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Enoch Pratt Free Library

POSTPONED: Join Mixolo - The Master Class with Susan Straight at CityLit Festival

City Lit Festival is celebrating the Year of the Woman, but, of course, every identity is welcome. This inclusive "book club" is continuing its mission of nurturing a culture of literature in Baltimore and throughout Maryland and creating enthusiasm for the literary arts among all its citizens.

Our host has postponed this event as a precautionary measure amid global concerns about COVID19.
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POSTPONED: Join Mixolo -  The Master Class with Susan Straight at CityLit Festival

Time & Location

Mar 21, 2020, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT

Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA

About The Event

CityLit Project is partnering with the Enoch Pratt Free Library for the 17th Annual CityLit Festival on Saturday, March 21, 2020. This year’s daylong observance of literature returns more robust than ever, featuring over 65 poets and writers with 20 sessions, including 30-minute One-on-One Editorial Critique Sessions with seven editors, three 90-minute craft intensives, and a vibrant Literary Marketplace in newly renovated, beautiful Central Hall with exhibitors of small presses, literary journals, arts organizations and members of The Village, a group of key organizations CityLit supports. 

The free one-day Festival takes place at the Pratt Central Library from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 400 Cathedral Street in Baltimore, Maryland 21201.  Ever thought about writing professionally? Come out and get your creative spirit nourished in this master class scheduled for 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM during the festival.

The day ends offsite with an Evening Indigo Salon at Hotel Indigo in the Francis Scott Key Room on the 9th floor at 6:30 pm. We'll also gather at Indigo Hotel's ultra-cool Poets Modern Cocktails and Eats restaurant for more fun.

About the Master Class theme with author Susan Straight:



This master class is about writing and imagining the particular environments of home, wherever your home is, whether in a city or in rural country, whether home is in Baltimore or California, Mexico or Nigeria or China, or anywhere else.  You'll explore what makes a home, from the drywall and stucco and wood of the walls to the linoleum or tile of the floor to the grass or gravel in the yard to the sidewalks of a gated community or the sidewalks of a city apartment, to the dirt roads of a farm or the ferries of an island community. What if home is contained in one room, or one pot, or one person? What if your home is truly a memory, or what if you’ve made the home you always wanted? 

Your submission can be memoir, fiction, or poetry.  The author will be looking for description, narrative, and exposition of your home, what it means to you, and even the home you might desire and envy for the future, or from your past. How do we make home, decide structure, and recall the evanescent of place and belonging? 


SUSAN STRAIGHT has published eight novels, including Between Heaven and Here and A Million Nightingales. Her most recent work, In the Country of Women, was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence. She was a finalist for the National Book Award for Highwire Moon, currently reissued, and a recipient of the National Magazine Award, the Kirsch Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Edgar Award for Best Mystery Story, the O. Henry Prize, with the honor of The Lannan Prize for Fiction, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her stories and essays have been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Granta, McSweeney’s, Black Clock, Harper’s, and included in literary journals The Sun and The Oxford American

Her work has been translated into Spanish, German, French, Arabic, Turkish, Japanese, Romanian, Swedish, and Russian. She is the Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California in Riverside where she was born and raised, which also has been a subject of her fiction and nonfiction. 

About CityLit Project:

CityLit Project nurtures the culture of literature, creates enthusiasm for the literary arts, connects a

community of avid readers and writers and designs opportunities for diverse audiences to embrace the

literary arts. CityLit is noted for its three signature events, the CityLit Stage at Brilliant Baltimore, the

CityLit Studio: Writers on Craft, Creativity & Community, and the CityLit Festival each spring.

About Enoch Pratt Free Library:

The Enoch Pratt Free Library, the nation’s first free library system, opened its doors in 1886, the result of

the generosity and imagination of businessman and philanthropist Enoch Pratt. Mr. Pratt envisioned a

public library where “races, ages, and socio-economic classes mingled and people could educate

themselves – without cost,” and his passionate belief continues to guide the organization. Today’s Pratt

Library – Baltimore’s public library and the Maryland State Library Resource Center – consists of the

Central Library, 21 branches, two bookmobiles, the Mobile Job Center, the Pratt Centers for Technology

Training, and the Regional Information Center. The Library’s mission is to empower, enrich, and enhance

the quality of life for all through equitable access to information, services, and opportunity.


What's included in my registration?

CityLit Festival is a free public event and they are excited to host Mixolo solos!  Stop in our Mixolo Community Space on the Second Floor Conference Room at the main branch of the Enoch Pratt Library generously supplied by the organizers and find your plus-some!

You may register for the Master Class event with Mixolo or on City Lit Eventbrite at the link in the event graphic. We'll communicate by email to Mixolo registrants on updates to our plans for the day.  Please watch your email closely. 


Street parking is limited in the vicinity of the library  Please pay close attention to metered and free residential parking restrictions.  Parking is $5 in the nearby Franklin Street Garage after 5:00 PM.  Consider ride-share options or public transportation for convenience.

Is this event restricted to Mixolo early adopter members?

No, this is a public event.  If you'd like to attend with Mixolo for a shared experience, we ask that you register here with Mixolo in mind as a social network that you will consider joining.  We are a network of solo adults pursuing the things we love to do and sharing fun experiences with other like-minded adults. 

When you register for this event, we will ask for basic identifying information that will automatically qualify you as an early adopter member and subscriber.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions? 

Please contact us at with any questions you may have about the Mixolo experience.


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The use of MIXCHAT, our messaging platform for connecting with members after you meet at an event is currently available only with purchases that originate in the app. 





  • Master Class-$10 + Mixolo fee







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