Ms. Carla Du Pree

Maryland, United States

Member Since: 08/16/2016

Carla Du Pree is a fiction writer, literary consultant, state arts ambassador, and speaker, whose short stories and excerpts from her work-in-progress, Where the Spirit Meets the Bone, have appeared in Callaloo, Potomac Review, a Special Fiction and Poetry edition of City Paper - Baltimore, and anthologies The Spirit of Pregnancy and Street Lights: Illuminating Tales of the Urban Black Experience. Her work is forthcoming in The Pierian Literary Journal.

She is the Executive Director of CityLit Project, a small literary nonprofit in Baltimore, MD that nurtures readers and writers throughout the region. She was appointed to the Maryland State Arts Council, served as the Vice Chair, and the Chair of the Diversity Outreach Committee, and was recommended for an unprecedented third term as a councilor in 2018. She also serves on boards advocating for the arts, Maryland Citizens for the Arts and Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance. 

For her work in progress, she is the recipient of a 2016 Rubys Artist Project Grant in the literary arts, a 2018 Rhode Island Writers Colony - for writers of color - fellow, a 2017 Poetry Foundation Fellow, a 2017 Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellow, and won a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Fiction in 2007. Her work debuted on the launch of Maryland Public Television's new Artworks segment "Words" in 2017. As Founding Fiction Editor of Shooting Star Review, she edited the most sought-after issue in the 14-year history of the literary magazine. She’s written, directed and produced two plays (The Era of Black Women at the University of Pittsburgh and Believe for 45 middle schoolers at a Howard County private school), and happily joined a women’s conversation about fashion by contributing to Women in Clothes, edited by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, and Leanne Shapton. In 2010 she was invited to join an illustrious group of literary scholars, poets and writers called Wintergreen Women. She is the former executive director of HoCoPoLitSo, Howard County Poetry & Literature Society, and producer of The Writing Life. She holds a Masters in Creative Writing from The Johns Hopkins University. An avid arts advocate, she supports artists nationally and throughout the state, and continues to empower women artists.


Twitter Username: @darkndifferent


  • Executive Director at CityLit Project (June 2016 - )


  • Bachelor of Arts in English from University of Pittsburgh (December 1978)
  • Master of Arts in Writing - Specializing in Fiction from Johns Hopkins University - The Writing Seminars (May 1994)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Playwriting, Poetry