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Creative Collaboration: Devin Allen, Kondwani Fidel, and BmoreArt

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3620 Falls Road

Baltimore, MD 21211

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Join us for a night of conversation about creative collaborations with photographer Devin Allen and writer Kondwani Fidel at Atomic Books. The two worked together creatively in BmoreArt's newest print journal and will talk about their independent practices, publishing initiatives, and the process of creative collaboration in Baltimore.

The BmoreArt Journal Issue 06 explored the theme of home, presenting a variety of Baltimore experiences and histories, including My Home is a Noiseless Gun, a collaborative photo and print essay by Kondwani Fidel and Devin Allen.

Kondwani Fidel and his poetry have become one in the same. Fidel’s lyrical poetry has been featured in The Washington Post, The Atlantic, CNN, The Root, The Independent, Mic, Baltimore Magazine, and Baltimore Sun. His viral essay, “How a Young Boy has Been Decaying in Baltimore Since Age 10: A Death Note”, cemented Fidel as an authority in his city. In 2018, The Baltimore Sun honored Fidel in its heralded ‘Best of Baltimore’ issue for his courage, innovative thinking, and leadership in local schools and communities.

Fidel is the author of his published collections, Hummingbirds in the Trenches (2018), and Raw Wounds (2017). Fidel’s work has been praised by literary and civil rights giants such as Ibram X. Kendi, Eve L. Ewing, and DeRay McKesson. Fidel is an M.F.A. candidate in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts at the University of Baltimore. Fidel was most recently been honored for his work with Baltimore’s Civil Rights Literary Award.

Devin Allen was born and raised in West Baltimore. Allen gained national attention when his documentary photograph of the Baltimore Uprising was published on a Time Magazine cover in May 2015 – only the third time the work of an amateur photographer had been showcased there. Allen has turned his attention towards arming the youth of Baltimore with cameras, not guns through his 2017 fellowship with the Gordon Parks Foundation entitled, Through Their Eyes. His photographs have also appeared in New York Magazine, the Washington Post, the New York Times, CNN, BBC, NBC News, Aperture Magazine, and Yahoo!
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