Donna Hill began her career in 1987 writing short stories for the confession magazines. Since that time she has more than fifty published titles to her credit since her first novel was released in 1990, and is considered one of the early pioneers of the African American romance genre. Three of her novels have been adapted for television. She has been featured in Essence, the New York Daily News, USA Today, Today’s Black Woman, and Black Enterprise among many others. She has appeared on numerous radio and television stations across the country and her work has appeared on several bestseller lists, including Essence, Emerge and The Dallas Morning News among others.

She has received numerous awards for her body of work—which cross several genres– including The Career Achievement Award, the first recipient of The Trailblazer Award, The Zora Neale Hurston Literary Award, The Gold Pen Award among others, as well as commendations for her community service, during her tenure as Director for Kianga House—a transitional residence for homeless teen mothers and their children. Donna co-wrote the screenplay Fire, which enjoyed limited theater release before going to DVD. As an editor she has packaged several highly successful novels, and anthologies, two of which were nominated for awards.

She served as a writing instructor at The Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center in New York. For the past four years, Donna has been a writing instructor with the Elders Writing Program sponsored by Medgar Evers College through Poets & Writers, and oversaw the compilation and publication of their memoir anthology.

Donna is a graduate of Goddard College with an MFA in Creative Writing. She is an Adjunct Professor of English at Essex County College, The College of New Rochelle, and an Adjunct Teaching Assistant for Ashford University. She lives in Brooklyn with her family and works full–time, as a writer, for the Brooklyn Borough President’s office.


Caroline Jhingory

Weight Loss Expert and Author

Ten years ago, at 5’2 and weighing 300-pounds, Author Caroline Jhingory was told by a dermatologist that the dark blotches on her skin were an indication that she was pre-diabetic. Today, Caroline is over 150-pounds lighter and has maintained her weight loss without the help of fad diets or gastric bypass surgery. She attributes her success to her faith, determination, patience…and a treadmill.

As a means to pay forward the blessing of mindful eating and healthy life style choices, Caroline wrote her book “Half My Size How I Ate To Lose 150lbs” to provide comprehensive support, unique fitness tips and motivation to others who want to conquer the battle of obesity. The book features personal revelations about Caroline’s battle with food addiction and her tips for total body health, fitness and nutrition.

Half My Size was released during Caroline’s recent appearances on Good Morning America, Access Hollywood, Extra and Inside Edition. Also, Caroline’s amazing weight loss story is simultaneously featured in People Magazine January 2013 and Fitness Magazine February 2013. The author has previously shared her story on the Dr. Oz Show, the Today Show, the Huffington Post, NBC Washington and in Essence and Shape magazines.

Half My Size How I Ate To Lose 150lbs is available for purchase at, Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble NOOK. To learn more about Caroline Jhingory and view her healthy recipes please visit

Angela Stanton

Angela Stanton


Angela Stanton was born gifted with the ability to captivate people with her words. She is a dynamic motivational speaker and author that has inspired her audiences by her own life’s challenges. Angela was born in Cheverly, M.D. and moved to Buffalo, N.Y. at the age of six weeks.

Angela attended more than thirteen different elementary and high schools before she finally ended up in an alternative school. After being expelled from alternative education she ended up in evening school , then after being expelled from there it was ruled that she could never attend another school in the state of New York.

Angela was sexually and mentally abused beginning at the tender age of five. She first ran away at the age of nine, then subsequently left home for good at the age of twelve.

Angela has endured many of life’s heartaches ranging from promiscuity, drug’s, mental and physical abuse. She has also been arrested over twenty times. Angela is now a married mother of five and a three time convicted felon, who now resides in Atlanta, G.A. with four of her children. She gave birth to her fifth child in prison handcuffed to a bed. She also lost her mother and grandmother to death during her incarceration.

Instead of succumbing to all of her misfortunes in life, she uses her experience in life’s lessons to help other’s overcome. Her story is gripping and her concern is sincere. Along those lines, Angela is the author of Life Beyond These walls and Lies of a real housewife. She is also the founder of Don’t Ask Just Tell which is a non-profit organization that promotes awareness about sexual abuse. Her life is having a profound impact in halfway houses, youth detention centers and on the unsuspecting. Angela’s client list includes satisfied customers from the corporate, civic, faith-based, correctional systems, and school sectors

Kid’s Corner

The National Literary Network organization strongly promotes education and literacy. Our program consists of activities that keep kids active and motivated to excel in academics while having fun. Our kids’ corner is located on the entire second floor of the museum. Kids can enjoy games, face painting, treats and our annual free book giveaway. There will be a story telling and lecture session every top of the hour by our participating children’s authors.

Spoken Word Hour

Register for Our Spoken Word Hour


Going on its second year here at the BUBF our poetry hour has turned out to be one of the highlights of the festival. Are you a poet who wants to be heard? Do you have a voice that can move a crowd? Register today, it’s free, just fill out the application form. Please be advised that all applicants will not be chosen, applicants talents will be judged and voted on by the committee of the Baltimore Poets society.

Remember space is limited, all poet registration ends May 15,2012

Headlining Poets

Anthony Tyrone Pressley  Poet, Baltimore Poets Society Founder 
Monda Raquel Webb Author, Publisher, Marketing Expert, and Experienced Producer 


We invite you as partners of sponsorship to take part of this special event in efforts to raise awareness in the community through education, reading,art,culture and building stronger families. Each sponsor package is designed to reach all of our audience weather attending or not, prime exposure is our goal for your company. We also understand that every company doesn’t have the revenue to compete with the prices in our elite packages witch is why we give you the opportunity to customize each package to fit your budget. We hope that you will consider this great opportunity for your company.

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The BUBF is offering a great opportunity to all media outlets interested with raising awareness for our event.

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Vendors & Exhibitors

Sign Up to Become an Author

Are you a author or publisher who wants exposure for your product? Our author tables are designed just for that. Our goal is exposure, we only allow a certain amount of author tables so you get a better chance of being seen by the public, we don’t believe in flooding our festival with hundreds of authors but we do believe in flooding our festival hundreds of guest for you to solicit to. All registered authors will be listed on our website with a link to his or hers website for free which means even more exposure because our site receives thousands of hits each year. Space is limited, make sure you fill out a application today. All registration ends May 15,2013.


2013 Headlining Authors

Angela Stanton
Caroline Jhingory
Donna Hill
Sadequa Johnson

Become an Author

Are you a author or publisher who wants exposure for your product? Our author tables are designed just for that.


When is the 2013 Baltimore Urban Book Festival?
Sunday July 14,2013 12pm-6pm

Where does the 2013 BUBF take place?
Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park, 1417 Thames Street Baltimore, Maryland 21231.

How do I register for a author/publisher table?
To register, go to the Vendor Page on our site, look for the “author registration section” and click on the “Register” button.You will be redirected to our PayPal page to register for a table. We will contact you shortly after to proceed with the registration process.

How do I become a featured Poet?
To register, go to the Spoken Word Page on our site, read the guidelines thoroughly, and complete the form on the right. We will contact you shortly after to proceed with the registration process. All applicants will not be chosen, so please send us your best work.


What Is The Baltimore Urban Book Festival

The mission of the Baltimore Urban Book Festival is to cultivate an environment where cultural book authors and readers have an annual opportunity to celebrate literature in a setting that encourages,educates and entertains everyone from the new reader learning phonics to the full fledged book worm.

The Baltimore Urban Book Fest (BUBF) was formulated by Author Chris Hicks, to bring awareness to our communities through reading, learning and building stronger families. BUBF is in association with many charitable organizations including the Greater Baltimore Leadership Association and Big Brother/Big Sister Central of Maryland. Some of the proceeds from this event will go to benefit Ben Carson’s Reading Rooms Program which provides funding and support to local schools so that they can create a nurturing environment for a child to feel safe and secure as they develop their reading skills. The Ben Carson Reading Project also brings students and families together to raise the awareness of the importance of re-contribute to The Fredrick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park a program of the Living Classroom Foundation, in support of their Voyage of Exploration a science, technology, engineering, and math program (STEM).