Literary Night: Hands-On Writing Activities for All

Join nonprofits Yellow Arrow Publishing and the Highlandtown Arts & Entertainment District and Highlandtown Main Street in celebrating local writers at Literary Night, our August 2nd takeover of the Highlandtown First Friday Art Walk. From 5 to 9 PM, participate in hands-on writing activities and a scavenger hunt, and meet dozens of local authors, writers, and small presses spread throughout Highlandtown’s participating galleries, shops, and eateries! From 6 to 8 PM, join us for food and drinks as we listen to local writers read their work from our main stage at RoofTop Hot. Drinks and refreshments will be available throughout the art walk.

There is plenty of free and paid parking in Highlandtown, so come on down to 339 S Conkling Street in Baltimore from 5 to 9 PM and join us for a memorable night of literature.

Continue reading to learn more about the hands-on activities we have planned all evening.

FILIPPO’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE FEATURING 2019 UNIVERSITY OF BALTIMORE MFA GRADUATES

418 S. Conkling St
Live entertainment and art. Drink specials available inside Filippo’s Lounge.

The University of Baltimore MFA grads will play mad libs made from sections of their books. They will also have a sketch book based on elements from their stories for people to doodle on when they stop by. 


HIGHLANDTOWN GALLERY
FEATURING ANN QUINN

248 S. Conkling St, Gallery A
Cool off this summer with a show celebrating “The Blues” and featuring work by Jason Tompkins, Sandi WIlson, Rae Hamilton, Ann Crostic and Deborah Ponder.

Join poet Ann Quinn (annquinn.net) at Highlandtown Gallery to help create an Ode to Highlandtown. We will use images from the gallery and from your own memories and impressions of the ‘hood to create a poem of praise to our own creative, diverse, historical, living, vibrant neighborhood. The finished poem will be posted on YellowArrowPublishing.com and shared with the world!


NIGHT OWL GALLERY
FEATURING INK PRESS PRODUCTIONS

248 S. Conkling St, Gallery C

Ink Press Productions is a collaborative effort devoted to blurring the lines of writing, visual, and performance art in the Baltimore community and beyond. Established in 2012, IPP aims to connect through the production of handmade publications, DIY workshops, and other experimental events.

THE LAUGHING PINT FEATURING MOONLIT

3531 Gough St
$5 greyhound drink special & kitchen is open until 10:30pm.

Join MoonLit Founder Kris in creating unique 'plot bunnies' for when you need a burst of inspiration! Plus, create a community poem and learn more about upcoming fall workshops.

RUST-N-SHINE FEATURING JOCELYN BROADWICK AND H.L. BROOKS

410 S. Conkling St

In the spirit of creative collaboration, join Highlandtown's Mistress of Smut for a special Mad Libs edition of the "An Evening of Vintage Smut" reading series presented by Rust-N-Shine! In addition, make bookmarks with fantasy, romance, and erotica author H.L. Brooks.


ROLL ICE CREAM & COFFEE
FEATURING TIMOTHY YOUNG

3222 Eastern Ave
See the new mural inside Roll Ice Cream & Coffee by José Vigo. Come experience the culinary art of rolled ice cream. All our ice cream is made to order right in front of you. We take it from liquid to solid in less than 3 minutes.

Aside from being the author/illustrator of 11 books including I Hate Picture Books!, If You Give the Puffin a Muffin, Do Not Open The Box! and I’m Going To Outer Space!, (a winner of the Family Choice Award), Timothy Young has also designed toys, worked in animation and built puppets for the Muppets. He has also illustrated books for other authors and has written and illustrated two creative drawing books. His newest picture book is the unusually titled untitled.

SNAKE HILL TAVERN FEATURING AKINOGA PRESS

418 S. Clinton St
Happy Hour until 7pm
Kitchen Open until 11pm

akinoga press is a baltimore-based micro-press that specializes in small editions of hand-bound chapbooks and is committed to publishing work that is quiet, small, odd, easily-missed, and 100% needs to be read.

Y:ART GALLERY & FINE GIFTS FEATURING JESSICA GREGG, VICTORIA KENNEDY AND LINES + STARS

Jessica Gregg, editor of Baltimore Style, invites art walk participants to pitch or bring her essays, as well as poetry, which will run online at BaltimoreStyle.com or possibly in the magazine itself. 

The Lines + Stars/L+S Press table will present an "exquisite corpse" poem to which visitors will add throughout the day. Participants will receive the full poem via email after the First Friday festivities conclude.


IDEALS OF HIGHLANDTOWN
FEATURING SHERRY BURTON WAYS
3319 Eastern Ave
Stop in for a refreshment and the unique wood furniture pieces at this home goods shop.

Sherry Burton Ways will conduct an interactive discussion including a worksheet for participants on Who Are You?  A Self Examination & Your Relationship with Your Interior Space.  


OFF THE ROX FEATURING RISSA MILLER

3232-A Eastern Ave

Make Word Clouds with author Rissa Miller. Pick up a free book from the giveaway table. Books for kids and adults alike while supplies last. 

CREATIVE ALLIANCE FEATURING SE ANCHOR BRANCH OF ENOCH PRATT FREE LIBRARY

3134 Eastern Ave

Come visit librarians from the Southeast Anchor branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library to find out about their amazing line up of programs, offerings, and community services! You can also sign up for a library card or our summer reading program, which wraps on 8/14. Don't miss your chance to enter our prize raffle!

DOUBLE AND UP FEATURING THE BALTIMORE SCIENCE FICTION SOCIETY

3514 Bank St

BSFS (normally located at at 3310 E Baltimore St, on the north side of the Highandtown Arts District) is setting up exhibitor tables at the Double and Up building.