Monday, October 2, 2017


#BlackCultureMatters Writing Workshop with Celeste Doaks

At this current moment in history, it may seem as if African American culture is on the fringe of reality. This is untrue. Black folks and Black culture are, and have always been, an inclusive part of the American landscape, even when the news tells us otherwise. During this workshop you will read and respond to works that celebrate black culture in multiple poetic forms. This workshop will examine poems that focus on our fabulous hair, fantastic food, fly language and music. We will read classic and contemporary poets such as Patricia Smith, Langston Hughes, Nate Marshall, Gwendolyn Brooks, Nikki Giovanni and more. At the end of this series of workshops, participants will come away with an understanding of how important black culture is in the real and literary world, and how to express this culture with their pens. These workshops will be offered free of charge. To register for this exciting new workshop series, click here. Sponsored by Maryland Humanities.

Poet and journalist Celeste Doaks is the author of Cornrows and Cornfields (Wrecking Ball Press, UK), and most recently the editor of Not Without Our Laughter (Mason Jar Press). Cornrows was listed as one of the "Ten Best Books of 2015" by Beltway Poetry Quarterly. Her multiple accolades include a Lucille Clifton Scholarship to attend Squaw Valley Writers Workshop, the 2010 AWP WC&C Scholarship, and residencies at Atlantic Center of the Arts and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her journalism has appeared in the Huffington Post, Village Voice, Time Out New York, and QBR (Quarterly Black Book Review). Her poems have been published in multiple on-line and print publications such as Chicago Quarterly Review, the, Asheville Poetry Review, and the City Paper. Doaks, who garnered a 2015 Pushcart Prize nomination, previously taught at Morgan State University. This fall, she will be the Visiting Assistant Professor in Creative Writing at University of Delaware. For more visit

This fall, we are offering a series of programming in conjunction with an art exhibit, all centering on the 1968 Baltimore Riots and the 2015 Baltimore Uprising. Stay tuned for more information. Exhibit sponsored by Maryland Humanities, Baltimore Film Collective, Free Fall Baltimore, and Full Circle Photo.

The Eubie Blake Cultural Center is proud to present Steppin' Out with Eubie: A Masquerade Fundraiser. Join us for an evening of style and elegance in the newly renovated Eubie Live! space and Eubie Art Galleries. The evening will feature live music, DJ Miss Tiff, an art exhibit, an open bar happy hour from 8-9pm, and more. Light fare will be provided. Dress to impress in your best masquerade ball costume! All proceeds from ticket sales will go towards future programming at the Eubie Blake Cultural Center. Tickets can be purchased here. To RSVP, click here.