World Poetry Night Sept. 5

Throughout the world and throughout history, poetry connects us. Join us for a special 26993397_1008074299330950_5435675941876329087_nreading of contemporary international poetry by translators and native speakers. Dragana Crnjak & Karen Schubert (Bosnia), Mahmoud Kambris (Lebanon), Steven Reese (Cuba), Kathleen Strafford (England) & Sony Q. Ton-Aime (Haiti).

Wednesday, September 5 at 7:30 at the Soap Gallery. Doors open at 7:15. International refreshments will be served. The open mic will be emceed by Stephanie Stearns. Open mic readers are encouraged to bring a contemporary international poem.

Fall Literary Festival Registration Open

Join the 100+ writers and editors already registered for two days of literary goodness! WeLiterary Festival Logo Design have invited an incredible faculty of accomplished visiting writers, and dozens of excellent presenters. There will be two days of creative readings, workshops, craft talks, panels on publishing, editing, writer and all kinds of topics.

More information on the festival and registration is here.

Please join us in thanking our community partners the Nathalie & James Andrews Foundation, Nancy Beeghly, Liz Hill, the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, the Purple Cat, Sojourn to the Past, St. John’s Episcopal Church, YSU College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, YSU Department of Women & Gender Studies, YSU English Department.

oac_full-color-rgb-logoThe Fall Literary Festival is made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically.

August Reading: Change of Place!

This month’s First Wednesday Reading is on, well, the 1st, which is like a blue moon for us. It will be a delightful reading by three women poets, and this time we’ll be in the small and charming chapel at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Enter the door on the right beneath the stone archway.

Wednesday August 1|7:30|Doors Open 7:15|St. John’s Episcopal Church|323 Wick Ave.

Lit Youngstown’s office is right down the hall, and we’ll open the office for refreshments and lending library browsers.

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An Appalachian, Kari Gunter-Seymour blames her method of writing on the rich Ohio soil, her wildly eclectic family and neighbors and her upbringing. Her poems can be found in many fine journals and publications including Rattle, Crab Orchard Review, The American Journal of Poetry, and The LA Times. She is an Instructor in the School of Journalism at Ohio University and is the Poet Laureate for Athens, Ohio.

 

Sherri Saines has been reading, writing, and memorizing poetry since her grandmother gave her A Golden Book of Poetry for her 6th sherri saines coastbirthday. She has been published in Pig Iron, Mothering Magazine, Muse, Clover, Penguin Review, The Ides of March, Everything Stops and Listens, and other small presses.

 

Kathleenkathleen Strafford holds an MA in Creative Writing from Leeds Trinity University. Originally from Ohio, Kathleen moved to Leeds in 1998 and now is chief editor of Runcible Spoon Webzine. She has been widely published in anthologies and webzines. She is working on her second collection called Women Changed Everything. Her debut poetry collection was published in 2018 called Her Own Language.

Lou Yuhasz Memorial Scholarship

It was with great sadness that we received word of the death of Lou, a writer who15541501_10154954949284391_8637914403878757999_n

was engaged with us since our beginning. The last conversation we had, he was excitedly describing a writing conference he had just been to on the West Coast.

That’s what gave us the idea to establish a scholarship in his name, to be awarded to a current NEOMFA student attending the Fall Literary Festival.

Each year, we will award one $100 scholarship, and invite the recipient to read their work at the festival. We welcome contributions to the yearly scholarship fund.

If you will be a NEOMFA student in fall of 2018 and would like to compete for the prize, please send a cover letter and 10-page writing portfolio (name on cover letter only) to LitYoungstown@gmail.com. The deadline is August 31.

Lou’s daughter Jamie offered us this tribute.

Lou Yuhasz was a writer, a husband, a father, a friend, and above all, a teacher. He graduated from Youngstown State University in 1999, with a BS in Secondary Education, concentrating on comprehensive communication. In his senior year, he was the assistant news editor at the Jambar covering the Academic Senate as YSU made the transition from quarters to semesters. He taught as a substitute for a year for Youngstown City Schools, before taking a job at a large health insurance company.

After ten years, and at the age of 48, Lou’s passion for creative writing and teaching led him to quit his job and join the NEOMFA program. Shortly after beginning school, he was diagnosed with stage II cancer of the esophagus. That didn’t stop him though, and he excelled in his classes.

His passion for his school and the program was contagious, and so was the happiness the NEOMFA brought him.  I’ve read a lot of my father’s work throughout my life, but something very special happened when he joined the NEOMFA program.

He was a husband of 26 years, and raised two daughters. His support for his family was unparalleled. His office looked like something out of a Lovecraft novel, with tentacles and gargoyles scattered between the bookshelves housing various scifi and horror novels. He loved to write and tell stories, as well as teaching others the ability to create what they loved.  He would be proud and honored to have this scholarship enable people to follow their passion.


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Literary Arts At the Art Show

Join Lit Youngstown for a wonderful evening of literary works inspired by the visual arts. Hear from local writers and artists Liz Skeels, Ginny Taylor, Kelly Bancroft, Beesan Odeh and Nikki Robinson. This event is free. Light refreshments will be served.

YWCA Mahoning Valley, 25 Rayen Ave., Youngstown, 44503
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Writers Circle Meets July 19

Would you like some gentle feedback on new work you’ve written?

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The Lit Youngstown Writers Circle will meet in our office at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 323 Wick Ave. at 6:00, Thursday, July 19. Come to the door on the right, under the arch, and ring the buzzer.

We welcome facilitator Karen Kotrba Bring 6 copies of one poem or story excerpt, maximum 5 pages.