Book City of Artists: Baltimore

By BmoreArt

City of Artists is the first full-length book from BmoreArt, Baltimore’s art and culture magazine, featuring 220 pages of personal reflections from leading writers alongside portfolios from the city’s most celebrated visual artists. In inspired text and rich visuals, the book offers a multifaceted and diverse perspective, where authors explore specific moments that shaped their creative vision and visual artists offer bodies of work inspired by materials, ideas, and experiences of their hometown.


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Writers: Rafael Alvarez, Madison Smartt Bell, Doreen Bolger, Sheri Booker, celeste doaks, E. Doyle-Gillespie, Michael Anthony Farley, Kondwani Fidel, Lane Harlan, Lori Johnson, Chelsea Lemon Fetzer, Laura Lippman, Stanley Mazaroff, Scott Shane, Ron Tanner, D. Watkins


Visual Artists: Derrick Adams, Schroeder Cherry, Se Jong Cho, Alyssa Dennis, Oletha DeVane, Erin Fostel, Jerrell Gibbs, JM Giordano, Phaan Howng, Jeffrey Kent, Jackie Milad, Edgar Reyes, Joyce J. Scott, Jordan Tierney, René Treviño, John Waters



Forewords by Asma Naeem and Julia Marciari-Alexander. Introduction by Cara Ober. Epilogue by Ed Berlin. Creative Director, Raquel Castedo.


In personal essays by award-winning writers like Laura Lippman, Madison Smartt Bell, D. Watkins, and Scott Shane, and in visual artwork by nationally recognized visual artists like Macarthur Genius Joyce J. Scott, Derrick Adams, John Waters, and Jerrell Gibbs, City of Artists offers a kaleidoscopic view of a city that has been largely misunderstood, but passionately loved by those who choose to live and work here. This book offers a gorgeous, definitive take on Baltimore that is relevant, witty, innovative, and inspiring.


Baltimore has fostered literary and artistic excellence for over a century, including writers F. Scott Fitzgerald, Lucille Clifton, Adrienne Rich, Edgar Allan Poe, and W.E.B. Du Bois and visual artists like Charles Wilson Peale, Joshua Johnson, William Henry Rinehart, and Grace Hartigan. City of Artists chronicles this cultural legacy, collectively exploring why this city remains a verdant site for significant cultural production. 


This edition is a Smith-sewn book, with thread exposed in the spine. It is Swiss-bound with a soft cover with large flaps printed on high-quality paper to create a collectible object.

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