First up, don't miss what Baltimore Magazine has called "a can't miss event on the city's cultural scene" as CityLit Project partners with the Enoch Pratt Free Library for the eighth time to present the annual CityLit Festival, Baltimore's day-long celebration of literature, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. this Saturday, April 16, 2011, at the Pratt’s Central Branch in downtown Baltimore. Stop by the Eight-Stone Press table in the Literary Marketplace to pick up a copy of Hon: Past, Present & Future, back issues of Smile, Hon and more. This year's Festival headliners are Danielle Evans, Andrei Codrescu, and Jaimy Gordon. For more information, visit the event website.
Next up, join Smile, Hon, You’re in Baltimore! for an evening of Mobtown-infused verse from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday, April 18, 2011, at the Towson Public Library, 320 York Road, Towson, MD 21204, part of the 6th Annual Cruelest Month Poetry and Performance Festival co-sponsored by the Towson Arts Collective and the Baltimore County Public Library. Presenting authors include Heck, Sarah Jane Miller, Fernando Quijano III, S.J. Ferrandi and more; Smile, Hon editor William P. Tandy hosts. Want to try your own hand? This free event will also feature an open-mic session. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit the Festival website.