The city that famously celebrates Poe with the name of its football team has announced a new, two-day event to bring together Poe and mystery genre fans in October. The International Edgar Allen Poe Festival and Awards — a free, outdoor event — will include Poe-themed performances, art, vendors and food all celebrating the writer’s life, works and his influence in the arts. The festival will take place October 6 and 7, 2018, directly across the street from Poe House at 203 N. Amity Street, Baltimore, in the newly built “Poe Park” at Center\West.
Admission and festival parking are FREE.
Festival attendees will have the opportunity to learn about Poe’s life and works from some of the United States’ preeminent “Poe Places,” with representatives from The Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum in Baltimore; The Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia; The Poe Cottage at the Bronx Historical Society, in New York City; and The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore.
Edgar Allan Poe, the master of the macabre, was a 19th Century writer, editor and literary critic. His poetry and short stories, including “The Raven,” “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Fall of the House of Usher,” earned him acclaim during his lifetime and are still celebrated today. Born in Boston, Mass., to a Baltimore native, Poe lived in Baltimore at various times throughout his life and died there of mysterious circumstances at age 40 on October 7, 1849, after being found delirious on a street a few days earlier.