Fall Lit Fest 2021 Call for Proposals

5th Annual Fall Literary Festival
October 7-9, 2021
Youngstown, Ohio
Conference Theme: “Our Shared Story”
Visiting Writers: Ross Gay, Jan Beatty, Bonnie Proudfoot & Mike Geither


Lit Youngstown seeks proposals for Our Shared Story, 5th annual Fall Literary Festival, October 7-9 in Northeast Ohio, featuring Ross Gay, Jan Beatty, Bonnie Proudfoot & Mike Geither.

General Information

This year’s conference will be centered around the theme “Our Shared Story,” a conversation about writing, publishing, community outreach, and literary inclusion. The conference aims to  sustain and enhance community by allowing its members to share a stake in its narrative: its story—past, present, and future. 

For more information, please visit our Fall Literary Festival page.

Meet Our Intern

Kennedy Romeo was born and raised on the West side of Youngstown. She graduated from Ursuline High School in 2017 and will be graduating from YSU this Spring with plans of continuing onto grad school to further her love of non-profit work. In her free time, you can most often find her wrapped in a blanket with a book and a cup of coffee.

First Wednesday Features Fine Poets (Zoom & FB Live)

Darlene Montonaro of Cleveland and David Swerdlow of New Wilmington, Pa. will read from their work for the First Wednesday Readers Series, Wednesday, February 3 at 7:00 PM EST, live on Lit Youngstown’s Facebook page. Register here to attend on Zoom and/or read in the open mic. Co-hosted by Iris Davis Hall.

Darlene Montonaro’s poetry has appeared in a number of literary magazines including Calyx, Slipstream, Earth’s Daughters, Blueline, and The Comstock Review. She served for twelve years as the Director of the Poets’ & Writers’ League, and in 2016 was awarded a Creative Workforce Fellowship from Community Partnership for Arts and Culture.

David Swerdlow’s poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Poetry, The Iowa Review, etc. He’s published two books of poetry: Bodies on Earth (2010) and Small Holes in the Universe (2003). His first novel, Television Man, came out in 2019. Swerdlow teaches at Westminster College.

Teen Writers Workshop Mon. January 11 (Zoom)

Teen Writers Workshop facilitated by Carrie George is an informal, respectful gathering for writing and creative expression. All experience levels welcome. Teens only, please. Meets the 2nd Monday of each month at 7:00PM EST. Register here for the Zoom room, attend any number of workshops.

Meet the teaching artist: Carrie George is a poet, photographer, and candidate at the Northeast Ohio MFA program. She is the current graduate fellow for the Wick Poetry Center in Kent, Ohio, where she teaches poetry in local schools and various community programs.

Food for Thought: The Thing Around Your Neck (Zoom)

In The Thing Around Your Neck… Adichie turns her penetrating eye on not only Nigeria but also America, in twelve dazzling stories that explore the ties that bind men and women, parents and children, Africa and the United States.

Read more here.

Copies of this book can be obtained from the Trumbull County Public Library, and the YSU Barnes and Noble.

Wednesday, January 13, 6:00-7:00PM EST. Register here. Haven’t read the book yet? No worries. Join us.

February 10 (novel) The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
March 10 (novel) We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
April 9 (graphic novel) Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
May 12 (novel) An American Marriage by Tayari Jones