Baltimore Chapter of the Maryland Writers’ Association welcomes Poetry in Community guest speakers

Poetry in Community’s Doug Mowbray & Christophe Casamassima

The next meeting of the Baltimore Chapter of the Maryland Writers’ Association (MWAB) will feature Doug Mowbray and Christophe Casamassima, the founders of Poetry in Community, as the guest speakers. The meeting will be held on Monday, February 25, from 7–9 p.m. at The Village Learning Place.

Poetry in Community’s (PiC) mission is to “advocate for creative literacy (using poetry as a means to discover and explore the world and oneself, in the individual’s terms, as a ‘way of knowing’) and to act as a locus for community sustainability, in which the discoveries posited via poetry writing and reading are used to formulate healthy relationships between citizens, students, artists, businesses and professionals, and, ultimately, their environment and government.” PiC also sponsors events and activities—both in person and virtually—that support “the aesthetic and professional endeavors of emergent poets and publishers” while also working with local neighborhoods to promote community growth and sustainability.

Mr. Mowbray and Mr. Casamassima have organized several events in and around Baltimore, such as Poem Walks, Poetrees, local “100 Thousand Poets for Change” events, and writing workshops—including one for middle school students at the Village Learning Place led by MWAB’s President Fernando Quijano III and Vice President Shirley Brewer.

Finally, this meeting will also welcome English students from the University of Baltimore’s Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences, who will be attending the meeting as a class session.



The Village Learning Place
2521 St. Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

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