director of CityLit Project, a literary nonprofit in Baltimore that nurtures readers and writers with two signature events. She’s featured regional and transnational authors at festivals, producing award-winning programs. Her work has appeared in The Pierian Literary Journal, Callaloo, Potomac Review, The Spirit of Pregnancy and Street Lights: Illuminating Tales of the Urban Black Experience. She was also a contributor to Women in Clothes.

She’s spoken on national platforms, including Furious Flower Poetry Center, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, and National Women’s Studies Association. She’s the recipient of a Rubys Artist Award, a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award, fellowships with the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Poetry Foundation through Furious Flower, the Rhode Island Colony for Writers of Color, a Hedgebrook fellowship, (with a stipend from the Whiting Foundation) and offered a Voices of Color Author Fellowship with Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing. She’s written two plays, was general manager of American Visions, a cultural arts magazine, judged NEA’s national Poetry Out Loud competition, served on NEA’s Big Read Committee, and One Maryland One Book Selection Committee. She holds a Masters from the Johns Hopkins University - Writing Seminars and is a former adjunct professor for their part-time graduate program.