Carla Du Pree is a fiction writer, a state arts ambassador, and the executive director of CityLit Project, a nonprofit that creates enthusiasm for literature with three signature events, an award-winning daylong festival, the multi-day CityLit Stage at the Baltimore Book Festival, and a writer-to-writer exchange, CityLit Studio. Shes a recipient of fellowships from Hedgebrook, Rhode Island Writers Colony for Writers of Color, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing. Shes won a Rubys Artist Grant and an MSAC Individual Artist Award for her fiction. Excerpts from her novel have been published in The Pierian Literary Journal, Callaloo, Potomac Review, and two anthologies. Shes spoken on national platforms with Furious Flower Poetry Center, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, National Womens Studies Association, Association of Writers & Writing Programs, and as a literary consultant for the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. In 2017, she was re-appointed for an unprecedented third term to the Maryland State Arts Council, where she was the former Vice Chair, and chaired the MSAC Diversity Outreach Committee. Shes done contractual work with the NEA, has served on the Maryland Humanities One Maryland One Book Selection Committee, and is the advisor for National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) – Affinity Group for People of Color. She was recently awarded NASAA’s 2020 inaugural Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Individual Award for demonstrating outstanding leadership and tireless efforts in addressing and raising awareness about issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in the state of Maryland. She is the Maryland State Department of Educations Arts Leader for April 2020, and holds a Masters in Creative Writing from The Johns Hopkins University. She is the mother of three twentysomething year olds, and the Gma of a six-year-old grandson.

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